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PA State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation (SBVR) was authorized by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1988. The SBVR is the policy-approving body for OVR services to individuals with disabilities. Its responsibilities include:

    • establishing the philosophy, mission, and goals for OVR;
    • establishing and reviewing policies regarding the development of vocational rehabilitation (VR) services;
    • preparing and publishing the State Plan;
    • reviewing programs and activities which affect VR services;
    • assessing the extent to which policies, programs, and activities provide incentives or disincentives to the establishment of community-based services for individuals with disabilities; the integration of individuals with disabilities into the community, school, and the workplace; and contribute to individuals with disabilities independence and dignity; and
    • providing to the Governor and General Assembly advice, recommendations, legislative proposals and additional information the Board deems appropriate.

PA SBVR Membership

The Secretary of the Department of Labor & Industry serves as the Board Chair, and the OVR Executive Director serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member. Board membership consists of ten Pennsylvania citizens, appointed by the Governor, with an interest in assisting Pennsylvanians with disabilities to secure and maintain employment and independence. Members shall not dominate any one field of representation and are appointed on the basis of respected standing, interest in rehabilitation, and interest to serve. Members serve six-year terms, and there is no limit to the number of terms that can be served.

PA SBVR Quarterly Meeting Schedule

The meeting schedule for 2022 is as follows:

PA SBVR Special Session

The PA State Board of Vocational Rehabilitation will be holding a 90-minute special session on May 25, 2022, from 3:30 – 5 p.m. This is a closed, informational session for the purpose of orienting State Board members and providing an overview of OVR fiscal operations. This meeting will not involve deliberation or official action. This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom.

Prior Session: 

PA SBVR Meeting Minutes

Contact the PA SBVR

If you have a question or comment for the SBVR, need SBVR meeting information, or are requesting accommodations for any of the SBVR meetings, please send an email to

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