Proposed Policy Changes for 2017

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The majority of changes throughout all chapters consist of the division name change of Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind & Visually Impaired (VRBVI) becoming Visual Services (VS).

Changes to Chapter 1 include removing specific names of publications, forms and instructions and use general descriptive language since the titles may change again in the future.

Changes to Chapter 10 include revisions in accordance with federal law to permit DRS to provide extended services for up to 4 years for youth with the most significant disabilities who are working in supported employment, to allow them to maintain such employment. Revisions to reflect Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provisions including customized employment, self-employment, work experiences, internships and apprenticeships in the listing of types of vocational services which may be provided to facilitate employment. The addition of a new policy to Chapter 10 authorizing DRS to assist clients to participate in work experiences, internships and apprenticeships which are training options encouraged under WIOA. Additional changes to Chapter 10 consist of clarifying terms and updating language to reflect current use of terms and removal of antiquated language.

If you would like to comment but are unable to attend, written comments may be sent to the attention of Tina Calloway, Policy Development, Department Of Rehabilitation Services, 3535 N.W. 58th, suite 500, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112. Written comments must be received no later than February 8, 2017.

Public Hearings Will Be Held

Monday, February 6, 2017
4:00 P.M. — 6:00 P.M.
Department of Rehabilitation Services
3535 N.W. 58th Street
2nd Floor Conference Room
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
1:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.
Total Source for Hearing Loss and Access
8740 E. 11th
Conference Room
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
1:00 P.M. — 3:00 P.M.
Great Plains Technology Center
4500 W. Lee Blvd., Bldg 300, Room 301A
Worley Seminar Center
Lawton, Oklahoma

DRS Policy Development

3535 NW 58 Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112


(405) 951-3552


(405) 951-3529