Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Year In Review
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2008
- 3,559 citizens with disabilities have been successfully placed into employment based
on their choices, interests, needs and skills.
- The earnings of these rehabilitated employees in MA in the first year were $65.5 million.
- Estimated public benefits savings from people rehabilitated in MA were $26.9 million.
- Average Hourly Wage $12.24
- Average Work Hours Weekly 28.4
*The returns to society based on increases in lifetime earnings range from $14 to $18 for each $1 invested in the MRC Vocational Rehabilitation program.
*$5 is returned to the government in the form of increased taxes and reduced public assistance payments for every $1 invested in the MRC Vocational Rehabilitation program.
*Based on 2004 Commonwealth Corporation Study.
Who Are Our Consumers?
Types of disabling conditions:
- Psychiatric Disabilities 36.3%
- Substance Abuse 12.7%
- Orthopedic Disabilities 9.6%
- Learning Disabilities 15.2%
- Mental Retardation 4.0%
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing 4.9%
- Neurological Disabilities 3.9%
- Traumatic Brain Injury 2.2%
- Other Disabilities 11.2%
Average Age 39
Female 46.2 %
Native American .8%
White 80.6 %
FACTS AT A GLANCE
- Consumers actively receiving services = 15,188
- Consumers enrolled in training/education programs = 10,876
- Consumers with significant disabilities employed = 100%/ 3,55
- Consumers employed with medical insurance = 93.8%
- Consumers satisfied with services = 84%
What MRC Consumers Have to Say About the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
"The MRC vocational rehab program has been a great resource for people with disabilities. I would not be in the position I am in now without the help of MRC. Thank you."
"The help I received from MRC was invaluable. Being able to go back to school changed my life. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. The counselors were wonderful."
"MRC made all the difference in the success of this job placement. The job coach was excellent and gave the employer a much better sense of the way to work with me."
"My Counselor exceeded my expectations at every step of the way. Today I work 40 hours per week and support myself and my 2 cats."
"I would like to thank MRC for helping me achieve my goals of becoming a nurse. Without your help I would have had a struggle to finish school successfully, and because of your help I graduated Cum Laude. Currently I'm employed... as an RN. Thank you MRC."
Welcome to the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Charles Carr, Commissioner
MRC promotes equality, empowerment and productive independence of individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouraging personal choice and risk-taking for independence and employment.
The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission provides comprehensive services to people with disabilities that maximize their quality of life and economic self-sufficiency in the community.
Multiple programs in the MRC work together to help individuals with disabilities.
These programs are:
- The Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program
- The Community Services Program
- The Disability Determination Services Program.
This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.