6.3.4 How Much to Requisition, to remove the cap on maximum dollars per month for reader services, because the rate is based on the number of hours a student is taking each semester.
6.10.1 Full-Time College Caseloads, to add The Art Institute of Houston and the Court Reporting Institute of Houston to the list of college caseloads in Houston Area (caseload 207).
6.10.2 Responsibilities of Transferring Counselor, to provide guidance on the responsibilities of the counselor transferring a case to a college caseload.
19.10.2 Scope of the DARS2014, to to clarify that the DARS2014 may be used to indicate receipt of rehabilitation equipment under $500.
33.9.2 Performance Measures, Successful Transfers, to note that if a consumer has not completed a minimum of nine hours of college credit (not including remedial classes) and maintained a GPA of 2.0, the case may not be transferred to a college caseload.
Various updates and wording changes to reflect several new policies, including
Added "Request to increase the rate per credit hour for reader services" as an action requiring approval, with a reference to Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training, 6.3.4 How Much to Requisition.
Per HHSC review, the following position titles were changed effective February 1, 2009:
|Old Job Title||New Job Title|
|Operations Director for Regional Program Support (ODRPS)||Regional Program Support Director (RPSD)|
|Regional Program Support Manager (RPSM)||Regional Program Support Specialist (RPSS)|
|Regional Program Support Administrator (RPSA)||Regional Consumer Contract Specialist (RCCS)|
3.1 Determination of Eligibility - Overview, 3.1.4 Use of Existing Information, to clarify that the field director must review a consumer's case if it has been closed two or more times unsuccessfully in Outcome Unsuccessful before or after Plan Initiated, before the counselor determines eligibility.
4.1.3 Components of the Comprehensive Assessment, to add instruction that if one of the listed topics is not assessed, the counselor must document why not.
The following sections were revised to change the phrase "on-the-job training" to "BET site training," and to make minor editorial wording improvements.
Section 32.10 Endowment Fund deleted. It stated:
For instructions to access endowment funds for purchase of equipment, aids and devices, see section 3 of the Administrative Procedures Manual.
Subsequent sections renumbered.
40.1 Case Notes, 40.1.6 Comprehensive Assessment, to add a note regarding the documentation of any delays in the addition of the comprehensive assessment case note to TWorks.
Deleted the following requirement, as there are no current DBS consumers to which it applies: "Supported Employment Services above 700 hours require supervisory approval. This requirement applies to services for consumers initiated before January 1, 2007.".
11.5.1 Case Transfers to the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, to update procedures for transferring consumers and the electronic and paper case files to CCRC.
Revised to update the process for making a referral to a Deafblind specialist and ensure proper referral coding.
Revised to change the title "O&M specialist" to "O&M instructor," and to clarify documentation requirements when O&M services are provided after service-record closure.
Revised to provide additional guidance on maintaining self-employment, and to clarify the definition of assistive technology.
Revised to provide guidance on the Continuum of Services provided by the BCVDDP and the Transition program.
40.1.4 Preliminary Assessment, revised to clarify requirements for a preliminary assessment case note.
4.1.3 Components of the Comprehensive Assessment, revised to include deafblind specialist evaluations in consumer assessments.
4.1.4 Additional Information, revised to add a note requiring counselors to request a deafblind specialist evaluation before scheduling audiological or hearing-aid evaluations for consumers who may have hearing loss.
12.3 Referrals to Deafblind Services, revised to add a note requiring counselors to request a deafblind specialist evaluation before scheduling audiological or hearing-aid evaluations for consumers who may have hearing loss.
14.7.1 Building an Account with an Employer/Job Analysis, revised to add a reference to the new optional form for job analyses: DARS1233-1, Business Development and Job Analysis Worksheet.
Revised to provide better guidance to counselors, including a team-approach matrix for deafblind consumers.
38.3 Criteria for Closing Cases as "Not Rehabilitated"/38.3.1 Basic Criteria, to clarify that once a consumer's case has been closed two or more times as unsuccessful in status 28 or 30, the field director must review the case before the counselor determines eligibility..
Revised to identify situations requiring field director approval.