Vocational Rehabilitation Changes to Impact Number of People Served

Kylee Hope, Director of the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services, sent out an important announcement in March. Indiana’s “Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is seeking approval through an amendment to the Unified State Plan to implement a process called “order of selection” for Indiana’s VR program. Once approved and implemented, VR will prioritize individuals with the most significant disabilities to receive services. A state VR agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Indiana will be the 35th state to implement this process, which must be used to prioritize consumer services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). BRS anticipates implementing the order of selection by the end of the current federal fiscal year, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.”


Read the complete announcement at this link


Four public hearings are scheduled so the agency can get feedback about the proposed changes. See the public hearing schedule here