ERIC Number: ED401690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Relationships of Participant Selection and Cost Factors of Service Delivery across Rehabilitation Agency Types. Monograph I: Defining Rehabilitation Agency Types.
Talor, Charles R.; And Others
This monograph reports on a study concerning client acceptance and rates of rehabilitation in vocational programs for individuals who are blind. In this study, a national survey of state agencies for the blind examined characteristics of different agencies and developed classification criteria to distinguish agencies into logical groups based on lines of authority, funding, and operating procedures. Administrative staff of agencies of all 50 states were surveyed for the 1989 fiscal year with a questionnaire which assessed: (1) whether a program had or did not have separate program administration and control over vocational rehabilitation services for people with blindness or severe visual impairments; (2) different types of programs containing some form of specialized administration of services for individuals who are blind; (3) relationships among linked agencies; and (4) special characteristics of "partially combined" agencies. A table presents responses to the eight questions of the agencies of all 50 states. Results indicated that 24 agencies had sufficient independence to be classified as having a "separate" administrative structure; agencies in 10 states had a "combined" agency structure; six states had a "partially combined" agency structure; and the remaining 10 states had a general approach to administration of services to persons who are blind. (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Agency Cooperation, Blindness, Classification, Delivery Systems, National Surveys, State Agencies, Visual Impairments, Vocational Rehabilitation
Mississippi State University, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision, P.O. Box 6189, Mississippi State, MS 39762-6189.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State. Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision.