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Last Updated: 07/14/2021

Provide support services to children and families

Strategy: Provide support services to children and families

Agency: 315 - Department of Services for the Blind

A007 - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services for the Blind

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program enables individuals who are blind or visually impaired to become competitively employed by developing their skills, independence, and self-confidence. Through a federal Rehabilitation Services Administration grant, the Department of Services for the Blind provides comprehensive and individualized services to meet each participant's needs and to support each Individual Plan for Employment. Services include vocational counseling; post-secondary education; job readiness training; assistive technology devices, assessment and training; training in adaptive skills of blindness; educational transition services for teens and young adults; assistance with small business development; mental health counseling; transportation; assistance with job search, development, and placement; workplace accommodations; and employer follow-up. The Washington State Business Enterprise Program (BEP) provides opportunities for qualified legally-blind adults to operate successful food service businesses in government buildings. Types of food service businesses include snack/gift shops, espresso stands, delis, and cafeterias. These opportunities are provided through the federal Randolph-Sheppard Act. To be eligible for the BEP Training Program, a candidate must: be a legally-blind U.S. citizen; have an aptitude for business management; receive a referral from a Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) counselor; have practical skills; and meet legal criteria for operating a business supported by federal law. DSB provides required training to become a BEP licensee for operating and managing a food-service facility; the essential pieces of food service equipment and small wares for each BEP facility; assistance to the new operator in opening up the facility; and ongoing management assistance and guidance. Funding for this program is generated through vending machines in government buildings and overhead is provided through General Fund–State dollars.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 65.0 65.0 65.0
001 - General Fund
State 1,310,000 1,410,000 2,720,000
Federal 11,760,000 11,962,000 23,722,000
001 - General Fund Totals 13,070,000 13,372,000 26,442,000
02H - Business Enterprises Revolving Acct
Non-Appropriated 996,000 993,000 1,989,000
489 - Pension Funding Stabilization Acct
State 86,000 86,000 172,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 65.0 65.0 65.0
GFS 1,310,000.0 1,410,000.0 2,720,000.0
Other 12,842,000.0 13,041,000.0 25,883,000.0
Totals 14,152,000.0 14,451,000.0 28,603,000.0

000091 - Number of Vocational Rehabilitation Clients Obtaining Employment

Number of Department of Services for the Blind Vocational Rehabilitation clients obtaining employment.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 172 150
2015-17 Q2 168 150
2015-17 Q3 160 150
2015-17 Q4 155 150
2015-17 Q5 143 150
2015-17 Q6 146 150
2015-17 Q7 142 150
2015-17 Q8 143 150
2017-19 Q1 133 150
2017-19 Q2 130 150
2017-19 Q3 146 150
2017-19 Q4 143 150
2017-19 Q5 182 150
2017-19 Q6 150 150
2017-19 Q7 131 150
2017-19 Q8 117 150
2019-21 Q1 85 125
2019-21 Q2 79 125
2019-21 Q3 72 125
2019-21 Q4 63 125
2019-21 Q5 59 125
2019-21 Q6 0 125
2019-21 Q7 0 125
2019-21 Q8 0 125

000092 - Number of Vocational Rehabilitation Clients Served

Number of Department of Services for the Blind Vocational Rehabilitation clients served.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 1,340 1,350
2015-17 Q2 1,351 1,350
2015-17 Q3 1,367 1,350
2015-17 Q4 1,340 1,350
2015-17 Q5 1,306 1,350
2015-17 Q6 1,283 1,350
2015-17 Q7 1,301 1,350
2015-17 Q8 1,345 1,350
2017-19 Q1 1,338 1,350
2017-19 Q2 1,336 1,350
2017-19 Q3 1,391 1,350
2017-19 Q4 1,387 1,350
2017-19 Q5 1,406 1,350
2017-19 Q6 1,415 1,350
2017-19 Q7 1,131 1,350
2017-19 Q8 1,097 1,350
2019-21 Q1 1,035 1,300
2019-21 Q2 1,039 1,300
2019-21 Q3 1,046 1,300
2019-21 Q4 1,011 1,300
2019-21 Q5 985 1,300
2019-21 Q6 0 1,300
2019-21 Q7 0 1,300
2019-21 Q8 0 1,300

