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VR stands for Vocational Rehabilitation at http://tennessee.gov/humanserv/rehab/vrs.htm. VR all in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas all three below:
 

This is an old info but I'm not sure they are still the same info.. If you have any questions please feel free ask. 


Memphis, Tennessee
(Updated 3/9/2015)

Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services

40 South Main Street, 10th Floor
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Video Phone: (901) 620-6970

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WEST TENNESSEE REGIONAL (VR)

Ann F. Smith, Field Supervisor (West Tennessee)
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
170 N. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
E-mail : ann.f.smith@tn.gov
Office: (901) 528-5320
Fax: (901) 543-6555

Chad Reichert, VR Counselor (Shelby County)
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
170 N. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Office: (901) 620-6970
Fax: (901) 543-6036
Text: (615) 972-9498
E-mail: chad.reichert@tn.gov

Leora A. Jackson, VR Counselor (Shelby County)
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
170 N. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
Office: (901) 528-5347
Video Phone: (901) 620-6804
Text: (901) 262-8580
Fax: (901) 543-6036
E-mail: leora.jackson@tn.gov

Jane B.Humbert, VR Counselor (Northwest Tennessee counties in West Tennessee)
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
1199 South Dupree
Brownsville, Tennessee 38012
Office: (731) 772-4242, ext. 123
Video Phone: ???
Text: (731) 394-8560
Fax: (731) 779-0151
E-mail: jane.humbert@tn.gov

Flora McBride, VR Counselor (Southwest Tennessee counties in West Tennessee except Shelby County)
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
225 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Suite 140, Box 15
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
Office: (731) 423-5606, ext. 307
Video Phone: ???
Text: ???
Fax: (731) 421-5029
E-mail: flora.mcbride@tn.gov
 


 
VR in Mississippi - One of them have a new deaf VR counselor name Ben Wagenknrcht in Olive Branch, MS. Anyone who are interested in talking to him or anything for your needed a counselor, email him at Benjamin.Wagenknecht@mdrs.state.ms.us  (Need VR for Jackson? See below)
 

 
VR in Arkansas at http://www.arsinfo.org/default.aspx?id=85  (Need VR for Madison or Little Rock, Arkansas? See below)
 
2920 McClellan Drive
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
(870) 972-0025; (870) 972-1204 (TTY)
 
210 Shoppingway Blvd., Suite D
West Memphis, Arkansas  72303
(870) 735-4725; (870) 735-7399 (TTY)
 
Rehabilitation http://www.uark.edu/depts/rehabres/
 

Outside of Cities and Towns:
 
TENNESSEE
 
Tennessee Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Citizens Plaza State Office Building
15th Floor, 400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37248-0060
Phone: (615) 313-4714
TTY: (615) 313-4714
Fax: (615) 741-4165
URL: http://www.state.tn.us/humanserv/rehab/vrs.htm
 
 
The Client Assistance Program of Tennessee
PO Box 12157, Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (800) 342-1660
TTY: (615) 298-2471
Fax: (615) 298-2046
URL: http://tennessee.gov/humanserv/rehab/vrcap.htm
 

MISSISSIPPI
 
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services
1281 Highway 51 North
P.O. Box 550
Madison, MS 39110
Phone: (601) 853-5100
Toll Free: (800) 443-1000
URL: http://www.mdrs.state.ms.us/
 
 
Client Assistance Program
3226 North State Street
P. O. Box 4958
Jackson, MS 39296-4958
(601) 362-2585
(800) 962-2400 (Voice/TDD)
URL: http://www.mississippicap.com/
 

ARKANSAS
 
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Administration
1616 Brookwood Drive
P. O. Box 3781
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: (501) 296-1600
Toll Free: (800) 330-0632
TTY: (501) 296-1669
Fax: (501) 296-1655
URL: http://www.arsinfo.org/
 
 
Arkansas Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Services for the Blind
700 Main Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-3237
Phone: (501) 682-5463
Toll-free: (800) 960-9270
TDD: (501) 682-0093
Fax: (501) 682-0366
URL: http://www.arkansas.gov/dhhs/dsb/NEWDSB/
 

 

ELIGIBILITY AND ORDER OF SELECTION FACT SHEET

Q. What is Vocational Rehabilitation?

A. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal/state program that helps people with disabilities to enter, maintain, or return to employment. Our charge is to help those people achieve and maintain meaningful careers.

