The DVR State Plan 2016-2020

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

DVR is amending the 2016-2020 State Plan 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.

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

To review the amendments, please use the following link:  AMENDMENT TO THE DSHS DVR STATE PLAN.

Under the order of selection, DVR will provide the full range of vocational rehabilitation services to all existing customers with Individualized Plans for Employment, 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 will be 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.

Order of Selection State Plan Amendment Public Forums


The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Washington State Rehabilitation Council sincerely thank our customers, partners, staff, and stakeholders for their engagement during the public comment process and the State Plan Public Forums on September 18th, 2017. Your questions, comments, and recommendations led to meaningful improvements to our State Plan and our implementation of Order of Selection.

At the request of State Plan Public Forum participants, DVR and WSRC have posted the State Plan Public Forum presentation. Please use the following link to access the PowerPoint presentation: STATE PLAN PUBLIC FORUM PRESENTATION: ORDER OF SELECTION AMENDMENTS.

Please note that the public comment period on the Amended 2016 – 2020 DVR State Plan officially closed on September 18th, 2017. However, please feel free to contact DVR and WSRC with questions, concerns, or comments you may have regarding the DVR State Plan at any time by emailing Your contributions are important and your input matters; your message will be reviewed by DVR and WSRC and you will receive a timely response.

The DVR State Plan and WIOA

The DVR State Plan describes our goals, priorities, partnerships, services, and activities. Our 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.

Our State Plan is a living document, as we strive to continuously improve our services to Washingtonians living with disabilities.

With the passing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act - WIOA, our State Plan is now 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.

DVR and the Washington State Rehabilitation Council worked closely with our customers, stakeholders, workforce development partners, and Washington’s business community to develop our State Plan.

We would like to recognize everyone who participated in our statewide public forums and planning teams; thank you for sharing your perspectives and expertise. Together, we are building a more diverse, accessible, and prosperous Washington

Please click on the link below to access our State Plan.

DVR State Plan 2016 - 2020 (pdf)

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.

Please contact with questions, comments, or requests.


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