Public participation requirements.
(a) Conduct of public meetings.
The State plan must assure that prior to the adoption of any substantive policies or procedures governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under the State plan, including making any substantive amendments to the policies and procedures, the designated State agency conducts public meetings throughout the State to provide the public, including individuals with disabilities, an opportunity to comment on the policies or procedures.
(b) Notice requirements.
The State plan must assure that the designated State agency, prior to conducting the public meetings, provides appropriate and sufficient notice throughout the State of the meetings in accordance with—
State law governing public meetings; or
In the absence of State law governing public meetings, procedures developed by the designated State agency in consultation with the State Rehabilitation Council.
(c) Summary of input of the State Rehabilitation Council.
The State plan must provide a summary of the input of the State Rehabilitation Council, if the State agency has a Council, into the State plan and any amendment to the plan, in accordance with § 361.16(a)(2)(v).
(d) Special consultation requirements.
The State plan must assure that the State agency actively consults with the director of the Client Assistance Program, the State Rehabilitation Council, if the State agency has a Council, and, as appropriate, Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and native Hawaiian organizations on its policies and procedures governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under the State plan.
(e) Appropriate modes of communication.
The State unit must provide to the public, through appropriate modes of communication, notices of the public meetings, any materials furnished prior to or during the public meetings, and the policies and procedures governing the provision of vocational rehabilitation services under the State plan.
(Approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1820-0500)
(Authority: Sections 101(a)(16)(A) and 105(c)(3) of the Act;
29 U.S.C. 721(a)(16)(A)
, and 725(c)(3))
[66 FR 4382, Jan. 17, 2001, as amended at 66 FR 7253, Jan. 22, 2001]