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Last week, Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06) questioned Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos regarding the Department’s response to Obama-era rules and guidance relating to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) during a hearing in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. You can watch Rep. Grothman’s line of questioning here, and you can read the Congressman’s press release here.

Tell your Representative in Congress to cosponsor HR 5658, The Workplace Choice and Flexibility for Individuals with Disabilities Act. This bill will restore common sense to the definition of competitive integrated employment and provide increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities. People with disabilities across the country have been denied placements in high-paying jobs because of the regulations that implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). ACCSES supports expanding opportunities and keeping a full array of options available.

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is conducting a comprehensive statewide needs assessment designed to meet and satisfy the state plan requirements in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. As part of this assessment, the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University is asking Pennsylvania employers and workforce professionals to complete a brief survey to identify how OVR can better support employers and employees across Pennsylvania.

This project is being conducted in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council and with the assistance of the Institute on Disabilities. If you are an employer or a workforce professional you are encouraged to complete this brief survey by Monday, August 1. Once you’ve completed the survey, you can enter in a drawing to win a $20 Target gift card.

The Institute on Disabilities is also seeking employer stakeholders to participate in brief phone interviews and share their expertise with the Institute. Interested employers can email or call 215-204-9544.

Based on the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enacted in 2014, the state’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is required to write its own stand-alone annual state plan, “Vocational Rehabilitation Services Portion of the Combined State Plan.” This is a four-year workforce development strategy. The combined state plan will be available for public comment in January of 2016.

Residential Providers Needed
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is seeking providers interested in serving individuals currently residing in state-operated ICF/IS who wish to transition to community living.

Interested providers may find information about individuals who wish to move to the community at the ODP Provider Information Center.  Providers should log in with the same username and password used to access any of the ODP Information Centers (such as the PIC, AEIC, SCOIC, or SCC). Because new information and updates are posted regularly, providers are encouraged to check the website frequently.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Webinar
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation is hosting a webinar on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act on June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Call-in:
    • PIN: 970198
    • Bridge Number: 17176124733
    • Toll-free: 18557501027
  • Webinar: The link to join the conference can be accessed here. Run the file offered for download. To participate as a viewer through a web browser, use this link.

ODP Updates
ODP has issued the following information:

  • Bulletin #00-15-01: Individual Support Plans (ISP) establishes the requirements for the ISP. Attachments to the bulletin include the ISP Manual with information regarding the standardized processes for preparing, document, implementing, and monitoring the ISPs.
  • Announcement #039-15: Fourth Waiver Amendments Submitted to CMS for ODP Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers Effective July 1, 2015
  • Training Announcement #040-15: New Required Training for SCs and AEs: CMS Final Rule for HCBS Waivers: An Overview

Committee Meetings
The agendas for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee and Supports Coordination Organizations Subcommittee on June 11 are posted to the website.