Vocational Rehabilitation

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Public Hearings

Proposed Rules Changes

Vocational Rehabilitation seeks input on the proposed changes to Oregon Administrative Rules 582:


  • Division 1 Definitions
  • Division 72 Supported employment
  • Division 100 Order of Selection
  • Division 115 Services to Persons of any age receiving subminimum wages
  • Division 190 Employer Services and Training
The comment period begins Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 and ends on Oct. 15, 2019.


For more information:


Purpose/Rationale: Purpose and rationale: Vocational Rehabilitation is updating OAR 582 to align with requirements of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014 (Public Law No. 113-128). The rules match definitions and requirements in the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and clarify processes for vocational rehabilitation service.


Provide testimony by:​

  • Email: Email your comments to: VR.Policy@state.or.us
  • Mail: Send written testimony to:

    Department of Human Services, Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
    Robin Brandt, Policy Analyst
    500 Summer Street NE, E-87 Salem, Oregon 97310-1018

  • In person: Attend the public hearing listed below.
  • By phone: During the hearing, dial in as indicated for each meeting.

The hearings will end when comments conclude. Please arrive before the meeting to sign up to provide testimony. A visual recording will be made to document the hearing.

Monday, September 16, 2019
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Human Service Building – Room 160
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
Dial in: +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 9687949#

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Location: WorkSource Bend
Mirror Pond Conference Room
1645 NE Forbes Rd, Suite 100
Bend, OR 97701
Dial in: +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 810727#

Friday, September 20, 2019
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
Milwaukie-International-Conference Room
4382 SE International Way, Ste B
Milwaukie OR 97222
Dial in: +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 2807972#

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 3 to 4 p.m.
Location: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
Medford Vocational Rehabilitation office
28 West 6th Street
Medford, Oregon 97501
Dial in: +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 68813340#

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
VR Conference Room
DHS Mackenzie Center
2885 Chad Drive
Eugene OR 97408
Dial in: +1 (503) 934-1400, Access code: 6847899#

Accommodation: Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication should make a request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event by contacting Robin Brandt at (503-945-5857) or email VR.Policy@dhsoha.state.or.us.

Adopted Policy

Vocational Rehabilitation Action Request

Vocational Rehabilitation Information Memorandum

Employment Policy for Individuals with IDD

A summary of employment services and policy​ for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) are organized alphabetically by topic area.

Policy to be Updated and Public Hearing​s

Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Forums to be held statewide in September 2016. 

Draft Oregon Administrative Rules, 582 Division 1, Definitions​

NOTE: Accommodations, including interpreters, assistive listening devices, and materials in alternative format, are available upon request. We request two weeks notice to ensure accommodations can be provided. Every effort will be made to provide accommodations with 48 hours of notice. Please fill out the box about what accommodations are needed

Questions or comments on policy out for public comment? Email VR.Policy@state.or.us​

For information about services and policy: Go to the Client Information page

Talk to your counselor or branch manager: Contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation office​