RCEA RFI on the Future of the Rehabilitation Training Program

RCEA Response to the Request for Information (RFI) on the Future of the Rehabilitation Training Program

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Given the limited amount of funding available to prepare rehabilitation professionals to work in state vocational rehabilitation agencies, the National Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association (RCEA) respectfully requests this important training to continue, given the increasing number of individuals who will be eligible to receive the individualized services and supports by qualified rehabilitation counselors.  It is critically important to have qualified rehabilitation counselor with master’s degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, serving people with disabilities. To that end, we believe that funding in support of the training of master’s level rehabilitation counselors is key to maintaining a counseling workforce prepared to assist people with the most significant disabilities obtain self-sufficiency. Furthermore, it will be important to fund rehabilitation capacity building at the bachelor’s level to provide ongoing opportunities to improve and maintain competencies for those supporting the rehabilitation process through a variety of roles.

Currently, there are CACREP accredited rehabilitation counseling masters programs preparing students for jobs in state-federal vocational rehabilitation counseling programs, community rehabilitation programs and other private non-profit and for profits organizations that have received no recent long or short-term training grant funds. These programs, along with programs eligible for renewal, must be provided the opportunity for to apply for funding to assist their students in becoming professional, qualified providers of rehabilitation counseling services in support of people with disabilities.  The profession of rehabilitation counseling has a long and successful history of assisting people with disabilities to obtain opportunities to better their lives.  Money invested in this profession, and the professionals our rehabilitation counseling masters programs produce, is a good investment in assisting people to become self-sustaining tax- payers.

Respectfully submitted,

The 2018 Board of Directors

National Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association (RCEA)