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VR 2016 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2006, 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 federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Chapter 3: Eligibility

The following sections were revised to clarify trial work, career advancement/competitive integrated employment per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

The following sections were revised to clarify career advancement/competitive integrated employment and availability of advocacy organizations to consumers during planning, per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.1.13 Private and Out-of-State Colleges and Universities for Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training, revised to clarify that DBS will pay in-state tuition rates for a private college.

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March 2016

Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

4.3.4 Purpose of IPE Amendment, revised to clarify documentation required for an amendment to a consumer's Individualized Plan for Employment, per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Chapter 33: Transition Services

The following sections have been revised to clarify the definition of "year" per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA):

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Chapter 37: Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher

The following sections were revised to clarify the definition of "year" per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Chapter 40: Case Management

40.6.3 TxROCS, revised to clarify the definition of "year" per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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April 2016

Chapter 20: On-the-Job Training

Multiple sections revised to comply with federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations and to add a new section, 20.10 Workforce Board Funding.

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Chapter 38: Closure

38.2.14 Verifying Consumer Employment, new section added to document the steps a counselor must take to verify the employment of a consumer prior to case closure.

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May 2016

Chapter 33: Transition Services

33.3 VR Services for Transition Consumers, 33.3.2 Core Skills, revised to remove section on Extended Evaluation.

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Chapter 40: Case Management

40.3.2 Benchmark Time Frames, revised to delete case status types and benchmark time frames that are referenced elsewhere in the manual or are no longer used (Status 14 Active Services, Status 22 Employment, Status 32 Post-Closure).

40.6.2 [Quality Assurance Improvement Methods] Key Terms, revised to delete the term and definition of Oversight Review Approach.

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July 2016

Chapter 3: Eligibility

Chapter revised to add required language from WIOA and to provide specifics related to pre-eligibility trial work.

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Chapter 4: Assessing and Planning

The following sections were revised to replace references to the DBS Consumer Procurement Guide with a reference to the new VRM Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers.

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Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.1 Overview, revised to add and clarify required language from WIOA.

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Chapter 7: Assistive Technology Unit

Chapter revised to add the definition of "assistive technology device" per WIOA.

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Chapter 18: Maintenance

Chapter revised to clarify maintenance requirements to ensure compliance with state comptroller requirements.

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Chapter 21: Orientation and Mobility Services

Chapter revised to clarify the role of the orientation and mobility (O&M) instructor and the preferred material for canes; it also changes and adds references to new VRM Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers.

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Chapter 24: Physical and Mental Restoration Services

Chapter revised to:

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Chapter 25: Reader Services for People Who Are Blind

25.7 Consumer Responsibilities, revised to incorporate policy from the DBS Consumer Procurement Guide.

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Chapter 30: Supported Employment Services

30.5 Supported Employment Process, revised to delete a list of "Services that Cannot Be Purchased" when a consumer is receiving supported employment services, as this conflicts with DBS program guidelines.

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

Chapter revised to incorporate hearing aid and other policies from DBS Consumer Procurement Guide Chapter 6: Assistive Technology Purchases and Chapter 8: Closed-Circuit Televisions; and to replace references to the CPG with a reference to new VRM Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers.

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Chapter 34: Transportation

Chapter revised to incorporate policy from DBS Consumer Procurement Guide Chapter 9: Consumer Airfare and Chapter 12: Consumer Transportation; and to replace references to the CPG with a reference to new VRM Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers.

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Chapter 37: Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher

Chapter revised to replace references to the DBS Consumer Procurement Guide with a reference to new VRM Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers.

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Chapter 38: Closure

38.1 Criteria for Closing Cases Outcome, Not Accepted, revised to clarify the steps a VRC must follow to close a case prior to the determination that an individual is incapable of benefiting from VR services because their disability is too severe.

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Chapter 40: Case Management

Revised to move this statement: "Documentation maintained in RehabWorks should not be duplicated within the case file."

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Chapter 43: Purchasing Goods and Services for Consumers

New chapter added in conjunction with revisions to DRS RPM Chapter 17, which is revised to 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.

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