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

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