Categorized In: Case Services - Assessment Services/Planning
Approved Date: July 31, 2023
Owner: Angela Fujan
Clients identified as needing assistive devices; adaptations; or vehicle, home, or work site modifications due to their disability will be referred to ATP for an assessment. Referrals can be made to ATP for assistance in determining an appropriate cost for used adaptive equipment and existing vehicle modifications.
EXEMPT FROM ATP REFERRAL AND ASSESSMENTS:
NOTE: *The Purchase of hearing aids, eyeglasses, prosthetics or orthotics require a prescription for each item. VR payment is based upon Medicaid rates. See VRIS Medicaid Authorization & Payment Procedures. Although not required, the VR Specialist has discretion to refer the client to ATP for evaluation and consultation on the purchase of exempt items. A referral may be needed to ATP for other worksite modifications or training after the purchase of a prosthetic or the orthotic device.
Driving evaluations will be completed by VR prior to making a referral to ATP for vehicle modification assessments unless the client has driven for years with no change to their diagnoses/symptoms and are in need the same modification. If the client does not have medical insurance to cover the cost of the driving evaluation, authorize as Driving Assessment: Career Planning - Other Assistance (assessment support service). If driver's training is needed, Authorize as an IPE Service: Driver’s Training: Disability Related Skills Training to vender. For high tech vehicle modifications, see Program Manual Driving Control Systems
See Rule 72 for additional requirements for vehicle and home modifications. If an exception is required, consult the Office Director and see Exceptions and Approvals for further information.
Home Modifications. Home modifications are strictly limited to removal of disability related barriers to access and function within the home and other limited modifications which are necessary to convert ordinary living space into space essential to achieve the recipient's employment outcome. Home modifications cannot constitute the erection of new rooms, units or structures.
Vehicle Modifications. Vehicle modifications, new or existing are strictly limited to those limited changes, adaptions, or adjustments to a client's vehicle that are essential to achieve the recipient's employment outcome and accommodate the disability by enabling the client to operate or ride in the vehicle. Driving evaluations will be completed by VR prior to making a referral to ATP for vehicle modification assessments unless the client has driven for years with no change to their diagnoses/symptoms and are needing the same modification.
Work and training sites. Employers and training facilities are responsible for reasonable accommodations and need to be included in the process. The employer/training site's need to determine reasonable accommodations needs prior to VR considering funding. If VR is considering funding accommodations on these sites, a task note is required to justify why the employer or training site is unable to provide all or part of the cost, as it is primarily their responsibility to accommodate their employees and students.
Process: ATP Technology Specialist
Determine if the referral is a priority SEEN WITHIN FIVE (5) DAYS BY ATP: Use checklist-priority on the referral form to make this determination and obtain Office Director approval.
Risk of Job Loss: Employers and training institutions are responsible for reasonable accommodations on the training or worksite and considered an existing benefit.
Job Offer (accommodations needed prior to start):
Post-Secondary: Institutions are responsible for reasonable accommodations in their facilities and considered an existing benefit.