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Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Performance Has Been Mixed Since the Abolishment of Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission, Report No. 05-14, March 2005
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  • The Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s performance under the Department of Education has been mixed.  While its performance initially improved after the Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission was abolished in 2002, performance declined during Fiscal Year 2003-04.
  • The program has taken several steps to improve its performance, including developing a five-year strategic plan, improving its contracting system, and developing innovative contracting methods to increase privatization and expand service capacity.  However, the program’s performance has been hampered by consistently high staff turnover. 
  • The current initiative to move developmentally disabled individuals into employment will increase the demand for vocational rehabilitation services.  While the initiative may produce Medicaid Waiver savings, it will require a high level of collaboration between the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Vocational Rehabilitation
Agency for Persons with Disabilities

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-34 The Business Enterprise Program Has Improved Vendor Contract Opportunities, Training, Support, and Monitoring, published in May 2008.
  • Report No. 07-18 Progress Report: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Has Taken Steps to Improve Performance; Employment Initiative Has Not Significantly Increased Referrals, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-73 Business Enterprise Program Needs to Modify Enterprises and Improve Vendor Training, Support, and Monitoring, published in December 2006.
  • Report No. 06-54 APD Waiting List Should Be Improved for Agency’s Planning and Budgeting Purposes,  published in July 2006.
  • Report No. 06-33 Several Factors Likely Contributed to APD Funding Surplus in Fiscal Year 2004-05, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 06-17 MAXIMUS’s Prior Service Authorization Process Meets Contract Requirements, But Improvements Are Needed, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-39 Disabilities Groups Should Improve Coordination, But Duplication of Activities Appears to Be Low, published in July 2005.
  • Report No. 03-51 Progress Report: Agency Implements Recommendations to Improve Vocational Rehabilitation Services, published in September 2003.
  • Report No. 02-06 Special Examination: Responsibilities Not Fulfilled by Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission; Program Performance Declines, published in January 2002.
  • Report No. 98-04 Program Evaluation and Justification Review of the Rehabilitation Program Administered by the Department of Labor and Employment Security, published in July 1998.

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