Alabama State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

About


The Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council works together to strengthen the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services for all Alabamians with disabilities.

The SRC mission is to provide support and assistance to the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services through program planning, policy development, and delivery of services, thus preparing Alabama’s citizens with disabilities for competitive employment.

SRC membership consists of persons with disabilities, parents and guardians of persons with disabilities, advocates, service providers, and representatives of the business, industry and labor community. Members are appointed by the governor, and each have a personal interest in ensuring that Alabama’s citizens with disabilities receive the services and supports they need to become productive and self-sufficient through gainful employment. Membership is geographically and culturally diverse to assure a broad view into decisions that impact vocational rehabilitation services.



FOR PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice of Intent To Redesignate the Rehabilitation Services Administration's
Client Assistance Program

(July 27, 2022)

This document constitutes Notice of Hearing to receive public comment on the proposal by Governor Kay Ivey to redesignate the agency or entity responsible for the administration of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) from the current designated agency, which is the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), to the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program (ADAP), which is the protection and advocacy agency serving Alabama.

The Office of the Governor, through the Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD), will hold a public hearing on August 16, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be live in the first-floor conference room of the ADRS building located at 560 S. Lawrence Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104 and via call-in conference line. Please contact the Governor’s Office on Disability at graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov to obtain more information or ask questions.

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The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the redesignation of the CAP from ADRS to ADAP. The Governor will fully consider all public comments before issuing a written decision regarding designation. If there is no opposition to the redesignation, or if comments against redesignation are insufficient to overcome the need to redesignate, the Governor will issue a written decision to redesignate to ADAP effective on or after September 1, 2022.

Copies of this notice will also be mailed to the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and members of the public upon request.

Notice: People requiring reasonable accommodations or assistance at the hearing should contact Marlene Word, GOOD Deputy Director at 334-293-7228 or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov, on or before August 10, 2022.

CAP is a federally mandated program (34 CFR Section 370), which advises and informs clients and client-applicants of all services and benefits available to them as authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended 29 U.S.C. Section 732. In Alabama, these programs are provided through the vocational rehabilitation services division of ADRS.

As established in Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the purpose of CAP is as follows:

To provide assistance in informing and advising all clients and client applicants of all available benefits under this Act, and, upon request of such clients or client applicants, to assist and advocate for such clients or applicants in their relationships with projects, programs, and services provided under this Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative, or other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of the rights of such individuals under this Act and to facilitate access to the services funded under this Act through individual and systemic advocacy.

The Client Assistance Program shall provide information on the available services and benefits under this Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111 et seq.) to individuals with disabilities in the State, especially with regard to individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation programs. In providing assistance and advocacy under this subsection with respect to services under this title, a client assistance program may provide the assistance and advocacy with respect to services that are directly related to facilitating the employment of the individual.

CAP is one hundred percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) through an annual formula grant to the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the ADRS. The grant will be fully transitioned to ADAP upon redesignation.

Alabama is one of only a few states in the country in which the agency housing vocational rehabilitation services (ADRS) is the designated agency for administering CAP. The Governor holds the authority for the designation of the agency responsible for operating the CAP in accordance with Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Federal regulations, 34 CFR Section 370.2(c), indicate that this designation should be to an agency independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities. ADRS has been allowed to continue as the designated state CAP agency because of its status as such prior to 1984 under 34 CFR Section 370.2(d).

ADAP’s stated mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote, and expand their rights. ADAP’s stated vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued, exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.

The Governor believes that ADAP is better suited to administer CAP because its mission, vision, extensive experience, and existing infrastructure better align with the goals of CAP. It is uniquely prepared to advocate for vocational rehabilitation consumers. In addition, the Governor wishes to join the majority of states, which have CAP located within the designated protection and advocacy system.


Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed action of the Governor’s Office may appear at the scheduled public hearing or participate via phone. Persons wishing to provide their comments in writing or oral form may do so via phone, email or direct mail routed to:

Graham L. Sisson, Jr.
CAP Re-designation
Governor’s Office on Disability
602 S. Lawrence Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
E-mail: graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov
Telephone: 334-293-7189
Written or oral submissions must be received by GOOD on or before August 26, 2022.



Second Notice of Intent To Redesignate the Rehabilitation Services Administration's
Client Assistance Program

(August 3, 2022)

This document constitutes Notice of Hearing to receive public comment on the proposal by Governor Kay Ivey to redesignate the agency or entity responsible for the administration of the Client Assistance Program (CAP) from the current designated agency, which is the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS), to the Alabama Disability Advocacy Program (ADAP), which is the protection and advocacy agency serving Alabama.

The Office of the Governor, through the Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD), will hold a second public hearing on August 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be virtual, using a HIPAA compliant version of the Zoom software. Please contact the Governor’s Office on Disability at graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov to obtain more information or ask questions.

Topic: SACAP Redesignation Public Hearing #2 - Virtual
Time: Aug 19, 2022, 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
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The purpose of the hearing is to receive comments from all interested persons regarding the redesignation of the CAP from ADRS to ADAP. The Governor will fully consider all public comments before issuing a written decision regarding designation. If there is no opposition to the redesignation, or if comments against redesignation are insufficient to overcome the need to redesignate, the Governor will issue a written decision to redesignate to ADAP effective on or after September 1, 2022.

Copies of this notice will also be mailed to the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), the State Independent Living Council (SILC) and members of the public upon request.

Notice: People requiring reasonable accommodations or assistance at the hearing should contact Marlene Word, GOOD Deputy Director at 334-293-7228 or marlene.word@good.alabama.gov, on or before August 12, 2022.

CAP is a federally mandated program (34 CFR Section 370), which advises and informs clients and client-applicants of all services and benefits available to them as authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended 29 U.S.C. Section 732. In Alabama, these programs are provided through the vocational rehabilitation services division of ADRS.

As established in Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the purpose of CAP is as follows:

To provide assistance in informing and advising all clients and client applicants of all available benefits under this Act, and, upon request of such clients or client applicants, to assist and advocate for such clients or applicants in their relationships with projects, programs, and services provided under this Act, including assistance and advocacy in pursuing legal, administrative, or other appropriate remedies to ensure the protection of the rights of such individuals under this Act and to facilitate access to the services funded under this Act through individual and systemic advocacy.

The Client Assistance Program shall provide information on the available services and benefits under this Act and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12111 et seq.) to individuals with disabilities in the State, especially with regard to individuals with disabilities who have traditionally been unserved or underserved by vocational rehabilitation programs. In providing assistance and advocacy under this subsection with respect to services under this title, a client assistance program may provide the assistance and advocacy with respect to services that are directly related to facilitating the employment of the individual.

CAP is one hundred percent federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) through an annual formula grant to the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the ADRS. The grant will be fully transitioned to ADAP upon redesignation.

Alabama is one of only a few states in the country in which the agency housing vocational rehabilitation services (ADRS) is the designated agency for administering CAP. The Governor holds the authority for the designation of the agency responsible for operating the CAP in accordance with Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Federal regulations, 34 CFR Section 370.2(c), indicate that this designation should be to an agency independent of any agency that provides treatment, services, or rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities. ADRS has been allowed to continue as the designated state CAP agency because of its status as such prior to 1984 under 34 CFR Section 370.2(d).

ADAP’s stated mission is to provide quality, legally based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote, and expand their rights. ADAP’s stated vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued, exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.

The Governor believes that ADAP is better suited to administer CAP because its mission, vision, extensive experience, and existing infrastructure better align with the goals of CAP. It is uniquely prepared to advocate for vocational rehabilitation consumers. In addition, the Governor wishes to join the majority of states, which have CAP located within the designated protection and advocacy system.


