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Section II. Background Information and Methodology

Environmental Scan

OOD Program Metrics. The number of applications processed, eligibility decisions made, service plans written, and outcomes for individuals engaged in the VR program from 2014 to 2017 are illustrated below in Chart 4. While the number of applicants has remained relatively consistent, the number of individuals engaged in the program and achieving successful outcomes has improved. The annual number of eligibility decisions has increased by 9 percent, the number of plans written has increased by 17.3 percent, and the number of successful outcomes has increased by 30.5 percent. There continues to be no wait list for individuals seeking OOD services. (OOD – AWARE)

Chart 4 - Number of applications, eligibility decisions, case service plans, and successful employment outcomes from 2014 - 2017

Bar chart showing the number of VR applications, eligibility determinations, case service plans, and successful employment outcomes from federal fiscal year 2014 to 2017. 2014 Applications = 19,142; Eligibility = 17,016; Plans = 12,014; Outcomes = 4,580. 2015: Applications = 19,746; Eligibility = 17,887; Plans = 12,875; Outcomes = 5,562. 2016: Applications = 21,022; Eligibility = 19,443; Plans = 14,090; Outcomes = 6,642. 2017: Applications = 19,850; Eligibility = 18,542; Plans = 13,480; Outcomes = 5,980.

Table 11 - Vocational Rehabilitation Program - as of July 31, 2018

Table showing VR Program activity trends from federal fiscal year 2014 to 2018. Cost per individual served: -3.7%. Cost per employment outcome: -23.4%. Average time from referral to eligibility: -49%. Eligibility decisions: +9%; Applications pending: -42.2%; Plans written: +12.2%; Months to rehabilitation: -32.8%; Number eligible and served: -4.2%; Total rehabilitations: +30.6%; Rehabilitation rate: +1.8% points; Average wage: +14%.


Recent Funding for OOD. For every dollar in state/local match provided, OOD generates an additional $3.69 in federal VR funds. Over the past four federal fiscal years (FFYs), match ranged from $29.6 million in 2014 to $28.4 million in 2017.

The decline in match over this period is due to a reduction in partnership match. While General Revenue Funds (GRF) increased by almost $350,000 from 2014 to 2017, partnership match decreased by approximately $1.6 million. As a result of these changes in match, total VR federal funds drawn decreased by approximately $4.7 million, or 4.3 percent. Funding information is illustrated below in Chart 5. (OOD – Division of Fiscal Management)


Chart 5 - OOD VR Funding Trends: 2014 - 2017
Line chart showing the trend of VR funding from 2014 to 2017 (in millions of dollars). Total federal VR Grant: 2014 = $109.5; 2015 =$104.8; 2016 = $109.9; 2017 = $104.8. Total Match: 2014 = $29.6; 2015 = $28.4; 2016 = $29.7; 2017 = $28.4. GRF match: 2014 = $15.5; 2015 = $15.9; 2016 = $15.8; 2017 = $15.8. Partnership match: 2014 = $14.2; 2015 = $12.5; 2016 = $13.9; 2017 = $12.5.

 

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