Last month, the Indiana Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) announced their intent to seek approval to implement Order of Selection for Indiana’s VR program. BRS' plan to implement Order of Selection is outlined in the Draft Amendment to the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services portion of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified State Plan.
Earlier this month, INARF convened a workgroup of members to assist with the development of the Association's comments. Workgroup members included Rick Adams, Benchmark Human Services; Jim Allbaugh, Carey Services, Inc; Patrick Cockrum, Sycamore Services, Inc.; Bitta DeWees, Stone Belt Arc, Inc.; Jill Dunn, Bona Vista Programs, Inc.; Patrick Sandy, Easterseals Crossroads; Kathie Savich, Opportunity Enterprises, Inc.; and Cheryl Schade, LOGAN Community Resources, Inc.
Using the workgroup's recommendations, INARF staff developed draft comments and sent them to the workgroup and the INARF Governmental Affairs Committee for feedback. Based on the feedback of the workgroup and the Committee, INARF has developed our final comments and submitted them to DDRS and BRS for consideration. The comments are attached here for your reference.
As a reminder, comments will be accepted until Tuesday, April 25 at 4 PM (EDT) and may be emailed to Kathy.Sodeman@fssa.IN.gov or mailed to the address below:
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
402 W. Washington Street, Room W453
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
INARF encourages members to submit comments and attend the public hearings scheduled for Monday, April 24. The meeting information is available here. If your organization submits comments, please be sure to share a copy with us by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this information is helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the INARF office.