Reviewing Your State’s WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan (WIOA Title IV Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements)
LEAD Center | March 2016 | Tool/Manual
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Governor of each State to submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of DOL by April 1, 2016 that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system to provide services and supports that assist all job-seekers in securing good jobs while providing businesses with skilled workers. States must have approved State Plans in place to receive funding for the six core programs under WIOA.
In order to ensure that these Unified or Combined State Plans address the needs of individuals with disabilities, as required by WIOA, the LEAD Center has created two guides that can be used by local and state Workforce Development Boards, disability-related stakeholders, and workforce partners as a tool when reviewing their state’s plan from a disability perspective. These guides, in the form of presentation slides - one set of slides for WIOA Title I – Workforce System Requirements and one set for Title IV – Vocational Rehabilitation Requirements - can help facilitate the development of comments to submit for Workforce Development Boards as their plans are being finalized.
Each guide is accompanied by a brief tutorial video to give you an idea of how to best use the guides. The slides provided in the videos are just a sample of the more comprehensive guide.
Other resources provided are the LEAD Center’s Review of 10 Unified and Combined WIOA State Plans and a link to a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 14-15 published on March 4, 2016 by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The TEGL conveys the vision and content requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans under WIOA, including a section on connecting the multiple systems that address the specific needs of individuals with barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities.
Commenting on your developing Unified or Combined State Plan provides an important opportunity to ensure that the Plan in your state supports effective services to youth and adults with disabilities. Additional information on the state plan under WIOA can be found at the archived LEAD webinar on this topic, WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process.