University of Massachusetts Medical School Research and Rehabilitation Training Center on Youth with Mental Health Conditions and Employment
Transitions RRTC Issue Brief, September 2016
Author: Dr. Lydia Schuck
Using the Separate Rehabilitation Agency Service Model
The purpose of this analysis is to explore and illustrate data related to closure of VR cases among transition age youth. Specifically, I wanted to visualize the case closure rates among transition age youth (14-24) served in states where a separate agency serves blind individuals and another serves all other individuals with disabilities.
Publication Year: 2013
This case study focuses on the efforts of West Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS) to improve employment outcomes for transition age youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Student Transition to Employment Project (STEP) provides training for teachers and aides from various county schools to become certified vendors with the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (WVDRS). This process allows for a smooth transition from school to work for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Students continue the transition process with adult professionals whom they already know and trust, and who are familiar with all aspects of the student’s life. This effort is a partnership between WVDRS, Vocational Services, Inc. (VSI) (a community rehabilitation provider), and special education staff in 24 West Virginia counties. Solely funded by the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council (WVDDC) for the first three years, WVDRS is currently providing joint funding for STEP. As of February 2012, 75 teachers have become registered as certified vendors and 73 students have entered employment through this project.
Publication Year: 2013
This case study features King County School-to-Work project as employed by Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It particularly focuses on interagency partnerships and collaboration for the purpose of improving employment outcomes for transition-age youth with developmental disabilities.
The School-to-Work (STW) project in King County, Washington assists students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in obtaining employment after leaving high school. STW is a collaborative effort between 17 school districts in King County, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), 15 employment service providers, the King County Work Training program, and the King County Developmental Disabilities Division (KCDDD). DVR and KCDDD have taken a lead role in this project in funding and coordinating youth employment service delivery. The project streamlines transition services provided by DVR, KCDDD, and employment vendors to improve employment outcomes for students.
Publication Year: 2011
Transition age youth is an important population for VR agencies. The chart illustrates the average rehabilitation rate for transition age youth in each RSA disability category.
Rehabilitation rates are displayed for the following disability categories: