(a)  The Division shall maintain cooperative agreements with other public agencies and shall establish and maintain information and referral programs as required by 34 C.F.R. 361.37.

(b)  Each rehabilitation counselor is assigned to a local office or vocational rehabilitation facility within a particular geographic area.  Referrals may be made to the individual counselor, to the local community office, to a vocational rehabilitation facility, or to the state office of the Division.  Information regarding referrals shall be forwarded to the appropriate counselor for processing.  The counselor shall process the information regarding referrals as promptly as possible.

(c)  The counselor shall contact all individuals referred and make a determination of eligibility, ineligibility, or the need for extended evaluation.  The Division shall utilize any existing data and information available from the cooperating agencies to assure quick and equitable handling of referrals.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-545A; 143-546A; 34 C.F.R. 361.22; 34 C.F.R. 361.23; 34 C.F.R. 361.37;

34 C.F.R. 361.41;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1998; March 1, 1990; October 20, 1979;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. March 1, 2016.