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Plan for state VRS Program

June 7, 2011

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program
and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program

Maine Division for the Blind & Visually Impaired (DBVI) State Plan Fiscal Year 2012 (submitted FY 2011)

Attachment 4.2(c) Input of State Rehabilitation Council
Required annually by all agencies except those agencies that are independent consumer-controlled commissions.

Identify the Input provided by the state rehabilitation council, including recommendations from the council’s annual report, the review and analysis of consumer satisfaction, and other council reports. Be sure to also include:

  • the Designated State Unit's response to the input and recommendations; and

  • explanations for the Designated State Unit's rejection of any input      or recommendation of the council.

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) works closely with DBVI leadership and staff on many aspects of our service delivery system. The primary objective of the SRC is to be a direct influence for improving the responsiveness of VR services in Maine. During the past year, the SRC has been involved in many activities with DBVI.

A statewide public hearing was held on June 15, 2011 using the ‘Polycom’ system which connected Career Center sites in Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, Presque Isle and Augusta. These locations were advertised in a number of newspapers as well as on a statewide Radio Reading Service (Maine AIRS), the Blind Forum and the DOL website. This time was used to review, answer any questions and address concerns of the 2012 draft State Plan. The full SRC was provided a copy of the 2012 draft state plan and given an opportunity to make comments.   SRC comments:

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