Supported employment services may be available for individuals with the most significant disabilities requiring intensive on-the-job supervision. Supported Employment is defined as competitive employment in an integrated setting or employment in integrated work settings in which individuals are working toward competitive employment. Supported employment should be consistent with an individual’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, interests and informed choice. Ongoing support services are provided for workers with the most significant disabilities for whom competitive integrated employment has not traditionally occurred because of the nature and severity of their disability(s). If an individual is eligible, VR could provide community-based job training if other funding sources are available to provide long-term, follow-along, or on-the-job support services that the individual needs to remain employed. Supported employment services can include customized employment, which is designed to meet the specific abilities of an individual with a significant disability and the business needs of the employer through flexible strategies. Individual placement with supports (IPS) services is a supported employment model for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorder who receive services from a Department of Mental Health Behavioral Health Division--Community Mental Health Center administrative agent, affiliate, or addiction treatment program. IPS is for individuals with most significant disabilities.
Contact information for Vocational Rehabilitation offices.
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Supported Employment (SE) programs are funded, in part, with federal grant funds awarded by the Department of Education. In FFY 2020, the agency received $63,511,322 in federal grant funding and $17,189,214 of state funds for VR services. Total VR funding of $80,700,536 is comprised of 78.7% federal monies and 21.3% of state matching funds. In FFY 2020, the agency received $271,230 in federal grant funding and $14,275 of state funds for SE services. Total SE funding from this award is $285,505 comprised of 95% federal monies and 5% state matching funds.