ERIC Number: ED394030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Vocational Rehabilitation. Clearer Guidance Could Help Focus Services on Those with Severe Disabilities. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Select Education, Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
The General Accounting Office (GAO) examined the allocation of vocational rehabilitation (VR) funds to determine whether and how states are prioritizing VR services to individuals with the most severe disabilities through the order-of-selection procedure mandated in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. GAO visited VR agencies in 20 states and analyzed national caseload statistics from two Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) databases. Eleven of the 20 states had never used the order-of-selection procedure; however, many used caseload management techniques (including reducing outreach efforts) to limit applicants when resources to serve additional clients are unavailable. Overall, the caseload percentage of clients with severe disabilities among the nine order-of-selection states was substantially higher than among all other states. It was concluded that the RSA has provided inadequate guidance and oversight with respect to order of selection. It was recommended that the RSA take the following steps: establish clearer criteria for determining if/when states must use order-of-selection procedures; disseminate information on states' successful order-of-selection experience; and direct regional offices to review state determinations regarding the need to implement the procedure and enforce its use. (Appended are the following: caseload data analysis methodology, comments from the Department of Education, and a list of major contributors to the report.) (MN)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Admission Criteria, Caseworker Approach, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Comparative Analysis, Compliance (Legal), Data Analysis, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, National Surveys, Rehabilitation Counseling, Resource Allocation, Selective Admission, Severe Disabilities, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; additional copies $2 each; 100 or more: 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers: Vocational Rehabilitation Act 1973