From MU's Region 7 TACE Center
In 2008 the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA) phased out the national network of Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs (RCEPs) and introduced a new network of Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Centers to support the public vocational rehabilitation system. These TACE Centers provide advice, support, and training to the state VR agencies and their community partners. There are 10 TACE Centers nationally, one in each RSA region. The MU TACE serves Region 7 - Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.
Federal regulations require that each state VR agency file an annual report with RSA outlining its activities, performance, and plans as well as the needs of the people with disabilities in that state. TACE staff, in turn, review these state plans each year, along with monitoring reports from RSA and other sources of information about state VR agency performance, and develop an annual Needs Assessment for the region. Based on this, each TACE Center submits an annual work plan to RSA for approval. All TACE activities for the coming year are anchored in these two documents.
TACE Centers do not provide VR services to individuals, nor do they provide training and support to individual staff members of state VR agencies or community partners. TACE Centers work directly with state VR agencies and their community partners to develop supports that will benefit staff and, ultimately individuals with disabilities.
The MU TACE is part of Disability Policy and Studies (DPS) in the MU School of Health Professions. It is housed in the DPS offices at 98 Corporate Lake Drive. Prior to the TACE Center, DPS hosted the Region 7 RCEP from 1975 to 2008. Dr. C. David Roberts is the director of the MU TACE Center.
Last Updated August 4, 2009