What We Do
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to help eligible persons with disabilities prepare for, start and maintain competitive employment, thus becoming productive and independent citizens in their communities. VR has 15 regional offices statewide as well as more than 50 local offices with expert teams who work in the community and have in-depth knowledge of both the marketplace and the support services available. Customers are therefore able to benefit from opportunities tailored to their specific needs.
Services We Provide
The VR Support Services Team (VRSST) provides leadership, training, technical assistance/support and coordination to regional and unit offices. Examples include:
- Fostering collaborative partnerships with federal and state agencies, community rehabilitation facilities, workforce investment boards and postsecondary schools.
- Developing rehabilitation services provider standards and managing fees.
- Managing the client information system.
- Developing and managing client services policies and procedures and providing for due process, including administrative reviews, mediations and fair hearings.
- Providing rehabilitation-related assistive work technology assessments and recommendations.
Regional and unit office staffs develop referral sources for the purpose of identifying and reaching eligible individuals with disabilities who can, will and want to work. Services necessary for a qualified individual to meet a carefully-determined work goal may include:
- Counseling & Guidance
- Postsecondary Support
- Supported Employment
- Work Readiness Training
- Work Adjustment Training
- Vocational & Technical Training
- On-the-Job Training
- Deaf, Blind & Deaf/Blind Services
Employers are linked with qualified applicants, and also may receive help in such areas as:
- Accessibility Assessments
- Job Analysis Studies
- Disability Awarness Education
- Assistive Work Technology