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Stephanie Decker


West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services


Business Engagement Model

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have developed different structures for business engagement (BE) activities. We understand there is rarely a completely rigid structure for business engagement activities. The BE structure that most closely describes how your agency has organized BE activities.

Regional Business Relations Model: BE is primarily the responsibility of dedicated business specialists located throughout the state.

Description of other BE model.

Some states may be in the process of moving from one BE model or structure to a different one, or the BE model is being developed. Currently undergoing a significant change in your approach to business engagement?


Description of transition of BE models or structure.

WVDRS is shifting our focus to more direct services to employers. Specifically focusing on the hiring of individuals with disabilities. Our goal is to create a more robust hiring environment and develop strong working relationships with area, state wide, and national business platforms.

WIOA Partnership Activities

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Activities that are part of your WIOA partnership approach relative to BE.

We participate in regular meetings with WIOA partners relative to BE.

We have a shared database of our business contacts with one or more WIOA partners.

We connect with businesses as a WIOA employment (or other) team.

We share office space with our WIOA partners

Description of your other WIOA partnership approach.

WIOA Partner Agreements

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Is only one state agency the lead for BE?


Is the VR agency (either general, combined, or blindness) the designated lead agency?

If the VR agency is not the designated lead, what WIOA agency is the lead agency for BE?

Description of your unique approach or structure.

Additional information about how your agency is structuring BE as a part of the WIOA partnership.

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services has a Unified State Plan, that has been approved. The Unified State Plan includes multiple partnerships that are key in the vocational rehabilitation process. Data integration meetings occur on a regular basis, concerning sharing relevant data elements between WorkForce WV and the Division. Eventually data will be seamlessly shared to ensure that individuals with disabilities receive as many appropriate services as possible from all partners in the Unified State Plan.

BE Data Collection Strategy

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Primary method for collecting and storing information about your BE activities.

An agency-developed data tool or process

Description of BE data collection strategy.

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