Earlier today, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) published a new Hybrid Model for employment services intended to replace the current Results Based Funding Model. The proposed change is being planned for July 2015. The underlying purpose is to support improved outcomes, particularly for those with most significant disabilities.
As referenced in the notice, INARF has worked collaboratively with the Bureau on this effort. Overall, we believe the model’s emphasis on flexibility, individualized supports, robust discovery, and on-going supports will be beneficial in improving employment outcomes. We particularly appreciate the Bureau’s emphasis on engaging providers throughout the process and in its efforts to solicit broad input from self-advocates, providers, and others interested and/or impacted by these changes.
INARF remains engaged in on-going dialogue with the Bureau relative to what systems, procedures, and training are necessary to support and sustain these changes, as well as ensuring the rate structure (particularly for hourly services) is adequate to support the delivery of quality services. Our conversations on these topics have been very constructive and we look forward to continuing the discussion.
INARF members are encouraged to read the announcement thoroughly and watch the supplementary webinar (see link on page 6). Both should be helpful in understanding the proposed model. Further, we encourage you to submit your comments and feedback about the proposed model to Theresa Koleszar by November 7th with a courtesy copy to Christiaan Campbell at INARF.