Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Times for Public Comment on the Proposed FFY 2012 Combined Agency State Plan Attachments

Notice is hereby given that the Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, announces a period of public comment on its proposed Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2012 Combined Agency State Plan Attachments. The FFY 2012 begins on October 1, 2011 and ends on September 30, 2012.
 
The purpose of this period of comment is to provide individuals, advocates, and other interested parties and/or organizations opportunities to present their views and recommendations regarding Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services for persons with disabilities. In Pennsylvania, these services are provided by OVR through a network of 21 District Offices and the Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC).
 
OVR is required, under law, to develop and implement a Combined Agency State Plan, which must be reviewed and, as necessary, revised annually when there are changes to its VR program. These revisions take the form of updates to existing attachments. The Plan currently in effect is for FFY 2011 and is a compliance document now on file with the Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration and United States Department of Education. It is the blueprint for the provision of VR services to persons with disabilities living in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
 
This period of public comment allows interested parties an opportunity to provide input regarding Pennsylvania's public VR program. Comment is being solicited regarding the following State Plan attachments: Input and Recommendations of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council; Comprehensive System of Personnel Development; Annual Estimate of Individuals to be Served and Costs of Services; OVR’s Goals and Priorities; Order of Selection; Distribution of Supported Employment Funds; and Innovation and Expansion Activities. In addition to the Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan, the agency’s Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) will accept public comment on the Business Enterprise Program, Specialized Services for Children and Adults, and Independent Living Services for older persons who are blind.
 
Listed below is the pertinent information for the upcoming public meetings. All meeting sites are accessible and interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be present at each public meeting. For additional information, reasonable accommodation requests, or alternative format requests, please call the OVR District Office conducting the public meeting you wish to attend. If an individual or organization’s representative is unable to attend a public meeting, but wishes to provide testimony, written comments may be mailed to the appropriate District Office serving the area in which the individual/organization member resides. All written comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
 
Download a copy of the proposed FFY 2012 Combined Agency State Plan Attachments (PDF Version / MS Word Version) or for other information, call the contact person listed for the appropriate District Office serving their county.
 
 

STATE PLAN MEETING INFORMATION

ALLENTOWN BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, and Northampton counties)
45 North Fourth Street
Allentown, PA 18102
1-800-922-9536 (Voice) / 1-888-377-9207 (TTY)
 
Date: March 24, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Rick Walters

ALTOONA BBVS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Somerset, Union counties)
1130 12th Avenue, Fourth Floor Conference Room
Altoona, PA 16601
1-866-695-7673 (Voice) / 1-866-320-7956 (TTY)
 
Date: March 28, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Anne Strollo or Jerry Maringione

ALTOONA BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, and Huntingdon counties)
1130 12th Avenue, Fourth Floor Conference Room
Altoona, PA 16601
1-800-442-6343 (Voice) / 1-866-320-7955 (TTY)
 
Date: March 28, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Pam Montgomery

DUBOIS BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, and McKean counties)
199 Beaver Drive
DuBois, PA 15801
1-800-922-4017 (Voice/TTY)
 
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Catherine Farr or Ralph Serafini

ERIE BBVS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties)
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Conference Room
3100 Lovell Place
Erie, PA 16503
1-866-521-5073 (Voice) / 1-888-884-5513 (TTY)
 
Date: March 23, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 
AND
 
Perkins Family Restaurant
18276 Conneaut Lake Road
Meadville, PA 16335
 
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Dawn Sokol - 814-871-4401
On-site at restaurant - mobile number 814-573-1432

ERIE BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties)
Erie District Office Conference Room
3200 Lovell Place
Erie, PA 16503
1-800-541-0721 (Voice) / 1-888-217-1710 (TTY)
 
Date: March 23, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Jack Hewitt or Kim Garnon

HARRISBURG BBVS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York counties)
1-866-375-8264 (Voice) / 1-888-575-9420 (TTY)
Franklin County CareerLink®
600 Norland Avenue
Chambersburg, PA 17201
 
Date: March 15, 2011
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Karen Knaub 717-705-8618 or Mardell Eberly 717-264-4584
 
AND
 
Forum Place, 8th Floor Conference Room
555 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
 
Date: March 24, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Karen Knaub 717-705-8618 or Cindy Mundis 717-346-2754
 
AND
 
York BVRS District Office
2550 Kingston Road, Suite 101
York, PA 17402
 
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Karen Knaub 717-705-8618 or Bonnie Bluett 717-771-4407, ext 204

