Vocational Rehabilitation

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

As a result of the COVID19 pandemic, vocational rehabilitation (VR) counselors are now providing services through Telecommunication. The lists below provide the name and email address of a counselor in every county of the Commonwealth.  For individuals who are blind or deaf, some counselors specialize in providing services to those populations, and those counselors are listed separately.  Please use the information below to identify which counselor is currently serving the various counties in Kentucky.  If you would like to contact a VR employee via phone, please use our Staff Directory​.  You may also contact our central office at 502-564-4440 or 1-800-372-7172​​.


During the COVID 19 pandemic, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is committed to ensuring the safety of its consumers as they receive in person services.  While OVR seeks to provide as many services via telecommunication as possible, many services require face-to-face contact with various service providers.  Individuals receiving services purchased by OVR should be aware of the potential health risk when receiving services in person through vendors and businesses.  Consumers can access guidance at  www.kycovid19.ky.gov or contact their respective OVR counselor with any additional inquiries.

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ABOUT US

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.   
 
  • To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.
  • We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life.
  • We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission.
  • We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission.  
  See the Staff Directory or the  Local District Office directory to contact the office nearest you or call 800-372-7172 (V/TTY) for more information.  The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet organizational chart is also available for more information.​​ 
   

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Central Office
Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Mayo-Underwood Building
500 Mero Street
4th Floor NE
Frankfort, KY 40601
800-372-7172 (V/TTY)

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100th Anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as "The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act," into law June 2, 1920.

The OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) will be celebrating 100 Years of VR throughout 2020. To that end, we have launch a dedicated webpage to house anniversary content.

We encourage you to view and bookmark the VR 100 webpage​, where you will currently find the kick-off podcast from OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz, VR100 graphics, signature block and the hashtag #VR100Years to use as your agency and organization promote the year. New information will be added to this page throughout 2020.

We look forward to celebrating this important milestone with all of our VR stakeholders!

 
Announcements & Helpful Resources
 
 
Order of Selection Information

Effective Thursday, October 1, 2020 all Priority Categories will be moved to eligible status and there currently is no waiting list. They will be provided the necessary rehabilitation services to meet their individual vocational goals.

If you have any questions you can contact hollyb.hendricks@ky.gov or cora.mcnabb@ky.gov​ via email or call the main office at 502-564-4440.​

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network Advisory Board Seeks New Council Members​​
KATS Network is currently accepting applications from Individuals with Disabilities who use Assistive Technology, their Family Members, or Authorized Representatives.
 
If you are interested in applying to serve on the KATS Network Advisory Council to help provide guidance to the State on increasing the awareness and acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) to the thousands of Kentuckians with disabilities who use or need AT, please contact us at (800) 327-5287. You can also visit our Advisory Council  page for additional information.

Or, you may submit your application and resume directly to us by mail or email to jamesa.brown@ky.gov. Please also review the Advisory Council's purpose and composition statement. The application and Advisory Council purpose and composition statement are available on the KATS Network website​.​

Disability Benefits 101 Calculator

We’re pleased to announce the release of the new Kentucky Disability Benefits 101 site to the public.

You can visit KY DB101 today to explore the new features, tools, and calculators and browse the content: https://ky.db101.org/​

 DB101 provides:
 
  • Information: Learn about benefits program and rules around work. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Find out how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • Calculators: Get results tailored just for you that helps you plan and set goals for work. Get tips for success for your individual situation.
  • Experts: Find answers to your questions. Connect to community resources. Get help understanding your next steps. DB101’s Talk to an Expert connects you to a real person who can help with your situation.
If you find something you don’t understand or that appears to be incorrect, please use the Give Feedback link appearing in the right sidebar of each page, to tell us what you saw and what you expected to see instead.  We’ll keep a close eye on the feedback. 
Many thanks for your help spreading the word about KY DB101!

 -The Disability Benefits 101 Core Team​​
 
Questions/Comments
If you are a current consumer and have questions or concerns regarding the services you are receiving, please contact the branch manager at your Local District Office Directory.​​ ​​​​​​
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