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Community partners are invited to comment on changes to Vocational Rehabilitation youth services and rate setting rules - 11/14/23

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program is seeking community partners to help shape rules affecting how it delivers services to youth with disabilities. Staff from programs that provide contracted services to youth and young adults are invited to apply to be a volunteer on its Rule Advisory Committee (RAC).

The committee is set to meet Nov. 27 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to review the draft rules regarding youth services and rates VR pays contractors to deliver these services. To participate, submit an electronic application by 5 p.m. Nov. 20. 

The committee is tasked with reviewing and commenting on proposed changes to youth services, provided in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 582 Division 150: Transition Services and Coordination for Students and Youth with Disabilities. VR staff will review all input and may modify the proposed rules before seeking public input in December 2023 and January 2024.

Information about serving on the VR Rules Advisory Committee

The VR Rules Advisory Committee gives feedback and recommendations on administrative rules that govern vocational rehabilitation services. Committee members discuss:

  • Are the rules clear and understandable?
  • What impact will the rules have on Vocational Rehabilitation clients?
  • Rule impact on business, particularly small businesses.
  • Rule impact on racial equity.

Information about how to apply is on the VR Rules and Regulations page. See the news release for more information about the role and responsibility of RAC members.

Questions? Contact Robin Brandt at robin.l.brandt@odhs.oregon.gov or 503-507-5226.

Public hearings

Following the RAC committee review, the public will have a chance to review the proposed rule changes and provide comment. Public hearings are anticipated to be held virtually in January 2023. VR will announce when it  posts the draft rules for public review.

To receive notice of future public hearings, subscribe to receive email updates from Vocational Rehabilitation.

Accommodation requests 

You can request accommodation in other languages, large print, braille, or any other format you prefer to submit public comment or attend a public hearing. Contact Robin Brandt at 503-507-5226 or by email at VR.Policy@odhsoha.oregon.gov. We accept calls from all forms of relay service for people who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing or have a speech disability. Please let us know of any accommodations at least a week in advance. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.



About Vocational Rehabilitation: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) assists individuals with disabilities to get and keep a job or advance in their career that matches their skills, interests and abilities. VR staff work in partnership with the community and businesses to provide services that are individualized to help each eligible person receive services that are essential to their employment success.

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