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Billings Vocational Rehab meeting


October 14, 2015

Contact:  Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936

                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391



Public meeting in Billings to focus on changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation program


The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will hold a public meeting in Billings on Thursday October 29, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room CE 160 of the College of Education Building at Montana State University - Billings.

The meeting will focus on explaining recent changes to vocational rehabilitation services in Montana, and to receive input implementing the changes.

It is being hosted by the DPHHS Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services program.

The meeting will feature an open discussion regarding the impact of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in Montana.

On July 22, 2014 the WIOA was signed into law. The act included a reauthorization of the Rehabilitation Act and changed vocational rehabilitation services significantly.In fact, WIOA contains more than 100 changes to the Rehabilitation Act.

For those unable to attend in person, the meeting can also be accessed remotely by calling 1-877-668-4490 and use access code: 801 691 027


The call in number will only be active during the time of the meeting.

For those unable to attend in Billings, additional meetings will be held in Helena, Missoula and Great Falls over the next two months.

In addition, written comments can be sent to:

Mike Hermanson

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services

PO Box 4210

Helena, MT 59604

or to mhermanson@mt.gov.

The deadline for written comments is November 25, 2015.

Requests for accommodations or for more information contact Hermanson at 406-444-3833.