The Department of Rehabilitation’s (DOR) total budget for fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 is $450 million. Funding for vocational rehabilitation consumer services is $183 million. The DOR continues to operate under a Federal Order of Selection process, and will be providing services to individuals in Priority Category One, eligible individuals with the most significant disabilities, Priority Category Two, eligible individuals with significant disabilities, who apply on or before June 30, 2018, and Priority Category Three, eligible individuals with disabilities who applied on or before June 30, 2017.
DOR Funding ($ in thousands)
Total budget for FY 2017-18 is $450,032 and includes:
Federal Funds - $376,070 including ($15,736) in Local Assistance
Other funds – total of $11,153 including Reimbursements ($7,680), Vending Stand Fund ($2,361) and Traumatic Brain Injury Fund ($1,112).
Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
The Budget transfers a one-time augmentation of $800,000 from the State Penalty Fund to the TBI fund for FY 2017-18. This augmentation will replace the .66% of State Penalty funds for this one year. This augmentation will ensure individuals with TBI continue to receive essential services statewide at existing TBI sites in California.
The Budget restores supplemental funding of $705,000 General Fund - Local Assistance to go towards base grant funding for three Independent Living Centers (each will receive $235,000).
Approved Budget Change Proposals (BCPs) for FY 2017-18
Granted $500,000 General Fund in FY 2017-18 and ongoing in order to continue to provide the Supported Employment provider job coaching hourly rate of $36.57, consistent with the Department of Developmental Services.
Information Security Compliance
Granted two permanent full-time positions and $281,000 General Fund to ensure adequate staffing in DOR’s Information Security Office, compliance with the information security and privacy policies, standards, and procedures prescribed in the State Administrative Manual (SAM) 5300, and maintain the overall safety and security of DOR data for all DOR employees throughout the state and the data of over 100,000 DOR consumers with disabilities.
California Innovations Program: Federal Work-Based Learning Grant for Students with Disabilities
Granted one permanent full-time position to provide program oversight and perform contracting and data management activities required to administer the $8.5 million federal grant. The grant activities will provide increased self-sufficiency, through planned education and work-based learning experiences, for students with disabilities. The federal grant has a five-year grant period and there is no state match requirement.
DOR is allocated 1,879 total positions (1,787 permanent, 92 temp)