Interagency Collaboration

Interagency collaboration is an effective practice for  transition planning, services, and pre-employment transition services to increase positive postschool outcomes for students with disabilities. Well-developed partnerships between VR and local education agencies (LEAs) can provide transition and pre-employment transition services that give the greatest benefit to students.

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies are required to enter into formal interagency agreements with State Educational Agencies (SEA) that describe how they will collaboratively plan and coordinate transition services for students with disabilities who need those services, per the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by Title IV of WIOA.  This formal interagency agreement is a foundational document and is essential to ensuring that students with disabilities experience a smooth transition from school to post-school activities.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) specifies that schools are to ensure that  transition planning and services are coordinated with outside entities, agencies, and services providers the as part of students’ annual Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Source: The Impact of Deep Collaboration on Work in States: Impact of Aligned Federal Policies (PDF)

Interagency collaboration goes beyond vocational rehabilitation and schools. At the local and state levels, collaboration across multiple agencies, services providers, families, and community organizations can provide.

Video Overview of Interagency Collaboration

Watch this 45-minute video for a deeper understanding of the important collaborative service delivery from the perspectives of the Acting Assistant Secretary of OSERS and RSA Commissioner, Mark Schultz and Assistant Secretary of Community Colleges at OCTAE, Casey Sacks recorded during the December 2019 NTACT-sponsored Summit.

State Examples of Interagency Collaboration Efforts

Here are some examples of effective state agency collaboration efforts:

Learn more about state VR agency efforts to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities through interagency collaboration: