18.1 Supported Employment Overview

Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR) Supported Employment is a comprehensive service package for both blind and visually impaired and general VR customers. It includes a variety of services formerly purchased separately.

VR Supported Employment enables customers with the most significant disabilities to enter competitive integrated employment by:

  • providing individualized assistance in finding an appropriate job match;
  • providing ongoing support services; and
  • establishing extended services, sometimes called long-term supports, for the customer to maintain a long-term competitive integrated employment outcome by:
    • identifying resources to deliver the extended services;
    • training extended services providers;
    • confirming that extended services are in place, if needed, to make sure the job is stable; and
    • ensuring  all known needs are met before achievement of Benchmark 6, Service Closure.

The VR Supported Employment Outcome-Based System (SE) uses the "Place, Then Train" model of employment placement to place and then train customers in order to help them find and keep long-term competitive, integrated employment.

By being matched to a job first and then receiving ongoing supports and training, the customer develops job-readiness skills while on the job. An employer who hires a VR customer should provide the same training for the customer as the employer would provide for other new employees, with help and support from the VR counselor and the supported employment specialist.

18.1.1 Customized Employment Approach

Customized employment is used to develop the best job match for the customer using flexible strategies to meet the needs of both the individual and the unmet business needs of the employer. It addresses the unique skills, interests, abilities, capabilities, and support needs of an individual with a significant disability. Many times, these jobs must be created and/or performed by means of flexible strategies to allow for a good job match.

18.1.2 Role of the Supported Employment Specialist and/or Job Skills Trainer

The supported employment specialist:

  • identifies and develops the best possible job match and provides short-term supports to address the customer's barriers to employment;
  • arranges for paid supports from resources other than VR and natural supports, such as peers or coworkers, to meet the customer's long-term needs;
  • ensures adequate, regular support is provided to the customer by the job skills trainer; and
  • works in coordination with the VR counselor throughout the supported employment process to ensure the best possible employment outcome for the customer.

18.1.3 Ongoing Support Services

Supported Employment Services must include ongoing Support Services such as:

  • social skills training;
  • job skills training;
  • observation of customer performance;
  • setting up or training of natural supports or extended service providers; and
  • setting up accommodations at the worksite.

Ongoing Support Services must be provided at least twice monthly to monitor the customer at the work site and as necessary off site to ensure the customer maintains successful competitive integrated employment. If under specific circumstances, especially at the request of the customer and approval from the VR counselor, then twice monthly off-site monitoring meetings with the customer must occur. If off-site monitoring is determined to be appropriate, at least one contact with the employer each month is required.

18.1.4 Extended Services

VR counselors coordinate the provision of Department of Aging and Disability Services, Department of State Health Services, and Managed Care Organization funding for long-term support services. These state agencies may provide extended services for a customer at completion of Benchmark 5: Job Stability, through programs such as Community Living Assistance and Support Services, Community First Choice, Home and Community-Based Service, and Texas Home Living waivers. VR providers coordinate with and train all Extended Service providers before a case achieves job stability.

18.1.5 Benchmarks Required for Payment

VR Supported Employment includes the following benchmarks and components required for payment to providers.

  • Benchmark 1A: Supported Employment Assessment (SEA) and SEA Review Meeting
  • Benchmark 1B: Supported Employment Service Plan Part 1
  • Benchmark 2: Job Placement and completion of five days or shifts worked and Supported Employment Service Plan Part 2
  • Benchmark 3: 28 days (four weeks) of Job Maintenance
  • Benchmark 4: 56 days (eight weeks) of Job Maintenance
  • Benchmark 5: Job Stability
    • At least 56 days of employment
    • Completion of the Job Stability meeting
  • Benchmark 6: Service Closure
    • 146 cumulative days of employment
    • 90 cumulative days after achievement of Benchmark 5: Job Stability

18.1.6 Eligibility for Supported Employment Services

A VR counselor authorizes the purchase of Supported Employment if the customer:

  • has been determined a customer with a most significant disability;
  • will benefit from the Place Then Train model of job placement;
  • needs extensive comprehensive training and support to compete in the labor market;
  • needs ongoing supports to maintain an employment outcome;
  • requires extended services and long-term supports provided by another person, organization, or other resource through on-site or off-site services and/or monitoring after VR-funded services end;
  • requires considerable help competing in the open job market;
  • has not had competitive integrated employment;
  • has experienced interrupted or intermittent employment; and
  • will be able to find and keep a competitive integrated job when necessary supports are in place.

18.1.7 Duration of Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment services should not last longer than 24 months. Services may be extended if the customer needs additional time to reach job stabilization. DARS3472, Contracted Service Modification Request, must be completed and submitted for approval if the customer's Supported Employment Services have gone longer than 24 months. If an extension is granted, the provider receives a copy of the approved DARS3472, and the VR counselor issues a new service authorization and sends it to the provider. The VR counselor and the customer must agree to extend services and document the approved extension in the customer's individual plan for employment.

18.1.8 Other Services Not Purchased with Supported Employment

The following VR services may not be purchased while a customer is receiving Supported Employment services from an Employment Services provider:

  • Job Development
  • Bundled Job Placement
  • Job Skills Training (formerly called Job Coaching)
  • Non-bundled Job Placement
  • On-the-Job Training (OJT)
  • Personal Social Adjustment Training (PSAT)
  • Vocational Adjustment Training (VAT)
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Vocational Evaluation
  • Work Adjustment Training (WAT)
  • Work Experience (WE)

18.1.9 Referral for Supported Employment Services

The VR counselor completes the DARS1610, Supported Employment Service and Supported Self-Employment Referral, and submits it to the provider. The VR counselor is responsible for overseeing the Supported Employment services provided to VR customers.

The Supported Employment provider must receive a:

18.1.10 Documentation Requirements

18.1.10.1 Forms

All the required VR forms for these services must be:

  • completed on a computer;
  • completed thoroughly and correctly;
  • clearly documented;
  • unique and individualized for each customer for whom the report is being completed; and
  • signed by all required parties (The Supported Employment specialist and/or job skills trainer who provided the services must sign the form.).

If a section of the form is marked as not applicable (N/A), an explanation of why the section is not applicable must be given.

The following forms must be completed before job placement:

18.1.10.2 Signatures on Forms

All signatures must be original, handwritten, and dated; electronic signatures are not accepted.

