FY 2016 Annual Review Highlights

DORS Director, Sue Page.I am pleased to share some of the information from the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) FY 2016 Annual Review, highlighting some of DORS’ major accomplishments in federal Fiscal Year 2016.

• As a core program of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), DORS was a key participant in the development of the Maryland WIOA Combined State Plan, which was submitted and approved by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education. DORS staff continue to participate on all WIOA workgroups.
• DORS received a $7.5 million Disability Innovation Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Maryland Work-Based Learning Collaborative is a five-year project that brings DORS together with the University of Maryland and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., to help students with disabilities prepare for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce upon high school graduation.
• The Maryland Disability Determination Services (DDS) exceeded federal performance standards established by the Social Security Administration. The DDS processed 70,374 disability claims and maintained an impressive Accuracy rate of 97.4% (most recent quarter).
• DDS partnered with the Office of Inspector General to identify and refer cases of potential fraud, resulting in a savings of $2,892,285 to SSA as a result of fraudulent claims investigated by the new Baltimore Cooperative Disability Investigative (CDI) Unit.
• DORS met and exceeded federal performance requirements established by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, helping 2,565 persons with significant disabilities achieve their goals of successful employment. Their average wage of was $11.16 in FY 2016, compared to $10.84 in FY 2015.
• FY 2016 was the first full year that DORS provided new Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with significant disabilities. A total of 766 students received Pre-ETS.
• DORS prepared 9,121 students with disabilities transition from high school to post-secondary education, career training, and careers. Transitioning youth comprise 36% of DORS’ total open caseload. Additionally, DORS partnered with Maryland businesses to create paid summer employment for 163 high school students.
I applaud the staff’s outstanding teamwork and dedication to providing excellent customer service to Maryland students, youth, and adults with significant disabilities and I thank DORS’ staff and community partners for their continuous efforts to promote the employment, economic self-sufficiency, and independence of individuals with disabilities. I look forward to working together toward continued success in the new year.
Thank you,
Sue Page
DORS Director