As of 10/1/2017, this manual has been retired. For current policies, procedures, and standards for the Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division, please refer to the following manuals:
- VR Standards for Providers (VR-SFP)
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual (VRSM) - link coming soon; copies available to staff through the TWC intranet and to others on request
In this manual, references to DARS now refer to TWC. The manual includes both links to public content and links to content available only to staff.
Services to Family Members are services provided to one or more of a consumer's family (as defined below). The purpose is to increase the effectiveness of VR services to the consumer, thus contributing to their rehabilitation.
The family of the referral/consumer is considered to be the consumer, the parent(s), and/or legal guardian(s) and all individuals residing in the household for whom the consumer, parent(s) and/or legal guardian(s) have legal and/or financial responsibility.
In order to provide services to family members, such services must be:
- provided only after determination of eligibility for VR,
- planned with the consumer and designated on the IPE,
- furnished only to those family members meeting the definition of family as set out above,
- responsive to the needs of the consumer
- a material contribution to the consumer's vocational adjustment or rehabilitation, and
- unavailable through existing community resources, agencies, or comparable services or benefits.
Services to family members are only provided if, without such services, the person who is disabled would be unable to begin or continue their IPE, and the program would be jeopardized or interfered with to the extent that employment would be unnecessarily delayed or could not be achieved.
Document in case notes:
- why services are needed,
- which family member or members need the services (name and Social Security Number),
- what services are needed, and
- how the services are expected to contribute to the adjustment or rehabilitation of the consumer.