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VR 2014 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017

January 2014

Chapter 4: Plan Development

4.1.5 Criminal Background Checks, revised to add policy implementing new legislation that authorizes DBS to complete Criminal Background Checks on consumers for training and planning purposes.

Jan 2014 Mark-up

April 2014

Chapter 4: Plan Development

4.3.4 Purpose of IPE Amendment (DARS5152), revised to clarify that "A substantial change in employment goal means a change to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) job family identified in the first two digits of the SOC code." Substantial changes in service or goal require amendments to the consumer's IPE.

Apr 2014 4.3.4 Mark-up

Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.4 Tutoring Services, revised to indicate that the counselor must document the estimated total payment and timeframe for the provision of tutorial services on DARS2012, Service Agreement, before initiating such services.

Apr 2014 6.4 Mark-up

Chapter 38: Closure

38.2 Criteria for Closing Cases as Rehabilitated, 38.2.1 Basic Criteria, revised to clarify criteria for closing a case as rehabilitated or successful.

Apr 2014 38.2 Mark-up

April 7, 2014: ReHabWorks Updates

The following updates were published April 7, 2014 to coincide with changes to the ReHabWorks case management system pertaining to new federal RSA-911 reporting requirements.

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.10 Eligibility for Extended Evaluation/Trial Work Experience

Apr 2014 3.10 Mark-up

Chapter 33: Transition Services

33.7 Transition Planning and the IEP Process

Apr 2014 33.7 Mark-up

Chapter 38: Closure

Apr 2014 ch 38 Mark-up

May 2014

Chapter 36: Vocational Diagnostic Unit

Chapter revised to clarify services provided by the Vocational Diagnostic Unit.

May 2014 Mark-up

June 2014

Chapter 2: Intake

2.3 Consumer Participation in the Cost of Services, 2.3.15 Payments, new section added to note that consumers participating in the cost of goods and/or services should pay service providers directly, if feasible.

Jun 2014 2.3 Mark-up

Chapter 4: Plan Development

4.1.5 Criminal Background Checks, revised to clarify the process for obtaining a criminal background check on a consumer referred to CCRC; CCRC Admissions staff perform this check.

Jun 2014 4.1.5 Mark-up

Chapter 11: Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center

11.4.3 Criminal Background Checks, new section added to clarify the process for obtaining a criminal background check (CBC) on a consumer referred to CCRC, and how to maintain the confidential CBC results.

Jun 2014 11.4.3 Mark-up

Chapter 13: Diabetes Self-Management Services

13, revised to state that recommendations for and training on diabetes equipment can be provided by the DARS diabetes program specialist (formerly provided by the CCRC Outreach department).

Jun 2014 13 Mark-up

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

The following sections were revised to indicate that the counselor must ensure consumer commitment to learning the use of assistive technology before purchasing the assistive technology.

32.13 Purchasing Equipment for Consumers Who Do Not Meet Economic Need, new section added to document that counselors are not allowed to receive payment from consumers who are above the maximum income level listed on the Basic Living Requirements.

Jun 2014 32 Mark-up

July 2014

Chapter 40: Case Management

40.4 Guidelines for Referral and Transfer of Cases, 40.4.3 Procedure for Transfer revised to outline the transfer procedure for VR case management in greater detail. Significant changes are that the receiving counselor, instead of the transferring counselor, notifies the consumer of the case transfer and of the time frame for completing the transfer.

Jul 2014 40 Mark-up

September 2014

Chapter 4: Plan Development

4.5 Medicaid, new section added to provide instructions for using the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership telephone system to verify a consumer's Medicaid status.

Sept 2014 4.5 Mark-up

Chapter 33: Transition Services

33.8.2 Application Process, revised to reference the new definition of "consumer representative" in BPM Chapter 20.

Sept 2014 33.8.2 Mark-up

September 29, 2014: ReHabWorks Updates

The following updates were published September 29, 2014 to coincide with changes to the ReHabWorks case management system that comply with new federal RSA-911 reporting requirements.

Chapter 2: Intake

2.1.5 Completing the Case Navigation Menu, revised to document a new field being added to the ReHabWorks application to record "Agency Involvement."

Sept 2014 2.1.5 Markup

Chapter 4: Plan Development

Sept 2014 Ch 4 Markup

Chapter 18: Maintenance

18.1.3 Comparable Services or Benefits and Other Resources, revised to remove the Social Security Administration from the list of comparable benefits related to maintenance.

Sept 2014 Ch 18 Markup

December 2014

Chapter 30: Supported Employment Services

All sections revised and updated to align with DRS standards and policy changes.

Dec 2014 Ch 30 Markup