Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Elaine Bender, Voc. Rehab Manager – E-mail: vrm@fpst.org

Hattie Williams, Voc. Rehab Counselor – E-mail: vrc@fpst.org

Emily Dixon, Voc. Rehab Technical Assistant – E-mail: vrtech@fpst.org


Contact Information

1007 Rio Vista Drive

Fallon, NV 89406-5463

Tel: (775) 428-2250

Fax: (775) 423-8960

 

Office Hours

Open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm


What is Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)?

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federally funded employment program for eligible Native Americans with a diagnosed disability residing in our service areas: Churchill County, Pershing County, and Nye County.

Purpose of VR

Our purpose is to help eligible individuals with disabilities get or keep a job. Applicants must be qualified to receive VR services; VR is not an entitlement program. If you are eligible, both you and our vocational rehabilitation counselor will help identify a suitable job goal, determine the services needed to become ready for the job, and assist with the employment search. Any services provided must be in support of your employment goal


Eligibility Requirements

YOU MUST:

1.) Be an enrolled member of a Federally Recognized Tribe

2.) Reside on the boundaries of the following areas:

– Churchill County or the Fallon Reservation/Colony

– Nye County or the Yomba Reservation

– Pershing County or the Lovelock Colony

3.) Have a documented physical or mental disability that makes it hard for you to receive or keep employment


VR Process

Step 1. Applying for Services by Contacting the VR program

Step 2. Determining Eligibility within a 60 Day Timeframe

Step 3. Career Exploration & Developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)        

Step 4. Following Your Plan Developed Between You and Your VR Counselor

Step 5. Finding a Job That Fits Your Interests and Abilities

Step 6. Successfully Employed After 90 Days of Consistent Employment


What to Expect

VR is a commitment, partnership, and a process. Your rehabilitation process can take several months from application to successful employment. VR will work with you to identify any disability-related barriers you may have that are interfering with your ability to obtain or sustain employment and to develop solutions to address and overcome those barriers.

 

Together, you and your VR counselor will…

1.) Assess your strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, capabilities, interests, and rehabilitation needs

2.) Explore, clarify, and determine your employment and career choices

3.) Address your disability-related barriers to employment

4.) Develop and carry out a plan for employment (IPE) that will result in suitable employment

5.) Maintain contact for several months after successful employment


Types of VR Services

Some VR services include but are not limited to:

  • Training or education to help you find employment.
  • Occupational license, tools, equipment or technology which may aid in helping you hold a job.
  • Vocational counseling and guidance to assist you in selecting a job goal.
  • Assessments to determine your job skills and interests.
  • On-the-job training, job search assistance, job interview skills, follow-up and follow-along services.
  • Transition services for students with disabilities.
  • Traditional healing services.

 

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