Consumer councils

Federal law has established these consumer councils, whose members are appointed by the governor to assist the Division of Rehabilitation Services in developing strategies to meet the real needs of West Virginia citizens 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 DRS State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment.

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 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.

The SILC, in cooperation with DRS and the centers for independent living, coordinates a survey of consumer satisfaction of all individuals who receive independent living services each year. Through collaboration and systems advocacy, the council works to ensure the development of appropriate public policies affecting people with disabilities.