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Eligibility - Veterans

Categorized In: Case Services - Referral to Eligibility

Approved Date: August 12, 2020

Owner: Angela Fujan

Staff from Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation (NVR) and Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (VR&E) will work collaboratively in serving veterans who are eligible for both programs prepare for, obtain, and retain employment..

Medical and vocational information will be shared between both agencies when needed.

Both agencies prepare written plans with the veteran. These will be provided to the other agency when needed.

When both agencies and the veteran agree on a plan the Veteran Readiness and Employment Service will pay for many of the services needed.

 VR&E will make referrals to VR for assistance with job placement for veterans they are working with. VR&E will provide medical information and a copy of the veteran's written plan. NVR staff will agree to the VR&E/client written plan and proceed with job placement unless there are serious concerns.

  • Provide Initial Meeting
  • Complete the Career Planning Preferences worksheet
  • Determine Eligibility
  • Develop the IPE
  • Provide Job Seeking Skills and/or coordinated services
  • Refer/assign case to Employment Specialist for placement once approved by Office Director
  • Maintain monthly contact with VR&E worker

US Department of Veterans Affair (VA) - Veteran Readiness and Employment Services (VR&E) provides benefits and services that enable transitioning service members and veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier, to prepare for, obtain and maintain suitable employment, and to the maximum extent possible, achieve independence in daily living. 

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) referrals to VR for job placement

  1. Provide the Initial Meeting. (Initial Meeting)
  2. Complete the Career Planning Preference worksheet.
  3. Determine Eligibility (Eligibility & Eligibility Extensions)
  4. Develop the IPE. (IPE)
  5. Provide Job Seeking Skills Training and/or the coordinated services.
  6. Refer/assign case to an Employment Specialist for placement once approved by Office Director.
  7. The Employment Specialist will keep the VR&E worker informed. (Monthly contact is recommended.)

VR referrals to VR&E

  1. Refer individuals to VR&E if you believe the individual is a veteran with a service-connected disability.
  2. Client can apply through the US Department of Veterns Affairs website: How to apply for Veterans Readiness and Employment
  3. Contact the VR&E staff member assigned to coordinate services. If the veteran is eligible for VRE services and VRE staff agree with the NVR client's IPE they will likely help pay for necessary services.
  4. Maintain contact with the VRE worker (monthly contact is recommended).

Discrimination

Eligibility requirements are applied without regard to gender, race, age, color, or national origin.

Age Restrictions

There is no upper or lower age limit that, in and of itself, results in a finding of ineligibility for any person who otherwise meets the basic eligibility criteria.

Residency

There is no durational or other residency requirement imposed that excludes from services any person who is present in the State.

Open Case in Two States

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. Contact the Program Director for Counseling Services to discuss if you learn a case is open in another state VR agency or if the individual tells you they are going to apply for services from another state VR agency.

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. See Citizenship section in the Application and Transfer to the Employment Program chapter.

Information on Selected Impairments

  • Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) report from secondary schools for: 
    • Acceptable verification for specific learning, speech, language and intellectual disabilities. 
    • Verification must include type and severity (moderate intellectual disability, Learning Disability in Reading Fluency, etc.). 
    • Verifications of Behavior Disorder, Developmental Disability, Other, Multiple Impairments, Mental Handicap, Orthopedic, etc. are general categories and do not qualify as an actual diagnosis, so medical verification will need to be obtained from the diagnosing physician. 
    • Additional medical diagnosis to those listed above, included on the MDT require verification from the diagnosing physician. 
    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) reports are not acceptable for diagnosis verification, as this is the school's plan for services not a diagnostic tool. 
    • Best practice is to request all available school records when requesting the MDT to assist with career counseling (Psychological exam, IEP, grade transcripts and any work experience reports).
  • Alcohol or drug abuse (including marijuana)
    • A diagnosis of 'abuse' or 'dependence' is acceptable for impairment.
    • Decisions on eligibility will be based on individual circumstances and not on any pre-determined length of sobriety per Federal Regulations.  To assess progress toward abstinence:
    • Federal regulations indicate that symptoms need not be active for an individual to have a disability, and thus, a substantial limitation to a major life activity (employment). 
    • Previous convictions, felonies and/or incarcerations due to abuse/dependence may be used in describing the impediment to employment as they do have an effect on the individual's ability to obtain employment and/or the types of jobs they might be able to attain, but the justification and rational needs to focus on the actual functional limitations, not the external situation. Example: Due to drug dependence at a young age, the individual's decision making and skills have been delayed resulting in difficulty problem solving through peer pressure situations. His limited ability in determining the repercussions of his actions has resulted in several thefts convictions to support his drug habit.

Who Can Diagnose

A diagnosis may only be accepted from individuals licensed and/or certified to make a diagnosis.

This is limited to:

  • Physicians (including Psychiatrists);
  • Physician Assistants (if under the supervision of a licensed physician);
  • Psychologists;
  • School Psychologists for specific learning, speech, language and intellectual impairments. Information must include specific identification of type or severity (moderate intellectual disability, Learning Disability in Reading, etc.
  • Psychological Assistants or Psychological Associates (under the supervision of a licensed psychologist);
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (also called Nurse Practitioners);
  • Licensed independent mental health practitioners (licensed to diagnose mental health conditions.);
  • Chiropractors; and
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselors (licensed to diagnose alcohol and drug disorders only).

VR will accept a diagnosis with the signature of a physician assistant or psychological assistant without the signature of their supervising physician


Approved Date
October 02, 2018 Show this Archived Version
November 14, 2017 Show this Archived Version


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