In partnership with the CNMI State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) annually updates its State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and Supported Employment Services. As a result of the passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), however, OVR's State Plan will now align and be incorporated into a Unified State Plan with the CNMI’s other workforce development partners. The State Plan will now include VR services under Title IV in the Unified State Plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Labor by March 3, 2016 for approval and implementation by July 1, 2016. In order to administer the programs, and prior to inclusion into the Unified State Plan, OVR must submit a State Plan to the Rehabilitation Services Administration for approval. The plan will include 4 program years, FY 2016-2020. The draft provides for public comment and consideration by the State Rehabilitation Council prior to its incorporation into the Unified State Plan.
The OVR State Plan (Title IV of WIOA) provides a blueprint for how the Program will achieve service goals and commitments. Vocational Rehabilitation Services continue to be an important part of the CNMI’s future economic success. VR employment programs provide training and employment services to individuals with disabilities so they can become and/or remain employed. Before making any annual changes to the plan, VR requests comments from the public. As an agency we are interested in hearing your comments for our overall planning purposes and would like for this process to be as transparent as possible to people with disabilities and to our partners including both public and private employers. You can access the proposed VR portion of the Unified State Plan at ovrgov.net (see link below), or at our partners websites at: www.cnmicdd.org, www.nmpasi.org, www.marianas.edu under UCEDD.
Deadline for the submission of public comments: December 28, 2015
Questions, comments, or requests for additional information and/or alternative formats can be directed to:
Office Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 501521 Saipan, MP 96950
Phone: (670) 322-6537
Fax: (670) 322-6548
The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) would like to inform the general public that due to the internet fiber optics dilemma in July, Typhoon Soudelor in August and with the resulting lack of power well into September, OVR has decided to postpone the celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which was not be celebrated in October, as it usually is, and instead will coincide NDEAM activities with those during Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March 2016. Thank you for your understanding.
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