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Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, Department Secretary





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What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

VR is a program that provides individualized services to assist people with significant disabilities to get and keep jobs compatible with their disability.
 

Who is eligible?

Any person whose disability significantly interferes with getting or keeping a job, and who needs VR services to overcome these barriers to employment is eligible for our program.
 

How does VR Work?

During the application process a rehabilitation counselor will meet with you to begin assessing your disability, employment history and your unique interest, strengths, and abilities. When the assessment is complete you and your counselor will identify and agree on an employment goal. You and your counselor will develop a detailed plan of services to achieve that goal. The plan, known as an Individual Plan for Employment (IPE), will outline who pays for each service. While there is no charge for VR services, some services are based upon your economic need and the availability of other sources of funding, such as health insurance, federal grants or benefits.
 

How long does the process take?

Frequently, eligibility for services is determined on the day of application. You can speed up the eligibility process by coming to the office with medical information concerning your disability. When documentation of the severity of you disability or how it affects your ability to work is not apparent or readily available, additional time is needed to gather this information. The time it takes to reach your employment goal depends upon your individual needs.
 
You can complete the application online or print it for mailing.
For questions or more information, please click on the following link - DRS Office Locations & Counties Served.
 
If you would like to refer someone for Vocational Rehabilitation Service, please fill out the form on the following link - DRS Referral for Services.

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