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DSHS Opening Up Some Services

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The Department of Social and Health Services is opening up more spots for people with vocational disabilities.

Better budgeting is allowing the division of vocational rehabilitation to offer 2,000 more people services.

About 12,000 people statewide are currently waiting for the vocational rehab services, and now, that list will be cut by more than 10%.

The program provides help getting people with disabilities back into the workplace, but funding prevents the state agency from dealing with everyone on the wait list, so they have to create need categories for each case.

The new openings will allow the worst cases on the list access to services.

"Currently, because we are not able to provide services to everybody that comes through our doors, we have to develop a way to ensure that individuals who need services the most are provided those services," said Andres Aguirre with DVR.

The program helps people who have been injured on the job get back into the workforce, and people who are disabled enter the job market.