In this manual, references to DARS now refer to TWC. The manual includes both links to public content and links to content available only to staff.

VR 2011 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

February 2011

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.5.1 Statement of Criterion I, revised to include a link to the definition of blindness.

Feb 2011 Mark-up

March 2011

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.5.1 Statement of Criterion I, to link to general medical definitions related to visual diagnostics.

Mar 2014 Ch 3 Mark-up

Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.10.1 Full-Time College Caseloads, to correct certain college and university names, and to delete a number of colleges and universities that are covered by Dallas Area—Caseload 420.

Mar 2011 Ch 6 Mark-up

Chapter 16: Job Coach Services

16.6 Purchase Procedures, to add information on the hourly rate for the Walgreen's training.

Mar 2011 Ch 16 Mark-up

April 2011

Chapter 30: Supported Employment Services

Chapter 30: Supported Employment Services, revised to reflect changes made to the Benchmark payment system. Additional clarification and examples were also provided for Supported Employment providers.

Apr 2011 Mark-up

June 2011

Chapter 2: Intake

2.3.3 Services Not Requiring Application of Income Criteria, revised to clarify for VR counselors that books, supplies, and optional fees are not exempt from applying the income criteria, that policies regarding public and private colleges also apply to online courses, and that in cases of remediable conditions, the only services provided are at no cost to the agency.

Jun 2011 Ch 2 Mark-up

Chapter 4: Planning

4.1.1 Purpose of Comprehensive Assessment, revised to clarify for VR counselors that books, supplies, and optional fees are not exempt from applying the income criteria, that policies regarding public and private colleges also apply to online courses, and that in cases of remediable conditions, the only services provided are at no cost to the agency.

4.3.1 Overview, Remediable Conditions Rule, revised to clarify for VR counselors that books, supplies, and optional fees are not exempt from applying the income criteria, that policies regarding public and private colleges also apply to online courses, and that in cases of remediable conditions, the only services provided are at no cost to the agency.

Jun 2011 Ch 4 Mark-up

Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.1.13 Private and/or Out-of-State Colleges and Universities, revised to clarify for VR counselors that books, supplies, and optional fees are not exempt from applying the income criteria, that policies regarding public and private colleges also apply to online courses, and that in cases of remediable conditions, the only services provided are at no cost to the agency.

Jun 2011 Ch 6 Mark-up

Chapter 40: Case Management

40.3.3 Required Actions, revised to delete a reference to a requirement for status 06 that was removed several years ago.

Jun 2011 Ch 40 Mark-up

July 2011

Chapter 38: Closure

38.3.4 Reasons for Unsuccessful Closures, revised to update the link used by DBS contacts to request a consumer's Texas Workforce Commission work history.

Jul 2011 Mark-up

August 2011

Chapter 3: Eligibility

Chapter 3: Eligibility, revised to clarify legal status requirements and employment eligibility verification procedures.

Aug 2011 Ch 3 Mark-up

Chapter 4: Planning

Chapter 4: Planning, revised to clarify information about eligibility of consumers who are deafblind. Also, deletes outdated information regarding case note documentation about the Ticket to Work program. It also provides updated information for consumers contacting MAXIMUS regarding the Ticket to Work program.

Aug 2011 Ch 4 Mark-up

Chapter 40: Case Management

40.4.10 Referrals from the IL Program, new section added to document current procedures for receiving referrals from the IL Program.

Aug 2011 Ch 40 Mark-up

September 2011

Chapter 2: Intake

2.3.3 Services Not Requiring Application of Income Criteria, revised to remove tuition and fees, assistive technology devices and training, with the exception of diabetes training, from the list of services that do not require consumer participation in the cost of services under new DBS rule.

Sept 2011 Ch 2 Mark-up

Chapter 4: Planning

4.4.2 Definition of Comparable Services and Benefits, revised to remove vocational and other training services from services that are exempt from consideration of comparable services and benefits.

Sept 2011 Ch 4 Mark-up

Chapter 5: Training Overview

5.4 Use of Comparable Services or Benefits, revised to require the use of comparable services and benefits for consumer training, if available.

Sept 2011 Ch 5 Mark-up

November 2011

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.4 Compliance Requirement—60 Day Rule, revised to clarify methods to assist the VR counselor in taking action before the 60-day time limit.

Nov 2011 Mark-up

December 2011

Chapter 2: Intake

2.3.3 Services Exempt from Income Criteria, revised to clarify that income criteria are not applied to eligibility assessments or assessments for determining vocational rehabilitation needs (including maintenance and transportation costs).

Dec 2011 Ch 2 Mark-up

Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.1.7 Services for Consumers in Academic Training, revised to state that consumers may receive tuition assistance if they meet economic need criteria.

Dec 2011 Ch 6 Mark-up

Chapter 11: Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center

11.3.2 Specific Services, revised to clarify the purpose of Center tours—both to make an informed choice and to allow the consumer to assess his or her vocational rehabilitation needs.

Dec 2011 Ch 11 Mark-up

Chapter 40: Case Management

Dec 2011 Ch 40 Mark-up