DOR's Stakeholder News Brief Spring 2018

DOR's Stakeholder News Brief is here!

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Thank you for taking time to participate in our survey last winter! With your valuable feedback, we have redesigned a quarterly stakeholder news brief to keep our community more informed of our programs and actions.

Per your request, in addition to current information on DOR services and programs, we will now alert you of upcoming public forums, board and committee meetings, and DOR grant and solicitation due dates.

Moving forward, we ask for your continued feedback to improve this publication and discuss topics we have yet to cover.

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New RSA Commissioner Appointed

President Donald Trump has selected Mark Schultz, a deputy commissioner of education in Nebraska, to serve as commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Education.

Mr. Schultz previously served as the Nebraska Director of Vocational Rehabilitation. His prior experience includes serving as the Director of the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership and as a Barrier Free Design Specialist for the League of Human Dignity, a Center for Independent Living.

Mr. Schultz has more than 35 years of experience with the development and provision of services for people with disabilities at a national, State, and local level.

The Senate will need to confirm Schultz's nomination.

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New Programs Stepping Up for Youth!

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Alongside partners, DOR is pleased to announce we are now funding a new customized employment training initiative called Summer Training and Employment Program for Students (STEPS).

Current awardees are the Sacramento Employment Training Agency Workforce Board, San Joaquin County Workforce Development Board, Richmond Workforce Development Board, and Verdugo Workforce Development Board. With the newly awarded funds, organizations will provide training on interpersonal skills such as punctuality, workplace appearance, communication skills and teamwork as well as workplace culture, policy and safety.

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Renewed Focus on Youth

To prepare students with disabilities for the workforce, DOR is now rolling out Student Services to students with disabilities, ages 16 through 21.

Services consist of pre-employment transition services within five categories: job exploration, work-based learning experiences, postsecondary counseling, work readiness training, and self-advocacy training.

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Exciting Times For Innovation

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The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is fostering a culture of agency-wide innovation to better serve Californians. With innovation as a primary focus, we initiated two exciting projects - Self-Service Resources and Expedited Enrollment. These projects are designed to improve services by changing the way that we do business.

Our Self-Service team is transforming how consumers engage with their vocational rehabilitation teams. This project initially started with college students but may expand beyond students to other consumers, vendors, and partner organizations.

Several departments within CHHS are engaging in similar efforts.

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Shorter Lines and Faster Services at DOR

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Expedited Enrollment is an innovation project DOR and CHHS is launching to better serve Californians with disabilities at DOR.

Our Expedited Enrollment team created a new process that reduces the time for applicants to become eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. Within the first month, implementation application numbers almost doubled from last year, reducing the eligibility period dramatically. Kudos to DOR's San Marcos office in the San Diego district for leading the pilot program!

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Building Employment Opportunities for All

DOR's Workforce Development Section (WDS) continue to build partnerships with both private and public businesses to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The department continues to nurture its relationships with our various partners. We assisted California Department of Human Resources in converting the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) certification process from paper to an electronic format, launched the Hot Jobs portal for consumers to search new and recent job posts, and assisted with successful referrals to jobs with Microsoft's Autism Hiring program.

Our partnerships with companies such as Amazon continue as we assist with their Project Inclusion program. Among other initiatives we aid Walgreens and Apple with referrals of work ready individuals.

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Our Clients Share Their Stories

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Travis graduated from the University of Santa Cruz with assistance from Department of Rehabilitation and entered a training program through Expandability for job seekers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Heís now living independently in Palo Alto working for SAP.

"I think I have done very wellÖI constantly surprise myself of how much I can do and I tell myself, ‘Okay, let's keep going and there I am.’ You just gotta keep trying and see what works or what doesn't work. I think eventually you'll find what you're meant to be."

Experience Travis's full story @

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Consumer Satisfaction Survey Results are in!

In collaboration with the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), DOR conducts a Consumer Satisfaction Survey in the spring each year. The results are compiled into a comprehensive report at the end of each survey period and are posted on both DORís internal and external website for viewing.

