State Rehabilitation Council

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

Duties

The council advises state government on the performance of Minnesota's vocational rehabilitation services 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 US 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
Jeff Bangsberg Advocate
Christine Bauman VR Counselor Representative
Scott Berscheid Business, Industry and Labor Representative
Emma Corrie Business, Industry and Labor
Steve Ditschler Governor's Workforce Development Council
Al Hauge Department of Education
Mickey Kyler SILC Representative
Gloria LaFriniere 121 Project
Clayton Liend Community Rehabilitation Provider
Andrea (Andie) Moore PACER
Anita Olson VR Participant
Kimberley Peck VRS Director
Sherri Rademacher Former VR Participant
Claire Reeve Business
Andrea Redetzke Advocate
Anne Robertson Client Assistance Project
Chuck Ryan Business
Bob (Robert) Wagner Former VR participant
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, please 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 at the designated times and locations. All meetings are open to the public.    

2014 Meeting Schedule

June 25, 2014 

1:00 to 4:30
Public Forum on Individual Placement and Support
Duluth Holiday Inn
200 West First Street
Duluth, MN  55802

August 27, 2014 

9:00 to 2:00
Department of Education
Conference Center B
Room 16
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN
55113

September 24, 2014 

9:00 to 2:00
TBD

October 22, 2014 

9:00 to 2:00
Department of Education
Conference Center A
Room 13
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN
55113

December 3, 2014 

9:00 to 2:00
Radisson Hotel Roseville
2540 North Cleveland Ave
Roseville, MN 55113

Apply for Appointment

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. The Council's membership must always include representation of persons with disabilities, former or current consumers of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, community rehabilitation programs, Vocational Rehabilitation Services 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.

Open Positions

  • Industry, business or labor
  • Disability Advocate
  • Current or former Vocational Rehabilitation Services applicant
  • Department of Education

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


Reports

Special Reports

Center-Based Employment: The Continuum of Employment Supports for People with Disabilities
A summary report of the public forum sponsored by the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

Annual Reports

The Council prepares and submits an annual report to the Governor and RSA. View the 2013 Annual Report or View a Text-Only Version.

View reports for previous years:

Committee Reports

Greater Opportunity for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (2008)

Griffin-Hammis Milestone Report Goals 1-3 (2010)

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