If you want rehabilitation services to help you find, get or keep a job, you have to apply. The application process is different depending on which program you are applying to.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS)
You have to call or go to your local VRS office. If you don’t know where the nearest office is, call the main VRS office in St. Paul. They can tell you where your nearest office is and give you a phone number.
After VRS or SSB decides you are eligible for services, you and your rehabilitation counselor write an employment plan. The Employment Plan (EP) sets out your employment goals and what services and equipment you need to reach your goals.
The following services are funded if they are necessary for you to get or keep a job. Your Employment Plan will probably include one or more of these services if they are not available through other resources:
assessment to determine eligibility and/or need for services
vocational counseling, guidance, and referral services
treatment to correct an impairment so that you can work. The treatment can’t be funded by other resources. This could be things like prosthetic devices, eyeglasses or mental health treatment not paid for by other funding
vocational and training services, including tuition, fees, books, and materials
funding for extra living costs that come up while you are taking part in the vocational rehabilitation program
transportation, in connection with any vocational rehabilitation service
services to family members, as needed, to help you get and keep a job
interpreter services for deaf or deaf-blind, reader services, and orientation and mobility services
job placement and job coaching services
ongoing support services like job coaching, on-the-job training or other things you need to keep you at work
personal assistance services
help during your employment so you can keep the job or help to regain a job
occupational licenses, tools, equipment, initial stocks and supplies
rehabilitation technology, including vehicle modifications, telecommunications and sensory devices
services to help students with disabilities get from school to work
technical assistance and consultation services for self-employment or small business development
If you are a client or an applicant of VRS or SSB, you can call the Client Assistance Project (CAP) for help if you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your vocational rehabilitation services. CAP does not provide direct vocational rehabilitation services, such as education, training or equipment. See our fact sheet Client Assistance Project (CAP).
For more information about CAP or to apply for CAP services, call: