Short Title:Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin (RCB)
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):18, 61, 3, 154-163
Study compared vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and outcome differences between youth with disabilities who did and did not participate in a model transition intervention. The Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative (MSTC), a transition service delivery model, featured research-supported components integrated into a single service model and was implemented across 11 Maryland school districts from 2007 to 2013. Using administrative data extracted from the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services for the analysis, the final sample included 377 MSTC youth and 6,111 non-MSTC youth. Several major findings emerged. First, MSTC participants experienced a shorter time from eligibility to development of the Individual Plan for Employment, but cases remained open longer. In addition, MSTC youth received more job-related services and less assessment and diagnostic services; cost less to serve; achieved significantly higher employment rates at case closure; and worked slightly fewer hours and earned less per week at closure. The findings demonstrate the potential effectiveness of a career/work-focused transition intervention on improving employment outcomes for transitioning youth, regardless of disability. Implications for VR practice are discussed.