Rehabilitation Council, Washington State

Reviews, analyzes, and advises the general vocational rehabilitation program of responsibilities under the Rehabilitation Act. The Council also develops and reviews the preparation of the state plan, the strategic plan, reports, needs assessments, and evaluations in partnership with the general vocational rehabilitation program. It also prepares and submits an annual report to the Governor, the public, and appropriate state and federal interested parties and provides coordination between the general vocational rehabilitation program and the State Independent Living Council and independent living centers.
Board Website
Policy AreaHuman Services
Governor Appointments16
Total Board Positions16
Statutory AuthorityExecutive Order 04-04
Public Disclosure Required?No
Senate Confirmation Required?No
CompensationReimbursement, per diem, disability-related expenses
Term Length (years)3
Statutory Term LimitsNo member may serve more than 2 consecutive terms
Member Requirements: At least one representative of the State Independent Living Council, which representative may be the chairperson or other designee of the Council. At least one representative of a parent training and information center established pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. At least one representative of the Client Assistance Program. At least one vocational rehabilitation counselor, with knowledge of and experience with vocational rehabilitation programs, who shall serve as an ex officio, non-voting member if the counselor is an employee of the state. At least one representative of community rehabilitation program service providers. Four representatives of business, labor, and industry.
Representatives of disability advocacy groups representing a cross section of: individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabilities; and parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty in representing themselves or are unable, due to their disability, to represent themselves. Current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services. At least one representative of directors of any vocational rehabilitation services projects operated by Indian tribes on reservations in Washington with Rehabilitation Act funding. At least one representative from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction or other state educational agency responsible for the public education of students with disabilities who are eligible to receive services under the Rehabilitation Act or under Part B of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. At least one representative of the state workforce investment board. The Director of the designated state rehabilitation unit, the Department of Social and Health Services' Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, shall be an ex officio member.