Expected completion date: 12/2018
VR counselors are the foundation of our efforts to empower Kansans with disabilities to achieve competitive integrated employment. Therefore, a priority is to improve our ability to recruit and retain qualified staff, and thus enhance the quality and timeliness of services and number of employment outcomes. After consulting with the State Rehabilitation Council, RS submitted a state plan revision to establish a career ladder. This revision has been approved at the federal level with an effective date of July 1, 2018. The career ladder to be implemented is as follows. A new category will be established called VR Counselor 1 — this level of position will require a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation or a closely related field, and experience working with people with disabilities will be preferred. Once onboard as an RS employee, the VR Counselor 1 will have five years to complete the master’s level rehabilitation counselor educational requirements. Once the educational requirements are completed, the individual will move up to a Rehabilitation Counselor 2 position. Rehabilitation Counselor 2 positions — Individuals with master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling or closely related fields may be hired at this level. Rehabilitation Counselor 3 — This new level will be established as a career ladder for Rehabilitation Counselor 2 positions after three years of successful experience. Work continues with RS, Personnel Services, the Department of Administration and DCF leadership on next steps to implement this career ladder.