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Standards for Providers
2016 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2001 - 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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 2: Standards for Work Readiness Services

2.13.4 Description of the Environmental Work Assessment (EWA), revised to replace references to "extended evaluation" with updated language for Pre-Eligibility Trial Work as part of WIOA implementation.

Jan 2016 ch 2 Mark-up

Chapter 5: Standards for Post-Acute Brain Injury Service Providers

5.11.2 Post-acute Spinal Cord Injury, deleted section.

Jan 2016 ch 5 Mark-up

March 25, 2016

Chapter 6: Hearing Aids and Related Accessories

Chapter 6, formerly "Community Rehabilitation Programs for Deaf, Speech, and Hearing Impaired Services" is being completely revised as "Hearing Aids and Related Accessories" in order to post an open enrollment for the purchase of hearing aids and related accessories from contractors after 9/1/2016.

Mar 2016 ch 6 Mark-up

May 2016

New form, DARS3455, Employment Services Provider Application - Staff Information, created to comply with updated comptroller requirements and to gather additional provider information, insurance information, language skills, and agency verification of information provided. Replaces previous form, DARS3455 Community Rehabilitation Program Staff Information.

June 2016

Chapter 12: Pre-Employment Transition Services

This new chapter is added to meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requirements and involves open enrollment for the purchase of Pre-Employment Transition Services for DRS consumers.

Jun 2016 ch 12 Mark-up

July 2016

Chapter 1: Basic Standards

Revised to improve consistency and transparency in consumer contracting and to comply with Sunset Commission recommendations and legislative changes.

Jul 2016 ch 1 Mark-up

Chapter 2: Standards for Work Readiness Services

Revised to improve consistency and transparency in consumer contracting and to comply with Sunset Commission recommendations and legislative changes.

Jul 2016 ch 2 Mark-up

Chapter 3: Standards for Room, Board, and Supervised Living Providers (formerly "Halfway Houses")

3.1 Residential Services, revised to add information on licensure by other agencies and documentation required from room, board, and supervised living facilities.

Jul 2016 ch 3 Mark-up

Chapter 6: Hearing Aids and Related Accessories

The term "manufacturer's suggested retail price" has been replaced by "manufacturer's lowest list price" and this new term has been defined in 6.2 Key Terms.

Chapter 8: Standards for Employment Services

8.3 Fees, revised to add benchmark service rates for the following:

Jul 2016 ch 8 Mark-up

Chapter 12: Pre-Employment Transition Services

12.2.2 Pre-ETS Proposal Requirements, revised to require providers to submit contract packets through one process during open enrollment. The revisions also specify how providers must submit changes or amendments to contract packets.

Jul 2016 ch 12 Mark-up