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Public Hearings set for "Order of Selection"

We need you to get involved by providing public comment regarding Indiana's Bureau of Rehabilitation Services proposal to implement "Order of Selection."

The proposed amendment to the vocational rehabilitation (VR) section of Indiana's 2017 WIOA Unified State Plan, individuals with the most significant disabilities will be selected first to receive VR services. 

Federal regulations do not specifiy a definition for "individual with the most significant disability." Therefore, the order of selection must be based on a refinement of the three criteria in the definition of ‘individual with a significant disability’.  The three criteria include:

1. The person must have “a severe physical or mental impairment that seriously limits one or more functional capacities (such as mobility, communication, selfcare, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome;”
 
2. The person’s VR needs “can be expected to require multiple [VR] services over an extended period of time;” and
 
3. The person “has one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from [a very comprehensive list of enumerated conditions], or another disability or combination of disabilities determined … to cause comparable substantial functional limitation.

Comments  will be accepted until 4 p.m., April 25, 2017. You can send your comments to kathy.sodeman@fssa.in.gov or by mail to:

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
402 W. Washington Se, Room W453
Indianapolis, IN 46204

 

Public Hearings

Monday, April 24, 2017

Evansville 
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (EST) / 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (CST)
Evansville Vanderburgh Central Public Library
Browning Event Room A
200 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47713

South Bend
1:30 p.m. to 3:30p.m. (EST)
St. Joseph County Library, Centre Branch
Alligator Conference Room
1150 E. Kern Road
South Bend, IN 46614

Indianapolis
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST)
Indiana Disability Rights
Conference Room
4701 North Keystone Avenue, Suite 222
Indianapolis, IN 46205

If you are unable to make it to one of these hearings you may call in.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (EST)
Call-in Toll Free at 1-877-422-1931
Enter Conference Code 5096611778

Online accessible is available through Video Remote Services and CapTel Relay for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

For other accommodations, contact Kathy.Sodeman@fssa.IN.gov at least five business days prior to the public hearing.