Public meetings

Comments sought on change of Designated State Agency for VR

In accordance with provisions of the federal Rehabilitation Act, the Division of Rehabilitation Services is conducting public meetings to seek public input on the change of the Designated State Agency for the state/federal vocational rehabilitation program in West Virginia.

Presently, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts is the Designated State Agency and the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is the Designated State Unit for the vocational rehabilitation program.

The West Virginia Legislature passed House Bill 4006 during its 2018 Regular Session. House Bill 4006 eliminates the West Virginia Office of the Secretary of the Department of Education and the Arts and moves the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services under the West Virginia Department of Commerce, effective July 1, 2018. Beginning July 1, 2018, the West Virginia Department of Commerce will be the new Designated State Agency and the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services will continue to be the Designated State Unit for the state/federal vocational rehabilitation program in West Virginia.

Written public comments on this change will be accepted from now through April 27, 2018.

The meetings will be held:

Charleston, WV
Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Charleston District Office
4701 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304

Morgantown, WV
Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Morgantown Branch Office
Sabraton Plaza
1415 Earl Core Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

Written comments must be submitted no later than 3 PM on April 27, 2018.

Written comments may be submitted by:

Email: Tracy Carr
Mail: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Administrative Offices
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Attention: Tracy Carr
FAX: 304-558-1474

Questions may be directed to Tracy Carr at 800-642-8207 or 304-356-2060.

Comments sought on the Vocational Rehabilitation Section of the two-year modification of the Unified State Plan

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public input on the Vocational Rehabilitation Section of the two-year modification of the Unified State Plan. Draft versions of the modifications can be found here:

  • Draft Description a – Input received from the West Virginia State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) members and chairman regarding the Unified State Plan to be submitted by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners in 2018
  • Draft Description i – Comprehensive System of Personnel Development; Data System on Personnel and Personnel Development
  • Draft Description k – Annual Estimates
  • Draft Description m – Order of Selection
  • Draft Description p – Evaluation and Reports of Progress

The Division will conduct two public meetings to allow for public input on the Vocational Rehabilitation Section of the two-year modification of the Unified State Plan:

Charleston, WV
Date: February 21, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Charleston District Office
4701 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304

Morgantown, WV
Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Morgantown Branch Office
Sabraton Plaza
1415 Earl Core Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

The Division will accept comments on the Vocational Rehabilitation Section of the two-year modification of the Unified State Plan through March 1, 2018. Written or emailed comments must be received no later than 3 p.m. on March 1, 2018.

Written comments may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Email: Joseph Hampton
Mail: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Administrative Offices
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Attention: Joseph Hampton
FAX: 304-558-1421

Questions may be directed to Joseph Hampton at 800-642-8207 or 304-356-2093.

Comments sought on Order of Selection

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public input on the closure of its Order of Selection (OS) Category 2 and changes to its maximum allowable amount for sponsorship of training.

The Division will hold two public meetings to give West Virginia residents the opportunity to provide input on the closure of its Order of Selection (OS) Category 2:

Charleston, WV
Date: December 20, 2017
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Charleston District Office
4701 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304

Morgantown, WV
Date: December 21, 2017
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Morgantown Branch Office
Sabraton Plaza
1415 Earl Core Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

A summary of the planned presentations is available for download here.

The Division will accept comments on the closure of its Order of Selection (OS) Category 2 through January 5, 2018. Written or emailed comments must be received no later than 3 p.m. on January 5, 2018.

Written comments may be submitted in any of the following ways:

Email: Tracy Carr
Mail: West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Administrative Offices
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Attention: Tracy Carr
FAX: 304-558-1687

Questions may be directed to Tracy Carr at 800-642-8207 or 304-356-2060.

Comment sought on client services rule

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public comment on a Legislative Rule, 130CSR1 – Client Services, relating to the Division of Rehabilitation Services' Client Services Manual. This public comment period from Sept. 25 to Oct. 24, 2017 complies with provisions of Senate Bill 619, Regulatory Reform Act, which was passed by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2016 Regular Session.

Draft State Plan, Client Services Manual revisions announced

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) sought public input on the draft fiscal year 2014 State Plan and proposed changes to several DRS Client Services Manual sections. West Virginians with disabilities and other vocational rehabilitation stakeholders were encouraged to review and comment on the documents.

DRS held two public meetings in May 2013 and received comments from April 19 to May 13. The public meetings were held on May 1 (in Charleston) and May 2 (in Morgantown). DRS requested comments be submitted in writing via email, fax or mail.

The resulting comments and responses are posted below.

Public Meetings and Public Comment Period Summary and Responses (July, 2013)

Public meetings in Morgantown, Charleston to assess planned policy revisions

The West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services is seeking public input on:


The Division will conduct public meetings in Charleston and Morgantown to give West Virginia residents the opportunity to provide input on these proposals.

Charleston
Date: May 1, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Charleston District Office
4701 MacCorkle Avenue, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Morgantown
Date: May 2, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Division of Rehabilitation Services
Morgantown Branch Office
Sabraton Plaza
1415 Earl Core Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

The Division will also accept comments on these proposals beginning April 12, 2013. Written or emailed comments must be postmarked or time-stamped no later than May 13, 2013.

Requests for a sign language interpreter, materials in alternate formats or other needed accommodations to participate in the meetings must be received by April 24, 2013.

Written comments and requests for accommodations must be submitted before the above deadlines, by email to Tracy Carr, by fax at 304-559-1687, or by postal mail to this address ...

West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
Administrative Offices
107 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Attention: Tracy Carr

Questions may be directed by email to Tracy Carr, who also may be reached by phone at 800-642-8207 or 304-356-2060.

Public comments received on goals and objectives, DRS responds

Public comments were received from May 4 until June 12 by the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services on the Division's draft goals and objectives for Fiscal Year 2013 and on the Division's plan to implement an Order of Selection, in accordance with Section 2200 of the Division's Client Services Manual. Comments were received in writing and at two public meetings, on June 4 in Charleston and on June 5 in Morgantown.

A summary of the public comments and the Division's responses is linked below.

PDF documentPolicy revision and comments of June 7, 2012

DRS revises client services policies

The WV Division of Rehabilitation Services has revised its policies governing substance abuse and complex diseases as they relate to eligibility for services, and has clarified special considerations for dental and orthodontic services.

These policy changes follow a public comment period that ended with a public meeting on Dec. 12, 2011. Details of the public comments, and the agency’s response to these comments, are contained in the document linked below.

PDF documentPolicy revision and comments of Dec. 12, 2011

DRS revises economic need policy

The WV Division of Rehabilitation Services has revised its policy that governs the economic need assessment of all applicants for DRS services.

The policy change followed a Jan. 6 public meeting at which no public comment was received. The agency also received no written comments, which were accepted until January 13, 2011.

PDF documentThe economic need assessment policy may be reviewed here.

DRS revises driver education policy

A public meeting was conducted on Monday, April 30, 2010, to discuss policy changes proposed by the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) in accordance with provisions of the federal Rehabilitation Act.

DRS received no public comments related to the proposed revision.

PDF documentThe driver education policy may be reviewed here.

DRS announces policy revisions

After a thorough review with public participation, the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services has revised policies as detailed in the documents linked below.

PDF documentDRS responses to public comments of March 8, 2010

PDF documentPolicy revisions implemented March, 2010