Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), requires the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Act to determine whether a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its state plan under Section 101 of the Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. In addition, this monitoring process assists the commissioner in assessing the degree to which programs offered under Title VI of the Act are substantially complying with their respective state plan assurances and program requirements. In order to achieve this purpose, RSA will collect and analyze information related to performance and compliance.
The monitoring process will also encompass the State Independent Living Services (SILS) program and the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) programs authorized under chapters 1 and 2 of Title VII of the Act. RSA will also monitor the performance of the designated state units and the Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILC) to determine compliance with and performance on the assurances contained within the state plan for independent living.
RSA will focus its monitoring review on those aspects of the programs identified in Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act. The established protocol for reviewing state agencies under Section 107 identifies what areas the commissioner shall consider in the monitoring process. This protocol provides state agencies and stakeholders with the steps in the process that RSA will take to:
- identify any issues of compliance and areas of low or high performance; and
- identify any appropriate action steps state agencies should take to achieve compliance or improve performance.
The goal of RSA's monitoring process and technical assistance strategy is to improve the performance of state vocational rehabilitation agencies and independent living programs in assisting eligible individuals to achieve quality employment and independent living outcomes.
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