Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services is part of the Department of Commerce Division of Workforce Services
Rehabilitation Services
Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) mission is to prepare Arkansans with disabilities to work and lead productive and independent lives.

ARS has 19 field offices across the state serving all 75 counties. We also operate the Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) which is a comprehensive, state-owned rehabilitation facility--one of only nine in the country and the only one in the country west of the Mississippi River.

To achieve its mission, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) provides a variety of training and career preparation programs.

Access & Accommodations Program staff are accommodation specialists who can assist employers and employees when it comes to addressing employee performance issues because of disability in the workplace. Need an accommodation because of a sensory, learning, or physical limitation? Need assistance to stay at work or return to work?

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Arkansas Career Training Institute (ACTI) provides vocational training and services that lead to employment opportunities for students served by Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. Serving more than 400 students annually, ACTI is the third largest vocational rehabilitation center in the country. Students are referred to ACTI for evaluation, training, and placement by the vocational rehabilitation counselors who are located in field offices serving each county in the state. Located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, ACTI is one of only eight comprehensive rehabilitation centers in the United States. 

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As a workforce development partner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) assists clients with finding the right job so they can lead productive and independent lives. Business Relations Services also assist businesses in achieving a competitive advantage by offering qualified job candidates who are trained in a wide variety of skills and have the good work habits that employers value.

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Field Services include career and technical education and training, transition from school to work or postsecondary education, on-the-job training, and ancillary support services that clients may need for successful employment. Anyone who is a legal Arkansas resident can apply for services. Please contact the office nearest you and set up an appointment for an initial interview with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

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Program Planning, Development & Evaluation (PPD&E) provides administrative services to the Commissioner, the field services program and the agency divisions in support of the overall mission of ARS. Administrative services include policy interpretation and promulgation, federal reporting on case services, federal state plans, quality assurance case review, community program development for external employment services and oversight, Ticket to Work, and Social Security cost reimbursement activities; and Due Process compliance.

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