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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-324



Public Comment on Amendments to the State Plan

[33 Pa.B. 1016]

   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 comment period 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 offices including the OVR and the Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS) District Offices and Hiram G. Andrews.

   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: 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 State's goals and priorities; order of selection; distribution of supported employment funds; and innovation and expansion activities. In addition to these areas, 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.

   The 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, contact the OVR District Office or BBVS District Office conducting the public meeting.

   If an individual or organization is unable to attend a public meeting, 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 11, 2003.

   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 March 31, 2003, through April 11, 2003. 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 available 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) 949-7914 (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 Place
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 North 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)

Norristown OVR District Office
(Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties)
1875 New Hope Street
Norristown, PA 19401
(800) 221-1042 (voice)
(484) 250-4357 (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 North Third Street, Fifth Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(866) 631-3892 (voice)
(215) 560-5725 (TTY)

Pittsburgh OVR District Office
(Allegheny County)
217 State Office Building
300 Liberty Avenue
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)
1075 Kossman Building
400 Stanwix Street
Pittsburgh PA 15222
(866) 412-4072 (voice)
(412) 565-5509 (TTY)

Reading OVR District Office
(Berks and Schuylkill Counties)
1090 Commons Boulevard
Reading, PA 19605
(800) 442-0949 (voice)
(610) 378-4433 (TTY)

Washington OVR District Office
(Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties)
201 West Wheeling Street
Washington, PA 15301
(800) 442-6367 (voice)
(724) 223-4430 (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)
(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)
300 G Laird Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
(866) 227-4163 (voice)
(570) 826-2361 (voice)

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)

Hiram G. Andrews
727 Goucher Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
(800) 762-4211 (voice)
(814) 255-8200 (TTY)

Acting Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-324. Filed for public inspection February 21, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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