The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. The office employs approximately 140 rehabilitation counselors in over 50 offices covering all 120 counties in Kentucky.

If you should have any questions or comments about the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, please use this link to contact them.

Office of Vocational Rehabilitation - Central Office
Cabinet for Human Resources Building
275 East Main Street
Mail Stop 2E-K
Frankfort, KY 40621

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center

The Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in several cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The Perkins Center has been in operation since 1973. One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed in one location.

The Perkins Center serves individuals with many types of disabilities that include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities, autism, Asperger's syndrome, traumatic brain injury, deaf/hard of hearing, and physical disabilities. The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals.

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Services (KATS) Network

The KATS Network, or Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network, serves Kentucky residents of all ages with disabilities of all types, their families, employers and employment service providers, educators, health care and social service providers, and others seeking information about assistive technology (AT) and accessible information technology.

The KATS Network's five RegionalAT Resource Centersprovide device demonstrations and short-term loan of assistive technology devices for up to six weeks. These services are intended to assist the consumer in device selection and allow them to make an informed decision before a financial investment is made.

University of Kentucky Division of Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Program at UK has been educating physical therapists since 1967. Our program is conducted at the Lexington, Kentucky campus and at the Center for Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky. We received our most recent continued full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in 2004.

The purpose of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Kentucky is foremost to meet the physical therapy needs of Kentucky and contribute to global needs overall by developing competent physical therapy practitioners who are analytical thinkers, educators and professionals. The Division of Physical Therapy strives to develop practitioners who are knowledgeable, ethical, independent, adaptable, reflective and service oriented.

Lourdes Hospital - Mercy Health Partners

Lourdes, a member of Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners), is an integrated health system comprised of Lourdes Hospital, Lourdes Medical Pavilion, Marshall Nemer Pavilion, Home Health and Hospice, and its network of primary care and specialty physicians, Mercy Medical Associates.

Lourdes Hospital is a 359 licensed-bed facility accredited by The Joint Commission. It offers Kentucky’s only twin hybrid operating room and holds the highest level of chest pain accreditation available. Lourdes offers the latest treatments in the following services: Cardiovascular, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Health, Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Little Miracles Birthing Center, Pastoral Care, Sleep Center, Surgery Center and Wound Care.

Enabling Technologies (enTECH) of Kentuckiana at Spalding University

For 23 years, the program has grown and adapted, concentrating on meeting the alternative technology access needs for individuals, groups and populations who otherwise might not reach their full potential. enTECH's outreach is focused in the local area, region and state. enTECH has numerous programs and services to assist individuals who require alternative ways of participating in educational, community living and activities of daily living. enTECH allows individuals the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.

The collaboration between Spalding Univeristy’s Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy (ASOT) and enTECH advances assistive technology educational opportunities for current and future practitioners. Simultaneously, the partnership provides consumers with creative technology solutions that enhance participation in everyday life activities. enTECH moved to the Spalding University campus in October 2004 and became part of the Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy in January 2006.

West Kentucky Community and Technical College

West Kentucky Community and Technical College is a member of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and is a public, two-year, degree-granting institution.Our college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. We are a community-based college close to home with a caring faculty and staff who will help you meet your education and career goals.

The Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network (KARRN)

The Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network is a collaboration between health care professionals, caregivers, patients, and other partners. The goal of the partnership is to make rural and Appalachian Kentucky healthier by making health care more available and by improving the quality of treatment in these areas. KARRN has lots of missions to work towards this goal, including education, outreach, and increasing communication among the members.

The Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARH)

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) isa not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operatingten hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs nearly 5,000 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties.

Bridges to Success

The Bridges to Success Program is a project of the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health at Hazard and Hazard Community & Technical College that is intended to increase the number of local students who pursue a bachelor's degree in a health-related field.

The program, which began July 2008, will include instruction and experience to increase participants' awareness of health care career options, as well as mentoring and support in applying to transfer from community college to four-year academic institutions. Current plans also call for assessment of participants' progress and follow-up after transfer from the community college.

Kentucky HomePlace

Kentucky Homeplace was created to help address health issues in the Bluegrass. Residents of rural Kentucky have unusually high levels of certain diseases. These include cancer, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, and diabetes. Lifestyle choices, environmental factors, inadequate health insurance and general lack of understanding of the healthcare system are often cited as contributing to this condition. Homeplace works to educate and help consumers avoid some of these common health issues.

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC)

The Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation (KATLC) offers low interest loans for qualified applicants with disabilities who need assistive technology. Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank of Kentucky, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.

Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors, four of whom must have disabilities, that reviews all applications. KATLC made its first loan in the summer of 2000 and now has provided more than $4 million in loans to Kentuckians with disabilities to enable them to get the assistive technology they need, making it one of the most active assistive technology alternative financing programs in the nation. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides the staff support to the Board and KATLC.