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Summary of Regulations for Public VR Programs Pertaining to WIA & One-Stop Systems

The following is a summary of the requirements for State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs, under the federal regulations governing VR programs [published in the Federal Register on January 17, 2001 - 66FR 4380-4435].

Requirements as a Partner Under WIA

Relationship of State Rehabilitation Council and SWIB

Cooperative Agreement Requirements

At the state level, the VR program must enter into cooperative agreements with other One-Stop partners, and replicate these agreements at the local level between local VR offices and local entities of the One-Stop system. The purpose of entering into these cooperative agreements is to increase the capacity of partners, and the One-Stop system as a whole, to better address the needs of individuals with disabilities.

These cooperative agreements may provide for:

Parameters for Use of VR Funds in One-Stop System

Requirement for All Partners to Serve People with Disabilities

VR Statewide Assessment Must Include Needs of Individuals Not Served by VR

VR Information and Referral System Must Include Referrals to Non-VR Programs

Requirements for Prompt Handling of Referrals to VR

VR Must Refer Individuals It Is Unable to Serve to Non-VR Programs

Requirements for Referrals to Other Programs

In making referrals to other programs, VR must refer the individual to the other programs of the statewide workforce investment system best suited to address the specific employment needs of an individual with a disability. In making a referral, the VR program must provide the individual who is being referred:

IPE Must Include Responsibilities of Other Entities

VR Not Required to Pay Cost of Access to One-Stop System

Excerpted and adapted from Policy Brief: Provisions in the Final Regulations Governing the State VR Program Describing the Interplay with WIA and TWWIIA by Robert Silverstein, published by the Institute for Community Inclusion, Center on State Systems and Employment (RRTC)

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