Categorized In: Case Services - Referral to Eligibility
Approved Date: August 19, 2019
Owner: Angela Fujan
When possible, prior to beginning the Initial Meeting, the specialist should consult with his/her Office Director if the referral had previously been terminated unsuccessfully. This discussion should include identifying the issues that contributed to the previous termination, actions one would expect the previous client to have taken to resolve the issues, work readiness factors and/or the services that VR could reasonably offer to help resolve the issues.
Individuals who participate in an Initial Meeting, shall be provided the opportunity to apply to the Nebraska VR Employment Program.
All individuals completing the VR Application are also required to complete a VR Information Release form. The case cannot proceed without both documents, as a signed release is needed to obtain medical information, coordinate services, contact employers, etc. In turn, the VR Release alone is not valid without the VR Application, as the release only pertains to VR applicants or recipients of VR Services.
If eligibility can be determined at the conclusion of the Initial Meeting, inform the individual of his/her eligibility at that time.
If eligibility cannot be determined at the conclusion of the Initial Meeting, inform the individual as to why the eligibility decision cannot be determined and what additional information will be needed to make the decision.
To assure there has been clear communication between VR staff and the client during the Initial Meeting, either a Next Steps or a Summary of Initial Meeting form needs to be completed with a copy provided to the client
Refer individual to appropriate community resources:
Applicants answering “yes” or “not sure” on the ABI pre-screening question on the application are to complete a Nebraska VR ABI Screen.
Review documentation for non-citizen's eligibility to work and lawful presence (See Application & Transfer to Employment Program for process)
While eligibility documentation is being gathered, the VR staff should proceed with the employment planning process to keep the client engaged in the process, unless the organization is under an Order of Selection and unable to provide planning services until the individual comes off the waiting list.
Previous unsuccessful closures:
Are client’s situation and expectations in line with what VR can do?
If yes, proceed to application and VR release for services
Prior to beginning the Initial Meeting, the Specialist should:
Explore the reasons for the previous unsuccessful terminations and consult with the Office Director, as needed. Staff need to address, identifying the issues that contributed to the previous termination, actions one would expect the previous client to have taken to resolve the issues, and/or the services that VR could reasonably offer to help resolve the issues.
The VR Specialist should explore the reasons for previous unsuccessful termination(s):
Conduct the Initial Meeting:
To provide quality services, requires an understanding of the individual’s situation. This is accomplished by using open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summary statements to gain specific vocational information and the individual's confirmation that you understand his/her situation and desire to work. Utilize the Initial Meeting Questions form for topics to address.
This Initial Meeting may occur in one or more counseling sessions and should accomplish the following by the end of the discussion:
|Application - Spanish|
|Application - English|
|Career Planning Preferences|
|Employment Discussion & Job Planning Discussion Guides|
|Release of Information English|
|Request for Medical Information English|
|BP/SSA 3288 Consent for Release of Information - Earnings Eng/Spanish|
|VR/SSA 3288 Consent for Release of Information - General English/Spanish|
|Emancipated Minor Form|
|Summary of Initial Meeting|
|Nebraska VR ABI Screen|
|Nebraska Brain Injury Information, Referral and Resource Facilitation Services Brochure|
|Meet You Where You Are-Brochure|
|Meet You Where You Are Model|
|Information and Referral (I & R) to Other Programs|
|Information and Referral (I & R) to Other Programs Spanish|
|Initial Meeting Questions|
|Initial Meeting to Next Step Guide|