Q. Who is eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

A. If you have a physical or mental impairment that makes it difficult for you to find or keep a job and you need our services to do so, you may be eligible. We will determine eligibility based on medical and/or psychological records, along with an assessment of how your disability affects your ability to work. A person who receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance benefits (SSI) as a result of disability or blindness is presumed to be eligible, if that person intends to enter employment.

Q. What kinds of services does the VR agency provide?

A. Services are provided based on the person’s abilities, interests, and informed choice and may include training, medical or psychological treatment that would increase the individual’s ability to work, rehabilitation technology, job placement and follow-up, and post-employment services. All clients receive counseling and guidance as an integral part of their services to help the person reach his or her employment potential.

Q. What if I want training or other services, but I don’t want to go to work?

A. All VR services are provided for the purpose of preparing a person to enter employment, return to employment, or maintain employment.

Q. I receive SSDI benefits, and I am afraid that if I go to work, I will lose my Medicare. How can a person who receives SSDI or SSI disability benefits find out how VR services or employment would affect their benefits?

A. A VR counselor would put you in touch with a benefits specialist who can help you find out what you need to know about your SSDI or SSI benefits and can help you make work pay.

Q. How can I apply for VR services?

A. You may find the contact information for your local VR office by looking in the government listings in your telephone book under Tennessee State Government, Human Services Department, Rehabilitation Services. If you need assistance locating the nearest office, you may contact the Nashville administrative office of the Division of Rehabilitation Services at (615) 313-4891.

Q. My VR counselor told me I am eligible for services, but can’t receive those services because of the order of selection. What is an order of selection?

A. Federal law states that if there is not enough funding available to provide services to all

persons who are eligible, state VR programs must give first priority for services to applicants who have the most significant disabilities and limitations. Tennessee’s VR program has funding to provide services only to those individuals who have the most significant disabilities and who are designated as "Priority Category 1".

Q. My VR counselor has informed me that my case is in Priority Category 3. What would

qualify a person to be in Priority Category 1?

A. VR must consider not only the disability (diagnosis), but also the limitations that the individual experiences, as a result of the disability, that would have an impact on the ability to enter or

maintain employment. In order to be determined as having a most significant disability, an individual would have a severe disability that creates serious limitations in at least 2 of 7 capacity

areas. These include mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills, as documented by medical, psychological, and/or vocational assessments. The individual must also require multiple vocational rehabilitation services that are expected to be needed over at least a 6-month time period. All services

provided must be for the purpose of helping the client prepare for, retain, or maintain a successful employment outcome.

Q. If I receive SSI or SSDI, do I automatically receive vocational rehabilitation services?

A. A person who receives Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance benefits (SSI) as a result of disability or blindness is presumed to be eligible and at least Priority Category 2, if he or she intends to enter employment. These VR clients are considered to have a serious limitation in work skills, and if they meet the requirements for one of the other limitations (mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance), they will be in Priority Category 1. They do not have to meet the requirement of needing multiple services over at least a 6-month time period.

Q. Is the priority category affected by the cost of the services that I need?

A. No. The law says that no other factors, such as cost of service, income, type of disability, etc.

can be used to determine assignment to a priority category.

Q. What if my case is assigned to Priority Category 2, 3, or 4, but then my condition and

limitations get worse?

A. Any time that your disability and limitations get worse, you should contact your VR counselor and ask for a re-evaluation. Also, if further medical or psychological documentation becomes available, you should send it to your VR counselor and ask for re-evaluation of your priority category.

Q. Are there any VR services that I can receive if I am in Priority Category 2, 3, or 4?

A. VR cannot provide direct services to those eligible individuals who are not in

Priority Category 1, but the VR counselor must provide information and referral services to

help those persons find services through other agencies and entities.

Q. If my VR case is in Priority Category 2, 3, or 4, will the case be closed after a certain

period of time?

A. No. Your case will remain open until:

Information is available that would allow it to be reclassified to a higher priority category; or

Funding becomes available to provide services to eligible individuals in other priority categories; or

You and your counselor agree that your case should be closed.

Q. Are there other states operating under an order of selection?

A. Yes. In fact, there are 45 out of 80 agencies currently operating under an order of selection.

Q. Is it likely that Tennessee’s VR program will be able to provide services in the near future

to clients whose cases are not in Priority Category 1?

A. Tennessee’s VR program has been under an order of selection since August 1, 2001. We do not

anticipate that the order of selection will be lifted at any time in the near future. Our focus is to provide the best and most effective vocational rehabilitation services that we can provide to help

individuals with the most significant disabilities to reach their career goals.

 

 
 

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