The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors, on an individualized basis.
The OVR counselor, during face-to-face interviews, assists customers in selecting their choice of vocational goals, services, and service providers. An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) is developed, outlining a vocational objective, services, providers, and responsibilities. Certain services are subject to a Financial Needs Test (FNT) and may require financial participation by the customer. Counseling and guidance, diagnostic services, assessments, information and referral, job development and placement, and personal services such as readers or sign language interpreters are provided at no cost to the individual. Also, by law OVR customers receiving Social Security benefits for their disability (SSI, SSDI) are exempt from OVR’s Financial Needs Test.