GVRA names key VR program leadership as part of process improvement initiative

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) marks a milestone in its efforts to transform vocational rehabilitation services in Georgia. A highly competitive search led to the hire of four Assistant Directors, who will assist Vocational Services Director Dr. Christine Fleming in leading employment and training efforts for people with disabilities in Georgia.   

College Park VR office due to COVID exposure on premises

The College Park Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offices of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) are closed immediately for two weeks following a COVID-19 exposure involving another organization occupying the same building. 

Norcross VR office temporarily closes due to positive COVID-19 case

Our Norcross Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) location will temporarily close effective immediately for deep cleaning following a positive COVID-19 case among our staff. Employees who are concerned about possible exposure should consult with their health care providers about testing. 

Valdosta VR office temporarily closed for COVID-19 precautions

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency's (GVRA) Valdosta office has closed temporarily due to a positive COVID-19 case at another agency's onsite co-location. 

Message from GVRS Board Chair Tom Wilson on new agency head

I am pleased to share with you that today, members of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services (GVRS) Board and I had the honor of confirming the appointment of Chris Wells as agency Executive Director. Though I have only known Chris a short time, I firmly believe he is the leader GVRA needs right now as we continue on our path to a stronger organization and a brighter future.

Gov. Kemp Names Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Executive Director

Atlanta, GA - Today Governor Brian P. Kemp announced the appointment of Chris Wells to serve as Executive Director of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

 

Memo to staff: Guidance to safely reopen GVRA

On June 15, 2020, we begin transitioning into the first phase of our reopening, which includes staggered teleworking schedules like those utilized prior to sheltering in place. (Please note that further direction from the Office of the Governor over the weekend could supersede this timeline and will be communicated promptly.) We will reopen our doors to the public by appointment only and implement procedures that keep our environments safe. Staff are advised to continue social distancing, considering logistics and available space before physically meeting and seeing clients/customers in person only when absolutely necessary. During our transition back into our physical locations, we will frequently reevaluate the efficacy of our precautionary measures, following directives from the Office of the Governor and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Public Health (DPH) as we progress toward more relaxed protocol.  

You will find details as to how our initial return will look in this guidance document.

PUBLIC COMMENT: Inclusive Post Secondary Education Funding Model

Update: Thank you for your comments submitted through Friday, May 29th. Your input is currently under review by GVRA Vocational Rehabilitation program leadership, the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) and Georgia Client Assistance Program (CAP). 

Though the comment form is no longer available, A recording of the meeting can be viewed here (Password: 3K%B!kt6), and a transcript can be found here. A link to the PowerPoint presentation can be found here.

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The Council recognizes the importance of community input and encourages anyone with comments about the proposed policy changes to fill out the form below. These comments will be taken into consideration before any final decision on the proposed changes is made. Any further questions related to the SRC as a whole can be directed to Harriett.Young@gvs.ga.gov. Any technological issues with the form itself should be directed to John.Boan@gvs.ga.gov

 The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is encouraging members of the public to submit online comments on proposed changes related to the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) funding model for Inclusive Post Secondary Education (IPSE). GVRA and SRC leadership developed a digital presentation to outline these proposed changes. You’ll also find an explanatory PowerPoint presentation (featured in the video) as well as a transcript of the dialogue between GVRA, GAIPSEC and SRC leaders. Public comments will be accepted through Friday, May 29.

 

 

State agency public health emergency response update

As of Friday, May 15, 2020, the Office of the Governor has directed state agencies to continue operating under current Public Health Emergency protocol through May 31, 2020. This supersedes the communication all staff received earlier this afternoon. Employees who are able to telework should continue to do so, and admin-office closure leave will be extended for those unable to perform the essential functions of their positions remotely. We anticipate further guidance at the end of the month. 

A Special Thank You to GIB Staff

Georgia Industries for the Blind leadership thanks staff for work during COVID-19 pandemic.