In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Project Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology (CARAT) sites located in Louisville, Hazard, Thelma, Lexington, and Paducah has adopted new procedures for the duration of this public health emergency.
The Program Policy and Support Branch performs the following functions:
- Develops, in conjunction with the
Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation, the
Annual State Plan that is required by the Rehabilitation Services Administration;
- Develops and monitors the agency's strategic plan;
- Develops new and innovative programs;
- Evaluates agency programs;
- Provides trainings on systems used in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation;
- Provides oversight and assistance to Pre-Employment Transitions Services;
- Develops and maintains service fee and service fee schedule;
- Unemployment Insurance wage records;
- Contact for Agency Data requests;
- Provides vendor approval, importation, and maintenance;
- Oversees Community Work Transition Program;
- Acts as liaison to the
Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation;
- Provides staff support for the
Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation;
- Develops and maintains agency Internet websites;
- Maintains agency social media (Facebook);
- Provides technical assistance to the Counselor Mentor Team;
- Provides technical assistance to staff on
Self-Employment, substance abuse and ex-offenders;
- Manages the case review system;
- Coordinates TRACKS (Team Review to Advance Counselor Knowledge and Skill);
- Develops and maintains agency policies and procedures;
- Oversees agency contract development, monitoring, and auditing;
- Oversees agency reimbursement and services authorization;
- Coordinates data review and analysis for federal reporting
The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation operates several other programs for individuals with disabilities. These programs have broader eligibility requirements than the vocational rehabilitation program. They are cross-disability and provide services across all age groups. These programs include:
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC) offers low-interest loans for qualified applicants with disabilities who need assistive technology. Working with its lending partner, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.
Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network
The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network is a statewide network of organizations and individuals connecting to enhance the availability of assistive technology devices and services to improve the productivity and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.
Project CARAT (Coordinating and Assisting the Reuse of Assistive Technology) is a collaborative effort of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (KYOVR), the Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network, the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN), HDI Center for Assistive Technology Services, enTECH at Spalding University, Redwood Assistive Technology Resource Center, Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center, Wendell Foster Technology and Resource Center, Project CARAT Paducah, and many community partners and volunteers.
Project CARAT enables underserved individuals with disabilities in Kentucky by collecting, refurbishing and redistributing assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment (DME).
Need more help? Contact usKentucky Office of Vocational RehabilitationCentral OfficeMayo-Underwood Building500 Mero Street 4th Floor NEFrankfort, KY 40601502-564-4440800-372-7172 (V/TTY)
For up-to-date information on the CARAT sites, please call the CARAT Coordinating Center at (800) 327-5287.