The purpose of the Oregon State Rehabilitation Council is to provide the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) with an external, consumer-oriented perspective. The Council advises VR on the needs of Oregonians with disabilities concerning programs, policy, services and other issues.
The Council also provides rehabilitation services consumers with a formal mechanism to influence the direction of rehabilitation programs in Oregon at the systemic and policy level.
Council Authority and Initiative
The State Rehabilitation Council is authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This federal legislation identifies the required functions of the Council, which include:
- Work in partnership with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) regarding essential planning and service delivery intended to result in meeting the employment potential of Oregonians with disabilities.
- Review and analyze program effectiveness, create and analyze consumer satisfaction materials, render concerns and recommendations to VR derived from performance standards and measurements of rehabilitation services.
- Advisethe Governor and state agencies on the performance of vocational rehabilitation in Oregon regarding eligibility, program effectiveness and effect on individuals with disabilities. This includes preparation and distribution of this Annual Report.
- Coordinate the work of the State Rehabilitation Council with the activities of other disability-related councils in the state. This includes establishing and maintaining a positive working relationship with the State Independent Living Council (SILC).
- The full Council meets four times a year. These sessions occur throughout the state and are structured in order to:
- Listen to and hear from consumers and others;
- Learn about programs, activities and needs specific to each region of the state;
- Build/Support collaborations with public and private partners involved in rehabilitation and employment in Oregon; and
- Conduct the business of the Council in a public setting.