Bellingham Office
Office 360-671-7626
Fax: 360-733-3061
3201 Northwest Ave #8
Bellingham, WA 98226

VR Process -

"Assisting Native Americans whose disabilities result in barriers to find employment, succeed at work and live independently in their communities"

A meeting with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) and completing an application is the first step in receiving services from North Intertribal Rehabilitation Program (NIVRP).

Your VRC will work with you to document your eligibility for NIVRP.

The eligibility for NIVRP is based on:
if you have a disability interferes with your ability to get or keep a job;
if you are enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe, and;
if you live in Skagit, Snohomish or Whatcom Counties
Documenting your disability could take up to 60 days. This is because we must request medical and other disability records from providers. If we are not able to receive your information from these providers within those 60 days, we must request you sign an eligibility extension.

When it is determined that you are eligible for services from NIVRP, your VRC will work with you to decide upon a Vocational Goal. All services provided by NIVRP will be focused on you reaching this goal. An Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) will document the steps necessary for you to attain this goal, and the services to be provided by NIVRP.

Your file can be successfully closed once you have maintained suitable and reasonable employment for 90 days.
Post Employment Services may be available should you need assistance to stay employed, return to work or advance your employment after your file has been closed.

CAP Information

The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is an independently funded program designed to assist applicants and participants of vocational rehabilitation programs.

CAP is an advocacy service which provides the following:
Information about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Services for the Blind (DSB), Projects with Industry (PWI) and Independent Living Program (ILP’s)

Information about your rights and responsibilities as an applicant or client of these rehabilitation agencies.

Help solving problems through mediation and negotiation.

Information on The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Individualized advocacy services including assistance with administrative proceedings.

CAP can be contacted at:
1-800-544-2121 (VOICE),
1-888-721-6072 (TTY)
2531 Raniner Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144



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