The NH Department of Education will be restructuring the state's vocational rehabilitation bureau in the next few months to deal with recently discovered overspending by previous bureau leadership, dating back to at least 2012. Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut implemented an agency-wide fiscal review process, during which officials learned the bureau had spent millions more than it was taking in, relying on surplus funds.

To rectify and move forward most effectively, public hearings are being held, with a Public Hearing (Videoconference) scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 3 from 1-2 p.m.
NH Vocational Rehabilitation Administrative Offices
21 South Fruit Street, Room 100 in Concord

Live video conferencing available:
NH VR Regional Office
149 Emerald Street, Suite T in Keene (Center at Colony Mill at Gilbo Ave)

Comments may also be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to NHVR, 21 South Fruit St, Suite 20, Concord NH 03301 by 4 p.m. May 3.

More details available on the NH Department of Education website.

The first critical meeting to address this issue is being held on Tuesday, May 1st and will involve an in-depth discussion with the State Rehabilitation Council. This purely volunteer, Governor-appointed Council is the oversight body and support network that works closely with VR on the success of the program and partners with us in times like this, where we must make changes to obtain financial stability. After they review all relevant information, it is hoped they will support the agency entering an order of selection.

The second critical meeting (with videoconferencing) will occur on Thursday, May 3rd. Simultaneous public forums will be held in Nashua, Concord, Manchester, Keene and Berlin to hear all public comments and questions related to the state plan amendments and the agency policy developed to share the Order of Selection information.

In an order of selection individuals with the most significant disabilities are served first providing the funding is available to meet their employment needs. The agency will have three categories in its OOS (Individuals with the most significant disabilities, individuals with significant disabilities and individuals with less significant disabilities).