3.A. STRATEGY REQUEST
81st Regular Session, Agency Submission, Version 1
Agency code: 538 Agency name: Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services GOAL: 2 Rehabilitation Services for Persons with Disabilities Statewide Goal/Benchmark: 3 26
OBJECTIVE: 1 Rehabilitation Services for Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Service Categories:
STRATEGY: 3 Voc Rehab Services for Persons Who are Blind or Visually Impaired Service: 27 Income: A.2 Age: B.3
CODE DESCRIPTION Exp 2007 Est 2008 Bud 2009 BL 2010 BL 2011
Output Measures:            
KEY 1 Number of Consumers Served 9,630.00 9,698.00 9,564.00 9,340.00 9,348.00
2 Number of Consumers Who Achieved Employment Outcomes 1,361.00 1,325.00 1,325.00 1,325.00 1,325.00
Efficiency Measures:            
KEY 1 Average Cost Per Consumer Served 4,575.00 4,854.00 4,854.00 4,854.00 4,854.00
Objects of Expense:            
1001 SALARIES AND WAGES $17,996,897 $18,868,581 $18,647,738 $18,647,738 $18,647,738
1002 OTHER PERSONNEL COSTS $901,780 $823,523 $851,523 $851,523 $851,523
2001 PROFESSIONAL FEES AND SERVICES $851,343 $1,028,123 $843,729 $863,533 $858,533
2002 FUELS AND LUBRICANTS $36,931 $90,980 $90,559 $90,559 $90,559
2003 CONSUMABLE SUPPLIES $100,014 $92,196 $93,770 $73,790 $73,790
2004 UTILITIES $661,418 $588,664 $483,633 $478,257 $478,257
2005 TRAVEL $1,400,257 $1,412,303 $1,436,450 $1,495,753 $1,495,753
2006 RENT - BUILDING $20,472 $21,329 $21,832 $21,832 $21,832
2007 RENT - MACHINE AND OTHER $459,080 $454,323 $448,259 $449,259 $449,259
2009 OTHER OPERATING EXPENSE $3,634,745 $5,324,628 $5,768,639 $5,283,815 $5,205,530
3001 CLIENT SERVICES $17,714,624 $18,152,955 $17,715,049 $17,060,377 $17,180,783
5000 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES $279,240 $216,595 $24,500 $19,415 $20,340
TOTAL, OBJECT OF EXPENSE   $44,056,801 $47,074,200 $46,425,681 $45,335,851 $45,373,897
Method of Financing:            
1 General Revenue Fund $9,335 $164,819 $164,818 $164,818 $164,818
888 Earned Federal Funds $559,245 $0 $0 $0 $0
8007 GR For Vocational Rehab $5,965,811 $7,458,672 $8,149,175 $7,833,924 $7,833,924
8894 80(R) Supp: GR Vocational Rehab $280,350 $0 $0 $0 $0
SUBTOTAL, MOF (GENERAL REVENUE FUNDS)   $6,814,741 $7,623,491 $8,313,993 $7,998,742 $7,998,742
Method of Financing:            
555 Federal Funds          
84.126.000 Rehabilitation Services_V $35,672,789 $37,246,989 $36,639,192 $36,185,551 $36,223,530
84.187.000 Supported Employment Serv $389,675 $443,202 $384,020 $384,020 $384,020
84.265.000 REHABILITATION TRAINING S $80,702 $77,526 $79,206 $77,845 $77,912
96.000.003 SSA-VR REIMBURSEMENT $28,813 $1,647,976 $996,532 $676,955 $676,955
CFDA Subtotal, Fund 555   $36,171,979 $39,415,693 $38,098,950 $37,324,371 $37,362,417
8892 80(R) Supp: Federal Funds          
84.126.000 Rehabilitation Services_V $1,035,847 $0 $0 $0 $0
CFDA Subtotal, Fund 8892 $1,035,847 $0 $0 $0 $0
SUBTOTAL, MOF (FEDERAL FUNDS)   $37,207,826 $39,415,693 $38,098,950 $37,324,371 $37,362,417
Method of Financing:            
493 Blind Endow Fund $214 $22,278 $0 $0 $0
8084 Appropriated Receipts For VR $34,020 $12,738 $12,738 $12,738 $12,738
SUBTOTAL, MOF (OTHER FUNDS)   $34,234 $35,016 $12,738 $12,738 $12,738
TOTAL, METHOD OF FINANCE (INCLUDING RIDERS)         $45,335,851 $45,373,897
TOTAL, METHOD OF FINANCE (EXCLUDING RIDERS)   $44,056,801 $47,074,200 $46,425,681 $45,335,851 $45,373,897
FULL TIME EQUIVALENT POSITIONS:   443.5 445.5 431.6 431.6 431.6

STRATEGY DESCRIPTION AND JUSTIFICATION:

The DARS Division for Blind Services administers the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR-Blind) program for blind individuals in Texas. The goal of this strategy is employment. This strategy provides services designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals who are blind consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, and abilities, so they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment and live as independently as possible. Services are provided on an individual basis according to how the person's visual loss is affecting their ability to obtain and keep a job. Specialized services that focus on the development of blindness skills include orientation and mobility training, vocational counseling and guidance, adaptive skills training, career preparation, assistive technology, and braille skills. The purpose of the VR-Blind program is to increase the consumers' self-sufficiency and reduce or eliminate their need for other public assistance programs. Close attention is given to building the consumer's self-confidence through the mastery of these essential skills. The VR-Blind program served 9,630 blind people in FY 2007.

Legal Authority: Human Resources Code § 91.052-, § 91.053, United States Code, Title 29, Chapter 16, Subchapter I, Vocational Rehabilitation Services

EXTERNAL/INTERNAL FACTORS IMPACTING STRATEGY:

Gaining access to available federal funds in this program is dependent on the availability of state funds to meet matching and maintenance-of-effort requirements. The program has an almost 4-to-1 match of federal to state dollars. The anticipated growth in the overall Texas population in coming years will have a direct impact on this strategy. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults and is expected to increase the number of people becoming eligible for VR-Blind services.

To ensure adequate availability of job opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired, employers must be educated on the capabilities of people who are blind, and be made aware of the availability of assistive technology products that allow speech, large print, or Braille readings and output from computer systems.

Each year, new or improved assistive technology products become available. These provide consumers with the tools they need to be more competitive in the labor market. As a result, the amount of funds used to purchase assistive technology products continues to increase from year to year.