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Program B: Client 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 Client Services Program is to prepare individuals with disabilities for employment; to increase the ability of individuals with disabilities for employment; to increase the ability of qualified candidates for employment; and to serve as a resource for employers with regard to the rehabilitation needs of persons with disabilities.

The goals of the Office of Rehabilitation Services Client Services Program are:

1. Assure that necessary and qualified rehabilitation professionals are on staff to provide direct service in field offices and facilities statewide.

2. Assure that the agency provides a wide range of Vocational Rehabilitation, Supported Employment, Independent Living and other Rehabilitation Services to meet the needs of the eligible disabled citizens of Louisiana.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. By June 30, 1999, Rehabilitation Services will increase by 500 the number of persons eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.

2. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of rehabilitation technology services for individuals with severe disabilities through training of 210 direct service delivery staff.

3. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services will provide training for 467 service delivery staff to increase the ease of, access to, timeliness of, and quality of vocational rehabilitation services that lead to meaningful employment.

4. Rehabilitation Services, through its Client Services Program, will continue to restructure existing facilities (both Rehabilitation Services and private community rehabilitation programs) and to expand services to all disability groups, including persons in rural areas, in order to increase by 500 the number of persons with disabilities placed into meaningful employment by June 30, 1999.

5. In FY 1998-99, Rehabilitation Services will manage 114 vending facility operations through monthly on-site visits, automation of the vending facilities, upgrading existing vending facilities and expanding vending facility locations.

6. Rehabilitation Services will provide effective independent living services (Part B) to approximately 395 eligible severely disabled individuals by qualified Independent Living Counselors by June 30, 1998.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with state general fund, statutory dedications and federal funds. The statutory dedication is the Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund which generates its revenue from a tax levied on telephone access lines of local exchange companies operating in Louisiana. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.) The federal funds are from Title I, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 110.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$3,597,728

$18,078,394

467

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$15,276

$74,700

0

 

Carryforward BA-7 for core Vocational Rehabilitation services that could not be liquidated prior to June 30, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$3,613,004

$18,153,094

467

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($15,276)

($74,700)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carryforward for core rehabilitation services that could not be liquidated prior to June 30, 1996

($4,694)

($22,042)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Nonrecurring: -$23,804; Replacement/New: +$19,110)

$61,817

$290,221

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$63,054

$296,027

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($9,002)

($47,758)

(1)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

($164,162)

($770,713)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($8,958

($42,056)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($503)

($2,365)

0

 

Rent in State-owned Building Adjustment(s)

($1,212)

($5,688)

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$250,917

$1,178,012

0

 

Staff restructuring to address 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act

$27,664

$129,878

0

 

Rate increases for leases in Regional Offices

 

 

 

 

 

$3,812,649

$19,081,910

466

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$199,645

$928,816

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 105.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.1% of the total request ($20,710,016) for this program. The major changes reflected in the analysis of recommendation include: decreased funding for nonrecurring carryforwards totaling ($74,700); decreased funding for a personnel reduction of one position totaling ($47,758); increased funding for all 466 recommended positions totaling $586,248; decreased funding to an anticipated attrition factor of 2% totaling ($770,713); increased funding for staff restructuring to address the 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act totaling $1,178,012; and increased funding for rate increases for leases in Regional Offices totaling $129,878.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$32,574

 

Medical services for medical and psychological consultant services used in the evaluation of clients to determine eligibility

 

 

 

$32,574

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$133,891

 

Evaluation and assessment development to ensure proper vocational training of the disabled population

 

 

 

$133,891

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$302,325

 

Division of Administration for maintenance of state-owned buildings

$50,737

 

DSS-Office of the Secretary for supplies

$2,247

 

East Louisiana State Hospital for supplies

 

 

 

$355,309

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$89,716

 

Replacement of obsolete, damaged, or inoperative equipment

 

 

 

$89,716

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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