The Mission of the VR Direct program is to empower Kansans with disabilities to achieve self-reliance through competitive, integrated employment.
The Kansas WorkforceONE VR Direct Program utilizes the Progressive Employment model with a focus on serving persons with disabilities who are exiting Kansas Correctional facilities. As a contracting provider for Vocational Rehabilitation, we are charged with implementing this model in our area.
The Vermont Progressive Employment Model is a strategy for populations that have little or no work history, low skill levels, and other barriers to employment, such as corrections. A key principle of the model is that everyone is ready for something which eliminates the construct of candidates needing to be "job ready".
Service options through this model include short-term work experiences, practice interviews, company tours, job shadowing, OJT, and possible partnerships with temporary employment agencies.