Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) in Missouri assesses workers with disabilities (clients) and sends some of the clients to a Missouri based corporation called Community Employment Inc (CEI). At CEI, case workers are tasked with helping clients fill out applications, using their personal vehicles to take clients to interviews, and helping train the clients for the jobs. Vocational Rehabilitation, a division of the Missouri Department of Education, pays CEI, a private, not-for-profit corporation, for these services and also sends money to CEI to be given to clients for their transportation to job interviews.
On August 9th, 2012, we interviewed Phillis Shoemaker of Kansas City, Missouri. Phillis is a client who went to VR and was sent to CEI at the beginning of this year, around February. The morning of August 9th, Phillis went to her VR case worker, Elise, to complain about the lack of service at CEI as well as the lack of transportation funds that VR has provided to CEI to be given to Phillis. In this interview, Phillis describes the meeting with her VR case worker and how her concerns were disregarded and her discussion of collective activity was discouraged.
Please call and email Vocational Rehabilitation of Kansas City and tell them that the treatment that Phillis and other workers with disabilities are receiving is unacceptable.
Ask for Alise Dodds or her supervisor Jim Ankrom.
TTY: (877) 270-0201