December 27, 1996

To: Staff and Interested Parties

Subject: Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR), Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (107 CMR)

I am pleased to present the complete revised regulations for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (107 CMR) effective immediately. Except for the few substantive changes described elsewhere, these regulations will not alter the manner in which Commission staff do their work.

Regulations, guidelines, and appendices contained in the Client Services Manual should be discarded. The attached text comprises the entire Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission regulations governing the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Independent Living Services Program, and all State programs (Extended Employment Program, Statewide Head Injury Program, Home Care Assistance Program, and the Personal Care Assistance Program). Guidelines and appendices that are being discarded will be reviewed, rewritten, and issued only as necessary and only with your involvement.

The attached 107 CMR is the culmination of several months of concerted effort by agency staff and the Rehabilitation Advisory Council. It was subject to review and comment of consumers, staff, and service providers. The impetus for this undertaking had two origins. First, Executive Order 384 was issued by Governor Weld on February 7, 1996. It required that State Regulations be rescinded or revised and reissued by January 1, 1997. Second the Commission endeavored to streamline regulations and policy. The purpose of this initiative was to eliminate unnecessary process and render a more accessible, expeditious rehabilitation program leading to employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

Streamlining has resulted in reduction of regulation chapters from 30 to 12 and total number of pages from 250 to 92. Regulations have been modernized with some substantive changes in Order of Selection, Individual Written Rehabilitation Program, Extended Employment Program, Statewide Head Injury Program, and Home Care Assistance Program. Notable is the simplification of regulatory language for greater readability and consolidation of relevant chapters regulating the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

I am confident staff and consumers will find the new regulations and consequently Commission programs to be more comprehensible, accessible, efficient, and most importantly, more effective in delivering program outcomes.

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Elmer C. Bartels, Commissioner


This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.