Vocational Rehabilitation Program


Pictured above: (L) Natella Shaw "Counselor" & (R) Robin Gumren "Consumer"


Mission Statement

The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation Project (SPTVR) assists American Indians with Disabilities who live in the SPTVR geographic service area of Idaho and Nevada. The objective of SPTVR is to provide vocational rehabilitation services to consumers through "informed choice" where an individual's strengths, priorities, concerns, and abilities are respected, and the outcome is gainful employment in a competitive market.


In 1998, Congress re-authorized the Rehabilitation Services Act I, and under Title 1, Part C, Section 121, it authorized American Indian Tribes to apply for discretionary grants to develop and implement culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services. These "121" programs are in operation across Indian country today.

In 2009, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes applied for and received a grant to develop and operate a Vocational Rehabilitation program.

In 2012-2013, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes entered into an interagency agreement with the State of Idaho and the State of Nevada - Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation. This provides our consumers with an option of receiving services from the state in coordination with our services that our program provides.


Eligibility Requirements

All consumers eligible for program services must have a documented disability. All consumer applicants must provide:

  • Proof of tribal enrollment
  • Proof of disability (i.e.: physical developmental, psychiatric or behavioral disability) Disability must be documented in medical record and constitute a substantial impediment to employment; or be receiving SSDI or SSI.
  • All consumers must benefit from vocational rehabilitation services and have a positive employment outcome.

NOTE: Disabilities may include but are not limited to the following:

- Alcoholism
- Drug Abuse
- Hearing Loss
- Vision Loss
- Paralysis
- Arthritis
- Mental Illness
- Cancer


Application Process

If you or someone you know wishes to apply for services in SPT Voc Rehab, please contact the SPT Voc Rehab staff in person, by phone or mail. If mobility is an issue, arrangements can be made for a home visit. Please inform SPT Voc Rehab staff of any special accommodation needs that you might need.


We must have your signed consent before we can release any information about you to anyone on the outside of the SPT Voc Rehab program.

All participants in the SPTVR program are granted:

  • The right to privacy
  • Informed consent regarding information released to other agencies or programs

Client Assistance Program

If you are receiving services from the program, the Client Assistance Program can advocate for you or, in the case of service denial, CAP can represent you in an appeal. Please contact the following offices:

Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center
905 Railroad Street - Suite 1048
Elko, NV 89509
(775) 333-7878

DisAbility Rights Idaho
4477 Emerald Street-Suite B 100
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 336-5353