2.1.7 60-Day Rule, to clarify that eligibility for services must be determined within 60 calendar days, and that if a case note is used to document an extension of time, it must show that the applicant has agreed to a specific extension of time to determine eligibility.
3.10.2 VR Eligibility Criteria and 3.10.5 Case Movement, to eliminate the 18-month maximum time limit for the use of extended evaluation/trial work experience when determining eligibility.
3.13.5 Dual Cases, section deleted, which stated that "federal regulations prohibit DBS and DRS from simultaneously providing VR services to the same consumer," as this is not actually a federal regulation.
4.3.3 Instructions for Completion of the IPE (DARS2303), to remove the option to substitute a general occupational category as the consumer's employment goal.
Revised to add links in various sections to other relevant chapters in the VR Manual.
6.1.13 Private and/or Out-of-State Colleges and Universities, to emphasize that there are three separate justifications for supporting a consumer attending an out-of-state college or university.
Revised to make grammar and style updates only.
Revised to add links to the MAPS Guidelines and Consumer Procurement Guide.
Revised to make changes to conform with internal audit requirements and to clarify the process for authorizing consumer self-employment.
38.6 SSA/VR Ticket to Work Partnership Plus, new section added to provide program information and instructions for providing employment advancement payments to employment network providers.
2.2.2 Purpose of Preliminary Assessments, to clarify the purpose of preliminary assessment.
3.9.2 Aliens, to clarify the process for reviewing legal alien documentation regarding ability to work.
4.1.3 Components of the Comprehensive Assessment, to clarify how to address secondary disabilities and other issues in the comprehensive assessment.
4.1.4 Additional Information, to clarify additional information that can be included in the comprehensive assessment.
32.3 Evaluation and Purchase, link to the DBS Consumer Procurement Guide.
33.3.2 Core Services, to clarify the need for a Core Skills Assessment case note and the use of the Core Skills Assessment checklist.
38.4.8 Documentation and Coordination, to clarify how to document homemaker information.
40.1.4 Preliminary Assessment, to clarify documentation of preliminary assessment case note.
41 Required Approvals and Consultations, added VR purchasing approval levels.
4.3.1 Overview, revised to establish new procedures for when a comprehensive assessment is not documented before the IPE.
29 Self-Employment, multiple sections revised to clarify the role of the regional program support specialists.
4.3 Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE), revised to update language on IPE and assessment timing as recommended by Internal Audit.
Chapter 14: Employment Assistance, revised to add information on the dual customer, building business relationships, and lending equipment to a consumer.
Chapter 29: Self-Employment, revised and reorganized to clarify language and improve guidance to counselors working with consumers interested in establishing or maintaining a small business venture as an employment outcome.
Chapter 4: Planning, revised to clarify case documentation requirements.
Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training, revised to streamline the transferring of cases from one DBS counselor to another.
Chapter 33: Transition Services, revised to streamline the transferring of cases from one DBS counselor to another.
Chapter 40: Case Management, revised to streamline the transferring of cases from one DBS counselor to another DBS counselor, or to a DRS counselor.
Chapter 37: Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher, revised to include options for keyboard training. Also, the VR teacher assessment checklist now includes a determination of whether there is an interest by the consumer in touring or attending CCRC.
Note: The names of several forms were changed. Global changes were made to update manual references to these forms.
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