LEGISLATIVE HISTORY (1954-1965)

The Vocational Rehabilitation Act:

Amendments of 1954 (Public Law 565) greatly expanded federal funding. Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1965 expanded funding and eliminated the requirement for economic need. Rehabilitation services expanded to "behavior disorders": substance abusers, public offenders, psychological diagnoses, and socially disadvantaged. Some funds that would have served traditional clients were diverted to this new group.