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July 20, 2018
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Panel endorses change to State Use Program
(WOUB) - West Virginia is moving to change the oversight of its employment outreach program for workers with disabilities.

A state committee believes the Department of Administration should take over the State Use Program.

It employed nearly 700 people with disabilities last year, mostly in janitorial jobs at state offices. These workers also provide printing and data imaging services and such products as bottled water and lavatory soap.

The proposed change has been endorsed by the Governor's Committee for the Purchase of Commodities and Services from the Handicapped.

The state Division of Rehabilitation Services must now decide whether to bring the 23 year old program in house.

A nonprofit group, the West Virginia Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, has run the program since 1989. A recent review of the program's revenues recommended the change.

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