Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services
Montana values people with disabilities in our workforce and our communities.
Montana Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services promotes opportunities for Montanans with disabilities to have rewarding careers and achieve maximum personal potential.
- We value informed choice; our staff guide, and the people we serve decide.
- We presume all people with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can work in competitive integrated settings with advancement opportunities.
- We believe work provides a sense of purpose.
- Our services promote the civil rights of each participant.
- We respect and value diversity.
- We value our ethical foundations of autonomy, beneficence, fidelity, justice, non-maleficence, and veracity.
- We promote healthy interdependence, independent living, and community integration.
- Collaborating with partners makes us stronger and more effective.
- We continually innovate and provide state of the art services
Individuals with disabilities seeking employment and their employers comprise our two primary customers. However, all society benefits when its citizens with disabilities are employed in their communities and earning livable wages.
Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services combines the general and the blind vocational rehabilitation programs in a single unit. Montana state law allows the combined approach, and it also requires separate services for blind and visually impaired clients. Follow the link to Blind and Low Vision Services on this page to find out more about that part of our program. Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services is part of the Disability Employment and Transitions Division of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The Acting Administrator of Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services as well as Disability Employment and Transitions is Chanda Hermanson-Dudley. Chanda may be reached via the contact links below.
Our Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Instructors must hold a master’s degree and the ability to sit for certification in order to be qualified for their jobs. These professionals are supported by other professionals including administrative support, specialists, program managers, supervisors, and trainees. All engage continuous improvement and personal development to hone their skills to a keen leading edge.
Our Central Office administrative staff is located in Helena.
111 North Last Chance Gulch, Suite 4C
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
1 (877) 296-1197 (toll-free consumer line)
(406) 444-2590 (voice/TTY)
(406) 444-3632 (fax)
Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services presents the following video to introduce our services. The four links below play different versions of the same video. Choose the standard link to play the video without reasonable accommodations. If you require open captioning, sign language interpreting, or audio description, click on the corresponding link to play the video with reasonable accommodations.
VRBS is currently operating under an Order of Selection with suspension of all new entries into Disability Level Order Categories 3 and 2 and 1. As always, our goal is to responsibly and diligently serve clients throughout Montana in a fiscally responsible manner. In order to continue to provide services to clients who are currently being served in all three categories, and to ensure the fiscal integrity of our ability to serve future clients, the Division has most recently suspended new entries into Category 1 as of March 9, 2017. Anyone not already receiving needed services under an individualized plan for employment must be placed on the wait list for services.
The Order is the legally mandated method of rationing services when our resources cannot keep up with the demand. Resources include funding as well as staff time. The WIOA requires the Order to assure the priority to serve those with the most significant disabilities first.
We refer those on the wait list to other workforce development programs and programs such as Financial Aid for college. When VRBS has enough resources to meet demand, we will reopen Categories and serve those on the wait list starting with highest priority categories first and on a first come, first served basis within each Category.
Please note that the Order is fluid and subject to changes as resources and demands allow.
For more information on the Order, please consult with your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
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