Vocational Rehabilitation Program

“Workforce Development provides quality services to Bristol Bay residents, promoting individual and family self-sufficiency through employment and educational opportunities, which sustains cultural values, and reflects economic trends of the Bristol Bay Region.”

Building Ladders To Help Dreams Come True
– Vocational Rehabilitation Mission Statement

Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation

Funded by competitive U.S. Department of Education grants, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) helps Alaska Natives and American Indians with disabilities get jobs and learn skills needed to work. Services include guidance and counseling, job placement, medical exams, surgery, psychiatry, training, transportation, and assistive devices such as hearing aids and wheelchairs. The program can help college and vocational students, spark small business development and create supported employment.

Eligibility requirements include proof of tribal affiliation with a BBNA compacting tribe who is at least ¼ degree Indian, Eskimo, or Aleut blood descendant of a member of a tribe who has an authorizing resolution to BBNA; current resident for at least 30 consecutive days prior to applying for services of a Bristol Bay community that has an authorizing resolution to BBNA; documentation of a disability that results in substantial impediments to employment and for whom a reasonable expectation exists that TVR services will be effective; and proof of financial need. Clients must work collaboratively with case worker and other funding partners.

Examples of disabilities TVR services are provided for:

  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction
  • Amputations
  • Visual Impairments
  • Hearing and Speech Impairments
  • Mental Illness
  • Mental Retardation
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Diabetes
  • Other Physical or Mental conditions that limits one’s ability to work or function

For more information; contact the BBNA Workforce Development 477 Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Case Worker at (907)842-2262 or Toll-free 1-888-285-2262.

BBNA Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Application

TVR Helpful Links

211 Services

Please note that the State of Alaska 211 service is available to everyone currently in Alaska.  Many of us have heard about it, so I thought I’d share what exactly it is and how we can put this unique resource to work for our region. The service is a collection of resources that may come in handy for you or your clients by simply dialing 211 from your cell phone or by dialing 1-800-478-2221 from a land line.  Please note that there are people manning the phones between 8:30am till 6:00pm Monday – Saturday and they are located in Anchorage.  They do have access to information not listed on their website, so please do not feel that it is only for the larger communities.  They are able to direct you to some local resources.
 
An alternate way to see and access this valuable resource is by visiting their website at https://www.211.org/.  The website has a lot of information about services that varies from emergency shelter to food bank locations. 
 
The main tabs consist of the following:

    • COVID-19 PANDEMIC
      • Signs/Symptoms of CoVid-19 infection and where to go
      • Financial Assistance including the CARES Grant and what it may cover for clients
    • CRISIS AND EMERGENCY
      • National Suicide Prevention Hotline
      • National Human Trafficking Hotline
      • National Sexual Assault Hotline
      • National Domestic Violence Hotline
    • DISASTER ASSISTANCE
      • FEMA Assistance
      • Emotional support through National Disaster Distress Helpline
    • ESSENTIAL NEEDS
      • Housing and Housing Expenses
      • Food and Hunger/SNAP/WIC
      • Prescription Saving Card
      • Benefits Finders
      • Free Tax filing (some services are charged for)– Partnered with H&R Block
    • FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
      1. If any business would like to participate in posting services
    • NEW TO THE U.S.?
      • Information available to anyone who is visiting America
      • Includes basic information as well as National Immigration information
    • UNION MEMBERS
      • Union Members rights/AFL-CIO affiliation
      • Union Members Protection during a Pandemic, other specific Union Member information
    • YOU COUNT – 2020 CENSUS
      • Complete the 2020 Census
      • Questions and Answers about the 2020 Census
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