Choctaw Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program

The Choctaw Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program offers services that will assist American Indians with disabilities obtain their goal of gainful employment. This program is designed to provide services consistent with individual consumer’s strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment. 

Eligibility Criteria 

* Must have a mental or physical disability which results in a substantial impediment to employment 

* Requires CNVR services to prepare for, secure, retain or regain gainful employment 

* Can benefit in terms of an employment outcome from the provision of CNVR services 

* Be a member of the Choctaw Nation or another federally recognized tribe 

* Must reside within the Choctaw Nation VR service area which includes the following counties: Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, McCurtain, Latimer, Leflore, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Southern Hughes 

Applicant Provides 

* Proof of Membership in a federally recognized tribe 

* Address Verification (utility bill, driver’s license or rent receipt) 

* Social Security card 

* Proof of income 

* Proof of disability 

Services provided by CNVR 

* Evaluations and Assessments 

* Counseling and Guidance 

* Referral Services 

* Training at universities, colleges and vocational schools, such as tuition, fees and books 

* On-the-Job Training 

* Physical and Mental Restoration 

* Assistive Devices 

* Occupational licenses, tools, and equipment 

* Job related services, including job search and placement assistance, job retention and follow-up services 

* Other goods and services determined necessary to achieve an employment outcome 

Examples of Disabilities 

* Amputations 

* Arthritis 

* Diabetes 

* Hearing and Visual Impairments 

* Learning Disabilities 

* Mental Health Disorders 

* Obesity 

* Orthopedic Impairments 

* Seizure Disorders 

* Spinal Cord conditions (including paraplegia and quadriplegia) 

* Or any other physical or mental condition that limits one’s ability to work 

Choctaw Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program Application (PDF)

(note) Mailing the application in does not mean an application for services until an appointment has been set and meeting has been conducted.

Director Debbie Davenport 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6006 or 877-285-6893 E-mail: ddavenport@choctawnation.com 

Assistant Director Jennifer Davidson 

Phone Number #580-326-8304 ext. 6008 E-mail: jdavidson@choctawnation.com 

Tim Holt, Senior Vocational Rehab Counselor 

Counties- Pittsburg and Pushmataha 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6012 E-mail: tholt@choctawnation.com 

Heather Pierce, Vocational Rehab Counselor 

Counties-Choctaw, Latimer and Leflore 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6011 E-mail: hpierce@choctawnation.com 

Taron Gilpin, Vocational Rehab Counselor 

Counties- Atoka, Bryan, Coal, and Southern Hughes 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6010 or 580-924-7810 

E-mail: tgilpin@choctawnation.com 

Brittney Jackson, Vocational Rehab Counselor’s Assistant 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6007 E-mail: brittneyj@choctawnation.com 

Latoya James, Supervising Counselor 

Counties-Haskell and McCurtain 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6022 E-mail: ljames@choctawnation.com 

Jason Wade, Job Consultant 

Counties- 10 ½ counties 

Phone Number # 580-326-8304 ext. 6009 E-mail: jwade@choctawnation.com 

Funding made available through a grant from the Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.