Strategic Plan For Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Goal 1: Increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities to engage in competitive integrated employment and to live more independently.
 

Objectives

Strategies

Outcomes

1.1
Increase the percentage of program participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program.

1.1.1

Closely monitor outcomes and make adjustments to service provision from Agency staff and certified vendors to ensure high quality services to people with disabilities, while keeping costs of service provision as low as possible.

 

1.1.2
Leverage business relation resources by partnering with other Workforce Partners to reach additional businesses.

 

1.1.3
Actively support the development of the Arkansas Business Leadership Network. ARS will continue meeting with companies from across the state to garner support and identify an anchor employer(s) to facilitate the application process.

 

1.1.4
Actively engage and participate in the development and execution of the local and regional workforce development plans to ensure the clients we serve have access to employment that is driven by Labor Market Information.

 

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1.2
Increase the percentage of program participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the fourth quarter after exit from the program.

1.2.1

Closely monitor outcomes and make adjustments to service provision from Agency staff and certified vendors to ensure high quality services to people with disabilities, while keeping costs of service provision as low as possible.

 

1.2.2
Leverage business relation resources by partnering with other Workforce Partners to reach additional businesses.

 

1.2.3
Actively support the development of the Arkansas Business Leadership Network. ARS will continue meeting with companies from across the state to garner support and identify an anchor employer(s) to facilitate the application process

 

1.2.4
Actively engage and participate in the development and execution of the local and regional workforce development plans to ensure the clients we serve have access to employment that is driven by Labor Market Information.

 

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1.3
Increase the median earnings of program participants who are in unsubsidized employment during the second quarter after exit from the program.

1.3.1

Closely monitor outcomes and make adjustments to service provision from Agency staff and certified vendors to ensure high quality services to people with disabilities, while keeping costs of service provision as low as possible.

 

1.3.2
Leverage business relation resources by partnering with other Workforce Partners to reach additional businesses.

 

1.3.3
Actively support the development of the Arkansas Business Leadership Network. ARS will continue meeting with companies from across the state to garner support and identify an anchor employer(s) to facilitate the application process.

 

1.3.4
Actively engage and participate in the development and execution of the local and regional workforce development plans to ensure the clients we serve have access to employment that is driven by Labor Market Information.


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1.4
Increase the percentage of program participants who obtain a recognized postsecondary credential, or a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, during participation in or within 1 year after exit from the program.

1.4.1

Closely monitor outcomes and make adjustments to service provision from Agency staff and certified vendors to ensure high quality services to people with disabilities, while keeping costs of service provision as low as possible.

 

Pending (WIOA State Plan Waiver Granted)

1.5

Increase the percentage of program participants who, during a program year, are in an education or training program that leads to a recognized postsecondary credential or employment and who are achieving measurable skill gains toward such a credential or employment.

1.5.1

Closely monitor outcomes and make adjustments to service provision from Agency staff and certified vendors to ensure high quality services to people with disabilities, while keeping costs of service provision as low as possible.

 

Pending (WIOA State Plan Waiver Granted)

1.6

Increase the percentage of clients that utilize supportive employment (SE) services.

1.6.1

Recruit and certify vendors to provide supportive employment through performance-based contacts.

 

1.6.2
Train supportive employment vendors on the WIOA requirements for services to people with disabilities as it relates to Section 511, Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wage.

 

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1.7
Increase the percentage of supportive employment clients that attain competitive integrated employment.

1.7.1
Provide training to field counselors about supportive employment services in the state and the process for making appropriate referrals.

 

Pending

1.8
Increase the percentage of students with disabilities that are provided pre-employment transition services.

1.8.1

Develop a transition committee to initiate a statewide plan to provide innovative transition services to students.

 

1.8.2
Facilitate the provision of pre-employment transition services including all services detailed in WIOA for students with disabilities.

 

1.8.3
Refer consumers to College Bound Arkansas to prepare transition students with disabilities for college; continue sponsoring the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF); and support annual Disability Awareness activities.

 

1.8.4
Continue to expand opportunities for young people with disabilities to participate in the five-week jointly developed Transition Employment Program (TEP), in which students receive a comprehensive evaluation, OSHA certification training, job readiness, soft skill development and three internship rotations at ACTI.

 

1.8.5
Increase the opportunities for collaboration and provision of pre-employment transition services by providing outreach and education to multiple levels of professional staff at local education agencies across the state.

 

Pending

1.9
Increase the percentage of Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) including ACTI, participants who obtain successful employment.

1.9.1

ARS will utilize monitoring instruments to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of CRPs, including ACTI, based on WIOA performance accountability measures. Outcome baselines and targets will be established for all CRPs.

 

1.9.2
ARS will train CRPs on the WIOA requirements for services to youth and students with disabilities as it relates to Section 511, Limitations on Sub-Minimum Wage.

 

1.9.3
ARS will conduct an annual assessment of ACTI in conjunction with the triennial needs assessment to determine the optimum adequacy of its programs, services, and infrastructure as a state operated CRP. This includes necessary and critical upgrades to infrastructure and accessibility.


Pending