PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Updates

Order of Selection to start a Waiting List for services (Effective July 1, 2019). In March 2019, OVR’s board voted to start the process to create a waiting list for services (Close All Categories to the Order of Selection) due to unanticipated systemic services demands and funding challenges. OVR took comments through Tuesday June 4th. On June 13th, the OVR board voted to move forward to send this request to the Federal Department of Education Rehabilitation Services (RSA) for approval.  For more OVR’s recent challenges here, see Pittsburgh Post –Gazette and Allentown Morning Call articles.  ODP has shared some related guidance via bulletin (00-19-02) regarding employment. OLTL and OMHSAS have yet to do so.

– New Director (Effective May 25, 2019).  Shannon Austin is the new OVR Director.