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State seeks input for vocational rehabilitation plan from clients, families, public

Release Date: March 17, 2009
Contact: Jim Jones, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH - The N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) is seeking public input to help develop a new state plan for the delivery of its services. The plan is updated annually and will become effective Oct. 1. 

Cities and dates of the six public meetings are: Asheville, May 5; Greensboro, May 6; Greenville, May 7; Hickory, May 4; Lumberton, May 11; Rocky Mount, May 12. The current state plan is available online at the VR website.

Those who may find the meetings of particular interest are people who receive VR services and their families, individuals who work in human services programs or advocacy groups for people with disabilities, and employers.

The topics of discussion may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Strategies to improve outreach to minority populations and individuals with the most significant disabilities.
  • Priorities that individuals with disabilities would like the public VR program to address.
  • Eliminating barriers to participation of individuals with disabilities in the VR program and the state’s supported employment program.
  • The responsiveness of VR services to its consumers
  • Improving school transition services to individuals with disabilities

The scheduled locations are accessible to people with disabilities. Attendees may register to speak upon arrival at the meetings or in advance by calling Paula Jones at (919)855-3533. Speakers are encouraged to bring a written copy of their comments.

People who are unable to attend one of the meetings may provide input by sending written comments by June 2 addressed to: Phil Protz, 2801 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-2801, Attn: Planning Unit-State Plan Comments. Comments may also be  e-mailed to dvr.stateplan@dhhs.nc.gov or faxed to: State Plan Comments at (919)715-1050.

Attendees who require an interpreter or other accommodations are asked to make their request to Ms. Jones at (919)855-3533 by April 22.

For additional information, contact Phil Protz at (919) 855-3567 or e-mail Phil.Protz@dhhs.nc.gov.

Notice of 2009 Public Meetings: May 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12

The North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) and the N.C. State Rehabilitation Council invite you to participate in the annual update of the North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan and its complementary Supplement for the Supported Employment Program Plan. Public meetings to receive your comments and ideas for the plan will be held in Asheville, Greensboro, Greenville, Hickory, Lumberton, and Rocky Mount.

  • May 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Hickory Area, Hickory VR Unit Office, 2662 N.C. Highway 127 south, Hickory, NC  28602, 828-294-0120.
  • May 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Asheville Area, Asheville VR Unit Office, 8 Barbetta Drive, Asheville, NC 28806, 828-670-3377.
  • May 6, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Greensboro Area, Greensboro VR Unit Office, 3401-A  W. Wendover Ave., Greensboro, NC  27407, 336-299-7337.
  • May 7, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Greenville Area, Greenville VR Unit Office, 101 Fox Haven Drive, Greenville, NC  27858, 252-830-8560.
  • May 11, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Lumberton Area, Lumberton VR Unit Office, 289 Corporate Drive–Suite A, Lumberton, NC  28358, 910-618-5513.
  • May 12, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Rocky Mount Area, Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St., Rocky Mount, NC  27804, 252-442-1951.