Persons wishing to comment upon the proposed action of the Governor’s Office may appear at the scheduled public hearing or participate via phone. Persons wishing to provide their comments in writing or oral form may do so via phone, email or direct mail routed to:

Graham L. Sisson, Jr.
CAP Re-designation
Governor’s Office on Disability
602 S. Lawrence Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
E-mail: graham.sisson@good.alabama.gov
Telephone: 334-293-7189
Written or oral submissions must be received by GOOD on or before August 26, 2022.

Services


In January 1995, the Alabama Legislature mandated that Vocational Rehabilitation Service move from the State Department of Education to the newly created Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS). This milestone event created a unique partnership between the SRC and ADRS to work together to strengthen the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services for all Alabamians with disabilities.

  • Advise and assist ADRS on the State Plan’s development
  • Work with ADRS to develop goals and priorities, evaluate the program’s effectiveness, and report its progress to the Rehabilitation Services Administration commissioner
  • Advise ADRS on authorized activities and overseeing that the Rehabilitation Act requirements are carried out
  • Review and analyze the effectiveness of consumer and other surveys
  • Guide collaborative working relationships among ADRS, the State Independent Living Council, and independent living centers
  • Coordinate council activities with activities of other councils
  • Perform other functions consistent with the purpose of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Prepare an annual report of SRC activities and accomplishments and submit to the governor and the ADRS commissioner

The SRC sub-committees are made up of members and focus on different topics as they share their unique expertise in these areas:

  • Executive
  • Business Relations & Employment
  • Legislative Information
  • Consumer Services and Program Evaluation
  • Membership and Nomination
  • Bylaws Revision
  • Deaf Advisory
  • Blind Advisory

The SRC coordinates its work and relies on the input from stakeholders all over the state. The local advisory councils meet in the following ADRS VRS offices:

  • Anniston
  • Birmingham
  • Dothan
  • Gadsden
  • Huntsville/Decatur
  • Mobile
  • Montgomery
  • Muscle Shoals
  • Tuscaloosa

FY 2021 Members


Helen Baker
Tech Act Program Representative, (STAR), Montgomery


Scott Douglas Besong
Parent, Auburn


Jon Brock
Consumer, Birmingham


Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Montgomery


Susan Carol Crow
Employer, CRP Representative, Workshops, Inc., Birmingham


Carl Flemons
Consumer, Somerville


Jack Franklin
Consumer, SILC, Vina


Michelle D. Galipeau
Employer, Children’s Hospital, Hoover


Susan Goldthwaite
Special Education, State Department of Education, Montgomery


Heath Hendrix
Employer, Onin, Tuscaloosa


Rachel Hughes
SACAP Representative, State of Alabama Client Assistance Program, Montgomery


Mickey A. Hutto
WIA Board Representative, Montgomery


Karin Korb
Consumer, Birmingham


Dr. Maria Kraska, PhD, M.C.
Consumer, Program Evaluation Representative, Auburn


Linda Lamberth
Consumer, Anniston

Kathy Lovell
Employer, Regions Bank Birmingham


Dr. Michele Martin
Family Member, Auburn


Timothy McClure
Consumer, Mobile


Kim Mensi
Consumer, Montgomery


Jaime Mitchell
PHRA, Employer, UA, Tuscaloosa


Sherri Russell Moultrie
Employer, UAB, Trussville


George Neal
Consumer, Montgomery


Andrew Richards
VRS Counselor, Montgomery


Thomas (Tom) Schwarz
Consumer/Veteran, Semmes


Graham L. Sisson, Jr., PhD
SRC Liaison


Glenda ‘Annette’ Statum, PHR, SHRM-CP
Employer, Netk, Inc., Brownsboro


Joseph (Joey) E. Taff
Consumer, Montgomery


Michael Talley
Consumer, Bessemer


Rhonda (Chris) Tidwell
Consumer, Tuscaloosa


Karl E. Wade
Chair, Consumer, Prattville


Jeana Winter
Parent Training Center Representative, Alabama Parent Education Center, Wetumpka

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