HARRISBURG BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, and Perry counties)
Forum Place, 8th Floor Conference Room
555 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
1-800-442-6352 (Voice) / 1-877-497-6545 (TTY)
 
Date: March 24, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Karen Knaub 717-705-8618 or Cindy Mundis 717-346-2754

JOHNSTOWN BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Cambria, Indiana, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties)
Hiram G. Andrews Center Seminar Theater
727 Goucher Street, Section 10
Johnstown, PA 15905
1-800-762-4223 (Voice) / 1-866-862-6891 (TTY)
 
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Tammy Burke 814-255-6771

NEW CASTLE BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Arnstrong, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence counties)
Conference Room
100 Margaret Street
New Castle, PA 16101
1-800-442-6379 (Voice) / 1-888-870-4476 (TTY)
 
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Gary Gay

NORRISTOWN BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties)
1875 New Hope Street
Norristown, PA 19401
1-800-221-1042 (Voice) / 1-888-616-0470 (TTY)
 
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Michael Wakefield or Beverly Benn

PHILADELPHIA BBVS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties)
Philadelphia BBVS District Office
5th Floor Conference Room
444 North Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
1-866-631-3892 (Voice) / 1-888-870-4473 (TTY)
 
Date: March 17, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
 
AND
 
Associated Services for the Blind
919 Walnut St., 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
1-866-631-3892 (Voice) / 1-888-870-4473 (TTY)
 
Date: March 31, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Roland Gensel 215-560-1074

PHILADELPHIA BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Philadelphia County)
5th Floor Conference Room
444 North Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
1-800-442-6381 (Voice) / 1-800-772-9031 (TTY)
 
Date: March 23, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Rose Higby 215-560-1940 or Shannon Ruane 215-560-1960, TTY 965-7428 or sruane@pa.gov

PITTSBURGH BBVS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington, and Westmoreland counties)
The Allegheny County Human Services Building
The Liberty Room
1 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh PA 15222
1-866-412-4072 (Voice) / 1-877-255-5082 (TTY)
 
Date: April 12, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact Person: Richard Fischer 412-565-5521

PITTSBURGH BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Allegheny County)
The Allegheny County Human Services Building
The Liberty Room
1 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
1-800-442-6371 (Voice) / 1-888-870-4474 (TTY)
 
Date: April 12, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Contact Person: Maryann Sutor 412-392-4958

READING BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Berks and Schuylkill counties)
3602 Kutztown Road, Suite 200
Reading, PA 19605
1-800-442-0949 (Voice) / 1-877-475-7326 or 610-621-5820 (TTY)
 
Date: March 21, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Betty Brown 610-621-5800, ext. 102

WASHINGTON BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties)
Washington District Office
Conference Room
201 West Wheeling Street
Washington, PA 15301
1-800-442-6367 (Voice) / 1-866-752-6163 (TTY)
 
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Lori Kaczmarek 724-223-4430, ext. 251
 
AND
 
Fayette Community Action Building
Conference Room
137 N. Beeson Boulevard
Uniontown, PA 15401
1-800-442-6367 (Voice) / 1-866-752-6163 (TTY)
 
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Contact Person: Hila Saxer 724-223-4430, ext. 236

WILKES-BARRE BBVS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming counties)
Conference Room
300G Laird St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
1-866-227-4163 (Voice) or 570-826-2361 / 1-888-651-6117 (TTY)
 
Date: March 10, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Karen Walsh-Emma 570-826-2361 ext. 211
 
AND
 
Center for Vision Loss
845 Wyoming Street
Allentown, PA 18103
610-821-6441 / 1-888-377-9207 (TTY)
 
Date: March 16, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Karen Walsh-Emma 570-826-2361 ext. 211

WILKES-BARRE BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties)
Wilkes-Barre OVR
300G Laird Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
1-800-634-2060 (Voice) / 1-888-651-6117 (TTY)
 
Date: March 30, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Nancy Murray

WILLIAMSPORT BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga, and Union counties)
The Grit Building
Suite 102
208 West Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
1-800-442-6359 or 570-327-3600 (Voice) / 1-800-706-0884 (TTY)
 
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Susan Swartz

YORK BVRS DISTRICT OFFICE

(Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, and York counties)
2550 Kingston Road, Suite 207
York, PA 17402
1-800-762-6306 (Voice) / 1-866-466-1404 (TTY)
 
Date: March 29, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Contact Person: Bonnie Bluett 717-771-4407, ext. 204
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