Before signing a form, the provider reviews the applicable standards and the VR Verification Tool form to ensure the report is complete and accurate before submission. If VR verification indicates the provider submitted inaccurate information, repayment of funds might be required.

18.1.10.3 Invoices

The following are required when a provider submits an invoice:

  • Completion of services achieving all required deliverables
  • Fully complete, accurate, signed, and dated forms documenting services provided
  • A complete and accurate invoice

The VR counselor uses the date  the benchmark is achieved as the date of service on the invoice (for example, the date of the SEA meeting, the date that the SESP-1 is completed, the 5th, 28th, and 56th day or shift of paid employment, the date of the job stability meeting, and the 90th day after stability is achieved). The billing documentation may not be submitted until the day after achieving the service benchmark.

The supported employment specialist must verify the customer's dates of employment by means of employer or customer contact and document the verification on the appropriate form for the invoice.

If at any point the customer loses his or her job, the customer's progression within the benchmark is frozen until:

  • the VR counselor, the customer, and the supported employment specialist meet in a Supported Employment Service Plan (SESP-1) meeting to:
    • discuss the reasons the customer lost the job;
    • review the SESP-1 and create a new SESP-1, if needed; and
    • determine the plan for finding another placement;
  • the customer becomes reemployed in a new position; and
  • a new SESP-2 is completed to reflect the new position.

If an invoice is incomplete or inaccurate, or if supporting documentation is incomplete or inaccurate, the provider will receive a DARS3460, Vendor Invoice Additional Data Request. Payment will not be made until corrections are submitted.

Each benchmark is authorized only one time per customer unless VR determines it is in the customer's best interest to authorize the benchmark more than once. Any change to the benchmarks must be approved using the DARS3472, Contracted Service Modification Request.

18.1.10.4 Premiums

  • When authorized, premiums payable at Benchmark 1B.Autism
  • Deaf

Premium services for the following are paid after achievement of Benchmark 6:

  • Autism
  • Criminal Background
  • Deaf
  • Professional Placement
  • Wage

18.1.10.5 Other Changes That Might Occur

Before the completion of Benchmark 5, if the customer does not work for seven or more days because of illness, injury, vacation, or short-term disability, the customer's progression within the benchmark is frozen until the customer returns to work and works the required hours outlined in the SESP-1 for at least one day in a seven-day work week.

If, at any point, the customer wants to change his or her targeted job tasks, negotiable employment conditions, or nonnegotiable employment conditions, a SESP-1 meeting must be held to update the DARS1613B, Supported Employment Service Plan 1 (SESP-1) Plan and Benchmark Report.

If the customer gets a new position with the current employer or begins a new job with another employer, the customer must complete at least 30 cumulative days of employment in the new job before Benchmark 5: Job Stability is established or reestablished.

18.1.11 Provider Staff Qualifications

Before services are provided to customers, the Employment Service provider director must approve the DARS3455, Provider Staff Information, completed by each staff, such as trainer and aides, and submit the approved form to the provider's assigned contract manager and assigned VR regional program specialist. The DARS3455, Provider Staff Information, must document staff qualifications and provide evidence that staff meets all qualifications by means of transcripts, diplomas, reference letters, credentials, or licenses.

Staff qualification for each service is described below in sections 18.1.11.1 through 18.1.11.5. If a qualification requires a University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) Texas Credential, see Texas Credential Training for more information.

18.1.11.1 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Credential

Provider staff that provides services to deaf customers and  will be paid a premium for specialized skills must demonstrate proficiency of sign language skills through evidence of either a Board for Evaluation of Interpreters certification, a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf certification, or a Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) rating of "intermediate plus." For more information on the SLPI, go to http://www.rit.edu/ntid/slpi/.

18.1.11.2 Autism Credential

Provider staff that provides services to customers who meet the qualifications for the autism premium in situations where the VR counselor has identified a need for specialized skills related to autism must have a current UNTWISE Autism Specialization Endorsement.

18.1.11.3 Noncredentialed Staff

A noncredentialed provider staff member may provide services to a VR customer only when the Temporary Waiver of Employment Services Credential Standards is followed. For more information, refer to Chapter 3: Basic Standards, 3.1.6.4 Temporary Waiver of Staff Qualifications.

18.1.11.4 Supported Employment Specialist

A supported employment specialist must have a:

  • current UNTWISE Texas Supported Employment Specialist Credential; and
  • high school diploma or GED, but a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing, or related human services is preferred.

18.1.11.5 Job Skills Trainer

The required qualifications for a job skills trainer (job coach) are stated in Chapter 17: Basic Employment Services, 17.2.2 Job Skills Trainer General Qualifications.

Additional staff qualifications are required for supported employment specialists or job skills trainers who work with individuals who use sign language or individuals who qualify for the autism service premium. Refer to Chapter 20: Premiums for more information.

18.1.12 Benchmarks for Supported Employment

18.1.12.1 Benchmark 1A: Supported Employment Assessment (SEA) and SEA Review Meeting

Service Description

Benchmark 1A: The completion of the Supported Employment Assessment (SEA), using the discovery process, and the SEA review meeting are required for Benchmark 1A.

The provider achieves Benchmark 1A when the provider:

  • completes the Discovery Process;
  • submits a DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment (SEA); and
  • attends the SEA review meeting.

The SEA and the SEA review meeting are authorized only one time per customer.

Process and Procedure

The supported employment specialist begins the process for achieving Benchmark 1A by completing the Discovery Process.

The Discovery Process helps the provider gather the information needed to answer all the questions on the DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment (SEA). The Supported Employment Assessment report must clearly describe the customer and the customer's employment goals.

VR recommends  the person-centered planning process be used when collecting information for the SEA.

The Discovery Process completed by the supported employment specialist includes:

  • an interview with the customer;
  • development of the person-centered plan;
  • interviews with members of the customer's circle of support and discussions with any extended services providers  the customer will use (see Long-Term Supports and Services Quick Reference Guide for additional information);
  • observing the customer's work skills, life skills, and behaviors at home and in the community;
  • touring current or potential work environments with the customer;
  • identifying and observing vocational interests, preferences, and themes;
  • collecting personal, school, and employer reference information;
  • assessing the customer's learning styles and needs for adaptive technology, accommodations, and on-site supports;
  • assessing and identifying the customer's strengths, challenges, and transferable skills by exploring the customer's interests, capabilities, preferences, motivations, learning styles, challenges, ongoing support needs, and resources;
  • learning about employment conditions related to the customer's preferences, resources, and support needs to achieve and maintain employment outcomes (including self-employment outcomes);
  • understanding the customer's need for Extended Services and supports at or away from the job site to ensure competitive integrated employment success;
  • informational interviews and work skills observations completed by the customer; and
  • an assessment summary.

