State Rehabilitation Council

The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) guides decisions about Minnesota's Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) program, which serves thousands of people with severe disabilities statewide by helping them reach their vocational goals. The council is created under state law and the Federal Rehabilitation Act, and its members are appointed by the governor.

Duties

The SRC advises state government on the performance of Minnesota's VRS programs, particularly on the extent, scope, and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services. Duties include:

  • Advise and assist in preparation of the state plan for vocational rehabilitation services
  • Review and analyze the effectiveness of, and consumer satisfaction with, vocational rehabilitation services
  • Report to the governor and the U.S. Department of Education on the status of vocational rehabilitation programs
  • Coordinate activities with other state councils with interest in the issues pertaining to disability and employment
  • Hold hearings and forums as necessary to carry out the duties of the council 

See the bylaws of the State Rehabilitation Council.

Members

NAME REPRESENTING
Susan Benolken Department of Education
Jeffrey Caulfield Former VR Participant
Steve Ditschler Governor's Workforce Development Council
LeAnn Kleaver VR Counselor Representative
Gloria LaFriniere 121 Project
Clayton Liend Community Rehabilitation Provider
Isaac Mensah Business, Industry and Labor
Bill (William) Meyer Business, Industry and Labor
Anita Olson VR Participant
Kimberley Peck VRS Director
Claire Reeve Business
Andrea Redetzke Advocate
Anne Robertson Client Assistance Project
Sean Roy PACER Representative
Katrina Simons VR participant
Shanna Weiss Advocate
Nick (Nicholas) Wilkie Advocate

Meetings

All meetings are open to the public. Time is set aside at each meeting for the public to address the council. If accommodations are required, request them no later than one week in advance. All meetings are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Gail Lundeen.

Executive Committee

There are no scheduled executive committee meetings at this time.

Sub-Committees 

There are no scheduled sub-committee meetings at this time.

Monthly Meetings

The State Rehabilitation Council will meet on the following dates, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in 2016:    

March 23  
Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

April 27
Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

May 25
Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

June 22  
To be Determined
August 24
Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

September 28 CC-14
Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

October 26
Minnesota Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room CC13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN  55113

December 7 –  to be determined

Minutes

2016 Meeting Minutes

February

January

2015 Meeting Minutes

December

October

September

August

June

May

April

March

February

January

2014 Meeting Minutes

April

May   

August

September

October

December

 

Application

The SRC invites your application for membership. Application forms, including applications in alternative formats, are available from the Secretary of State, 651-215-1440; TYY 800-627-3529; or on the Secretary of State's website.

Who May Be Appointed?

Any Minnesotan is eligible for membership. Appointments are made by the governor based on considerations that include personal qualifications for service and the council’s need for statewide representation. Membership must always include representation of persons with disabilities, former or current consumers of VRS, community rehabilitation programs, VRS counselors, parents, advocates, business, industry, labor, and members of traditionally under-served populations. Approximately five appointments are made annually. Appointments are made for terms of three years.

When Does the Council Meet?

The council meets 10 times annually on the fourth Wednesday of the month, usually in the Saint Paul area, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Reports

See the SRC Reports webpage for the annual, committee, and special reports of the SRC. 

Contact

For more information, contact Gail Lundeen at 651-259-7364 or Marlys Staples at 651-259-7375.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development 
Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
First National Bank Building 
332 Minnesota St Ste E200 
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

651-259-7366 
800-328-9095 
651-296-3900 TTY 
800-657-3973 TTY 
651-297-5159 Fax 
800-627-3529 Minnesota Relay Service 
877-627-3848 Speech-to-Speech Telephone Re-Voice