State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
Serving all citizens of Tennessee, the mission of the State Rehabilitation Council of Tennessee is to advise, evaluate and partner with the public vocational rehabilitation program in support of improving access to employment and promoting a diverse workforce statewide.
The State Rehabilitation Council of Tennessee envisions a statewide workforce that values disability and diversity and is committed to full participation of its citizens.
The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) works in partnership with the Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to maximize employment and independent living for Tennesseans with disabilities. The SRC advocates for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program as well as advises DRS on issues facing consumers of the VR program. The SRC acts as the voice of the consumer and other stakeholders in the VR program.
Meetings and Hearings
The SRC meets at least four times per year. Meetings are open to the public, with the exception of executive meetings, and are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The SRC may also conduct forums and hearings when needed (CFR Title 34 Part 361.17(j)).
Meetings in Federal Fiscal Year 2020:
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2020, Location: Tennessee School for the Blind located at 115 Stewart’s Ferry Pike
Thursday, May 14, 2020, Location: Disability Rights Tennessee located at 2 International Plaza Suite 825
Thursday, August 13, 2020, Location: TBD
Dates and location subject to change. The public is invited to attend the quarterly meetings.
Contact Paula Knisley by email at Paula.Knisley@tn.gov or phone at (615) 837-5049 to request reasonable modifications and/or auxiliary aids/services needed in order to participate in a quarterly meeting.
Every year, the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) prepares and submits to the Governor and Secretary a report on the status of vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs in the state. The report is made available to the public. The Annual Report highlights the goals and achievements of the VR program. It also contains the Councils accomplishments for the year, as well as statistics and success stories. The Report is submitted in December, no more than 90 days after the fiscal year ends (September 30) (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 34 Part 361.17(h)(5)).
The State Plan is the contract between the Federal Government Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the State of Tennessee. The plan is necessary to receive federal funds for the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 34 Part 361.2). The Plan describes how the VR services will be provided in accordance to laws and regulations. It essentially acts as the blueprint for the State’s VR program.
The Plan contains the model for achieving goals and priorities and is used to evaluate the State’s performance over time. The goals and priorities are created by the results of the needs assessment, performance on program standards and indicators (indicated in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (link to Rehabilitation_Act, Title I, Section 106), results of consumer satisfaction surveys, and input from State Plan meetings and hearings. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I, Section 101(a) and CFR Title 34 Part 361.29 layout the requirements of the State Plan.
State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) Responsibility – Attachment 4.2(c)
The SRC is responsible for Attachment 4.2(c) of the State Plan (CFR Title 34 Part 361.16(b)(2)(C)(v)). Attachment 4.2(c) contains recommendations from the annual report, review and analysis of consumer satisfaction, other council reports, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) responses to the comments and recommendations, and explanations for DRS’s rejection of input or recommendations.
Become a Member
If you are a person with a disability or someone interested in having input regarding employment services to individuals with disabilities, the State Rehabilitation Council of Tennessee may be for you. To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the SRC and the application process, click here. You may access the Board and Commission application here. Please return your completed application and resume to the SRC and/or seek additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council members are appointed by the Governor. When making appointments, the Governor must consider individuals representing a broad range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities (Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 34 Part 361.17(a)). The Governor, to the extent possible, must consider that minority populations are represented on the council. The majority of members must be individuals with disabilities not employed by DRS (CFR Title 34 Part 361.17(c)).
Client Assistance Program - helps individuals who have concerns or difficulties when applying for or receiving rehabilitation services funded under the Rehabilitation Act.
Code of Federal Regulations - The US Government Printing Office contains the Code of Federal Regulations. Title 34 Part 361 refers to the SRC.
National Coalition of State Rehabilitation Councils (NCSRC) – on behalf of people with disabilities, the NCSRC advocates for and works in partnership with the national public vocational rehabilitation system’s continual quest for excellence.
National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) – the Nation's most established and respected membership association for rehabilitation professionals. NRA members work to eliminate barriers and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - contains all articles of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Title I covers the VR program and SRC.
Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) – contains information about the federal Rehabilitation Services Administration and includes various reports and VR statistics for each State (includes the State Plans).