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New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation


The mission of New Hampshire Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation is to assist eligible New Hampshire citizens with disabilities secure suitable employment and financial and personal independence by providing rehabilitation services.

NHVR provides services to both Individuals with Disabilities and Employers.

People with disabilities can work and take advantage of the opportunities available to the citizens of New Hampshire. Yet they face barriers that prevent them from achieving their goals. Vocational Rehabilitation assists persons with disabilities to achieve their employment goals.

Vocational Rehabilitation is a joint State/Federal program that seeks to empower people to make informed choices, build viable careers, and live more independently in the community.

Please Note: Please click on the following link for an important announcement: Concord Regional Office Relocation

**Director's Message**....

NHVR has undergone many new, complicated, concerning and dramatic changes in the last six months and there are some clear goals and expectations we need to meet, as an agency, to gain the support and trust of our customers, partners and stakeholders. Our change agenda includes many customer service-oriented goals and strategies to change the way we do business:

1) We want to make our process easy to navigate, for individuals with disabilities and our business partners.
2) We want to eliminate as many barriers as possible and we want to help individuals and businesses succeed in achieving their employment and workforce goals.
3) We want to make all our customers feel welcome and supported throughout their VR process.
In order to make successful movements toward success and serving all individuals with disabilities we need the support and partnership of our communities. We need ideas for collaboration. We need the collective hard work that is intrinsic to the NH way of life. We know that trust is earned and we look forward to working with all our stakeholders towards a new “normal” for NHVR.

The agency is currently in an Order of Selection. This means we serve individuals in order of the significance of their disabilities. We have three categories: Individuals with the most significant disabilities (MSD), individuals with significant disabilities (SD) and individuals with less significant disabilities. During the eligibility process, through the examination of medial and/or psychological documentation, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor determines the category for each individual seeking services. It is critical that individuals still refer themselves so they can be determined eligible and be placed in delayed status to reserve their place within the Order of Selection waitlist.

The agency still has a large emphasis with working with students with disabilities. Moving forward the agency will be providing Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) in three ways: 1) Five Student Transition Specialists, current Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, will cover the over 80 schools in NH and provide group and individual (when necessary) Pre-ETS services. These services include Job Exploration Counseling, Work Readiness Training, Work-based learning experiences, counseling on post-secondary education opportunities and self-advocacy, 2) Current Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors working with students on an individualized basis will provide them additional Pre-ETS and, 3) Individualized services provided by NH’s Community Rehabilitation Programs. It is critical that students are referred to either an STS Counselor or a VR Counselor prior to being determined eligible for services. This is important because if they do not receive them prior they could be put on the waitlist and not be able to receive them while in delayed status with the agency.

We also still have great interest in providing services to our business partners. We want to educate them on how to hire, train and retain individuals with disabilities. We’d like to share strategies for successful placement of individuals with disabilities within their business to assist them with their bottom line. We have several staff dedicated to working with business. We will continue to recognize our business partners that are true “champions” in hiring individuals with disabilities.

We sincerely look forward to working with our customers, business partners, community rehabilitation programs and other stakeholders as we navigate through the order of selection process and re-build our system to continue to serve individuals with disabilities as they work towards their career goals.


Lisa Hinson-Hatz

NHVR is currently in the process of updating our State Plan for Vocational Rehabiliation. NH Vocational Rehabilitation is planning to amend the state plan for vocational rehabilitation to include an order of selection in the Agency’s provision of services. The VR portion of the State Plan is part of the larger NH Workforce Combined State Plan. Your comments and questions are welcome.

Programs and Services
What is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Blind and Visually Impaired, Services for the Independent Living Program
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Services for the School Transition Services
Disability Determination Services Services for Employers
Advisory Councils Frequently Asked Questions
Becoming a Customer Links
Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Forms and Processes Policy Acrobat Reader
Contact Us/Regional Offices Upcoming Events
Customer Guide to NH Vocational Rehabilitation Services VR Counselor Training & Resources
Customer Guide to Job Placement Services NHVR State Plan

NH Employment Security Job Fairs

Lisa Hinson-Hatz
State Director
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-3471(V/TTY)

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