Community rehabilitation programs providing supported employment services in Wyoming must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Mental health centers providing supported–employment services must be certified by the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the Wyoming Department of Health.
The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation’s management information system (Wyoming Rehabilitation and Employment System, or WYRES) includes criteria to measure integration, client satisfaction, scope of service, client wages, hours worked per week, variety of work options, and disability groups served. This data collection system allows the Division to make informed decisions to modify, improve, or expand supported employment services delivered through community rehabilitation programs and mental health centers. (Page 357)
Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Workers & Youth -- Wyoming at Work
Wyoming currently uses and intends to continue using an information management system called Wyoming at Work. It is operated by a third party vendor, Geographic Solutions.
The Wyoming at Work system facilitates common data collection for Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Migrant Seasonal Farm Workers, Veterans Employment and Training Services and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Reporting of WIOA and Wagner-Peyser data and performance outcomes, including Veterans Program data and outcomes, is accomplished through the Federal Data Reporting and Validation System (eDRVS).
The management information system collects and stores the data for required Federal reports including: (Page 202)
Wyoming continues to work towards data alignment and integration across the six core programs, unemployment insurance, and the state’s education systems. Several core programs and future combined plan programs are already integrated from an intake, case management, and reporting perspective. The integrated programs are Wagner-Peyser, Adult, Dislocated Worker, Youth, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, and Veterans. Presently, management information systems are not fully interoperable. However, for research purposes, including evaluation, Research and Planning’s data (illustrated in the graphic, “Research & Planning’s Administrative Records Data Providers”) either is, or will be, integrated across Social Security numbers and student identifiers, for descriptive analysis, and predictive, and explanatory purposes. As the graphic shows, Research and Planning obtains student records, including personally identifiable information, from all of public education for research and evaluation, including WIOA purposes. Employer information is collected quarterly from unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation records. Administrative records for research purposes are collected on a weekly, quarterly, semester, and annual basis. WIOA participant records are acquired quarterly, while Vocational Rehabilitation and Adult Education are collected annually. Beginning with PY 2016, Adult Education and Vocational Rehabilitation records will be collected on a quarterly basis. Research and Planning’s established data collection and management system will be sustained by Workforce Services to evaluate performance, provide user-friendly information, and enhance knowledge about the workforce system. Research and Planning’s data collection and management system will also be used under WIOA to meet longitudinal tracking and evaluation research requirements. (Page 220)
- Assign vocational rehabilitation counseling personnel to work with educational agencies in formalizing collaborative efforts on student planning, referral development, and tracking.
- Make available relevant data about eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and tracking information about employment outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. Review agency data collection procedures to improve and track vocational rehabilitation services and employment outcomes.
- Division counselors shall assist local education agencies in planning for transitions of students with disabilities from school to post–school careers and life. Division counselors shall act as consultants for students, parents, and the local education agencies during IEP/transition meetings scheduled prior to eligibility determination by DVR. When requested by the LEA, DVR shall ensure that DVR counselors/representatives participate in the evaluation process of students who have applied for or otherwise requested DVR services in the development of the IEP or 504 plan of eligible students. (Page 320)