Public Invited to Durango Meeting on Moving Voc Rehab to State Labor Department

(DENVER) -- In March, Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation into law that will transfer the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services into the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).

The legislation mandated that public meetings be conducted throughout the state to allow the public, including individuals with disabilities, opportunities to provide input. A meeting has been scheduled in Durango on October 19.

When:     October 19, 11:30 – 1 PM

Where:    La Plata Electric Association, 45 Stewart Street, Durango, CO

The meeting will continue an important dialogue between the Department of Labor and Employment and the disability community,” says Executive Director Ellen Golombek “The information shared with us at this meeting – and what we have learned at other meetings -- will help guide our work in developing legislation that will complete the transition and ensure its success.”

Note: American Sign Language interpretation and wheelchair access have been arranged. Reasonable accommodation or the services of a spoken language interpreter will happily be provided on request by contacting Lara Lemley at or 303-318-8008.

Although we welcome these requests anytime, providing adequate notice increases our ability to effectively meet your needs. For those who use public transportation, Durango Transit has a fixed route service for $1.00 per ride or Door to Door service (schedule at least 2 weeks in advance) for $2.00 per ride. Contact (970) 259-5438 or For more information about this meeting in Durango, visit or call 303-318-8008.

For Immediate Release

Date:    September 26, 2015

Contact:    Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations

Phone:    Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003

Fax:    (303) 318-8070