Dear Colleagues, Friends of VR and Graduates,
I wanted to thank all of you for all your efforts by sending your testimonials or your presence at the VR Work Group meeting held on 11/9/2016. Many of you who were there took time off from work, or school to show with your presence and/or sent your testimonies that you support vocational rehabilitation services and want it to continue.
Please know that your efforts were heard. I provided about 30 testimonials that day and hand carried them as well as placed them in the committees hands on 11/9. I then sent them over to the DCD J. Vidinhar along with the VR statistics that we have been calculating to provide the department that clearly did not match their statements as to what they thought the statistics were for VR successes.
Dear Friends of VR,
This is in regards to the Resolution HCR 105 that was sent in to the legislature this year opening up to an audit of all of the bizarre and punitive decisions from the DCD. The "bite" of the audit was taken out of the resolution but we are urging them to put in a working group that has a more substantive group who knows what is occurring on a day to day basis with the injured workers.
The resolution was sent back to the House and tomorrow is another hearing for this resolution. The Senate took out the "bite" of the audit but we are hoping that this is a better way to have the department be accountable to the legislature.
This is easier than their website.
Thanks again and hope that you can make the time to send in support of the addition of the working group as noted in my testimony.
Laurie H. Hamano M.Ed. CRC LMHC
President of VMC
Licensed Mental Health Counselors
"VMC's Counselors are state Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Each of our counselor has in addition to their Master's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation, a Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, which is a nationally recognized certification. This is also in addition to their licensing as a Mental Health Counselor. The licensing is usually received after 1-2 years of working in the field."