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 N.C. State Rehabilitation Council

The N.C. State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) was established under the authority of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and North Carolina General Statutes.

Appointed for three-year terms by the Governor, the President Pro-Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House, members are selected after recommendations are received from organizations representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities. The majority of the members have disabilities.

The council’s primary purpose is to work in partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services by providing guidance in developing and expanding vocational rehabilitation services in order to maximize the employability and independence of individuals with disabilities.

The council further provides customers and stakeholders of vocational rehabilitation services with a formal mechanism by which to influence the policies and direction of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services at the highest administrative level. The council’s meetings are open to the public.

Council Members City Represents
Doreen Byrd, Chair Davidson Parent Training and Information Centers
John Marens, Vice Chair Raleigh Client Assistance Program
Dennis Troy, Immediate Past Chair Elizabethtown Disability Advocacy Groups
Laurie Ray Rougemont State Education Agency (IDEA)
Quintin Boston Greensboro Non-NCDVRS Rehabilitation Counselors
Celeste Hunt Maxton Director of Projects under Section 121
Wayne Giese Morganton Disability Advocacy Groups
Vacant   Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
Ping Miller Huntersville North Carolina Chamber of Commerce
Cindy Dixon Elm City Business and Industry Sector
Keith Renner Elizabeth City Labor
Sharon Weddington Mooresville Disability Advocacy Groups
Trish Hussey Durham Disability Advocacy Groups
Brenda Savage Raleigh Department of Commerce, Workforce Solutions
Robert Gilmore Lillington NCDVRS Consumers
Margaret Ackley Fayetteville Regional Rehabilitation Centers
Michael Hobbs Charlotte Business and Industry Sector
Lisa Ward-Ross Greenville Community Rehabilitation Services Providers
Elizabeth Bishop Raleigh Acting Director, NCDVRS
Ex-Officio Member
Melanie Harrington
Collis Niro
Vacant
Central
Eastern
Western
CAC Regional Representatives, NCDVRS
Kenny Gibbs Raleigh CAC Statewide Representative, NCDVRS

NCSRC Subcommittees

Executive Committee

The primary purpose of the executive committee is to:

  • Set the overall direction for the council.
  • Take the lead in determining how the council will address the mandated functions of the SRC.
  • Assure that SRC members are familiar with their roles and responsibilities within the council.
  • Guide and assist the division with the development of the state plan.
  • Guide and assist the division with the development of the comprehensive needs assessment.

Consumer Input and Public Outreach Committee

The primary purpose of the Consumer Input and Public Outreach Committee is to:

  • Use varied methods to seek and obtain input and feedback directly from consumers and other stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services.
  • Use varied methods to seek and obtain input and feedback directly from consumers and other stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of the Department of Health and Human Services and other public and private agencies in the state that provide rehabilitation services, along with services provided by the division which affect or potentially affect the ability of clients to achieve an employment outcome.

Policy, Procedure and Plan Review Committee

The primary purpose of the Policy and Rules Committee is to:

  • Review division policy and rules subject to the Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Use public feedback to make recommendations to the division concerning policy changes.

Contact the SRC Chairperson

2014 Quarterly Meetings: N.C. State Rehabilitation Council

Date/Time City Location
March 28
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Rocky Mount Country Inn & Suites

For more information, please call Kim Schmidt, NCSRC Liaison, at 919-855-3533 or email Kim.Schmidt@dhhs.nc.gov