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OVR, Community Guidance Center to expand programs, services for people with disabilities

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THE Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.-Community Guidance Center have signed a memorandum of agreement that aims to strengthen and effectively carry out the vocational rehabilitation program for people with disabilities.

OVR Director Maryann Borja-Arriola said the MOA will encourage and enhance collaboration, coordination, and cooperation between her office and CHCC-CGC to provide improved services to their consumers.

She said they will share program resources for referrals, services, costs and technical assistance, including training and education for agency staff, consumers, family members, advocates, service providers, employers, and other stakeholders.

"Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus," she said.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Director Maryann Borja-Arriola, center, poses with Community Guidance Center Director Reyna Saures and Clinical Services Officer Dr. Glenda George after finalizing a memorandum of agreement between OVR and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to strengthen and effectively carry out their programs for individuals with disabilities. Contributed photo

The MOA, she added, “establishes the terms and conditions that will guide them at developing, expanding, and improving opportunities for competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, including those with mental health conditions.”

Through the MOA, OVR can receive appropriate CHCC-CGC referrals of individuals with disabilities who are determined to pursue meaningful employment.

OVR, for its part, will determine the eligibility of all CHCC-CGC referrals for vocational rehabilitation services and extend an invitation for staff development, education, and training opportunities to CHCC-GC staff.

The education and training opportunities will relate to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities who may be eligible for OVR or CHCC-CGC programs and services, Borja-Arriola said.

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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