Categorized In: Case Services - Referral to Eligibility
Approved Date: November 17, 2023
Owner: Angela Fujan
NOTE: VR employees with any verified disability must contact their supervisor or the Program Director of Evaluation & Community Integration to discuss possibly applying for services through Nebraska VR regarding disability-related equipment/any accommodations required to maintain employment. The Program Director must refer the staff member to their supervisor to request an Ergonomic Assessment or begin the Interactive Accommodation Process. See Program Manual Ergonomic Assessments/Worksite Accommodations Chapter.
Impairments involving vision loss: Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) is funded and governed by the same rules and regulations as Nebraska VR. Essentially, they are the same program, but specialize in working with individuals who are blind or experience vision loss. Nebraska VR cannot serve an individual whose only disability is vision. An individual reporting multiple impairments, one of which is vision, should be referred to (NCBVI) to determine eligibility for their program prior to completing an application to the Nebraska VR employment program. If the individual is eligible for (NCBVI), they must be served by NCBVI, even if there is another disability on record which could be considered the primary disability.
Open Case in Two States: If you learn a case is open with another state VR agency or if the individual tells you they are going to apply for services from another state VR agency, contact the Program Director for Counseling Services to discuss the situation and determine the appropriateness of opening a Nebraska case. Since both state VR programs offer the same services, there is a likelihood for duplication of services. If determine necessary, an individual may have an active case in two state VR agencies at the same time and both VR agencies would be allowed to record a successful employment outcome.
Data Entry: All referrals to the Employment Program are entered into the database at the time of referral. An individual may only have one active Nebraska VR Employment Program case record at a time.
Contact Timeframe: Individuals will be contacted by phone, letter, email or in person within 10 calendar days of the date of referral to schedule the initial meeting. Best practice is to also schedule the initial meeting within 10 calendar days of the date of referral. If an individual is unable to be seen within 10 calendar days, a TASK notes needs to explain any delays by VR or the referral.
Orientation video: Staff who are responsible for sending out information to potential applicants assures information on how to view the Orientation Video is included. If the individual is not able to view before their appointment, they will have the opportunity to view the video when they arrive at the VR Office.