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Progress Report: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Has Taken Steps to Improve Performance; Employment Initiative Has Not Significantly Increased Referrals , Report No. 07-18, February 2007
 
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In accordance with OPPAGA’s recommendations, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has taken several steps to address employee turnover and satisfaction, and its preliminary analysis of its employee-lease agreements shows that they are generally cost-effective. The Agency for Persons with Disabilities also has implemented our recommendation to review its district implementation plans to determine if they correctly reflect the involvement of the division. However, the agency and division have not collaborated to estimate the number of referrals to the division that will be made as a result of the five-year employment initiative; these efforts may no longer be necessary, as the number of referrals via the initiative is significantly less than was anticipated. To ensure the successful employment of developmentally disabled clients, the agency and division are conducting a study to identify common barriers to employment.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 05-14 OPPAGA Report: Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Performance Has Been Mixed Since the Abolishment of Occupational Access and Opportunity Commission, published in March 2005.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Vocational Rehabilitation
Agency for Persons with Disabilities

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • 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. 03-51 Progress Report: Agency Implements Recommendations to Improve Vocational Rehabilitation Services, published in September 2003.

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