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Dashboard Rehabilitation Services Reform Summary

Below are the Rehabilitation Services (RS) Reform efforts. Last updated 05/2018.
Expected completion date: 07/2022

​The quicker an individual can receive Vocational Rehabilitation services, the more likely there will be employment success. Therefore, a major goal of RS is to facilitate expedited processes for applications, eligibility determination, development of individual plans for employment and delivery of services. A variety of actions will be undertaken. For example, in offices where more than one counselor is stationed, RS has already established procedures for making same-day appointments available for individuals who inquire about services. Informational materials will be developed to help potential applicants understand vocational rehabilitation eligibility and to encourage them to bring supporting documentation to their first appointments. Staff training will be provided on eligibility and assessments to assure that best practices are utilized. Additional methods to expedite access to vocational rehabilitation services will be explored, such as collaborative efforts with community partners. Currently, the average combined timeframe for eligibility determination and IPE development is 90 days, well below the 150 days currently allowed by federal regulations. However, the RS goal is to further reduce those timeframes, with 60 percent of applicants receiving their first services in no more than 45 days.

Expected completion date: 07/2022

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are designed to empower youth with disabilities to achieve successful outcomes in post-secondary education, employment and self-sufficiency. Therefore, these services can be a source of significant support for foster care youth in the Prevention and Protection Services (PPS) Independent Living program. Staff from RS and PPS are collaborating on outreach plans to engage students, foster care contractors, foster parents and special education coordinators. Baseline data and goals will be established for each region. To facilitate staff training, partner education and coordination of services, we will document the continuum of services for students beginning at age 16, showing how to leverage Pre-ETS, vocational rehabilitation, post-secondary options and the PPS Independent Living program throughout the student's transition years.

Expected completion date: 12/2018

​Vocational Rehabilitation (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 that will establish a career ladder 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. RS has been notified that this plan is approvable by our federal partners, and so state-level planning regarding implementation details will begin in May.