Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
ORDER OF SELECTION CLOSURE
The Department of Labor & Industry's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is unable to support its programs with adequate financial resources. Under federal law, state vocational rehabilitation programs that do not have sufficient funding or staff to provide services to everyone who is eligible must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. OVR has been operating under this prioritization, called an Order of Selection, since March 1, 1994.
On June 13, 2019, OVR's state board approved a temporary closure of its Order of Selection. The U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration subsequently approved OVR's request to temporarily close the order of selection and create a waiting list for new customers. The waiting list was implemented on July 1, 2019.
Effective February 1, 2020, OVR will open the Order of Selection on an intermittent basis and serve a set number of customers from the waiting list, starting with individuals who have been on the waiting list the longest. The number of customers served will be determined by OVR based on the availability of resources. The customers will be notified that OVR may proceed with services. All other customers will remain on the waiting list.
After OVR receives referrals, counselors will meet with applicants to complete the application; inform them about the Order of Selection closure; and provide them with resources to assist them while they are on the waiting list.
After eligibility determinations are made by OVR (within 60 days of the application date), customers will be assigned to an Order of Selection priority category based on their functional limitations and need for multiple vocational rehabilitation services over an extended period of time (currently defined as six months). Customers will be put on the waiting list based on their application date and will be notified by OVR when this occurs.
Additional information is available below.