Manual Overview

The VR Standards for Providers:

  • helps ensure TWC customers receive quality services to assist them in achieving a successful outcome to their vocational rehabilitation or independent living goals;
  • helps to ensure taxpayer funds are spent wisely and each purchase paid for with public funds represents full value to the taxpayer;
  • provides published standards for maintaining compliance; and
  • provides criteria in order to meet TWC performance expectations for each purchase.

The latest update to this manual is reflected in the chapters below. Any printed versions may not contain the latest policy changes.

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List of Revisions

The List of Revisions will include a comprehensive list of changes made to this guide, including the revision date, the section revised and a brief explanation of the specific revision.

  • Standards for Providers Manual Revisions
  • Blind Services Assistive Technology Trainer Guidelines & Procedures Manual Revisions

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Archived Notices to Providers

Current Notices to Providers are located on the Vocational Rehabilitation Providers’ Resource page

01/10/2018 Notice to Providers:

A TWC GovDelivery list was created to notify contractors and providers every time revisions are posted to the Standards Manual and other important information. To subscribe for these notifications, visit the TWC GovDelivery website: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/txwc/subscriber/new, enter an email address, and select the topic ‘Vocational Rehabilitation Contractors and Providers News.’

10/01/2017 Notice to Providers:

On October 1, 2017, Texas Workforce Commission’s Blind Services Division and Rehabilitation Services Division combined to create a single designated state unit (DSU) to administer the vocational rehabilitation program for Texans with disabilities. The combined VR Standards for Providers (VR-SFP) manual has been published.

09/01/2017 Notice to Providers:

October 1, 2017 Texas Workforce Commission’s Blind Services Division and Rehabilitation Services Division will combine to create a single designated state unit (DSU) to administer the vocational rehabilitation program for Texans with disabilities. This process includes replacing our existing divisions specific standards for providers’ manuals with a single combined standards manual. The new providers’ manual will be called the Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers’ Manual (VR-SFP). While some content is still under development, the VR-SFP chapters that are posted on September 1, 2017 will go into effect on October 1, 2017.

The new and revised VR forms referenced within the VR-SFP will be published on Oct. 1, 2017. Questions about the content of the Standards for Providers manual and related forms can be emailed to vr.standards@twc.state.tx.us.

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