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American Recovery & Reinvestment Act

Vocational Rehabilitation's ARRA Funded Projects

Expanded Services to Individuals with Mental Illness:
Expanded services to unserved and underserved populations through supported employment services to individuals with mental illness.

  • Goodwill Industries
  • Cirrus House
  • Community Alliance
  • Mental Health Center
  • Liberty Center

Expanded Services to Individuals with ABI:
Supported employment services for persons with ABI:  Assessment, job placement, skills training, extended supports, expand the scope and delivery of supported employment services.

  • Employment Works
  • Career Solutions, Ollie Webb Center
  • Goodwill Industries

Transportation System for Omaha Tribe of NE:
Develop a transportation system to allow tribal members, including person with disabilities, to access jobs and services in South Sioux City area.

  • Omaha Tribe of NE

Project SEARCH:
Project SEARCH is a program to teach vocational and competitive skills that students with disabilities can use in a work environment. These skills help them step into the working world and be a little more independent.  Students work on transferable job skills with a job coach focusing on things such as how to get along with co-workers, being on time for your job, and proper grooming for the workplace.  Project SEARCH is a partnership between Nebraska Voc Rehab, the business, the school system in that city, the Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Assistive Technology Partnership and DD Services.

  • St Francis Medical Center
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Faith Regional Medical Center
  • Walmart Distribution Center
  • St Elizabeth Medical Center

Expanded Services to Individuals with Autism:
Develop supported employment services to individuals with autism, including focused training on autism to VR staff and businesses

Training Programs:

  • Associated Builders & Contractors – Forklift operator
  • Southeast Community College – Food preparation training

Self Employment Opportunities:
Provide assistance to individuals with disabilities in becoming self-sufficient by exploring self-employment opportunities including feasibility studies, business planning, and monitoring services.

  • Abilities Fund

GED Instruction:
Provide GED instruction for individuals in the juvenile justice program

Job Coaching & Supported Employment:

  • Apogee


More Information

More information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) can be found at the following links:

Nebraska Department of Education

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Department of Education
State of Nebraska
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509