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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 05-326


Public Comment on Amendments to the State Plan

[35 Pa.B. 1393]

   The Department of Labor and Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), 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 purpose of this period of comment is to provide 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 district offices and Hiram G. Andrews.

   The OVR is required under law to develop and implement a Combined Agency State Plan (State Plan) which must be reviewed and, as necessary, revised annually when there are changes to the Commonwealth's VR program. The State Plan currently in effect for Federal Fiscal Year 2005 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: input and recommendations of the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Council; comprehensive system of personnel development; annual estimate of individuals to be served and costs of services; the Commonwealth's goals and priorities; order of selection; distribution of supported employment funds; and innovation and expansion activities. In addition to these areas, the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) will accept public comment on the Business Enterprises Program, Specialized Services for Children and Adults and Independent Living Services for Older Persons Who are Blind.

   All meeting sites are accessible and interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be present at each public meeting. For additional information, reasonable accommodation requests or alternative format requests, individuals should call the OVR district office or BBVS district office conducting the public meeting they wish to attend.

   If an individual or organization is unable to attend a public meeting, but wishes to give testimony, written comments should be mailed to the appropriate OVR or BBVS district office serving the area in which the individual or organization resides. Written comments should be submitted to that district office by April 15, 2005.

   A listing of OVR district offices, Hiram G. Andrews and BBVS district offices and their addresses and telephone numbers (voice and TTY) follows. The public meetings are planned for April 4, 2005, through April 15, 2005. Persons or organizations who wish to obtain information regarding the specific time and location of a meeting in their area, a copy of the State Plan Attachments or other information regarding available services should contact the appropriate district office in their area.

   Copies of the current State Plan Attachments are available on the OVR website:, PA Keyword: ''Disability Services.''

OVR District Offices

Allentown OVR District Office
(Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties)
45 North 4th Street, Allentown, PA 18102
(800) 922-9536 (Voice)
(888) 377-9207 (TTY)

Altoona OVR District Office
(Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties)
1101 Green Avenue, Altoona, PA 16601
(800) 442-6343 (Voice)
(866) 320-7955 (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)
(866) 320-7956 (TTY)

Dubois OVR District Office
(Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson and McKean
199 Beaver Drive, DuBois, PA 15801
(800) 922-4017 (Voice/TTY)

Erie OVR District Office
(Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and    Warren Counties)
3200 Lovell Place, Erie, PA 16503
(800) 541-0721 (Voice)
(888) 217-1710 (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)
(888) 884-5513 (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)
(877) 497-6545 (TTY)

Harrisburg BBVS District Office
(Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster,    Lebanon, Perry and York Counties)
2971-B North Seventh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
(866) 375-8264 (Voice)
(888) 575-9420 (TTY)

Johnstown OVR District Office
(Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland
727 Goucher Street, Section 10, Johnstown, PA 15905
(800) 762-4223 (Voice)
(866) 862-6891 (TTY)

New Castle OVR District Office
(Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties)
100 Margaret Street, New Castle, PA 16101
(800) 442-6379 (Voice)
(888) 870-4476 (TTY)

Norristown OVR District Office
(Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties)
1875 New Hope Street, Norristown, PA 19401
(800) 221-1042 (Voice)
(888) 616-0470 (TTY)

Philadelphia OVR District Office
(Philadelphia County)
444 North Third Street, Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(800) 442-6381 (Voice)
(800) 772-9031 (TTY)

Philadelphia BBVS District Office
(Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties)
444 North Third Street, Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(866) 631-3892 (Voice)
(888) 870-4473 (TTY)

Pittsburgh OVR District Office
(Allegheny County)
217 State Office Building, 300 Liberty Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(800) 442-6371 (Voice)
(888) 870-4474 (TTY)

Pittsburgh BBVS District Office
(Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene,    Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland Counties)
1075 Kossman Building, 400 Stanwix Street,
Pittsburgh PA 15222
(866) 412-4072 (Voice)
(877) 255-5082 (TTY)

Reading OVR District Office
(Berks and Schuylkill Counties)
1090 Commons Boulevard, Reading, PA 19605
(800) 442-0949 (Voice)
(877) 475-7326 (TTY)

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

Wilkes-Barre OVR District Office
(Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike,
   Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming Counties)
300 G Laird Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(800) 634-2060 (Voice/TTY)

Wilkes-Barre BBVS District Office
(Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne,    Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan,    Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne and Wyoming Counties)
300 G Laird Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(866) 227-4163 (Voice/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)
(800) 706-0884 (TTY)

York OVR District Office
(Adams, Franklin, Lancaster and York Counties)
2550 Kingston Road, Suite 101, York, PA 17402
(800) 762-6306 (Voice)
(866) 466-1404 (TTY)

Hiram G. Andrews
727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, PA 15905
(800) 762-4211 (Voice)
(814) 255-5873 (TTY)


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-326. Filed for public inspection February 18, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]

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