Oregon 2017 Year End Report: Vocational Rehabilitation Subminimum Wage Project


State Policies & Initiatives: 

“The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA) added new responsibilities for Vocational Rehabilitation in Part 511: Limitation on Use of Subminimum Wage. Section 511 requirements mandate VR to provide specified services to two groups of individuals:

  1. For an individual of any age known by VR to be employed at subminimum wage: career counseling and information and referral. 14(c) entities are required to provide information about training opportunities in areas of: self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer support; those with fewer than 15 employees may request this service from VR.
  2. For youth with a disability who are known by VR to be seeking subminimum wage employment: a series of School and VR provided services that include application for VR services.

Oregon’s VR Subminimum Wage Project worked exclusively within category #1. Project staff provided career counseling and information and referral to 1,239 individuals already working in subminimum wage employment. Youth who are known to be seeking subminimum wage employment will be collaboratively served by schools and VR working to provide preemployment, transition and VR services.”

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • WIOA
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