Consolidate Dept of Labor, Voc Rehab, Industrial Commission
Create a one stop shop for citizens: Dept of Labor and Vocational Rehabilitative Services. Labor is primarily federally funded. The vocation rehabilitiatve services of the Industrial Commission are primarily funded from dedicated funds. Voc Rehab receives a fair chunk of funding from the state general fund. If we consolidated these agencies, we could absorb some of the IT, HR, Admin, and support redundancies.
First Voc Rehab is only partially state funded, approximately 78% of the money is from Federal grants and the remaining 22% is state money required as match to capture the Federal money. Second the Dept of Labor and Industrial Commission are not set-up to deal with people with disabilities to cousel them or give them the triaining tools needed to put them back into employment. Third the three agencies work in collaboration with one another now in many ways. Fourth by putting people with disabilities back into employment Voc Rehab put over $3.00 dollars for every dollar spent last year back into the system, that seems to be a fairly good record of achievement. And finally it would I hope that people in the future will do their homework on subjects before making reommendations that could impact state programs in a negative manner.