The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is eagerly preparing to welcome vocational rehabilitation programs operated by Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to the Workforce Solutions family this September. TWC will be adding more than 1,860 DARS employees and more than 96,000 program participants to its service network.
DARS programs transitioning to TWC on September 1 ensure that people with disabilities can live independent and productive lives. Transitioning programs include:
- Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
- VR programs help people with a wide variety of disabilities prepare for, find, and advance in employment. Gaining skills needed for a career, learning how to prepare for a job interview or getting the accommodations needed to stay employed are just a few of the ways this program helps people with disabilities increase productivity and independence.
- Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC)
- CCRC is a comprehensive VR training facility that works in partnership with consumers with visual impairments to help them achieve their employment and independent living goals. CCRC is an Austin-based residential facility which offers training in core skills such as orientation and mobility, Braille, daily living skills and career development.
- Business Enterprises of Texas (BET)
- BET collaborates with the VR program to identify individuals with visual impairments who are suitable to complete training to become licensed food service and vending management professionals. BET managers earn their personal income from profits produced by their businesses, which are located on state and federal properties.
All other programs that are currently administered by DARS will transfer to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
TWC, DARS and HHSC staff are working closely to ensure that the transition will be seamless for consumers of DARS services and agency partners. On Sept. 1, consumers of all DARS programs transitioning to TWC will continue to receive the same great services, from the same counselors and, in most cases, from the same locations. DARS online resources associated with the programs transitioning to TWC will be available on the TWC website. People with questions about DARS programs moving to TWC should continue to use the DARS inquiries phone number, 800-628-5115. Most direct phone numbers for current DARS staff will remain the same after September 1.
For information about programs transferring to HHSC, visit the HHSC Transformation webpage.