000097 - Average hourly wage of successful participant employment outcomes

Average hourly wage of successful Department of Services for the Blind Rehabilitation participant employment outcomes.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 $20.00 $17.38
2015-17 Q2 $20.40 $17.45
2015-17 Q3 $19.15 $17.52
2015-17 Q4 $21.49 $17.59
2015-17 Q5 $21.30 $17.66
2015-17 Q6 $20.94 $17.73
2015-17 Q7 $21.69 $17.80
2015-17 Q8 $20.08 $17.87
2017-19 Q1 $19.40 $17.94
2017-19 Q2 $20.38 $18.01
2017-19 Q3 $20.48 $18.08
2017-19 Q4 $22.57 $18.15
2017-19 Q5 $24.07 $18.22
2017-19 Q6 $23.81 $18.29
2017-19 Q7 $24.63 $18.36
2017-19 Q8 $24.18 $18.43
2019-21 Q1 $23.10 $20.00
2019-21 Q2 $26.43 $20.00
2019-21 Q3 $29.16 $20.00
2019-21 Q4 $29.04 $22.00
2019-21 Q5 $29.14 $22.00
2019-21 Q6 $0.00 $22.00
2019-21 Q7 $0.00 $24.00
2019-21 Q8 $0.00 $24.00

000448 - Number of Business Enterprise Program Clients Served

Number of business enterprise program clients served by the Department of Services for the blind.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 28 28
2015-17 Q2 28 28
2015-17 Q3 28 28
2015-17 Q4 28 28
2015-17 Q5 28 28
2015-17 Q6 29 28
2015-17 Q7 29 28
2015-17 Q8 28 28
2017-19 Q1 28 28
2017-19 Q2 26 28
2017-19 Q3 26 28
2017-19 Q4 26 28
2017-19 Q5 27 28
2017-19 Q6 27 28
2017-19 Q7 27 28
2017-19 Q8 26 28
2019-21 Q1 26 28
2019-21 Q2 26 28
2019-21 Q3 26 28
2019-21 Q4 25 29
2019-21 Q5 25 29
2019-21 Q6 0 29
2019-21 Q7 0 30
2019-21 Q8 0 30

000096 - Percentage of employment outcomes at or above minimum wage

Percentage of employment outcomes for Department of Services for the Blind Vocational Rehabilitation participants at or above minimum wage.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2017-19 Q1 0% 0%
2017-19 Q2 0% 0%
2017-19 Q3 0% 0%
2017-19 Q4 0% 0%
2017-19 Q5 0% 0%
2017-19 Q6 0% 0%
2017-19 Q7 0% 0%
2017-19 Q8 0% 0%
2019-21 Q1 0% 75%
2019-21 Q2 0% 75%
2019-21 Q3 0% 75%
2019-21 Q4 0% 75%
2019-21 Q5 0% 80%
2019-21 Q6 0% 80%
2019-21 Q7 0% 80%
2019-21 Q8 0% 80%

A008 - Community Independent Living and Child and Family Programs

The Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides a continuum of support for blind and visually impaired residents of the state through an integrated services model. The Independent Living Program teaches recently blinded residents how to continue living in their homes after vision loss. Service providers visit individuals' homes to provide low-cost devices and instruction in blindness techniques, including how to care for self and home, walking with the use of a cane, and how to continue to read and write. While 96,000 people are potentially eligible for these services, the program currently serves 2,000 individuals, most of whom are age 70 and over. Through the Independent Living Program, DSB provides consultation services to families of blind children, birth to age 13, and to the organizations that serve them, such as preschools and schools. The program provides support, networking, advice, and information to families, teachers, and others about training, educational programs, and resources unique to the developmental needs of blind children. Transitional services are provided to youth aged 14 to 21 in conjunction with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services Program.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
001 - General Fund
State 209,000 209,000 418,000
Federal 740,000 740,000 1,480,000
Local 30,000 30,000 60,000
001 - General Fund Totals 979,000 979,000 1,958,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES
GFS 209,000.0 209,000.0 418,000.0
Other 770,000.0 770,000.0 1,540,000.0
Totals 979,000.0 979,000.0 1,958,000.0

001641 - Number of Independent Living - Part B Clients Served

Number of Department of Services for the Blind Independent Living - Part B clients served.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 214 200
2015-17 Q2 221 200
2015-17 Q3 230 200
2015-17 Q4 185 200
2015-17 Q5 169 200
2015-17 Q6 140 200
2015-17 Q7 141 200
2015-17 Q8 152 200
2017-19 Q1 155 200
2017-19 Q2 160 200
2017-19 Q3 165 200
2017-19 Q4 160 200
2017-19 Q5 168 200
2017-19 Q6 147 200
2017-19 Q7 145 200
2017-19 Q8 120 200
2019-21 Q1 103 140
2019-21 Q2 102 140
2019-21 Q3 96 140
2019-21 Q4 67 140
2019-21 Q5 71 140
2019-21 Q6 0 140
2019-21 Q7 0 140
2019-21 Q8 0 140

