SRC

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

 

P. O. Box 11774

 

Salt Lake City, Utah 84147-9923

 

Phone:  (801) 538-7593

 

SRC Annual Report

 

Legal Basis:

 

Legal basis for the State Rehabilitation Council is Section 101(a)(36) and 105 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, (p.1.105-220), hereafter to be called The Act.

 

Mission:

 

The Mission of the State Rehabilitation Council, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation and in collaboration with disability groups, is to ensure quality vocational rehabilitation services for eligible individuals as they make informed choices  to achieve employment.

 

(We will accomplish this mission by reviewing programs, analyzing service delivery processes, and advising on policies and procedures.)

 


 

Overview:

 

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is composed of consumers, professionals, business, industry, labor representatives, parent advocates, and service providers who collectively counsel the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR), Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

 

Members of the SRC have been chosen for their interest, specialized knowledge and expertise.

 

The SRC is legally appointed by the Utah State Board of Education.  Term of office for SRC members is three years.

 

The Council serves as a link between the community and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

 

The Council provides a direct line of communication with consumers, rehabilitation professionals, business, industry, labor, service providers, and other individuals interested in assisting in improving the services by the state agency.

 

The Council involves knowledgeable citizen volunteers who promote public awareness and support of the Vocational Rehabilitation program and advocate for individuals with disabilities.

 

The SRC operates in accordance with Bylaws revised in 2003.

 

The SRC meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month.

 

Resources to assist the Council are provided by USOR including staff support.

 

Officers for the SRC include Chair, past Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary.

 

Membership.

 

Section 105(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act as Amended, requires that membership must consist of a majority of individuals with disabilities and must include a representatives from, The Utah Statewide Independent Living Council, The Utah Parent Center, The Client Assistance Program, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Community Rehabilitation program service provider,  business, industry, and labor representation, representative of the State Educational Agency, representative from the State Workforce Services Council, representation of advocacy groups of a cross section of individuals with disabilities, current or former applicants for, or recipients of vocational rehabilitation services.

 

SRC membership must be large enough to serve its purposes, but must have a minimum of 15 members.

 

Current membership includes a representative from other USOR Program Advisory Councils, including, The Blind and Visually Impaired Advisory Council and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Council.

 


 

SRC Roles and Responsibilities:

 

Major roles and responsibilities of the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) as required by law are to:

 

A.     Review, analyze, and advise the USOR, VR program regarding;

 

·        Eligibility, including order of selection

 

·        Extent, scope and effectiveness of services, provided

 

·        Functions performed by the agency that affect ability of individual with disabilities to achieve employment outcome.

 

B.     In partnership with USOR

 

·        Develop, agree to, and review state goals and priorities in accordance to section 101(a)915)(c);  The State plan shall identify the goals and priorities of the State in carrying out the program. The goals and priorities shall be jointly developed, agreed to, and reviewed annually by the designated State unit and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the State has such a Council. Any revisions to the goals and priorities shall be jointly agreed to by the designated State unit and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the State has such a Council. The State plan shall provide that the State shall submit to the Commissioner a report containing information regarding revisions in the goals and priorities, for any year in which the State revises the goals and priorities.

 

                     Evaluate the effectiveness of the VR Program and submit reports

 

To the commissioner which include the results of an evaluation                     of the effectiveness of the VR program, and a joint report by the designated State unit and the State Rehabilitation Council, if the State has such a Council, to the Commissioner on the progress made in improving the effectiveness from the previous year.

 


 

C.     Advise USOR regarding activities authorized to be carried out un this title   and assist in the preparation of the State Plan and amendments to the plan, applications, reports, needs assessments and evaluations required by this title.

 

D.     Extent feasible, conduct a review and analysis of the effectiveness of                                                          consumer satisfaction.

 

·        Functions performed by USOR

 

·        VR services provided by the state agency and other public and private entities responsible for providing VR services to individuals with disabilities

 

·        Employment outcomes achieved by eligible individuals receiving services under this title including the availability of health and other employment benefits

 

E.      Prepare and submit annual reports to the USOE and RSA commissioner on the status of VR Program and make reports available to the public.

 

F.      To avoid duplication of efforts and enhance the number of individuals served, coordinate activities with the activities of other councils within the state, including SILC,USEP under IDEA, State Developmental Disabilities Council and State Workforce Services Council.

 


 

G.     Provide for coordination and establishment of working relationships between USOR and SILC, and ILC.

 

H.     Perform other functions consistent with the purpose of this title as the SRC determines to be appropriate that are comparable to other functions performed by the Council.

 

The State Rehabilitation Council, in partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation, is committed to helping the people of Utah who qualify for services to obtain better jobs (with a living wag, health care benefits, and better career opportunities) and to become as independent as possible.

 

The Utah State Rehabilitation Council believes that individuals with disabilities should be full and active partners in the VR process.  The council seeks to work cooperatively with the state VR agency to ensure that the activities of the VR program are carried out in a manner that is respectful of an individual’s dignity and recognizes an individual’s right to informed choice.

 

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