Best practice indicates  the Discovery Process takes 20 to 30 hours per customer.

DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment (SEA)

When completing the DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment (SEA), the supported employment specialist incorporates information:

  • obtained during the discovery process;
  • provided by VR on benefits planning; and
  • gathered from assessments of the customer's cognitive and physical abilities.

The DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment (SEA), must include the following information:

  • Findings of the discovery interview
  • Findings of the Circle of Support interviews
  • Residential history and domestic information
  • Customer's community resources and supports
  • Medical and psychological history
  • Customer's volunteer and work history
  • Customer's education history
  • Discovery of customer's interests leading to information interviews and work skills observations
  • Customer's vocational themes and interest
  • Findings of the informational interview and work skill observations
  • Summary of the customer's present level of functioning observed by the provider
  • Support needs that family, friends, and professionals provide to help the customer maintain a high-quality life at home and in the community (for example, financial assistance, assistive technology, room and board, supervision for safety, and transportation)
  • Extended Services and support needs that might be necessary for a successful employment outcome, including self-employment.

Use of Environmental Work Assessment

If an Environment Work Assessment (EWA) is purchased for a customer, the SEA must be prorated. The findings of the informational interview or work skills observations section of the SEA will not be completed, and information from the EWA will be used in place of this section in the SEA.

Deadline for Submission of the SEA

As a best practice, the SEA should be submitted to the VR counselor at least one week before the SEA review meeting. If the SEA does not meet the above-mentioned standards, the SEA is returned to the provider so the necessary information can be added before the SEA review meeting.

Holding a SEA Review Meeting

The SEA review meeting is held after the Discovery Process and the DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment, have been completed. The SEA review meeting is held to determine whether an employment outcome for the customer can be achieved through Supported Employment or if no employment outcome will be pursued, and to identify the next steps that must take place.

The meeting can be held by teleconference.

The SEA review meeting must include the:

  • VR counselor;
  • supported employment specialist; and
  • customer and, as appropriate, the customer's representatives and circle of support.

The SEA meeting must:

The SESP-1 meeting to develop the Supported Employment Service Plan can be held immediately following the SEA review meeting if the customer and, as appropriate, the customer's representative is present.

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 1A is made after:

  • the Supported Employment Assessment review meeting has been held;
  • the VR counselor receives and approves a complete, accurate, and signed DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment; and
  • an invoice has been received.

A complete, accurate, signed, and dated DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment (SEA) is required before the provider can be paid for achieving Benchmark 1A.

On the DARS1612, the supported employment specialist must clearly identify:

  • the customer's interests, assets, and abilities in work and nonwork areas that were explored, identified, and appropriately summarized;
  • one or more appropriate job matches;
  • information that supports how the employment goal for the customer may be gained; and
  • specific support needs and/or interventions the customer might require to find and keep successful competitive integrated employment.

The DARS1612, Supported Employment Assessment must be completed on a computer and include handwritten signatures. VR may contact the customer and/or the customer's Circle of Support to verify that information on the form is correct.

The DARS1612 must be signed by the supported employment specialist who completed the Discovery Process with the customer and documented the information on the form.

Fees

For information about fees, refer to 18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule.

18.1.12.2 Benchmark 1B: Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1)

Service Description

SEA information and recommendations are used to develop the DARS1613A, SESP-1 Demographics; DARS1613B, SESP-1 Plan and Benchmark Report; and DARS1613C, SESP-1 Extended Supports.

The SESP-1 is used to identify:

  • interests, preferences, and skills;
  • job tasks, employment conditions;
  • Extended Services (long-term supports);
  • potential employers; and
  • the long-term placement goal for the customer.

Process and Procedure

Benchmark 1B is met by attending the SESP-1 meeting and completing, printing, and signing the DARS1613A, and initialing the DARS1613B and DARS1613C at the SESP-1 meeting.

The VR counselor, supported employment specialist, customer, customer's Circle of Support, and identified Extended Support Providers meet to develop and complete the DARS1613A, B, and C, Supported Employment Service Plan (SESP-1).

The DARS1613A, Supported Employment Service Plan Part 1, Demographics, identifies the:

  • members of the SESP team;
  • customer's preferences and interests;
  • customer's assets and abilities; and
  • customer's education history.

The DARS1613B, Supported Employment Service Plan Part 1, Plan and Benchmark Report, identifies the:

  • negotiable and nonnegotiable employment conditions;
  • targeted job tasks the customer can perform or potentially perform;
  • potential employers and types of businesses; and
  • eligible premium services.

The DARS1613C, Supported Employment Service Plan Part 1, Extended Supports, identifies the extended services and support needs of the customer.

The VR counselor or designated VR staff helps with completing the DARS1613A, B, and C during the meeting to ensure  all information is correct on the DARS1613A, B, and C, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1. The provider should not bring a completed DARS1613A, B, and C to the meeting or complete the DARS1613A, B, and C after the meeting. The customer leads the meeting with assistance from the team in facilitating the planning meeting. All attendees must sign the DARS1613A and initial the DARS1613B and DARS1613C to complete the SESP-1 at the end of the meeting, indicating their agreement with the plan.

The forms must be:

  • completed electronically;
  • completed before any Supported Employment services are provided to the customer;
  • team-developed with the customer's participation in identifying the required information on the form with or without assistance from team members; and
  • printed by VR staff, upon completion;

Signatures and initials are gathered at the end of the meeting for submission of benchmark paperwork.

When necessary, an updated DARS1613B is completed before the achievement of any benchmark.

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 1B is made after the SESP-1 meeting and after the VR counselor receives and approves a complete, accurate, signed, initialed, and dated:

  • DARS1613A, B, and C, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1), and
  • an invoice.

