Vocational rehabilitation services are aimed at helping you obtain and retain employment that is in line with your abilities and interests. For some people, rehabilitation may take years; for others, it may take only a few months.
Because services are based on individual needs, the types of services you receive may differ from services that other clients receive.
Assessment for Determining Eligibility
Every person who applies for DVR Services must have an appraisal of their impairment before eligibility can be determined. The purpose of this assessment is to gather diagnostic information sufficient to determine eligibility.
[You may be placed in a trail work program for a period not to exceed six months if more time and studies are needed to determine whether or not you can benefit in terms of employment outcome from vocational rehabilitation services.]
Guidance and Counseling
It is important to establish a professional counseling relationship with your DVR counselor. DVR counselors have training and experience to help clients make appropriate decisions in maintaining appropriate goals, expectations, and services. Your active participation is necessary in planning and carrying out a successful rehabilitation program.
Planning Your Rehabilitation Program
If you are determined eligible for services, you and your counselor will take on the responsibility to develop and follow and Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). The IPE is the plan of services and activities that can reasonably be expected to lead to an employment outcome. A comprehensive assessment will be conducted to determine the goals, objectives, nature, and scope of vocational rehabilitation services to be included in the IPE. After the assessment is completed, you will be given a list of your options in developing the IPE.
Since the IPE must be reasonable and appropriate to meet your individual needs, it is important that you provide your counselor with your ideas and opinions. If you have any questions as the IPE is being developed, be sure to ask for clarification. Once the IPE is finalized with all required signatures and approvals, you will be provided a copy.
You and your counselor will review the IPE at least once a year to make sure it is still the best plan for you; however, you may request a review of your IPE at any time. If your needs change while you are in rehabilitation, your IPE may be amended.
Training And Other Services
Depending on your specific needs, different types of training and services may be provided in order for you to obtain suitable employment. The training and services that may be considered for you are as follows:
Evaluations that may include medical, psychological, vocation, and other specialist exams are required;
School-to-work transition planning;
Counseling and guidance;
Medical and psychological treatment;
Rehabilitation engineering / assistive technology services;
Help with obtaining equipment and services needed for employment;
Job placement and support;
Job seeking skills training;
Help with basic living and transportation expenses to meet the extra costs of subsistence resulting from a client's participation in the rehabilitation process. (This service is not intended as a means for increasing the client's standards of living, nor is it to be used as a means to pay for any previous or current expenses incurred by the client other than those extra costs required to participate in the rehabilitation process.);
Independent living services;
Post-employment services; and
Other services needed to help or maintain employment.
Keep in mind that each case is reviewed on an individual basis; therefore, not all training and services listed may be appropriate in helping you obtain suitable employment.
If you have been out of work for a long time, you may receive training to help you become adjusted to the demands of the job.
If you are in need of reasonable accommodations to allow you to perform the essential functions of your job, DVR may provide advice or assistance to you and your employer.
The only services DVR can provide are those services which are listed on an approved IPE or subsequent approved amendments. The only exception to this is diagnostics which may be provided when authorized by your vocational rehabilitation counselor.
When you are ready to enter employment, you may be provided job-seeking skills. This may include instructions on how to complete an application; develop a resume; prepare for an interview; and conduct a job search. DVR also maintains contact with employers to refer qualified clients for employment.
After you have obtained employment, you should keep in contact with your counselor for advice or assistance. Generally, your case will be closed after you have worked successfully for 90 days.
If your situation changes in a way that may keep you from maintaining suitable employment, you may consider contacting DVR even after your case has been closed. You may be eligible for post-employment services to help you retain employment or search for other employment. In some cases, clients are asked to reapply for vocational rehabilitation services, and a new eligibility determination is made.