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Eligibility for Services

To be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, a person must meet specific guidelines related to a physical or mental disability that results in a substantial barrier to employment. Due to limited resources, Tennessee operates under a legally-mandated Order of Selection and currently can serve only individuals with the "most significant disabilities".

The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor determines eligibility with the help of medical examinations, psychological examinations, vocational evaluations, and other diagnostic information secured by the agency to determine the nature and extent of the disability. Applicants who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits based on disability or blindness are presumed to be eligible if they intend to go to work, but further diagnostic assessments may be required to determine if they have a most significant disability.


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Mailing address:
Tennessee Rehabilitation Center
460 Ninth Ave Smyrna, TN 37167
Phone numbers: (615) 459-6811
TDD (615) 233-9402
FAX (615) 355-1373