The DARS1613A, B, and C, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 must be submitted by the provider to VR, preferably after the SESP-1 meeting, with:

  • entries to indicate each employment condition is written in measurable terms and determined to be either negotiable or nonnegotiable;
  • entries of at least three targeted job tasks;
  • potential employers and business types identified;
  • potential natural and paid Extended Services and related resources identified;
  • entries to indicate any premiums for which the customer's case is eligible; and
  • required signatures including, at a minimum, the signatures of the customer, VR counselor, and supported employment specialist.

The DARS1613B, SESP-1, Plan and Benchmark Report, indicates whether the provider is eligible for any Employment Premium Service payments as determined by the VR counselor. If the provider is eligible for Employment Premium Service payments—such as the Autism Premium or Deaf Services Premium—the VR counselor refers to 18.1.11 Provider Staff Qualifications for additional information to identify whether the outcomes have been achieved.

The Autism or Deaf Service Premium as approved and agreed to by the VR counselor, apply to the Supported Employment Assessment (SEA) and SESP-1 and will be paid after the achievement of Benchmark 1B. These premiums may additionally be paid after the achievement of Benchmark 6.

Fees

For information about fees, refer to 18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule.

18.1.12.3 Benchmark 2: Job Placement and Supported Employment Service Plan Part 2 (SESP-2)

Service Description

The customer achieves Benchmark 2 when the customer:

  • starts work in a job that is consistent with the requirements of the DARS1613B, SESP-1 Plan and Benchmark Report, matching:
    • 100 percent of the nonnegotiable conditions;
    • 50 percent or more of the negotiable conditions; and
    • at least one job task; and
  • works at the job for five days.

Note: Do not start the count of days until DARS1613A, DARS1613B, and DARS1613C SESP-1 have been submitted and the VR counselor has determined  they are accurate.

The job in which the customer is placed must be in an organization or a business that is not owned, operated, controlled, or governed by the provider of Supported Employment services. Exception: State agencies, state universities, or facilities that are a part of a state university system that are also employment services providers are exempt from this requirement.

To achieve Benchmark 2, the supported employment specialist must have a minimum of two contacts with the customer, and one contact with the employer to monitor the employer's satisfaction of the customer's performance during the benchmark, and must:

Process and Procedure

The supported employment specialist must collect all information needed to complete an accurate SESP-2 through interviews and observations with the customer and the employer, supervisor, and co-workers.

To achieve Benchmark 2, the supported employment specialist submits the DARS1613B and DARS1613C, which are used as the guides for providing services to the customer.

Job Placement

For payment for Benchmark 2, the supported employment specialist must assist the customer as applicable in activities related to gaining the job placement, such as:

  • writing résumés and proposals to assist in placement;
  • contacting employers from target lists and developing customer jobs;
  • performing a job analysis;
  • reviewing job match information;
  • assisting the customer with:
    • job applications;
    • pre-employment forms;
    • practice interviews; and
    • pre-employment testing or physicals;
  • accompanying the customer to interviews and business visits, when necessary;
  • assisting the employer with the Work Opportunity Tax Credit;
  • providing disability awareness training;
  • assisting the employer and customer with tasks related to job carving, job matching, task analysis, job restructuring, or job creation to establish job responsibilities and/or a job description for the customer;
  • developing the customer's transportation plan;
  • training the customer to travel to and from the job;
  • ensuring  supports, training, and accommodation needs of the customer are arranged and implemented to ensure successful employment at placement;
  • identifying potential Extended Services and supports necessary for the customer to maintain employment after achievement of Benchmark 5: Job Stability; and
  • evaluating the job placement and customer's performance to collect information to establish the customer's training and support plan to ensure long-term job stability through the completion of the DARS1614A and B, SESP-2.

The supported employment specialist is not solely responsible for finding the job the customer accepts. Job leads may come from the customer's Circle of Support as well.

Documentation

Services provided must be documented on DARS1613B and C, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1); hours worked on the DARS1613D, Time Log; and DARS1614A and B, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 2 (SESP-2).

The information documented in the DARS1614A and B, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 2 (SESP-2) must include the following:

  • Employer's contact information (for example: name, phone, email)
  • Supervisor's contact information (for example: name, phone, email)
  • Customer's employment information (for example: job title, work schedule, first day of employment)
  • Customer's rate of pay and earnings
  • Job analysis (for example: essential work duties, episodic work duties, physical demands of the job, environmental demands of the job, work culture)
  • Employer's provided training
  • Accommodations
  • Initial training and support plan
  • Extended services necessary for a successful employment outcome

The information included in the DARS1614A and B, SESP-2, must be unique and individualized for each customer. VR might contact the customer, customer's representative (if any), or employer to verify the SESP-1 and the SESP-2 information is accurate.

The DARS1613B and C, SESP-1, must be updated to be accurate through a new SESP-1 meeting (see the policy in 18.1.12.2 Benchmark 1B: Supported Employment Services Plann Part 1 (SESP-1)) before the count of days of employment can begin. If the VR counselor and customer or the customer's representative do not choose to make changes to the original SESP-1, the customer does not achieve all of the nonnegotiable conditions, at least 50 percent of the negotiable conditions, and at least one job task listed on the DARS1613B, SESP-1, VR will not accept the job placement.

When a customer gets a new position with the current employer or begins a new job with another employer, an updated DARS1614A and B, SESP-2, must be submitted to reflect the new position.

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 2 is made when the VR counselor approves a complete, accurate, signed, and dated:

  • DARS1613B, C, and D, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1, which is submitted following the fifth day of employment and documents achievement of the employment conditions, targeted job tasks, Extended Services, and hours worked by customer;
  • DARS1614A and B, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 2; and
  • invoice.

The supported employment specialist submits a fully complete, accurate, signed, and dated DARS1614B, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 2, Job Analysis and Training Plan, that has been completed on a computer and includes handwritten signatures.

The DARS1614A and B, SESP-2 must verify and document that the customer:

  • has maintained employment by working for five days in a job that is described in the SESP-2;
  • is in a competitive integrated work setting; and
  • is being compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary wage paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who do not have disabilities.

