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TRIBAL VR PROGRAMS - Partners with Washington State Vocational Rehabilitation

The Washington State Tribal [American Indian] Vocational Rehabilitation Programs [AIVRP] provide services to American Indians with disabilities who are seeking employment. The Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation[DVR] works cooperatively with the Tribal VR Programs to enhance the independence of individuals with disabilities, facilitate access to vocational rehabilitation services and increase employment opportunities for those served by DVR and AIVRP.

Washington State’s current Statewide Agreement between Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs, the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Department of Services for the Blind provides a general framework for building a cooperative and service-oriented relationship to insure American Indians and Alaskan Natives receive the full scope of vocational rehabilitation services possible.

Colville Confederated Tribes

Serving tribal members in Ferry, Grant and Okanogan Counties
Laurae MacClain, Director
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
PO Box 150
Nespelem, WA 99155
Phone: (509) 634-2723
Toll-free: 1 (888) 881-7684 x 2723
FAX: (509) 634-2297
Email: Laurae.macclain@colvilletribes.com

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation/Skokomish Tribal Nation

Chehalis serving Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor Counties
Barbara Churchill/Director
Vocational Rehabilitation
PO Box 536
Oakville, Wa 98568
Phone: (360) 709-1633
FAX: (360) 273-5236
Email: bchurchill@chehalistribe.org

Skokomish serving Mason County
Rosetta LaClair
Phone: (360) 426-7788
Email: rlaclair@skokomish.org

Cowlitz Indian Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation

Serving Clark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific and Wahkiakum Counties
Shari Hughes, Program Manager
1055 9th Ave.
PO Box 2429
Longview, WA 98632
Phone: (360) 575-6220
Cell: (360) 957-4217
FAX: (360) 577-5690
Email: shughes.health@cowlitz.org

Lummi Vocational Rehabilitation

Serving American Indians and Alaska Natives enrolled with a federally recognized tribe who reside in Whatcom County.
Julie M. Jefferson, Director
2616 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: (360) 384-7126
FAX: (360) 384-7119
Email: juliemj@lummi-nsn.gov

North Intertribal Vocational Rehabilitation

Serving Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom, Counties
Jana M. Finkbonner, Director
3201 Northwest Ave #8
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 671-7626
FAX: (360) 733-3061
Email: jfinkbonner@stillaguamish.com

Samish Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Serving Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties
TJ Larrick, Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Director
PO Box 217
1809 Commercial Ave.
Anacortes, WA 98221
Phone: (360) 899-5282 ext. 117
FAX: (360) 588-9537
Email: tjlarrick@samishtribe.nsn.us

Skokomish Vocational Rehabilitation Program

see Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency

Carol Cordova, Project Director
3104 S.E. Old Olympic Highway
Shelton, WA 98584
Phone: (360) 462-3230
Toll-free: 1 (800) 924-3984
FAX: (360) 432-8457
Email: cordova@spipa.org

Yakama Nation Vocational Rehabilitation

Jerod M. Corpuz, Program Director
P.O. Box 151
Toppenish, WA 98948
Phone: (509) 865-5121 Ext. 6017
FAX: (509) 865-7942
Email: jerrymc@yakama.com

Information on Tribal VR programs nationwide is available at CANAR - the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation.