Recorded Date: July 8, 2021
Presenters: Teresa Brewington, MBA, M.Ed., National AI/AN MHTTC, Program Director; Jamie Emanuel, MS, CRC, AIVRTTAC, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Programs throughout the United States are located in very rural areas on government lands known as reservations. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, numerous AIVRS programs are facing unprecedented numbers of mental health cases, in addition to their already staggering mental health caseloads due to social and economic constricts of the Native American/Alaskan Native reservations.
This presentation addresses many of the issues that vocational rehabilitation programs face in their daily provision of services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives with disabilities who are overcoming obstacles to employment due to their disability and attempting to reach their employment goals.