The DARS1614A and B also document:

  • ongoing support services;
  • monitoring of the customer at the work site;
  • off-site visits to ensure the customer maintains successful competitive integrated employment; and
  • the customer's job placement, training needs, and supports, including:
    • the job placement activities  the supported employment specialist has provided for the customer;
    • the customer's position and job responsibilities;
    • the name of the customer's employer and contact information for the customer's supervisor;
    • the customer's employment information and earnings;
    • the results of the Job Analysis (for example: essential work duties, episodic work duties, physical demands of the jobs, environmental demands of the jobs, and work culture);
    • the training the employer provides to individuals in the customer's position; and
    • specific training needs, accommodation needs, support needs, and interventions and/or strategies  the customer might require to maintain successful competitive integrated employment.

Using the customer's current approved DARS1613B, C, and D, SESP-1, the supported employment specialist records the customer's progress at the fifth day of working at the job related to the achievement of the goals and tasks stated in the following sections of the form:

  • Employment Conditions
  • Targeted job Tasks
  • Extended Services
  • Hours Worked by the Customer
  • Signatures

Fees

For information about fees, refer to 18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule.

18.1.12.4 Benchmark 3: Four-Week Job Maintenance

Service Description

The customer achieves Benchmark 3, four-week job maintenance, when the customer is employed by the employer listed on the most recent DARS1614A and DARS1614B, SESP-2, and:

  • has achieved 28 cumulative days of employment;
  • has worked at least one day for each week included in the reporting period; and
  • the job is consistent with the requirements in the DARS1613B, SESP-1, including:
    • the requirement that 100 percent of nonnegotiable conditions and at least 50 percent of negotiable conditions must be met; and
    • the requirement that at least one job task listed on the DARS1613B, SESP-1 was met.

To complete Benchmark 3, the supported employment specialist must have at least two contacts with the customer and one contact with the employer each month, to monitor the employer's satisfaction with the customer's performance during the benchmark period, and must:

When necessary, the DARS1613B, SESP-1, must be updated with changes to employment or job skills by means of a new SESP-1 meeting before the count of days of the benchmark can begin. For more information, see the policy in 18.1.12.2 Benchmark 1B: Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1).

Process and Procedure

To achieve Benchmark 3, the supported employment specialist completes the DARS1615, Supported Employment Support Summary report, which describes:

  • the customer's abilities, challenges, and support needs related to maintaining the competitive integrated job placement; and
  • the training and supports  the supported employment specialist, job skills trainer, employer, other natural supports, and Extended Services providers provided to the customer or instructed others to provide to customer.

Activities that help the customer adjust to the demands of the competitive integrated work environment include:

  • intensive on- and off-job-site supports provided by supported employment specialist or job skills trainer;
  • ensuring the Extended Services are documented and approved on the customer's Long Term Supports and Services (LTSS) Plan of Care when funded by other state agency programs;
  • orienting and training the customer in work-related tasks at the job site;
  • training or consulting with employers, coworkers, or advocates to maximize natural supports;
  • establishing and training the Extended Service providers;
  • transportation training;
  • establishing or ensuring primary and secondary transportation plans to and from the job are in place for the customer;
  • meeting with managers and supervisors to gather input and plan training;
  • meetings with company personnel or support systems to resolve problems to ensure job retention; and
  • training the customer in work-related tasks or behaviors to ensure job retention (for example, grooming or anger management).

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 3 is made when the VR counselor approves a complete, accurate, and signed:

The customer must maintain employment for 28 cumulative days without a seven-day or greater break within a work week that is consistent with the requirements documented in the DARS1613B, SESP-1 Plan and Benchmark Report that 100 percent of the nonnegotiable requirements and at least 50 percent of the negotiable requirements were met, and at least one job task listed on DARS1613B SESP-1 was met.

The supported employment specialist must have at least two contacts per month with the customer. See 18.1.2 Role of the Supported Employment Specialist and/or Job Skills Trainer for more information.

The supported employment specialist monitors, arranges, and/or provides:

  • short-term supports;
  • long-term supports;
  • training; and
  • accommodations.

The supported employment specialist submits a fully complete, accurate, signed, and dated summary that has been completed on a computer and collects all signatures, which must be handwritten.

The completed form describes the customer's job placement, training supports, and accommodations, including:

  • the customer's essential and episodic job duties;
  • challenges the customer encountered while meeting the employer's expectations;
  • training, strategies, support needs, and accommodations that were identified in the DARS1614, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 2 and  were addressed during the benchmark's reporting period;
  • plans to address, before job stability, outstanding training, supports, and accommodations;
  • the supported employment specialist's and the job skills trainer's roles in the delivery of services provided, monitored, or set up for the customer that were designed to help the customer meet the employer's expectations;
  • the customer's and, if applicable, the customer's legal representative's level of satisfaction with the job and the work environment;
  • the training  the employer provided for the customer; and
  • verification of customer employment for four weeks (28 cumulative days), working at least one day in each week and without a break for a work week (work week as defined by the employer) for reasons such as illness, injury, vacation, or short-term disability.

The supported employment specialist records the customer's status at the 28th cumulative day of employment on the customer's most recently approved DARS1613B, DARS1613C, and DARS1613D, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1. The following areas are updated on the DARS1613B, C, and D:

  • Employment Conditions
  • Targeted Job Tasks
  • Extended Services
  • Hours Worked by the Customer on the DARS1613D
  • Signatures

The information documented in the DARS1613B, C, and D and in the DARS1615 must be unique and individualized for each customer. VR contacts the customer, customer's representative, or employer to verify that the DARS1613 and DARS1615 information is accurate.

Fees

For information about fees, refer to 18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule.

18.1.12.5 Benchmark 4: Eight-Week Job Maintenance

Service Description

The customer achieves Benchmark 4, eight-week job maintenance, when the customer is employed by the employer listed on the most recent DARS1614A and DARS1614B, SESP-2 and:

  • has achieved 56 cumulative days of employment;
  • has worked at least one day for each work week included in the reporting period; and
  • the job is consistent with the requirements in the DARS1613B, SESP-1 including:
    • the requirement that 100 percent of the nonnegotiable conditions and at least 50 percent of the negotiable conditions were met; and
    • at least one job task listed on DARS1613B, SESP-1 was met.

To complete Benchmark 4, the supported employment specialist must have a minimum of two contacts with the customer and one contact with the employer to monitor the employer's satisfaction with the customer's performance during the benchmark period, and must:

  • complete the following sections of the DARS1613B, C, and D, SESP-1:
    • Targeted Job Tasks
    • Employment Conditions
    • Extended Services Section
    • Hours Worked by Customer
  • complete the DARS1615, Supported Employment Support Summary; and
  • provide intensive on- and off-job-site supports to the customer during the benchmark period.

When necessary, the DARS1613B, Supported Employment Service Plan 1 (SESP-1) Plan and Benchmark Report, must be updated with changes to employment or job skills, by means of a SESP-1 meeting before the count of days of the benchmark can occur. For more information, refer to 18.1.12.2 Benchmark 1B: Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1).

Process and Procedure

The supported employment specialist and job skills training may provide the following services to help the customer maintain employment in a competitive integrated work environment:

  • The on- and off-job-site supports from the supported employment specialist or Job Skills Training begin to taper off until no support by the supported employment specialist and/or job skills trainer is needed, and are being provided by the employer, natural supports, or Extended Service providers so Job Stability can be achieved.
  • Coordination and training of Extended Service providers
  • Documentation of Extended Services on the Long Term Supports and Services LTSS Plan of Care when funded by other state agency programs
  • Training the customer in work-related tasks at the job site
  • Training or consulting with employers, coworkers, or advocates to maximize natural supports
  • Transportation training
  • Establishing or ensuring a primary and secondary transportation plans are in place for the customer to get to and from the job
  • Meetings with managers and supervisors to gather input and plan training
  • Meetings with company personnel or support systems to resolve problems to ensure job retention
  • Training the customer in work-related tasks or behaviors (for example, grooming or anger management)
  • Helping the employer with paperwork related to the customer's disability and/or accommodation needs

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 4 is made when the VR counselor approves a complete, accurate, and signed:

The customer must maintain employment for a minimum of 56 cumulative days of employment, without a seven-day or greater break, that is consistent with the requirements documented in the DARS1613B, SESP-1: 100 percent of the nonnegotiable conditions and at least 50 percent of the negotiable conditions were met and at least one job task listed on the DARS1613B, SESP-1, was met.

The supported employment specialist must have at least two contacts per month with the customer.

The supported employment specialist monitors, arranges, and/or provides:

  • short-term supports;
  • long-term supports;
  • training; and
  • accommodations.

The supported employment specialist submits a fully complete, accurate, signed, and dated DARS1615, Supported Employment Support Summary, that has been completed on a computer and collects all signatures, which must be handwritten.

The completed DARS1615 describes the customer's job placement, training supports, and accommodations. The form includes information about:

  • the customer's essential and episodic job duties;
  • challenges the customer encountered in meeting the employer's expectations;
  • specific training, strategies, support needs, and accommodations that were identified in the DARS1614B, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 2, Job Analysis and Training Plan, and were addressed during the benchmark's reporting period;
  • plans to address, before job stability, any outstanding training, supports, and accommodations;
  • the supported employment specialist's and the job skills trainer's roles in the delivery of services provided, monitored, or set up for the customer to help the customer meet the employer's expectations;
  • the customer's and, if applicable, the customer's legal representative's level of satisfaction with the job and the work environment;
  • training  the employer provided for the customer; and
  • verification of customer's employment for four weeks (56 cumulative days), working at least one day in each week and without a break for a work week (work week as defined by the employer) for reasons such as illness, injury, vacation, or short-term disability.

The supported employment specialist records the customer's status at the 56th cumulative day of employment on the customer's most recently approved DARS1613B, C, and D, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1). The following areas are updated on the DARS1613B, C, and D, SESP-1:

  • Employment Conditions
  • Targeted Job Tasks
  • Extended Services
  • Hours Worked by the Customer as stated on the DARS1613D
  • Signatures

The information documented in the DARS1613B, C, and D and the DARS1615 must be unique and individualized for each customer. VR contacts the customer, customer's representative, or employer to verify the information on the DARS1613 and DARS1615 is accurate.

Fees

For information about fees, refer to 18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule.

18.1.12.6 Benchmark 5: Job Stability

Service Description

Benchmark 5 is achieved when the customer:

  • maintains employment for 56 days or more;
  • meets 100 percent of the nonnegotiable conditions on the DARS1613B;
  • meets at least 50 percent or more of the negotiable conditions on DARS1613B;
  • performs at least one job task on the DARS1613B;
  • meets or exceeds the employer's performance expectations;
  • has all Extended Services and Supports in place that are identified on the DARS1613C, SESP-1 or DARS1614, SESP-2 or that have emerged for the customer, such as:
    • the customer's LTSS; or
    • alternate funding, agencies or people that have been established to provide all Extended Services for the customer; and
  • attends a job stability meeting with the customer representative, if any, supported employment specialist, and VR counselor, and all agree the customer has achieved job stability. Extended service providers are invited to attend, but their attendance is not mandatory.

The Extended Services (long-term supports) identified on the DARS1613C must be in place and working before the VR counselor can determine whether the customer is stable in the job.

If the customer finds a new position or new job or requires additional supports from the supported employment specialist or job skills trainer, at least 30 cumulative days of employment must occur before job stability is re-established.

Process and Procedure

Before job stability can be achieved, the supported employment specialist or job skills trainer must continue to provide on- and off-job-site supports until extended services and long-term supports are being provided by the employer, natural supports, or Extended Service providers. The supported employment specialist must monitor the Extended Services and Supports as outlined in the DARS1613C, SESP-1, to verify the supports are effective and to ensure the customer can maintain successful long-term competitive integrated employment.

The VR counselor makes the final decision in determining the job stability status. A case is considered "job stable" once the job stability date is established through a job stability meeting.

If the customer does not work for seven or more days of the work week after the achievement of Benchmark 5: Job Stability, a new job stability date must be established through a job stability meeting.

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 5 is made when the VR counselor approves a complete, accurate, and signed:

  • DARS1613B, C, and D, SESP-1 listing the achievement of employment conditions, the targeted job task, Extended Services, and hours worked by the customer;
  • DAR1616A, Supported Employment Job Stability Justification Summary, indicating  a job stability meeting has occurred with the VR counselor, the customer, customer's representative (if any), and the supported employment specialist, with all in agreement that the customer is job stable; and
  • invoice.

