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Rehabilitation Policy Manual
2016 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

January 2016

Instances of "competitive employment" have been replaced with "competitive integrated employment," to be consistent with language used in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.4.1 Overview, revised to incorporate the WIOA requirement for advocacy organizations to provide assistance to consumers in developing the consumer's IPE. Revisions also clarify options for selecting an IPE goal.

Jan 2016 Markup

February 2016

Note: all references to the former DARS Consumer Procurement and Client Services Contracting (CPCSC) business unit have been updated to indicate the appropriate resource within DRS or HHSC.

Chapter 15: Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services

Chapter 15: Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services was removed from this manual and replaced by the standalone DRS Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Manual on February 1, 2016.

Feb Markup

April 2016

Chapter 9: Employment Services

Revised to remove excerpts from the DRS Standards for Providers and to replace these excerpts with links to the relevant sections in the Standards for Providers Manual Chapter 8: Standards for Employment Services.

May 2016

Chapter 3: Eligibility

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Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

The following sections were revised to add and clarify required language from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

May Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 8: Training Services

8.1.1 [Academic and Vocational-Technical Training] Overview, revised to add and clarify required language from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

8.5.6 Summer Learning Experiences-For Pre-Employment Training Services (Pre-ETS) Consumers Only, revised to replace "Summer Learning Experiences" with "Temporary Learning Experiences."

May Ch 8 Markup

Chapter 9: Employment Services

9.2 Role of the Counselor (formerly 9.2 Business Relationships), revised to add a requirement for monthly contacts by the counselor during the provision of employment services.

May Ch 9 Markup

Chapter 10: Transition Services

10.5 Transferring a Transition Case to another Vocational Rehabilitation Caseload, revised to ensure that caseloads that serve youth and students with disabilities are managed in the same manner as all caseloads.

May Ch 10 Markup

Chapter 13: Supplementary Services

13.2 Maintenance Services, revised to clarify purchasing requirements related to maintenance payments to ensure compliance with state comptroller requirements.

May Ch 13 Markup

Chapter 19: Technical Information and References

May Ch 19 Markup

June 2016

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.8.2 Table of Required Assessments and Policy for Selected Conditions, revised to remove references to content that is no longer current, per DARS Medical Director. These revisions are critical to ensure compliance with Sunset directive to provide consistent guidance to staff in policy.

Jun Ch 3 Markup

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.10.8 How to Purchase Benefits Planning Services, revised to clarify that benefits planning services can only be purchased from specific providers.

Jun Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 6: Physical Restoration Services

6.4.14 Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Devices, revised to ensure consistency with industry standards and processes for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement guidelines.

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July 2016

Chapter 1: Foundations, Roles, and Responsibilities

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Chapter 2: Initial Contact and Application

2.4.4 Completing the Application, 2.4.6 Completing the Application, 2.4.8 Documents Provided to the Consumer, 2.4.9 When DRS Staff Members May Enter a PIN on Behalf of a Consumer, revised because the CRS and ILS program policy will not be included in the RPM as of 9/1/16.

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Chapter 3: Eligibility

Chapter 3: Eligibility, revised to update purchasing policies related to eligibility, level of significance, and disability classification.

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Chapter 5: Counseling and Guidance

Chapter 5: Counseling and Guidance, revised in its entirety to explain that counseling and guidance are core services of vocational rehabilitation, as required by WIOA and the Code of Federal Regulations.

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Chapter 6: Physical Restoration Services

6.1 Physical Restoration, 6.2 Professional Medical Service Providers, 6.3 Clinical Settings, revised to clarify processes and procedures that are specified in the Medical Services Required Practices Guide and also incorporate content that was relocated from other sections of the RPM as a part of the Purchasing Revisions bundle.

6.4.35 Wound Care, revised to clarify requirements for review and approval of wound care services.

6.5.7 Post-Acute Brain Injury (PABI) Services for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), revised because the CRS and ILS program policy will not be included in the RPM as of 9/1/16.

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Chapter 8: Training Services

8.1.5 Academic Training, 8.1.6 Vocational and Technical Training, revised to update purchasing policies and time lines for completion of training.

8.3.3 CRP Services, Outcome, and Procedures revised to direct readers to the DRS Standards for Providers for descriptions of CRP and other contracted services, including staff qualifications, fees, and required documentation.

8.3.4 Excused Absences, section deleted.

Jul Ch 8 Markup

Chapter 11: Technology Services

11.2 Vehicle Modification and Services, revised to add content from guidance document to clarify required documentation and purchasing procedures (part of purchasing revisions); incorporates content from RPM 13.3.9 and 13.3.10 for greater clarity on vehicle modification purchasing assistance.

Jul Ch 11 Markup

Chapter 13: Supplementary Services

13.3.9 Helping the Consumer Purchase a Modified Vehicle or Vehicle for Modification, 13.3.10 Helping the Consumer with Payments for a Modified Vehicle, revised to delete content (moved to RPM 11.2, Vehicle Modification and Services).

Jul Ch 13 Markup

Chapter 14: Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services, chapter deleted because the CRS and ILS program policy will not be included in the RPM as of 9/1/16.

Jul Ch 14 Markup

Chapter 17: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers

Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers, revised in conjunction with new Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers, in DBS Vocational Rehabilitation Manual. Revised together to be clarify and update the process of purchasing goods and services for consumers. NOTE: DBS VRM Chapter 43 and DRS RPM Chapter 17 will contain identical content.

Jul Ch 17 Markup

Chapter 19: Technical Information and References

Technical Information and References, revised to delete sections moved to other chapters, to add detail regarding required content in consumer case file, and to remove CRS and ILS content and references.

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