Section 21-9-2

Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the respective meanings ascribed to them by this section:

(1) BOARD. The Board of Rehabilitation Services.

(2) COMMISSIONER. The Commissioner of the Department of Rehabilitation Services, who shall administer the department.

(3) COMPONENT PROGRAMS. The following programs administered by the department:

a. Children's Rehabilitation Service. A service program that provides educational, medical, and habilitative services including recreational and physical fitness services for children with special health care needs, including coordination and support for their families through statewide community-based programs.

b. Early Intervention Program. A program that provides early intervention services for children, up to the age of three years, who are born with disabling conditions or who are at risk for developmental delay.

c. Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Service. A service program that provides training and employment-related services for persons who have disabilities that present a substantial barrier to employment and who, as a result of services, have a reasonable expectation of becoming employed. This program also offers special services for the sensory impaired, providing employment opportunities for those who have hearing or visual impairments, or both.

d. Business Enterprise Program. A specialized program that provides food service vending employment opportunities for legally blind individuals.

e. Client Assistance Program. A consumer and client advocacy service program designed to provide information and resolve problems or questions related to the provision of rehabilitation services.

f. Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. A program that is funded and administered by the Department of Rehabilitation Services to increase awareness, provide information, and reduce barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

g. Homebound Service. A service program that provides nursing, counseling, and attendant care services for persons with severe disabilities to enable them to achieve maximum independence in their home environment.

(4) DEPARTMENT. The Department of Rehabilitation Services, a state department of government directly responsible to the Board of Rehabilitation Services for the direction and supervision of rehabilitation services.

(Acts 1994, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 94-824, p. 147, §2.)