The customer must maintain employment for at least 56 cumulative days without a seven day or greater break during a work week that is consistent with the requirements documented in DARS1613B, SESP-1, as follows: 100 percent of nonnegotiable employment conditions were met, at least 50 percent of negotiable employment conditions were met, and at least one job task listed on the DARS1613B, SESP-1 was met.

The supported employment specialist must:

  • have a minimum of two contacts with the customer during the job stability period to monitor the customer's Extended Services, natural supports, and employment status;
  • have a minimum of one contact with the employer to monitor the employer's satisfaction with the customer's performance during the benchmark; and
  • monitor Extended Service providers to ensure  the customer maintains the competitive integrated employment with the supports, training, and accommodations listed in the DARS1613C and DARS1614B.

Neither the supported employment specialist nor job skills trainer may provide the long-term support needs, training needs, and/or accommodations unless funding from a source other than VR is secured.

The supported employment specialist submits a fully complete, accurate, signed, and dated DARS1616A, Supported Employment Job Stability Justification Summary, that has been completed on a computer and includes all necessary signatures, which must be handwritten.

The completed forms describe the customer's job placement, training supports, and accommodations.

The forms must include:

  • a description of the customer's essential and episodic job duties and physical and environmental demands of the job;
  • a description of the customer's ability to perform job duties including whether the customer is meeting the employer's expectations;
  • a list of accommodations and/or supports that will be necessary to meet the employer's expectations;
  • a description of the customer's transportation plan to get to and from work and backup transportation plan in place;
  • a description of the customer's and customer's representative's (if any) level of satisfaction with the job and work environment;
  • documentation that the extended services and natural supports identified on the DARS1613C are operational;
  • identification of long-term support providers, extended services providers, and natural supports;
  • information about the frequency and method long-term support providers, extended service providers, and/or natural supports will monitor the customer's progress and information about employer concerns;
  • explanation about the employer and/or the customer will communicate support needs to the long-term supports providers, extended service providers, and/or natural supports;
  • information about how the customer's emerging training needs, support needs, and accommodations will be addressed and monitored by the employer, extended service provider, or natural supports for future new job duties or production standards; and
  • verification by the supported employment specialist that the:
    • customer's accommodation needs are documented with the employer;
    • customer has primary and secondary transportation plans to get to and from work;
    • customer is working in a competitive integrated work environment;
    • customer is compensated at or above the minimum wage and not less than the customary wage paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who do not have disabilities; and
    • customer is employed for four weeks (56 cumulative days), working at least one day in each week and without a break for a work week (work week as defined by the employer) for reasons such as illness, injury, vacation, or short-term disability before the customer being determined to be job stable.

A minimum of 30 cumulative days of employment is required if the customer gains a new position or new job before a customer is eligible to be determined job stable.

The supported employment specialist records the customer's status at the 56th cumulative day of employment on the customer's most recently approved DARS1613B, C, and D, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1). The following areas are updated on the DARS1613B, C, and D, SESP-1:

  • Employment Conditions
  • Targeted Job Tasks
  • Extended Services, which means:
    • the customer's Long Term Services and Supports LTSS and Services Plan of Care for other state agencies have been established; or
    • alternate funding, agencies, or people have been established to provide all Extended Services for the customer;
  • Hours Worked by the Customer on the DARS1613D
  • Handwritten Signatures at Benchmark

The information documented in the DARS1613B and C and the DARS1616A must be unique and individualized for each customer. VR may contact the customer, customer's representative, or employer to verify that the DARS1613B, C, and D and DARS1616A information is accurate.

Fees

For information about fees, refer to 18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule.

18.1.12.7 Benchmark 6: Service Closure

Service Description

Benchmark 6 is achieved when the customer:

  • is employed in a job for at least 146 days;
  • completes 90 cumulative days of employment stability from the final job stability date;
  • performs at least one job task on the DARS1613B SESP-1;
  • meets 100 percent of the nonnegotiable conditions on the DARS1613B;
  • meets at least 50 percent or more of the negotiable conditions on the DARS1613B;
  • meets or exceeds the employer's expectations. and
  • and the Customer Representative, if any, are satisfied with the job placement and the establishment of Extended Services and Supports.

Additionally, all Extended Services and Supports identified on the DARS1613C, SESP-1 and the DARS1614B, SESP-2 must be in place and working.

The supported employment specialist and the job skills trainer cannot provide any direct services for or on behalf of the customer, such as training the employer or Extended Services providers, after the job stability date has been set.

At Benchmark 5: Job Stability, the Extended Service providers, employer, and other supports must be in place and be providing the intended supports as defined in the DARS1613C, SESP-1 and the DARS1614B, SESP-2. Additionally, a DARS1616A, Supported Employment Job Stability Justification Summary, must be submitted.

Process and Procedure

The supported employment specialist or job skills trainer must:

  • monitor the Extended Services and Supports as outlined in the DARS1613C, SESP-1, to verify the supports are effective and to ensure  the customer can maintain successful long-term competitive integrated employment; and
  • not provide any direct services to the customer during the 90-cumulative-day period between job stability and service closure.

The VR counselor determines whether the customer maintained the required 90 cumulative days of job stability from the most recently established job stability date. Ninety cumulative days of job stability are necessary to achieve Benchmark 6: Service Closure.

If the customer does not work because of illness, injury, vacation, or short-term disability for seven or more days of the work week after the achievement of Benchmark 5: Job Stability, a new job stability date is established through a job stability meeting before a new 90 cumulative day count for the achievement of Benchmark 6: Service Closure.

If at any time it becomes necessary to provide direct services to the customer; to train or extensively consult with the Extended Service provider, the employer, or natural supports; or to address issues related to the customer's performance, employment situation, or transportation, the current job stability period ends.

If the customer finds a new position or a new job or requires additional supports from the supported employment specialist or job skills trainer, a minimum of 30 cumulative days of employment must occur before job stability is reestablished before a new 90-day count toward the achievement of Benchmark 6: Service Closure.

If the customer works more than 26 weeks, the VR counselor uses ThetheDARS1613D, Supported Employment Services Hours Worked Time Log, the same form used to record earlier employment. DARS1613D is used to record all employment hours until Benchmark 6: Service Closure is achieved.

