Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Service Delivery and Coordination
Policy and Partnership UnitQuick Link to Policies and Procedures
The Policy and Partnership Unit communicates with consumers, family members, providers and advocates. The documents and information found here are meant to help answer frequently asked questions. Your feedback is important to us and we want to hear from you. To provide input please email us at VRPolicy@mail.nysed.gov or call us at 518-474-3946. To reach us by mail: ACCES-VR, One Commerce Plaza, Room 1609, Albany, NY 12234
Frank Coco, Karen LaJoie, Geraldine Malone Kraushaar, Don McManus
To develop statewide policies and partnerships that promote vocational rehabilitation services to assist individuals with disabilities in attaining employment.
Statewide Supported Employment Survey
In 2009, the Chapter 515 Interagency Team conducted a survey of supported employer providers in New York State. The survey was conducted as a cooperative effort among OMH, OMHDD, CBVH and ACCES-VR with the Center for Essential Management Services (CEMS) under the auspices of the Disability Statistics Research and Training Center at Hunter College. The survey was sent electronically to 198 supported employment provider organizations. The Chapter 515 Interagency Team initiated the survey to gain information from providers to improve the supported employment service delivery system, particularly to get data on how well the referral process is working and how it might be improved. The Final Report, issued in March 2010, identifies recommendations and the responses of each State agencies to the report findings.
Chapter 515 Annual Report On Integrated Employment For Individuals With Disabilities (139KB, 26pg)
Established to expand employment opportunities in integrated settings for persons with severe disabilities. The annual report summarizes employment action among New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Commission of the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH), New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD) and ACCES-VR.
Laws, Regulations and Policy:
Commissioner of Education Regulations
- Part 246, Workshop Programs, New York State Commissioner of Education
- Part 247, Client Services, New York State Commissioner of Education
- Rehabilitation Act
- Federal Regulations:
Agreements between ACCES-VR and NYS Agencies
What are Partnerships? Partnerships are formal or informal agreements developed and maintained with other agencies, associations, community based providers, that share broadly similar goals to provide high quality services and a smooth and appropriate transition for the individual with a disability to attain an employment outcome.
ACCES-VR has formal agreements called Memoranda of Agreements or Memoranda of Understanding with a variety of state agencies, including, but not limited to, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Department of Labor, and Local Workforce Investment Boards.
- New York State Office of Higher and Professional Education
- New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped
- Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
- Office of Mental Health
- New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA)
VR PoliciesWhat is the purpose of a policy? ACCES-VR policy is a plan of action to assure consistent decision-making and fulfills the Federal and State mandates. Important considerations are:
- Not in conflict with Federal and/or State mandates
- Defining a framework for ACCES-VR staff use
- Consider constancy and uniformity throughout the State
- Simple and clear language
- Be consistent and in alignment with other policies whenever possible
What is the process for policy development? Once a policy has been selected for development appropriate ACCES-VR staff from both Central Office and the field, a representative from the State Rehabilitation Council, applicable stakeholders work together as a team to ensure efficient development and implementation.
VR Technical Assistance Briefs (TAB) for ACCES-VR staff that provide disability specific educational information on a particular topic.