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State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies’ Early Implementation Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies’ Early Implementation Experiences with Pre-Employment Transition Services

This Issue Brief builds on findings from the National Council on Disability’s (NCD) 2017 survey to 25 state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, which identified the challenges they were experiencing in implementing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s (WIOA) pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) regulations. This brief uses qualitative information from ten state VR agencies and quantitative data from seven agencies located across the country. It presents examples of partnerships, service delivery, and staffing for Pre-ETS.

This brief allows VR administrators a way to put their own experiences in the context of other agencies’ experiences, which may help them generate ideas for innovations in Pre-ETS delivery within their agencies. The findings confirm those identified by the NCD that agencies have faced a number of challenges in implementing Pre-ETS. However, it also finds that agencies have made considerable progress in developing innovative strategies to expand the services they offer and the populations they serve.