Categorized In: Case Services - Referral to Eligibility
Approved Date: March 17, 2021
Owner: Angela Fujan
Individuals who receive SSDI or SSI on the basis of his or her disability meet all eligibility requirements, unless VR can demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that they are incapable of benefiting in terms of reaching an employment outcome due to the severity of their disability. See VRIS Ineligible, No Longer Eligible
Individuals must be determined eligible prior to providing VR services under an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).
Eligibility requirements are:
Disability of Vision. VR cannot serve an individual whose only disability is vision. Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NCBVI) and Nebraska VR are both vocational rehabilitation agencies. NCBVI specializes in working with individuals who experience visual impairments. If an individual is eligible for NCBVI, they need to work with that agency. If the individual is not eligible for NCBVI services based on the visual impairment, VR may assess eligibility based on other impairments.
Non-Citizenship: Only a non-citizen who is authorized by the U S Department of Homeland Security to work can be served by the agency. Application and Transfer to Employment
Approval: Only a VR Rehabilitation Specialist or VR Office Director has the authority to officially determine and approve an applicant's eligibility for VR services. VR Service Specialist can indicate an eligibility determination, but needs to clearly explain only a VR Rehabilitation Specialist or VR Office Director has the authority to officially determine eligibility for services.
Timeline: Eligibility must be completed within 60 days of the application for services unless exceptional and unforeseen circumstances preclude making the decision and the individual agrees to a specific extension of time. A QE2 Eligibility Determination Extension is required if the decision exceeds 60 days and must be completed prior to day 60. See VRIS Eligibility & Eligibility Extension