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OOD Public Comment Request - Vocational Rehabilitation Policies


 

Invitation to Submit Public Comments for Vocational Rehabilitation Policies

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is inviting you to comment on the following DRAFT Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) policies.

These draft policies are written in compliance with:

  • Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3304.15, 3304.16, 3304.17;
  • Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 3304-2-51, 3304-2-54, 3304-2-59, 3304-2-65;
  • 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 361.5, 361.37, 361.41, 361.42, 361.43, 361.44, 361.45, 361.46, 361.47, 361.50, 361.57; and,
  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014.
 

Submission of Public Comments

Comments should be emailed to [email protected] during the comment period, which begins Monday, May 3, 2021 and ends Friday, May 14, 2021. Along with your comments, please include the policy number and title.

The OOD Policy Public Comment mailbox is specifically used to collect OOD policy feedback only.  If you have questions or comments about a specific VR case, please contact the closest regional VR office.

 

 

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Programs provided by Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) are funded, in whole or in part, with federal grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For purposes of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, including Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), OOD received 78.7% of its funding through the DOE VR grant. In Federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020, OOD received $103,332,949 in federal funds. Funds appropriated by the State covered 21.3 % of the total costs, or $27,966,859.  Of these federal funds, $15,499,942 is set aside for Pre-ETS. For purposes of the Supported Employment (SE) Program, the DOE SE grant funded 90% of the costs for the Supported Employment for Youth with a Disability Program up to the grant amount and 100% of the costs of regular Supported Employment program costs up to the grant amount. In FFY 2020, OOD received $369,584 for SE Youth with a Disability, and State appropriated funds paid the remaining 10%, or $41,065 of the total costs.  In FFY 2020, OOD received $369,584 in regular SE grant funds. For purposes of the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who are Blind (OIB) Program, the federal grant received from DOE in FFY 2020 paid 90% of the total costs incurred under the program. In FFY 2020, OOD received $1,148,413 in federal grant funds. Funds appropriated by the State paid over the 10% required match, or $127,601 of the total costs incurred under the OIB program. For purposes of the Independent Living (IL) Program, the federal grant received from HHS paid 90% of the total costs incurred in FFY 2020. In FFY 2020, OOD received $641,721 in federal grant funds. Funds appropriated by the State paid over the 10% of the match required or $71,302 of the total costs incurred under the IL Program.

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