Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation (TWC-VR) has developed both the VR Standards for Providers Manual (VR-SFP) and the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Manual (VRSM) to comply with federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations while allowing for the use of professional judgment and sensitivity in administering the VR program to meet the individual needs of VR customers. When necessary to meet the vocational rehabilitation needs of a customer, VR staff members may request exceptions to policies and procedures through their chain of management. VR staff must be aware that exceptions to policies and procedures based on federal and state laws, statutes, and rules or regulations are not allowable.

Links to other information throughout these manuals provide examples, tools, and practical application guides that support existing policies and procedures. Links also are provided to other policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and forms that must be applied. All links in the VR-SFP are available to anyone who is accessing the manual either externally or internally. However, in the VRSM, there are links that are intended to provide additional decision-making supports to VR staff that may not be available to individuals who are accessing the VRSM outside of TWC's firewall. Copies of materials that cannot be accessed directly through links can be made available upon request.

VR staff must be familiar with and apply both the VR-SFP and the VRSM in all decision making. Providers of VR services that are provided under contract must comply with content in the VR-SFP that is related to the services provided. Providers of VR services that are not provided through a contract are subject to the content in the VRSM that is related to the services provided.

Legal Authority

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended through P.L. 114–95 [(Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)], enacted December 10, 2015:

"The Rehabilitation Act replaces the Vocational Rehabilitation Act,

  • to extend and revise the authorization of grants to states for vocational rehabilitation services, with special emphasis on services to individuals with the most severe disabilities,
  • to expand special federal responsibilities and research and training programs with respect to individuals with disabilities,
  • to create linkage between state vocational rehabilitation programs and workforce investment activities carried out under title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998,
  • to establish special responsibilities for the Secretary of Education for coordination of all activities with respect to individuals with disabilities within and across programs administered by the federal government,
  • and for other purposes.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by title IV of WIOA (PDF 791KB) establishes programs and initiatives administered by RSA."

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of VR staff in the VR process, refer to VRSM B-100 Roles and Responsibilities in the VR Process.

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