The 2017 survey was sent out to over 20,000 DOR consumers and the results are in!. Click here to view the results from the 2017 Consumer Satisfaction Survey

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Update to DOR's 2015-2016 Annual Report

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            Cover text reads: Disability 2017 At a Glance, Employment and 
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Although we strive for perfection, at times details can fall through the cracks. It has come to our attention that a few numbers in the 2015-2016 Annual Report were provided with incorrect decimal placement, specifically, the data of consumer demographics based upon type of disability.

We pride ourselves in transparency and aim to provide accurate and useful information to not only our staff but also to the public.

You may find the updated document in the Annual Report archive on the DOR website and while youíre there, be sure to check out the newest addition to the collection, DOR At-A-Glance, 2017.

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Budget Proposal Update

The budget process in California is exactly that - a process. It is initiated by the Governor through the Department of Finance, enacted by the legislatures, and administered by all the departments, including the DOR. Upon completion of this process a bill is developed, otherwise known as The Budget Act, to serve as the primary source for appropriations -- or the moneys that are set aside for specific purposes.

Using the Governorís January 10th proposed budget as the base, the legislatures continue to receive and hear additional budget change proposals to adjust budgets due to changing needs.

DOR presented to the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services on April 25, 2018 followed by the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3 on May 3, 2018 regarding DORís three changes to the governorís proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2018-2019.

  1. Disabled Telecommunications Program
    The DOR requests an additional $2 million in reimbursement authority for FY 18-19 and FY19-20 to assist the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) administer the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP), which offers service and assistive equipment to California residents who are certified as having a hearing, speech, mobility, vision, or cognitive disability.

  2. Vending Stand Fund Expenditure Authority Increase
    DOR requests to increase the Vending Stand Fund (VSF) expenditure authority by $1 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 and annually thereafter to allow the Department to use the accumulated VSF to fund the Business Enterprises Programís (BEP) expenditures. This will allow the DOR to properly allocate cost for the necessary services and resources to approximately 90 BEP blind vendors to be successful in their businesses and be self-sufficient.

  3. Disability Access Business Engagement
    The DOR requests $400,000 increase in reimbursement budget authority to fund three permanent full-time positions to increase employment, independence, and access for individuals with disabilities. The positions will be funded from reimbursements through inter-agency agreements and will be responsible for providing technical assistance, so state and local government and private businesses will be engaged and educated about program and physical accessibility to increase equal employment opportunities of Californians with disabilities.

All three changes to the governorís proposed budget for FY 2018-2019 were unanimously approved by the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 3, but currently being held open pending the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 1 on Health and Human Services vote.

The legislature has until June 15 to pass a budget and send it to the Governor for approval.

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Upcoming Board and Committee Meetings

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May 15, 2018 - CCEPD Employment and Training Committee Meeting

May 16, 2018 - Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Program Workgroup

May 16, 2018 - CVPC Vendor Benefits Subcommittee Meeting

May 16, 2018 - May 17, 2018 - State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) Meeting

May 31, 2018 - CCEPD Full Committee Meeting

Follow this link for more information on board and committee meetings

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DOR grant and solicitation due dates

5/17/2018 - BEP IFB C18-30662 - Commercial Refrigeration, Service and Repair

5/17/2018 - BEP IFB C17-30651 - American Sign Language Interpreting Services

5/21/2018 - BEP IFB C18-30660 - Commercial Food Equipment Service and Repair

5/23/2018 - BEP IFB C17-30708 - Vending Machine Contract - Contra Costa County

5/28/2018 - BEP IFB C18-30695 - Vending Machine Relocation, Installation, Removal, Service and Repair

5/29/2018 - BEP IFB C17-30711 - Vending Machine Contract Santa Barbara & Camarillo

5/31/2018 - BEP IFB C18-30664 - Relocation, Hauling, Salvage and Recycle of Equipment

Select this link for grant solicitation details

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