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Public Input Sought Statewide Regarding VR Program State Plan

By: Georgia Department of Labor
By: Georgia Department of Labor

Atlanta, GA -- The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program will hold a series of public comment hearings statewide regarding the VR state plan and the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services.

These hearings will give citizens the opportunity to provide input on
goals and priorities for the VR Program and service needs for
individuals with disabilities to achieve employment. Other items to be
addressed include the order of selection regarding how VR defines
priority for services, and HB 1146, which proposes to create
Rehabilitation Services as a stand-alone agency attached to the
Department of Human Services. The bill may be reviewed online at
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20112012/HB/1146.
The federal Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) requires the
Georgia VR program to submit an annual state plan of how it will use
federal and state funds to provide a broad array of rehabilitation
services to achieve priority goals and objectives for eligible Georgians
with disabilities. Public input and participation are mandatory when
substantive changes in the delivery of VR services are proposed.
Citizens attending the hearing who wish to comment for the record will be allowed five (5) minutes; there is no provision for two-way dialogue. Comments and questions will be recorded for review and response. Those who wish to provide comment but cannot attend the hearing in person may send written statements to Linda Shepard, Chairperson, Georgia State Rehabilitation Council, P.O. Box 5128, Douglasville, GA 30154; or email
them to srcofga@gmail.com. Written statements are limited to two (2)
pages, double spaced. Written or emailed comments must be postmarked or
time dated no later than Friday, May 18, 2012.
The current Georgia VR State Plan for fiscal 2012 may be reviewed online
at http://www.rsa.ed.gov/about-your-state.cfm?state=Georgia or in print
at any regional VR office in the state. To locate the nearest regional
office, or for more information about the public hearing, call VR
Customer Service at 404-486-6331, or statewide toll free 1-866-489-0001;
TTY users call GA Relay 711.
In order to solicit comments from a representative and diverse
population, the Georgia SRC will hold two public comment sessions in
each of 10 locations around the state, the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and the second from 4-6 p.m. The dates and locations for the public
hearings are as follows:

Monday, April 2: Valdosta, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
Lowndes, Cook & Brooks Rooms, Georgia Department of Labor Career Center,
221 S. Ashley Street.

Tuesday, April 3: Albany, from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
Georgia Department of Labor Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 1107-A
West Broad Avenue.
Wednesday, April 4: Macon, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m., 1st
Floor Meeting Room, LaQuinta Inn, 3944 River Place Drive.
Thursday, April 5: Columbus, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
P-100 Patrick Hall, Columbus Technical College, 928 Manchester
Expressway.
Monday, April 9: Savannah, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
Auditorium, Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm Street.
Tuesday, April 10: Augusta, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
Georgia Department of Labor Career Center, 601 Greene Street.
Wednesday, April 11: Athens, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
Georgia Department of Labor Career Center, 150 Evelyn C. Neely Drive.
Thursday, April 12: Gainesville, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6
p.m., Georgia Department of Labor Career Center, 2756 Atlanta Highway.

Monday, April 16: Rome, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
Conference Room, Goodwill of Rome, 154 Hicks Drive SE.
Tuesday, April 17: Atlanta, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m.,
First Floor Training Center, Georgia Department of Labor, Sussex Place,
148 Andrew Young International Blvd., NE.


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