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Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Proposed Order of Selection Closure – Public Comment Period

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (PA OVR) is funded by both state and federal funds and receives a four-to-one federal match for each state dollar awarded. OVR is currently maxed out on the amount of federal funds that can be obtained. Pennsylvania expects to receive less federal reallocation funding for the vocational rehabilitation program in the future, and requests for services have outpaced available resources.

Due to the anticipated decline in federal reallocation funds, the independent Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation recently voted unanimously to begin the process to close the order of selection, in essence creating a temporary waiting list for new OVR customers.

Services would continue for current OVR customers with an Individualized Plan for Employment, as well as Pre-Employment Transition Services for students with disabilities, as required by federal law.

The proposal to close the order of selection is available in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. The Department of Labor & Industry is seeking public comments regarding the proposal. Comments will be accepted for 30 days, until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to the appropriate OVR district office serving the area in which the individual/organization member resides or to: OVR Central Office c/o Cindy Mundis, 1521 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. Comments may also be emailed to OVRFeedback@pa.gov, with “OOS closing all categories” in the subject line.

Public meetings will be conducted in-person throughout the state in each OVR district office on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All meeting sites are accessible and interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be present at each public meeting. Individuals who are unable to attend in person can participate via phone:

First conference call on May 22, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. EST (90-minute duration)
Number: 1-800-260-0712
Access code: 465374
Second conference call on May 22, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST (90-minute duration)
Number: 1-800-260-0702
Access code: 465848

 

Following the public comment period, the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will review OVR’s request to temporarily close the order of selection. If approved, the waiting list is expected to be implemented on July 1, 2019.

Additional information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Attachments:
OVR VR Services Portion of PA WIOA Combined State Plan (PDF)
FAQs (PDF)