The goals and priorities are based on the comprehensive statewide assessment, on requirements related to the performance standards and indicators, and on other information about the state agency. (See section 101(a)(15)(C) of the Act.) This attachment should be updated when there are material changes in the information that require the description to be amended. This attachment:
Identifies if the goals and priorities were jointly developed and agreed to by the state VR agency and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state has a council.
Identifies if the state VR agency and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the state has such a council, jointly reviewed the goals and priorities and jointly agreed to any revisions.
Identifies the goals and priorities in carrying out the vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs.
Ensures that the goals and priorities are based on an analysis of the following areas:
the most recent comprehensive statewide assessment, including any updates;
the performance of the state on standards and indicators; and
other available information on the operation and effectiveness of the VR program, including any reports received from the State Rehabilitation Council and findings and recommendations from monitoring activities conducted under section 107.
Section 101(a)(15)(C) of the Rehabilitation Act. CFR 361.29(c)
Attachment 4.11(c)(1) identifies the goals and priorities of the state that are jointly developed or revised, as applicable, with and agreed to by the State Rehabilitation Council, if the agency has a council, in carrying out the vocational rehabilitation and supported employment programs.
The 2011 State Plan Goals have been modified from the 2010 State Plan as California’s economy has been suffering from its worst economic recession since the Great Depression, with an unemployment rate of 12.5 percent in January 2010, the worst in the history of tracking this data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1976. The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) will also continue to initiate significant system changes, including the Vocational Rehabilitation Modernization (VR Mod) Project, reductions in staffing due to the State Budget crisis, and the implementation of the Electronic Record System (ERS).
Analysis: The DOR, in collaboration with the SRC, continues to analyze our existing infrastructure, systems, and human resources within the context of our existing budgetary challenges. Together the DOR and SRC have identified overarching goals that will provide continuous improvement of California’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program.
During FFY 2010, the DOR continued the process to make substantive changes to the VR service delivery system, consistent with the DOR’s Strategic Plan. The DOR’s Deputy Directors and SRC actively participated in the review of the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment Project (CSNA) data analysis and the corresponding development of VR and Supported Employment (SE) Program Goals.
During FFY 2010, the DOR made substantial progress on existing strategic initiatives, including the VR Mod, formerly known as the VR Service Delivery System (VRSD) project; ERS; and other initiatives regarding DOR infrastructure. Since these initiatives seek to cost-effectively improve processes, they are linked to Goal 1.2 on improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the VR service delivery system and Goal 1.4 on developing and implementing efficient and effective workforce development and leadership succession plans. Furthermore, it is expected that the initiatives will maintain the quality and quantity of employment outcomes (Goal 1.1). Each of these major strategic initiatives will continue in FFY 2011.
The State Plan Update Program Goals are consistent with the RSA Standards and Indicators. The DOR’s Goal to maintain the quality and quantity of employment outcomes (Goal 1.1) reflects RSA Indicators 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5. Specific State Plan Measurable Objectives further reflect the importance of these standards. The DOR’s Goal to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational rehabilitation services delivery (Goal 1.2) is expected to result in maintaining achievements on standards and indicators. In DOR’s strategies to carry out activities to identify and serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who are minorities, 4.11 (d) (2), DOR examines RSA Standard 2.1 on minority background service rate. Furthermore, the DOR regularly applies the methodology of the RSA Standards and Indicators with its caseload data. The DOR has successfully passed the RSA Standards and Indicators for Federal Fiscal Years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. The DOR State Plan Update Goals include elements of the RSA Standards and Indicators as well as related recommendations from the SRC.
Results of the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA):
The DOR continues its triennial Statewide Needs Assessment for October 2008 through September 2011. The first year or Phase 1 of the assessment included a comparative analysis of DOR’s caseload data with existing data sets from various sources. Phase 1 was conducted in Federal Fiscal Year 2009. During Phase 2, the DOR updated the data comparison. The data findings were similar to Phase 1 findings. Phase 2 found:
Based on race/ethnicity data, Asian Americans remain proportionally underrepresented in DOR’s caseload. Although the data continue to show a disparity with Hispanics/Latinos, DOR’s methodology of data entry limited the extent that the DOR could draw conclusions, as it was found that there were errors in the data entry. Those entering “Hispanic” had to initially identify the consumer’s race as “White,” followed by entering “Hispanic,” an entry not required to proceed in the consumer case file. All other races include only one, required entry on race. Therefore, the DOR identified cases when only a consumer’s race as “White” was recorded when “Hispanic” should also have been entered, resulting in an undercount of Hispanics/Latinos consumers in DOR’s caseload data.
Based on Social Security recipient data, individuals with disabilities continue to be most likely underserved in six (6) California counties: Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Fresno, Stanislaus, and Kern.
Based upon California Department of Education data, there is an increasing number of students identified with autism.
Phase 2 of CSNA also included collecting information from participants at the public meetings for the 2010 State Plan. Commenters identified issues that addressed all of DOR’s program areas, including but not limited to outreach, staff development, staff recruitment, and provision of services. As a result of these comments, the DOR program staff reviewed them. In many instances, American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds have been allocated to address them.
Discussion of SRC’s input:
During the January 2010 SRC meeting, the SRC was presented and discussed State Plan Goals. The SRC Planning Work Team further reviewed and discussed State Plan Goals at their February 2010 meeting, particularly noting a discussion on 2010 Goal 1.3 regarding the issue of Substantial Gainful Activity. In reflection of the state’s depressed economy and major program changes for the 2011 State Plan year, the SRC approved the proposed VR and SE 2011 State Plan Update Goals at their meeting on March 10, 2010.
[See attachment 4.11(d) for further analysis and discussion of strategies to achieve these goals.]
As a result of the cumulative review and analysis, the DOR amended the 2011 State Plan Update Goals as follows:
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Program Goals:
Goal 1.1: The DOR will maintain the quality and quantity of employment outcomes.
Goal 1.2: The DOR will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of vocational rehabilitation services delivery.
Goal 1.3: The DOR will maintain the quantity of employment outcomes of SSI/SSDI beneficiaries.
Goal 1.4: The DOR will develop and implement efficient and effective workforce development and leadership succession plans.
Goal 1.5: The DOR will promote equality for persons with disabilities through systems change.
Supported Employment (SE) Services Goals:
Goal 2.1: The DOR will maintain competitive, integrated employment outcomes for consumers accessing SE services.
Goal 2.2: The DOR will continue to enhance DOR staff knowledge of SE Regulations and processes by providing training and technical assistance.
Goal 2.3: The DOR will promote and enhance collaboration with local and statewide SE partners and stakeholders.
Also See Attachment 4.11 (c) (4) for the Supported Employment Goals.