001642 - Number of Independent Living - Older Blind Clients Served

Number of Department of Services for the Blind Independent Living - Older Blind clients served.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 1,502 1,400
2015-17 Q2 1,509 1,400
2015-17 Q3 1,483 1,400
2015-17 Q4 1,491 1,400
2015-17 Q5 1,381 1,400
2015-17 Q6 1,274 1,400
2015-17 Q7 1,094 1,400
2015-17 Q8 1,319 1,400
2017-19 Q1 1,369 1,400
2017-19 Q2 1,431 1,400
2017-19 Q3 1,535 1,400
2017-19 Q4 1,476 1,400
2017-19 Q5 1,617 1,400
2017-19 Q6 1,525 1,400
2017-19 Q7 1,453 1,400
2017-19 Q8 1,152 1,400
2019-21 Q1 1,091 1,450
2019-21 Q2 950 1,450
2019-21 Q3 841 1,450
2019-21 Q4 578 1,450
2019-21 Q5 538 1,450
2019-21 Q6 0 1,450
2019-21 Q7 0 1,450
2019-21 Q8 0 1,450

000111 - Number of Clients Served In The Independent Living Program

Number of clients served in the independent living program of the Department of Services for the Blind.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2019-21 Q1 0 1,590
2019-21 Q2 0 1,590
2019-21 Q3 0 1,590
2019-21 Q4 0 1,590
2019-21 Q5 0 1,590
2019-21 Q6 0 1,590
2019-21 Q7 0 1,590
2019-21 Q8 0 1,590

A001 - Department of Services for the Blind Administration

This activity provides administrative support and business management for the Department of Services for the Blind. Administrative functions include budgeting, accounting, federal grants management, personnel, facilities management, information technology, and the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTE 15.0 15.0 15.0
001 - General Fund
State 2,094,000 2,312,000 4,406,000
Federal 130,000 160,000 290,000
001 - General Fund Totals 2,224,000 2,472,000 4,696,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES 15.0 15.0 15.0
GFS 2,094,000.0 2,312,000.0 4,406,000.0
Other 130,000.0 160,000.0 290,000.0
Totals 2,224,000.0 2,472,000.0 4,696,000.0

000674 - Direct Services Expenditures as a Percentage of General Fund

Percentage of general fund dollars expended on direct services for the Department of Services for the Blind.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 84% 84%
2015-17 Q2 83% 84%
2015-17 Q3 85% 84%
2015-17 Q4 86% 84%
2015-17 Q5 81% 84%
2015-17 Q6 81% 84%
2015-17 Q7 82% 84%
2015-17 Q8 82% 84%
2017-19 Q1 84% 84%
2017-19 Q2 82% 84%
2017-19 Q3 74% 84%
2017-19 Q4 71% 84%
2017-19 Q5 75% 84%
2017-19 Q6 73% 84%
2017-19 Q7 73% 84%
2017-19 Q8 72% 84%
2019-21 Q1 68% 72%
2019-21 Q2 68% 72%
2019-21 Q3 72% 72%
2019-21 Q4 72% 72%
2019-21 Q5 0% 75%
2019-21 Q6 0% 75%
2019-21 Q7 0% 75%
2019-21 Q8 0% 75%

A006 - Telephonic Reading Services for the Blind

Telephonic Reading Services provides reading services to blind individuals through the use of phone lines. The service is operated by the National Federation of the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland, and is mandated by RCW 74.18.045.

Account FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
001 - General Fund
State 40,000 40,000 80,000
FY 2020 FY 2021 Biennium Total
FTES
GFS 40,000.0 40,000.0 80,000.0
Other
Totals 40,000.0 40,000.0 80,000.0

002582 - Number of contacts to the National Federation of the Blind's reading services

The average monthly total contacts made by users of the National Federation of the Blind's reading services. Technologies include telephone, internet, smartphone apps, talking books, etc.
Biennium Period Actual Target
2015-17 Q1 15,154 7,500
2015-17 Q2 19,465 7,500
2015-17 Q3 17,883 7,500
2015-17 Q4 17,098 7,500
2015-17 Q5 25,205 7,500
2015-17 Q6 31,302 7,500
2015-17 Q7 21,813 7,500
2015-17 Q8 22,083 7,500
2017-19 Q1 24,739 7,500
2017-19 Q2 27,374 7,500
2017-19 Q3 23,680 7,500
2017-19 Q4 23,776 7,500
2017-19 Q5 34,929 7,500
2017-19 Q6 16,212 7,500
2017-19 Q7 20,798 7,500
2017-19 Q8 43,978 7,500
2019-21 Q1 22,209 20,000
2019-21 Q2 20,663 20,000
2019-21 Q3 20,629 22,500
2019-21 Q4 21,994 22,500
2019-21 Q5 25,557 22,500
2019-21 Q6 0 25,000
2019-21 Q7 0 25,000
2019-21 Q8 0 25,000