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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-273



Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Public Comment on Amendments to State Plan

[32 Pa.B. 1009]

   The Department of Labor and Industry (Department), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), including the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended in the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, announces a period of public comment throughout this Commonwealth. The comment period provides individuals, advocates and other interested parties and/or organizations the opportunity to present their views and recommendations regarding vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for persons with disabilities. In this Commonwealth, those services are provided by the OVR through a network of 21 local offices including the OVR and the BBVS District Offices and the Hiram G. Andrews Center.

   The OVR is required under law to develop and implement a Combined Agency State Plan which must be reviewed and, as necessary, revised annually when there are changes to the State's VR program. The Combined Agency State Plan, currently in effect for the period 2000-2004, is a compliance document filed with the Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, United States Department of Education. It is the blueprint for the provision of VR services to persons with disabilities in this Commonwealth.

   This period of public comment gives interested parties an opportunity to provide input regarding the Commonwealth's public VR program. Specifically, comment is being solicited regarding the following State Plan components: comprehensive system of personnel development; annual estimate of individuals to be served and costs of services; the State's goals and priorities; order of selection; innovation and expansion activities; and supported employment services. In addition to these areas, BBVS will accept public comment on the Business Enterprises Program, Social Services and Independent Living Services for Older Persons Who are Blind.

   Meeting sites are accessible and interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be present at each public forum. For additional information, reasonable accommodation requests or alternative format requests, call the OVR District Office or BBVS District Office conducting the public forum the individual wishes to attend.

   If an individual or organization is unable to attend the public forums, but wishes to give testimony, written comments may be mailed to the appropriate OVR or BBVS District Office serving the area in which the individual/organization resides. Written comments should be submitted to that District Office by April 12, 2002.

   A listing of OVR District Offices, the Hiram G. Andrews Center and BBVS District Offices and their addresses and telephone numbers (voice and TTY) follows. The OVR and BBVS public forums are planned for April 1--12, 2002. Persons/organizations wishing to obtain information regarding the specific time and location of the meetings in their area, a copy of the State Plan Attachments or other information regarding OVR or BBVS services should contact the appropriate District Office in their area.

   Copies of the current Combined Agency State Plan and revised Attachments will be available on the OVR website:

OVR District Offices

Allentown OVR District Office
(Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties)
160 Hamilton Street, Suite 100, Allentown, PA 18101
(800) 922-9536 (Voice); (610) 821-6144 (TTY)

Altoona OVR District Office
(Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties)
1101 Green Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601
(800) 442-6343 (Voice); (814) 946-7240 (Voice and TTY)

Altoona BBVS District Office
(Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Somerset and Union Counties)
1101 Green Ave., Room 139, Altoona, PA 16601
(866) 695-7673 (Voice); (814) 949-7955 (TTY)

DuBois OVR District Office
(Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson and McKean Counties)
199 Beaver Drive, DuBois, PA 15801
(800) 922-4017 (Voice); (814) 371-7505 (TTY)

Erie OVR District Office
(Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren Counties)
3200 Lovell Drive, Erie, PA 16503
(800) 541-0721 (Voice); (814) 871-4535 (TTY)

Erie BBVS District Office
(Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango and Warren Counties)
3100 Lovell Place, Erie, PA 16503
(866) 521-5073 (Voice); (814) 871-4599 (TTY)

Harrisburg OVR District Office
(Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin and Perry Counties)
2971-B North Seventh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
(800) 442-6352 (Voice); (717) 787-4013 (TTY)

Harrisburg BBVS District Office
(Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York Counties)
2971-B N. Seventh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
(866) 375-8264 (Voice); (717) 787-1733 (TTY)

Johnstown OVR District Office
(Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland Counties)
727 Goucher Street, Section 10, Johnstown, PA 15905
(800) 762-4223 (Voice); (814) 255-5510 (TTY)

New Castle OVR District Office
(Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties)
100 Margaret Street, New Castle, PA 16101
(800) 442-6379 (Voice); (724) 656-3252 (TTY)

Philadelphia OVR District Office
(Philadelphia County)
444 North Third Street, Fifth Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(800) 442-6381 (Voice); (215) 560-6144 (TTY)

Philadelphia BBVS District Office
(Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties)
444 N. 3rd St., 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(866) 631-3892 (Voice); (215) 560-5725 (TTY)

Pittsburgh OVR District Office
(Allegheny County)
217 State Office Building, 300 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(800) 442-6371 (Voice); (412) 392-5921 (TTY)

Pittsburgh BBVS District Office
(Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland Counties)
Kossman Building, Room 1075, 400 Stanwix Street, Pittsburgh PA 15222
(866) 412-4072 (Voice); (412) 565-5509 (TTY)

Reading OVR District Office
(Berks and Schuylkill Counties)
1090 Commons Blvd., Reading, PA 19605-3332
(800) 442-0949 (Voice); (610) 378-4433 (TTY)

Rosemont OVR District Office
(Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties)
1062 E. Lancaster Ave., Rosemont, PA 19010
(800) 221-1042 (Voice); (610) 525-5835 (TTY)

Washington OVR District Office
(Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties)
201 West Wheeling Street, Washington, PA 15301
(800) 442-6367 (Voice); (724) 223-4430 (Voice and TTY)

Wilkes-Barre OVR District Office
(Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties)
665 Carey Avenue, Suite 1, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706
(800) 634-2060 (Voice); (570) 826-2023 (TTY)

Wilkes-Barre BBVS District Office
(Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming Counties)
111 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Third Floor, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(866) 227-4163 (Voice); (570) 826-2361 (Voice and TTY)

Williamsport OVR District Office
(Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Tioga and Union Counties)
The Grit Building, Suite 102, 208 West Third Street, Williamsport, PA 17701
(800) 442-6359 (Voice); (570) 327-3620 (TTY)

York OVR District Office
(Adams, Franklin, Lancaster and York Counties)
2550 Kingston Road, Suite 101, York, PA 17402
(800) 762-6306 (Voice); (717) 771-4433 (TTY)

The Hiram G. Andrews Center
727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
(800) 762-4211 (Voice); (814) 255-8200 (Voice and TTY)


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-273. Filed for public inspection February 15, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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