RESC/SERC Transition Resource Counselor Initiative
This project ended in 2013. If you’re interested in receiving materials or information about the project, please contact Beth Reel, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, at 1-800-445-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Student and Adult Services – Partners for Future Employment”
In 2011 , the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) is established the Regional Educational Service Center (RESC)/State Education Resource Center (SERC) Transition Resource Counselor Initiative. The Initiative worked to:
- develop effective working partnerships between BRS and the local education agencies (LEAs)
- coordinate effective and efficient services for students and families regarding employment
- increase RESCs/SERC’s capacity to work collaboratively with BRS and other state and local adult service agencies; and
- develop RESCs/SERC’s sustainability plans to continue the systems
changes that were initiated during the grant period.
Funding was provided by BRS and was a collaborative partnership between the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the Regional Educational Service Centers (ACES, CES, CREC, EASTCONN, EDUCATION CONNECTION, LEARN), the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), and the State Education Resource Center (SERC).
Each RESC and SERC hired one (1) Transition Resource Counselor to support the initiative from February 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. These seven (7) Transition Resource Counselors collaborated with all of the initiative partners to identify supports and services available through BRS and other adult service agencies (DMHAS, DDS, BESB, and DPH). The role of the Transition Resource Counselor was to:
- work with families and LEAs in their catchment areas to assist students in being better prepared to access competitive employment opportunities
- provide information to LEAs and families about BRS and other adult service agencies that serve youth with disabilities
- provide information to LEA staff regarding adult service agencies and community resources
- facilitate, with the LEA and BRS Transition Counselor, the BRS referral process for appropriate students
- participate in all Regional Transition Expos, family nights, and BRS information sessions; and
- collaborate with CPAC to provide information about adult service agencies and community resources to families and students.