State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services

​Under the provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), each State must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year strategy for the State’s workforce development system.

The Combined State Plan is for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018.  The WIOA State Plans provide valuable information about the various investment, programs, and initiatives underway to serve jobseekers, students, and businesses across the country.

The public and workforce system stakeholders may view, download, or search the WIOA State Plans on the U.S. Department of Education website.

The Maryland Combined State Plan is posted below:


​DORS 2017 Public Meeting Report

Each year, the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council(MSRC) and the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) invite people with disabilities, parents, educators, advocates, and other stakeholders to attend our public meetings to ask questions about or comment on DORS’ programs.
The 2017 meetings were held at the Workforce & Technology Center on June 7th and 15th and American Sign Language interpreters were provided. There was also a call-in option available.
Topics discussed at the meetings included updates on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), the DORS Waiting List, the QUEST program, eligibility for DORS services, volunteering for DORS, and the Reach Independence through Self-Employment (RISE) Program. Questions and the discussion of these topics were general in nature and no particular concern emerged from the discussions.

Information about all of the topics discussed can be found by clicking on the links in the above paragraph.  Additional information is available in the DORS Annual Report FY 2016. The RISE self-employment program is on hold because a new request for proposals (RFP) will be going out in the fall of 2017. Questions about RISE and the RFP can be directed to Jody Boone at 410-554-9451 or

Ten DORS staff members and MSRC members participated in the public meetings and there were eleven attendees (in-person or call-in).

Questions about the public meetings? Contact DORS public affairs officer, Kimberlee Schultz at 410-554-9435 or

DORS Agency Program Plan - Fiscal Year 2018
DORS Agency Program Plan. FIscal Year 2018. October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. 

Triennial Needs Assessment 2016

DORS and the Maryland State Rehabilitation Council (MSRC) continually assess the rehabilitation needs of Maryland citizens with disabilities, as part of its state and strategic planning process. DORS and the MSRC hold annual public meetings and conduct a triennial comprehensive needs assessment.  

The results of the Needs Assessment are available in this report: 2016 Maryland DORS Needs Assessment2016 Maryland DORS Needs Assessment.