RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


OVR Invites Public Input
March 17, 2005

Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Stephen M. Schmerin has invited public comment on Pennsylvania’s Combined Agency State Plan during a series of meetings scheduled across the state April 4-14 and hosted by L&I’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and Bureau of Blindness & Visual Services (BBVS).

"The Office of Vocation Rehabilitation and the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services are dedicated to providing Pennsylvanians with the best possible service," said Schmerin. "To continue to provide quality service, we need to know what the public wants and needs. The more input we receive, the better tailored our programs can be."

The 23 public meetings give Pennsylvanians an opportunity to present their ideas, recommendations, and suggestions on how the state’s OVR plan can better serve the needs of people with disabilities. The input helps OVR develop and implement a combined agency state plan, which is required by federal law and reviewed and revised annually.

A variety of topics will be discussed, including Governor Rendell’s goals and priorities, the estimated number of individuals to be served and the cost of the services, the comprehensive system of personnel development, and supported employment services. BBVS meetings may also include discussions concerning independent living services for older persons who are blind, specialized services for children and adults, and the business enterprises program.

Individuals and organizations wishing to obtain a copy of the plan or other information regarding OVR and BBVS services, should contact their local district office. More information can be found on OVR’s web site at www.state.pa.us, PA Keyword: "disability services." For information regarding dates and locations of the public meetings contact Linda Drummond at PCPA.

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