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Rehabilitation Policy Manual
2008 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

February 2008

Chapter 5: Services

5.9.5 Academic Training, updated to replace DRS-specific version of form DARS3452, Authority for Exchange of Information, with DARS-wide version, numbered DARS1210.

March 2008

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

Mar 2008 Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 5: Services

Mar 2008 Ch 5 Markup

Chapter 11: Technical Information and References

11.4.1 When to Transfer Files between Offices, to add a reference to DARS1025, Case Transfer Letter.

Mar 2008 Ch 11 Markup

April 2008

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.6.3 Basic Living Requirements, to update the amounts of income and liquid asset levels considered necessary to meet basic living requirements.

Apr 2008 Markup

May 2008

Chapter 10: Consumer Rights and Legal Issues

10.8 Unusual Incidents, Including Abuse, Exploitation, or Neglect of People with Disabilities, to amend policy to refer to new DARS-wide policy regarding abuse and neglect.

May 2008 Markup

June 2008

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

Jun 2008 Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 5: Services

Jun 2008 Ch 5 Markup

Chapter 6: Closure

6.2.3 Post-Employment Services, to incorporate a reference to Chapter 2, section 2.7.3, Reopening a Closed Case, for guidance in determining the necessity of post-employment services.

Jun 2008 Ch 6 Markup

Chapter 7: Purchasing

Various sections updated to extend policy that was previously limited to practice by physicians to include practice by additional medical professionals, specifically, physician assistants and advanced practice nurses.

Jun 2008 Ch 7 Markup

Chapter 8: Independent Living Services

Chapter rewritten to detail policy specific to the Independent Living Services program.

Jun 2008 Ch 8 Markup

July 2008

Chapter 5: Services

5.19.3 Transportation Services/One-Time Transportation, to update the travel payment rate for one-time private or third-party transportation for consumers from $.505 to $.585 per mile.

Chapter 8: Independent Living Services

Jul 2008 Markup

August 2008

Chapter 5: Services

5.19.3 Transportation Services, to update the travel payment rate for one-time and regular weekly transportation for consumers from $.22 to $.24 per mile.

Chapter 7: Purchasing

7.5.25 Documentation Buyers Must Keep, to reflect procedural changes in documentation and retrieval of consumer case files due to the transfer of the MDU Warehouse to HHSC and the transfer of personnel from DARS Facilities to HHSC.

Aug 2008 Ch 7 Markup

Chapter 11: Technical Information and References

11.3.3 Maintaining Closed Case Files, to reflect procedural changes in maintenance and shipping of consumer case files due to the transfer of the MDU Warehouse to HHSC and the transfer of personnel from DARS Facilities to HHSC.

Aug 2008 Ch 11 Markup

September 2008

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.10 Social Security Recipients and Beneficiaries, to change "benefits planning" to "work incentives planning."

Sept 2008 Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 5: Services

Sept 2008 Ch 5 Markup

Chapter 7: Purchasing

7.6.10 Goods and Services DRS Does Not Provide, to include "criminal or civil fines or penalties" in the list of goods and services that DRS does not provide.

October 2008

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.8.2 Policy for Selected Conditions, to add gallbladder disease, gynecological condition, and hernia to the list of conditions requiring area manager review prior to eligibility determination.

Oct 2008 Ch 3 Markup

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.4.3 Planning Services in the IPE, to delete the requirement to create a service record within five working days of the IPE signature date if the IPE includes plans to purchase goods or services with VR funds.

Oct 2008 Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 5: Services

Oct 2008 5.6 Markup

5.13 Supported Employment, entire section revised to standardize the supported employment policies of the Division for Rehabilitation Services and the Division for Blind Services.

Oct 2008 5.13 Markup

November 2008

Chapter 10: Consumer Rights and Legal Issues

10.3 Appeal and Mediation Procedures, 10.4 The Due-Process Hearing, and 10.5 Mediation, to remove appeals and hearings policies and to link to newly consolidated policy now provided in the Business Procedures Manual, Chapter 21: Common DARS Consumer Service Policies, 21.2 Appeals and Hearings.

Nov 2008 Markup

December 2008

Chapter 1: Foundations, Roles, and Responsibilities

1.3.5 Responsibilities of the Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Liaison Counselor, to define the primary responsibility of the community rehabilitation program (CRP) liaison counselor.

Dec 2008 Ch 1 Markup

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.6.1 Determining the Consumer's Requirement and Ability to Participate, to correct legal citations.

Chapter 5: Services

NOTE: Entire chapter renumbered.

Dec 2008 Ch 5 Markup

Chapter 7: Purchasing

7.5.7 Purchasing Goods and Services under Contract, to remove job quest training from the list of consumer services to be purchased under contract.

Chapter 9: Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services (CRS)

Policy references to Texas Administrative Code added to various sections throughout the chapter, and minor grammatical edits made.

Chapter 11: Technical Information and References

11.6.5 List of Type Service Descriptions, to add a requirement to use the new DARS3432, Job Placement Services—Support Summary, to verify receipt for the following type services: Job Placement—6330, Job Placement for Deaf Consumers—6331, and Services Leading to Supported Employment—6312.

Dec 2008 Ch 11 Markup