State Rehabilitation Council

The State Rehabilitation Council advises the VR and BLVS programs on policy and program issues, delivery of services to consumers, and methods for reaching potential consumers.

Membership of Council

The Council is composed of 22 members representing different disabilities, business, education, and advocacy groups. The members come from all parts of Montana, and over 50% of the members must have disabilities.

Meetings

The Council meets four times a year. Most meetings last a day and a half. In addition, some Council members meet with MVR management staff to help craft the agency's strategic plan. Members are reimbursed for travel expenses and also receive a small honorarium.

As of 04-29-2022

Representation required in Law

Business, Industry, and Labor (4)

Parent Training and Information Center

  • Jean Schroeder, Vaughn
    406-750-8086
    MT Empowerment Center, Inc.

Workforce Innovation Board

Native American VR Project

Education Agency

Client Assistance Program

Independent Living Council

  • Vacant
    Independent Living Council

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor

  • Celina Cline, Havre
    (406) 265-6933

Community Rehabilitation Program

Director of the Designated State Unit

  • Chanda Hermanson, Helena
    Administrator of Disability, Employment and Transitions Division

Current/Former VR Clients / Disability Advocates (9)

  • Carlos Ramalho, LIFTT, Billings,
    carlosr@liftt.org
    Direct (406) 294-5190, Mainline (406) 259-5181

The Council meets four times a year. Most meetings last a day and a half. In addition, some Council members meet with MVR management staff to help craft the agency's strategic plan. Members are reimbursed for travel expenses and also receive a small honorarium.

General Meeting Objectives

Winter

  • Legislature or Executive Planning Process
  • Orientation for new members
  • Governor's Report presented
  • Committee Breakout and reporting

Spring

  • State plan and strategic plan presentation
  • Orientation for new members
  • Federal report review
  • Consumer Satisfaction survey
  • Committee Breakout and reporting

Summer

  • Special event or cultural
  • Orientation for new members

Fall

  • Review activities for Governor’s Report
  • Orientation for new members
  • SRC Manual Review/Revise
  • Election of officers

*Meeting Dates

  • February 1-2, 2022 in Choteau - February 2022 agenda
  • April 20-21, 2022 - Montana State Capitol; Room 102 - April 2022 agenda
    Note: April 20-21 meeting will be livestreamed on https://leg.mt.gov/lsd/ (click on Watch and Listen; Streaming Schedule and click the date on the Calendar)
  • August 24-25, 2022 (location TBD)
  • November 15-16, 2022 (location TBD)

*Meetings are open to the public.

Dates and Locations are subject to change.  Contact Shawn Tulloch ( stulloch@mt.gov) for confirmation and Zoom link.

Meeting Minutes 

Education & Member

  1. Duties:
    1. Recruit new members
    2. Plan orientation for new members
    3. Review Bylaws/Constitution
    4. Review SRC binder/Council Manual
  2. Chair Denise May

Planning & Review

  1. Duties:
    1. Write the Governor’s Report (annual report)
    2. Review State Plan
    3. Discuss Priorities & Goals
  2. Chair, Marcy Roberts

Consumer Satisfaction & Needs Assessment

  1. Duties:
    1. Client Satisfaction survey
    2. Establish the needs assessments (through 3rd party) and Review
  2. Chair  Celina Cline

Policy, Procedure, & Personnel Development

  1. Duties:
    1. Covers all policy & procedure changes with VRBS
    2. Personnel – maintaining & turnover rates
    3. Review IHO decisions
    4. Reviews training curriculum
    5. All-Staff training
  2. Chair Brook Hodge (staff)
  1.  

Governor's Report

If you have other questions, contact Shawn Tulloch, staff to the Council at:

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604
Phone (406) 564-4864 (Video) (406) 579-2630 (Text)
Email: STulloch@mt.gov