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Department of Human Services 2013-2015 Budget Information

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

Vocational Rehabilitation We help Oregonians with disabilities become employed through specialized training and new skills. This includes helping youth with disabilities transition to jobs as they become adults, helping employers overcome barriers to employing people with disabilities, and partnering with other state and local organizations that coordinate employment and workforce programs. A total of 383,381 work age Oregonians experience a disability but only 36 percent are employed. Employment helps people with disabilities become more self-sufficient, involved in their communities and live more engaged, satisfying lives. Investments through this program provide outcomes for individuals, helping them become productive members of our society, contributing to local economies and reducing a reliance on expensive state programs.

We have prepared a strategic budget to improve our programs effectiveness and enhance the program's ability to provide further employment outcomes for Oregonians.  Program improvements focus on return-on-investment through outcomes for our clients, including:

  • Serve individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Improve access for benefits planning
  • Increase youth served transition services
  • Expand capacity to serve employers