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Welcome to Nebraska VR

We help people with disabilities prepare for, find, and keep jobs.

We also help businesses recruit, train, and retain employees with disabilities.

Through this "dual client" approach, we assist individuals with injuries, illness, or impairments achieve competitive employment and increased independence. We also assist business owners and employers through full service business consultation on a variety of business and disability-related areas.

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PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) FOR SELF-EMPLOYMENT COST METHODOLOGY STUDY

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) requests proposals to develop a rate setting methodology to determine actual costs of providing self-employment services. This includes a comprehensive review of self-employment activities currently provided, a review of industry standards, collection of provider costs and analysis, rate recommendations for services, and projected fiscal impact to the agency.

The RFP is available at http://www.vr.nebraska.gov/rfp/2022_Self-Employment_RFP.pdf. Proposals in .pdf format are due by 5 p.m. CST on August 26, 2022 to Mary Matusiak, mary.matusiak@nebraska.gov, Nebraska VR Program Director for Business Services.

If you have questions, refer to the Frequently Asked Question document.

PUBLIC NOTICE
2022 (DRAFT) MODIFICATION OF THE COMBINED STATE PLAN FOR NEBRASKA'S WORKFORCE SYSTEM IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT

March 2, 2022
10:00 am

The Nebraska Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor and the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired are releasing this draft of the 2022 modification of the Combined State Plan for Nebraska?s Workforce System, in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Public comment on the draft is requested during the 30-day period beginning February 16, 2022 and ending March 18, 2022. The modification is accessible online at https://tinyurl.com/2022NCSP.

Comments may be submitted by email to ndol.wioa_policy@nebraska.gov. Comments may also be submitted during a public hearing, which will be held on March 2, 2022 at 10a CST at 3901 North 27th Street, Suite 6, Lincoln, Nebraska 68521. This hearing will be broadcasted simultaneously at the following Nebraska VR locations:

  • Kearney, 315 West 60th Street, Suite 400
  • Lincoln, 3901 North 27th Street, Suite 6
  • Omaha, 1313 Farnam on the Mall
  • Scottsbluff, 505A Broadway, Suite 500

In addition, the hearing will be held via Zoom meeting and accessible at https://educationne.zoom.us/j/92978945660.

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Equal Opportunity Employer/Program TDD: 800.833.7352. If accommodations are needed, please contact Cinda Wacker at cinda.wacker@nebraska.gov at least three (3) days prior to the hearing.

Recording of Public Meeting from March 2, 2022


State Plan

Combined State Plan for Nebraska's Workforce System


Web Resources


Order of Selection

On May 3, 2021, Nebraska VR submitted to Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) an amended VR services portion of the Combined State Plan in an effort to formally open its Priority Group I - Individuals with the Most Significant Disabilities.

RSA has reviewed Nebraska VR's amended State Plan to ensure conformity with the Rehabilitation Act and vocational rehabilitation regulations and has now notified the agency the amendments to the VR services portion of the PY 2020 Combined State Plan have been approved. Nebraska VR is now authorized to move forward with the opening of its Priority Group I.

As a result of this exciting news, the 30+ individuals currently on the wait list for Priority Group 1 will be sent an off-the-wait list letter immediately.

In summary, and in accordance with the Nebraska VR portion of the State Plan the agency's Order of Selection (OOS) now involves:

  • Priority Group 1: no wait list
  • Priority Group 2: wait list
  • Priority Group 3: wait list

Nebraska VR entered into an Order of Selection on December 13, 2017. A State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency is required to implement an order of selection when it anticipates that it will not have sufficient fiscal and/or personnel resources to fully serve all eligible individuals. Under Order of Selection, priority will be determined during the eligibility process based on how significantly your disability impacts your ability to work and Nebraska VR may maintain a Wait List. Individuals with the most significant disabilities are selected first to receive vocational rehabilitation services.

The following represents the number of individuals waiting to receive services on specific dates including the date and number of individuals removed from the Wait List.

