April 30, 2015 (Denver, Colorado) The Colorado Department of Human Services reached a milestone today with the elimination of its wait list for individuals with disabilities who are seeking vocational rehabilitation services.
It’s a victory for the department, which has worked diligently and responsibly to reduce the backlog.
“This will greatly compliment the Governor’s efforts to bolster Colorado’s economy by connecting Coloradans with disabilities, ready to work, to businesses across our state,” said Reggie Bicha, Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director. “I am proud of the hard work of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to thoughtfully, efficiently, and effectively eliminate the wait list.”
For the last two years, individuals seeking vocational rehabilitation services from Colorado's leading placement organization for people with disabilities have gone through an eligibility process, and were then placed on a wait list. At its height the wait list included 6,361 people.
Starting in February of last year, the division began regularly releasing groups of individuals from the wait list in intervals so that case managers could support the increased caseloads without sacrificing quality service. The wait list has been incrementally reduced since February, 2014.
In the last seven months alone, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has helped more than 700 Coloradans with disabilities gain meaningful employment earning a state-wide hourly average wage of $11.76.
“We’re proud to be able to help all Coloradans with disabilities obtain and maintain employment, now on a continuing basis,” said Steve Anton, interim director for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, of his program’s latest success.
To access the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation services state-wide, log onto http://www.dvrcolorado.com/locations.php.