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VR 2009 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

January 2009

Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.3.4 How Much to Requisition, to remove the cap on maximum dollars per month for reader services, because the rate is based on the number of hours a student is taking each semester.

Jan 2009 6.3.4 Mark-up

6.10.1 Full-Time College Caseloads, to add The Art Institute of Houston and the Court Reporting Institute of Houston to the list of college caseloads in Houston Area (caseload 207).

6.10.2 Responsibilities of Transferring Counselor, to provide guidance on the responsibilities of the counselor transferring a case to a college caseload.

Jan 2009 6.10.2 Mark-up

Chapter 19: Occupational Licenses, Tools, Equipment, and Initial Stocks and Supplies

19.10.2 Scope of the DARS2014, to to clarify that the DARS2014 may be used to indicate receipt of rehabilitation equipment under $500.

Jan 2009 Ch 19 Mark-up

Chapter 33: Transition Services

33.9.2 Performance Measures, Successful Transfers, to note that if a consumer has not completed a minimum of nine hours of college credit (not including remedial classes) and maintained a GPA of 2.0, the case may not be transferred to a college caseload.

Jan 2009 Ch 33 Mark-up

Chapter 37: Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher

Various updates and wording changes to reflect several new policies, including

Jan 2009 Ch 37 Mark-up

Chapter 40: Case Management

Jan 2009 Ch 40 Mark-up

Chapter 41: Required Approvals and/or Consultations

Added "Request to increase the rate per credit hour for reader services" as an action requiring approval, with a reference to Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training, 6.3.4 How Much to Requisition.

Jan 2009 Ch 41 Mark-up

February 2009

Per HHSC review, the following position titles were changed effective February 1, 2009:

Old Job Title New Job Title
Operations Director for Regional Program Support (ODRPS) Regional Program Support Director (RPSD)
Regional Program Support Manager (RPSM) Regional Program Support Specialist (RPSS)
Regional Program Support Administrator (RPSA) Regional Consumer Contract Specialist (RCCS)

April 2009

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.1 Determination of Eligibility - Overview, 3.1.4 Use of Existing Information, to clarify that the field director must review a consumer's case if it has been closed two or more times unsuccessfully in Outcome Unsuccessful before or after Plan Initiated, before the counselor determines eligibility.

Chapter 4: Planning

4.1.3 Components of the Comprehensive Assessment, to add instruction that if one of the listed topics is not assessed, the counselor must document why not.

Apr 2009 Ch 4 Mark-up

Chapter 8: Business Enterprises of Texas

The following sections were revised to change the phrase "on-the-job training" to "BET site training," and to make minor editorial wording improvements.

Apr 2009 Ch 8 Mark-up

Chapter 32: Telecommunications, Sensory, and Other Technological Aids and Devices

Section 32.10 Endowment Fund deleted. It stated:

For instructions to access endowment funds for purchase of equipment, aids and devices, see section 3 of the Administrative Procedures Manual.

Subsequent sections renumbered.

Chapter 40: Case Management

40.1 Case Notes, 40.1.6 Comprehensive Assessment, to add a note regarding the documentation of any delays in the addition of the comprehensive assessment case note to TWorks.

Apr 2009 Ch 40 Mark-up

Chapter 41: Required Approvals and/or Consultations

Deleted the following requirement, as there are no current DBS consumers to which it applies: "Supported Employment Services above 700 hours require supervisory approval. This requirement applies to services for consumers initiated before January 1, 2007.".

July 2009

Chapter 11: Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center

11.5.1 Case Transfers to the Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center, to update procedures for transferring consumers and the electronic and paper case files to CCRC.

Jul 2009 Ch 11 Mark-up

Chapter 12: Deafblind Services

Revised to update the process for making a referral to a Deafblind specialist and ensure proper referral coding.

Jul 2009 Ch 12 Mark-up

Chapter 21: Orientation and Mobility Services

Revised to change the title "O&M specialist" to "O&M instructor," and to clarify documentation requirements when O&M services are provided after service-record closure.

Jul 2009 Ch 21 Mark-up

Chapter 29: Self-Employment

Revised to provide additional guidance on maintaining self-employment, and to clarify the definition of assistive technology.

Jul 2009 Ch 29 Mark-up

Chapter 30: Supported Employment Services

Jul 2009 Ch 30 Mark-up

Chapter 33: Transition Services

Revised to provide guidance on the Continuum of Services provided by the BCVDDP and the Transition program.

Jul 2009 Ch 33 Mark-up

Chapter 40: Case Management

40.1.4 Preliminary Assessment, revised to clarify requirements for a preliminary assessment case note.

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October 2009

Chapter 4: Planning

4.1.3 Components of the Comprehensive Assessment, revised to include deafblind specialist evaluations in consumer assessments.

4.1.4 Additional Information, revised to add a note requiring counselors to request a deafblind specialist evaluation before scheduling audiological or hearing-aid evaluations for consumers who may have hearing loss.

Oct 2009 Ch 4 Mark-up

Chapter 12: Deafblind Services

12.3 Referrals to Deafblind Services, revised to add a note requiring counselors to request a deafblind specialist evaluation before scheduling audiological or hearing-aid evaluations for consumers who may have hearing loss.

Chapter 14: Employment Assistance

14.7.1 Building an Account with an Employer/Job Analysis, revised to add a reference to the new optional form for job analyses: DARS1233-1, Business Development and Job Analysis Worksheet.

Chapter 29: Self-Employment

Revised to provide better guidance to counselors, including a team-approach matrix for deafblind consumers.

Oct 2009 Ch 29 Mark-up

Chapter 38: Closure

38.3 Criteria for Closing Cases as "Not Rehabilitated"/38.3.1 Basic Criteria, to clarify that once a consumer's case has been closed two or more times as unsuccessful in status 28 or 30, the field director must review the case before the counselor determines eligibility..

Oct 2009 Ch 38 Mark-up

Chapter 41: Required Approvals and Consultations

Revised to identify situations requiring field director approval.

Oct 2009 Ch 41 Mark-up