Nebraka VR Wait List Snapshot

Date
Priority 1
Priority 2
Priority 3
Date
Removed from
Priority 1 Wait List
Removed from
Priority 2 Wait List
Removed from
Priority 3 Wait List
9/28/22
0
0
0
9/28/22
2
9/21/22
0
0
0
9/21/22
3
9/16/22
0
0
0
9/16/22
3
8/25/22
0
0
0
8/25/22
1
8/18/22
0
0
0
8/18/22
3
8/10/22
0
0
0
8/10/22
1
8/3/22
0
0
0
8/3/22
2
7/27/22
0
0
0
7/27/22
4
7/20/22
0
0
0
7/20/22
2
7/13/22
0
0
0
7/13/22
2
6/28/22
0
0
0
6/28/22
125
2/9/22
0
0
368
2/9/22
2
2/2/22
0
0
381
2/2/22
3
1/26/22
0
0
394
1/26/22
4
1/19/22
0
0
394
1/19/22
3
1/12/22
0
0
392
1/12/22
4
1/6/22
0
0
392
1/6/22
11
12/22/21
0
0
392
12/22/21
9
12/15/21
0
0
393
12/15/21
4
12/8/21
0
0
394
12/8/21
5
12/1/21
0
0
392
12/1/21
3
11/21/21
0
0
391
11/24/21
7
11/17/21
0
0
391
11/17/21
3
11/10/21
0
0
388
11/10/21
6
11/04/21
0
0
388
11/04/21
5
10/27/21
0
0
389
10/27/21
4
10/20/21
0
0
390
10/20/21
5
10/13/21
0
0
389
10/13/21
5
10/06/21
0
0
390
10/06/21
7
9/29/21
0
0
389
9/29/21
3
9/22/21
0
0
390
9/22/21
7
9/16/21
0
0
390
9/15/21
621
9/10/21
0
693
389
8/16/21
0
834
386
7/15/21
0
886
384
7/13/21
37
7/7/21
17
898
383
7/7/21
17
6/30/21
14
898
381
6/29/21
24
6/23/21
13
899
382
6/22/21
24
6/15/21
19
900
382
6/15/21
25
6/10/21
28
898
382
6/9/21
22
6/3/21
25
895
381
6/2/21
25
6/1/21
44
892
380
5/25/21
18
5/19/21
22
883
379
5/17/21
19
5/11/21
7
5/3/21
5
884
375
5/3/21
25
4/29/21
26
883
375
4/28/21
3
4/26/21
20
4/20/21
19
880
374
4/19/21
9
16
4/14/21
13
893
374
4/13/21
10
4/12/21
17
8
4/6/21
20
5
3/30/21
20
894
375
3/29/21
25
3/23/21
33
892
374
3/22/21
25
3/17/21
46
891
375
3/16/21
25
3/9/21
46
891
375
3/8/21
25
3/3/21
57
889
375
3/1/21
25
2/22/21
62
887
376
2/22/21
25
2/17/21
77
884
376
2/17/21
25
2/9/21
80
883
377
2/9/21
25
2/1/21
87
882
377
2/1/21
25
1/19/21
93
878
376
1/19/21
25
1/11/21
103
875
376
1/11/21
25
12/7/20
59
859
376
12/7//20
470
11/9/20
464
848
374
11/9//20
297
10/5/20
667
831
373
10/5/20
297
9/15/20
991
831
369
9/21/20
75
8/18/20
916
819
368
8/4/20
400
7/17/20
1256
818
369
7/6/20
400
6/10/20
1582
816
367
5/13/20
1754
813
367
5/14/20
200
4/16/20
1685
804
367
4/6/20
100
3/24/20
1665
794
365
2/25/20
1524
764
361
2/24/20
200
1/22/20
1782
773
403
1/27/20
200
12/12/19
1616
742
399
10/10/19
1365
703
394
10/1-2/19
1000
8/12/19
2131
675
381
6/10/19
2150
617
361
6/19-20/19
300
3/11/19
1749
551
344
11/6/18
1314
419
246
11/20/18
100
10/11/18
1324
433
289
10/15/18
100
6/8/18
866
293
216
2/2/18
195
175

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Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Nebraska Department of Education not to discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin or genetic information in its education programs, administration, policies, employment or other agency programs.

Watch Pathway to Employment Video Series

The Pathway to Employment Video Series is designed to de-mystify the many services provided to clients and businesses while highlighting the innovation that is the culture of Nebraska VR. While certainly each story is either one of progress towards an employment goal or a client's employment goal success, they are also stories about the important role played by staff members, businesses, ATP, Easter Seals, Project SEARCH, and others. Go to: vr.nebraska.gov/videos/

Our Mission

We help people with disabilities, prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment while helping businesses recruit, train, and retain employees with disabilities.

Contact Us

Nebraska VR
Nebraska Department of Education
Address: P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68510
Telephone: 402-471-3644
Toll Free: 877-637-3422 or 877-NE-REHAB
FAX: 402-471-0788
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