State Office of Rehabilitation plans to serve more than 2,300 Utahns with disabilities

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program will open its waiting list to begin providing services to 2,353 additional Utahns with disabilities.

According to the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities to get or keep a job.

A news release from USOR stated they have opened their waiting list twice in the past year. However, inviting this many clients to be served is unprecedented and is expected to be accomplished during the next five months, the news release said.

“This is a remarkable day in the history of USOR and for the more than 2,300 clients we are now able to serve,” wrote Darin Brush, USOR Executive Director, in a statement sent to Fox 13. “Originally, we thought it may take years before we could again help this many people. But through the hard work of agency reform the past two years, and with the commitment of a dedicated staff of vocational rehabilitation professionals, we are well ahead of schedule.”

USOR said waiting lists are created when a state’s vocational rehabilitation agency enters into an order of selection, a system for prioritizing the clients the agency intends to serve.

The demand for vocational services peaked in February 2015, the press release said, and USOR established three categories to prioritize who receives vocational rehabilitation services first when funding and capacity allowed:

  • Individuals with most significant disabilities
  • Individuals with significant abilities
  • Individuals with disabilities

USOR encourages clients to contact their vocational rehabilitation counselors with questions about the order of selection, priority category or if they are scheduled to be included in the current waiting release. For more information, click here.