The DVR State Plan 2016-2020

Please click on the links below to access the current DVR State Plan documents:

DSHS DVR 2016-2020 State Plan Update (pdf) (Effective July 1, 2018)

Amendment to the State Plan to implement Order of Selection (pdf) (Effective November 1, 2017)

The DVR State Plan and WIOA

The DVR State Plan describes our goals, priorities, partnerships, services, and activities. Our 2016-2020 State Plan was approved by the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Secretaries of Education and Labor, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2020.

DVR’s State Plan is a living document, as we strive to continuously improve our services to Washingtonians living with disabilities. A new plan is prepared every four years and updated at the two-year midpoint. The most recent update was effective July 1, 2018.

With the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the State Plan is required for federal funding and is part of Washington’s Combined State Plan for workforce development, Talent and Prosperity for All. The Combined State Plan is available online by visiting the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.

WIOA and Washington’s Combined State Plan are designed to help individuals with disabilities access the employment, education, training, and support services necessary to achieve success in the workforce.  In addition, WIOA and our State Plan target enhanced business engagement, connecting businesses with skilled workers to close skill gaps in key industry sectors throughout the state.

State Plan Update: July 1, 2018

DVR completed an update to its State Plan, effective July 1, 2018. To review the February 14, 2018 public forum presentation about content changes made in the State Plan Update, please CLICK on the following link: STATE PLAN UPDATE PUBLIC FORUM PRESENTATION (pptx)

State Plan Amendments: November 1, 2017 Order of Selection Implementation

DVR amended the 2016-2020 State Plan, effective November 1, 2017, to describe how DVR will serve individuals with disabilities under an order of selection. The amendment describes the reasons an order of selection is necessary, how services will be prioritized, and the expected impacts on services and outcome goals for eligible customers. NOTE: The July 1, 2018 State Plan Update includes revisions to priority of service categories and service and outcome goals. See the State Plan Update above for the most current information.

To review the September 18, 2017 public forum presentation about the amendment, please use the following link to a PowerPoint presentation: STATE PLAN PUBLIC FORUM PRESENTATION: ORDER OF SELECTION AMENDMENTS.

According to federal law, DVR must enter an order of selection when resources are insufficient to serve all eligible customers. DVR implemented the order of selection on November 1, 2017, to ensure that resources remain available for individuals who most need services.

Under the order of selection, DVR provides the full range of vocational rehabilitation services to all customers with Individualized Plans for Employment as of November 1, 2017, regardless of their priority category. DVR also expects to be able to provide services to all individuals assigned to Priority Category 1, individuals with the most significant disabilities.

Beginning November 1, Priority Category 2 and 3 customers are placed on a wait list. If sufficient resources are available to provide the full range of VR services to existing and Priority Category 1 customers, wait-listed individuals will be released in order of priority category and application date.

Priority categories are assigned consistently by Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and customers have rights to review and due process.

Students with disabilities who are placed on a wait list for DVR services can receive Pre-employment Transition Services if they participated in those services before applying to DVR. However, students who apply first for DVR services are not allowed to subsequently receive Pre-employment Transition Services while on a wait list. Students who only receive Pre-employment Transition Services will not be affected by order of selection.

Public Participation in the State Plan

DVR and the Washington State Rehabilitation Council work closely with our customers, stakeholders, workforce development partners, and Washington’s business community to develop our State Plan. DVR and WSRC sincerely thank our customers, partners, staff, and stakeholders for their engagement in public comment, statewide public forums, and planning teams. Your contributions have led to meaningful improvements to our State Plan and implementation of Order of Selection. Together, we are building a more diverse, accessible, and prosperous Washington.

The State Plan is based on results of the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment - CSNA. Learn more about the CSNA on our Data, Assessments, and Reports page.

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Please note: This version of the DVR State Plan has been reformatted to improve accessibility, readability, and navigation. However, all content officially approved by the Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Departments of Education and Labor remain, in full, in this reformatted version