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Helena Voc 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 Helena to focus on changes to the Vocational Rehabilitation program

 The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will hold a public meeting in Helena on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Disability Rights Montana located at 1022 Chestnut Street.

The meeting will focus on explaining recent changes to vocational rehabilitation services in Montana, and to receive input on 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: 802 913 425  

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

For those unable in Helena, additional meetings will be held in Billings, 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.