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Program B: Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Program Authorization: The Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-112 as amended. R.S. 36:477(B)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program is to assist individuals with disabilities to obtain employment, and to serve as a resource for employers with regard to the rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities.

The goals of the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program are:

1. Assure that adequate staff is available to provide rehabilitation services in field offices and facilities statewide.

2. Provide vocational evaluation, rehabilitation, supported employment, independent living and related rehabilitation services to assist eligible disabled citizens of Louisiana to obtain gainful employment.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with General Fund, Self-generated Revenue, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. Self-generated revenue represents fees collected from deaf interpreter certification payments; the Statutory Dedication is the Louisiana Blind Vendors Trust Fund from revenue obtained from unassigned vending machines (see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal funds are obtained from Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 110.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$3,812,062

$19,081,323

466

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$403

$1,891

0

 

Carry Forward general and federal funds for equipment not delivered prior to June 30, 1998

$0

$667,299

0

 

Add self-generated revenue and federal funds for a contract to expand training services for the blind in Baton Rouge, with the contractor supplying the $142,143 of self-generated revenue necessary to match the federal funds

$9,812,969

$49,084,974

(2)

 

In October of 1998 the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget approved modifying the program structure for this agency, to meet concerns of the Legislative Auditor and the Joint Health and Welfare Committee, including renaming this program from Client Services to Vocational Rehabilitation services, and transferring all funding for services provided by the agency under authority of the federal Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to this program

 

 

 

 

 

$13,625,434

$68,835,487

464

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$74,010

$352,429

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$75,021

$357,242

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999-2000

$19,000

$91,000

0

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($18,984)

($89,129)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($596,272)

($5,030,390)

0

Nonrecurring Carry Forwards (these funds were moved from the third program where they had been carried forward prior to program restructuring)

$1,985

$9,452

0

 

Rent in State-owned Building

$3,769

$17,948

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings

$19,858

$93,232

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

($149,031)

($709,671)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

($19,858)

($93,232)

(3)

 

Personnel Reductions

($200,000)

($200,000)

0

 

Nonrecurring funding for Affiliated Blind for services to visually impaired individuals added by line item amendment during the FY 1998-1999 appropriations process

$4,078

$19,147

0

 

Transfer funding for staff training from the Administration program

($42,600)

($200,000)

0

 

Transfer funding for computer data lines and circuits to the Administration program for transfer to the DSS, Office of the Secretary

$0

$160,000

0

 

Provide self-generated revenue and federal funds to establish an assistive technology device data base, with a non-profit contractor to supply the $34,000 of self-generated revenue needed to match the federal funds

$0

$1,300,000

0

Provide self-generated revenue and federal funds to establish a mobile assistive technology unit to provide assistive technology services to individuals residing in rural areas, with a non-profit contractor, or contractors to supply the $277,000 of self-generated revenue needed to match federal funds

$0

$984,000

0

 

Provide self-generated revenue and federal funds to provide vocational rehabilitation related transportation services to disabled individuals residing in rural areas, with a non-profit contractor, or contractors to supply the $210,000 of self-generated revenue needed to match the federal funds

$0

$130,000

0

Provide self-generated revenue and federal funds to expand employment opportunities for deaf individuals, with a non-profit contractor to supply the $28,000 to self-generated revenue needed to match the federal funds

 

 

 

 

 

$12,796,410

$66,027,515

461

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

         

($829,024)

($2,807,972)

(3)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 95.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 93.7% of the total request ($70,355,484) for this program. Major changes include: decreased funding in the amount of $5,030,390 for nonrecurring carry forwards; a decrease of $200,000 to non-recur funding for Affiliated Blind Services of Louisiana added by line item amendment during the FY 1998-99 appropriations process, and a decrease of $200,000 to reflect the transfer of funding for computer data lines and circuits to the Administration program for transfer to the DSS, Office of the Secretary. These decreases were partially offset by increased funding in the amounts of $160,000, $1,300,000, $984,000 and $130,000 for various programs to expand vocational rehabilitation services, with non-profit organizations providing the 21.3% match needed to draw down federal rehabilitation act funding.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$20,574

 

Medical consultants

$12,000

 

Psychological consultant

 

 

 

$32,574

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$38,272,023

 

Section 110 basic rehabilitation services

$4,836,163

 

Contract rehabilitation services

$1,677,944

 

SSI recipient rehabilitation services

$565,355

 

Supported employment services

$388,297

Federal Part B independent living services

$350,000

 

Randolph Sheppard vending facilities

$263,703

 

Blind Vendors Trust Fund vendor benefits

$105,658

 

Staff training

$77,948

 

Evaluation and assessment services

 

 

 

$46,537,091

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$250,912

 

Central Louisiana State Hospital for utilities and maintenance

$357,848

 

Southeast Louisiana State Hospital for utilities and maintenance

$329,725

 

Division of Administration for rent and maintenance of State owned buildings

$50,737

 

DSS, Office of the Secretary for supplies

$2,247

 

East Louisiana State Hospital for utilities and maintenance

$136,467

 

Office of the Governor for the Statewide Independent Living Council

 

 

 

$1,127,936

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$91,000

 

Replacement of obsolete, damaged, or inoperative equipment

 

 

 

$91,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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