DRS’ Return to Work Program Saves Taxpayers

Great-paying, full-time jobs -- that’s what Jason Price wants for other people with significant disabilities.

Thanks to an innovative employment program, 940 Oklahomans have left Social Security disability benefits behind and gone to work.

As a result, taxpayers have already saved $90.3 million from 2009-2014 in disability benefits that will never be paid.

In 2013 and 2014, DRS surpassed $2 million in reimbursement revenue in back-to-back federal fiscal years for the first time in history.

School for the Blind students to serve at Sapulpa Lion’s Beans & Chili dinner Jan 15

SAPULPA, Okla. –Thirty Oklahoma School for the Blind students and sponsors will travel from Muskogee to Sapulpa to help the Lions Club serve hot beans, chili and cornbread on Thursday, January 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Lions will cover the dinner shift from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The annual bean dinner, which has relied on the same favorite recipes since 1952, will take place at the First Baptist Church cafeteria, 124 S. Elm in Sapulpa.

Public Invited to Disability Program Hearings

Public Hearing DRS logo behind a gavel

OKLAHOMA CITY - Proposed rule changes potentially affecting several programs for Oklahomans with disabilities will be the focus of a public hearing held by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council.

The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, which will be held in Oklahoma City on Feb. 2, Tulsa on Feb. 3 and Lawton on Feb. 4.

Programs affected by the proposed new rules are administered by DRS and include vocational rehabilitation and employment services for Oklahomans with all types of disabilities.

Proposed Policy Changes for 2015

The majority of changes to all chapters consist of division name change of Visual Services (VS) becoming Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind & Visually Impaired (VRBVI). Chapter 1 changes involve updating language to reflect restructuring of the Office of Civil Rights. Chapter 10 changes in language consists of requiring all diabetics to complete a knowledge survey regarding current best practices for the management of diabetes; requiring written medical/vocational justification when lenses and frames are purchased by DRS for clients and payment of tuition requires completion of the first semester, grade report, proof of enrollment, and an itemized invoice to support authorization. Additional changes include clarifying processes and updating language to reflect current use of terms.