In the midst of COVID-19, I wanted to send some good news. The Department of Services for the Blind has been able to release all cases off the Order of Selection wait-list, and have opened all categories for immediate vocational rehabilitation services for all individuals who apply for and are eligible. We are excited that, for the first time since October 2018, we are able to serve all who are eligible without delay.
This is great news for the agency; it has been challenging for so many to have need to delay services. It is a relief to be able to provide immediate services for all eligible individuals.
We are excited to open up all categories of the wait-list at this time, and are cautious as well. Order of Selection will continue to remain in place as a tool, as a way to manage future fiscal challenges. The post-COVID-19 economy will be bumpy, and we may find a need to reinstate a wait-list and delayed services. With a mandated 15% set aside of funds to build the youth career exploration programs, it remains a fact that every year our adult services are funded at 85% the pre-WIOA levels. There are future challenges to navigate, and the wait-list may be one of many tools we need to utilize again in future.
If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your continued support and partnership!
Stay healthy and happy.
Michael MacKillop, Acting Executive Director
Department of Services for the Blind