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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 2021 is as follows:

  • Thursday, March 11, 2021 – Virtual Meeting - 3.11.21 Agenda
  • Thursday, June 3, 2021 – Virtual Meeting - 6.3.21 Agenda
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021 – Virtual Meeting - 9.16.21 Agenda
  • Thursday, December 2, 2021 – Harrisburg

PA SBVR Meeting Minutes

March 11, 2021
December 3, 2020
September 17, 2020
June 4, 2020
March 5, 2020
December 5, 2019
September 12, 2019
June 13, 2019
March 7, 2019

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

Other Resources

SBVR Member Application
Current SBVR Members
Governor’s Code of Conduct
Executive Order: 2015-01 – Executive Branch – Employee Gift Ban
PA Ethics Act Guidance
Management Directive 205.9, Code of Conduct
Management Directive 205.10, Financial Disclosures