Vocational Rehabilitation Services


The Division of Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program, which includes determination of eligibility,  determination of the nature and scope of VR services and the provision of employment-focused rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities consistent with their strengths, priorities and resources.  CLICK HERE for brochure

An individual with a disability may apply directly to Vocational Rehabilitation or may be referred by another individual or agency. A referral may be made by contacting a  Vocational Rehabilitation Office in person, by US postal, or by telephone.


A determination of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program eligibility is based on the following:

  • The person has a physical, mental or sensory impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment;
  • VR services are required to prepare for, secure, retain or regain employment consistent with the person's strengths, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice; and
  • The person can benefit from VR services in terms of an employment outcome.

Your VR counselor must make a determination of your eligibility for services within 60 days from the date that you sign the Application for VR Services. If there are delays in making a determination of your eligibility that are beyond the control of your VR Counselor, you will be notified of the reason for the delay and will be asked to extend the time period to determine your eligibility.

Individuals who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) benefits based on their own disability or blindness are presumed to be eligible for VR services if they intend to go to work. If you receive SSI or SSDI, please inform you VR Counselor and provide documentation from Social Security if possible.

If you are determined eligible, your VR Counselor will complete an assessment to determine your priority for services. Your priority for services is based on the functional limitations created by your disability and the nature and scope of services that you need to accomplish your employment goal. TN VR has four priority categories. Your VR counselor will inform you of your priority category and which priority categories are open for the provision of services.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Citizens Plaza State Office Building, 12th floor
400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN  37243-1403
Telephone:  (615) 313-4891
TTY:  (615) 313-5695
TTY (Long Distance):  1-800-270-1349
FAX:  (615) 741-650

See more at Vocational_Rehabilitation_Fact_Sheet

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