Outcomes Required for Payment

Payment for Benchmark 6 is made when the VR counselor approves a complete, accurate, and signed:

  • DARS1613B, C, and D, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 for Benchmark 6: Service Closure, 90 days from the last job stability date achieved, listing the achievements of employment conditions, targeted job tasks, Extended Services, and hours worked by customer;
  • DARS1616B, Service Closure Justification Summary; and
  • an invoice.

The customer must be job stable for a 90-cumulative-day period of employment, without a seven-day or greater break in employment that is consistent with the DARS1613B, SESP-1: 100 percent of nonnegotiable employment conditions and at least 50 percent of negotiable employment conditions and at least one job task listed on the DARS1613B, SESP-1.

The supported employment specialist must:

  • have a minimum of two contacts with the customer during the job stability period to monitor the customer's Extended Services, natural supports, and employment status;
  • have a minimum of one contact with the employer to monitor the employer's satisfaction with the customer's performance during the benchmark; and
  • monitor Extended Service providers to ensure the customer maintains the competitive integrated employment with the supports, training, and accommodations listed in the DARS1613C and DARS1614B.

The supported employment specialist submits a fully complete, accurate, signed, and dated DARS1616B, Supported Employment Service Closure Summary, that was completed on a computer, and collects all signatures, which must be handwritten. The customer must be employed on the date the customer signs the DARS1616B.

The completed forms describe the customer's job placement, training supports, and accommodations.

The forms must include:

  • a description of the customer's essential and episodic job duties and physical and environmental demands of the job;
  • a description of the customer's ability to perform job duties, including whether the customer is meeting the employer's expectations;
  • a list of accommodations and/or supports that will be necessary to meet the employer's expectations;
  • a description of the customer's primary and secondary transportation plans to get to and from work and verifications the transportation plans are in place;
  • a description of the customer's and customer's representative's (if any) level of satisfaction with the job and work environment;
  • identification of Extended Services and natural supports;
  • documentation of the Extended Services and natural supports identified on the DARS1613C and verification they are in place and working;
  • a statement of the frequency and method for routine visits from the long-term Extended Services provider and Natural Supports who have agreed to monitor the customer's progress with the employer and/or customer;
  • an explanation of how the employer and/or or the customer will communicate support needs to the extended services provider and natural supports;
  • an explanation of how the employer, Extended Service provider or natural supports will address and monitor the customer's emerging training needs, support needs, and accommodations for new job duties or productivity standards; and
  • verification by the supported employment specialist that the:
    • customer's accommodation needs are documented with the employer;
    • customer has a primary and secondary transportation plan to get to and from work;
    • customer is working in a competitive integrated work environment;
    • customer is compensated at or above the minimum wage and not less than the customary wage paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals who do not have disabilities; and
    • customer is employed at least 146 cumulative days, working at least one day in each week and without a break for a work week (work week as defined by the employer) for reasons such as illness, injury, vacation, or short-term disability before the customer was determined job stable.

If the customer finds a new position, changes employers, or has significant challenges in the job, a new job stability meeting is held after the customer is job stable to set a new 90-day count for achievement of Benchmark 6.

The supported employment specialist must have at least two contacts per month with the customer, employer, Extended Service provider, and/or natural supports to monitor the Extended Service provider and natural supports described in the DARS1613C, SESP-1, to ensure that the customer can maintain a successful long-term competitive integrated employment outcome.

The supported employment specialist records the customer's status at 90 cumulative days from final job stability date on the DARS1616A and on the customer's most recently approved DARS1613B, C, and D, Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1).

The following areas are updated on the DARS1613B, C, and D, SESP-1:

  • Employment Conditions
  • Targeted Job Tasks
  • Extended Services:
    • Customer's Long Term Supports and Services LTSS Plan of Care for other state agencies has been established
    • Alternate funding, agencies, or individuals have committed to providing all Extended Services for the customer
  • Hours Worked by the Customer on the DARS1613D
  • Signatures at Benchmark

The information entered on the DARS1613B and C and the DARS1616B must be unique and individualized for each customer. VR may contact the customer, customer's representative, or employer to verify the information on DARS1613B, C, and D and DARS1616B is accurate.

If the DARS1613B indicates  the provider is eligible for any Employment Premium Service, and if VR staff has verified the required outcomes have been achieved, payment is made at the achievement of Benchmark 6.

Fees

For information about fees, refer to the fee schedule below.

18.1.13 Supported Employment Fee Schedule

Supported Employment Service

Unit Rate

Comment

Benchmark 1A: Supported Employment Assessment (SEA)

$975.00

Not paid until after the VR counselor, customer, customer representative (if any), and supported employment specialist have met to discuss the results and recommendations of the Supported Employment Assessment (SEA)

Benchmark 1A: Supported Employment Assessment (SEA) is prorated when the Environmental Work Assessment has been completed.

$525.00

Used when an Environmental Work Assessment (EWA) completed before the SEA

Benchmark 1B: Supported Employment Services Plan Part 1 (SESP-1)

$150.00

Benchmark is paid only once, even if multiple SESP meetings occur.

Benchmark 2: Job Placement and SESP-2

$1,500.00

Customer must work five days or shifts before achievement of the Benchmark.

Benchmark 3: Four-Week Job Maintenance

$1,500.00

Customer must work 28 cumulative calendar days from the first day of paid employment.

Benchmark 4: Eight-Week Job Maintenance

$750.00

Customer must work 56 cumulative days from the first day of paid employment.

Benchmark 5: Job Stability

$750.00

The stability meeting must take place and VR counselor establishes the stability date before payment of the benchmark.

The period between achievement of Benchmark 4 and Benchmark 5 is not defined.

Customer may have multiple stability dates, but benchmark is paid only once.

Benchmark 6: VR Closure

$3,000.00

Customer must have maintained employment 90 days from most recent job stability date with no support or assistance from the Supported Employment specialist.

Supports must be provided by the employer, Extended Service providers, long-term supports, and/or natural supports.

Professional Placement Premium

$500.00

N/A

Criminal Background Premium

$500.00

N/A

Wage Premium

$500.00

N/A

Deaf Service Premium at completion Benchmark 1B

$533.00

N/A

Deaf Service Premium at completion of Benchmark 6

$3,550.00

N/A

Autism Premium at completion of Benchmark 1bB

$225.00

N/A

Autism Premium at completion Benchmark 1B is prorated when the Environmental Work Assessment (EWA) is completed

$135.00

N/A

 

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