Six vocational rehabilitation staff with the Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services will move May 18 from 444 Holderrieth Blvd., Ste. 3, Tomball, to the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast office located at 17725 Hwy. 249, Houston, according to a May 11 news release.

According to the release, the transition of services is a requirement of Texas Senate Bill 208, which was passed in 2015 and required the transfer of several former Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services to the Texas Workforce Commission on Sept. 1, 2016. The legislation mandated that vocational rehabilitation staff be co-located with staff from Workforce Solutions who provide workforce services, and that these relocations occur as existing field office leases expire or can be renegotiated and as Workforce Solutions office space is available and ready to accommodate the relocated staff and services.

"Co-location of vocational rehabilitation staff into one general services office or within statewide local workforce centers, known as Workforce Solutions offices, will allow for shared resources," the release stated. "Co-location also will benefit vocational rehabilitation customers through the expanded network of employment connections and will benefit employment services through on-site expertise to assist job seekers with disabilities."

Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides a variety of services to assist eligible people with disabilities in preparing for, obtaining, retaining or advancing in competitive integrated employment. Similarly, Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast is a public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas that helps employers meet their human resources needs and individuals build careers.

According to the release, there will be no disruption of services associated with this relocation. 281-807-9462.