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Consumer Councils

Federal law has established these consumer councils, whose members are appointed by the governor to assist the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services in developing strategies to meet the employment-related needs of West Virginians with disabilities.

State Rehabilitation Council

The purpose of the West Virginia State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is to review, analyze and advise DRS regarding the performance of its responsibilities under the federal Rehabilitation Act. The SRC contributes toward the development of the Vocational Rehabilitation Portion of the WV Combined State Plan.

The SRC works in partnership with DRS to develop and review the Division’s annual goals and priorities, evaluate the effectiveness of DRS’ vocational rehabilitation program and to conduct a yearly review and analysis of consumer satisfaction with DRS services.

Members of the SRC are appointed by the governor, according to the provisions of the federal Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. SRC members are individuals with disabilities, their family members, advocates, and others who represent a broad spectrum of interests, including business and industry.

Statewide Independent Living Council

In partnership with DRS, the West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is responsible for jointly planning and submitting a State Plan for Independent Living every three years. The council also monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of the plan. Through collaboration and systems advocacy, the SILC council works to ensure the development of appropriate public policies affecting people with disabilities.