Categorized In: Case Services - Referral to Eligibility
Approved Date: March 15, 2021
Owner: Angela Fujan
Eligibility shall NOT be based on any other factors, including:
If existing information does not provide clear and convincing evidence for the determination of eligibility, VR Specialist must arrange for a trial work experience in the most competitive, integrated setting possible and provide appropriate supports, if needed. See VRIS Ineligible, No Longer Eligible for specific requirements for this determination.
Social Security Recipients. 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 Eligibility - Social Security Recipients
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. See attached Nebraska VR and NCBVI MOU
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. Individuals must be determined eligible prior to providing VR services under an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).
Eligibility Extension: If VR staff are unable to complete the eligibility determination within 60 days, an Eligibility Extension is required to be completed in QE2 prior to the 60 day Eligibility deadline and Office Director approval is required.
Should be made within 60 days of application date, otherwise a formal extension needs to be completed in Qe2.
Eligibility Extension is required prior to exceeding the 60 day timeframe (completed in QE2 no later than day 59).
If the eligibility determination exceeds the maximum 120 days without approval:
Order Of Selection and Priority Group assignment:
The agency must provide the full range of vocational rehabilitation services, as appropriate, to all eligible individuals who apply. When funding is not sufficient to serve all eligible individuals the agency must implement an Order of Selection policy (OOS). An individual’s priority in the OOS will be determined at the time of eligibility based on the individual’s specific functional limitations of the disabling condition. When the agency is under an Order of Selection, those with the most significant disabilities will be served first.
Priority assignment is based on the seven functional limitations (communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, self-care, self-direction, work skills, or work tolerance). A serious functional limitation is one which substantially restricts the employment options or opportunities available to the individual. In making this determination, consideration should be given to the degree in which the individual's functioning and/or need for assistance or accommodations is well below common expectations for a training or employment setting.
In assessing functional limitations, only those resulting from the individual's impairment(s) are considered. Functional capacities are NOT based on projected limitations the individual may have in the future or other situational factors (age, geographic location, cultural expectations, poverty, lack of transportation, etc.). Priority assignment is never altered to gain entry into a program or service, but on the individual's impairment and resulting limitations. A client can be moved to a higher priority group if information becomes available indicating additional or more severe functional limitations exist based on the individual's impairment(s). Utilize the individual's work history and Functional Capacity Checklist to determine appropriate functional limitations and priority group assignment.
Nebraska VR must discuss with the applicant their eligibility and priority group assignment, as well as provide information and referral to community resources by completion of the I & R to Other Programs information, as part of this process. Nebraska VR also elects to serve individuals who require specific services or equipment to maintain employment regardless of their priority category. Priority will be given to individuals currently working, but would almost certainly lose their job if not provided specific services or equipment in the very near future that would enable job retention. An individual's eligibility and priority group determination is based on their disability and functional limitations.
See VRIS Order of Selection chapter for further information.
Who Can Diagnose
A diagnosis may only be accepted from individuals licensed and/or certified to make a diagnosis.
This is limited to:
VR will accept a diagnosis with the signature of a physician assistant or psychological assistant without the signature of their supervising physician
Information on Selected Impairments
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.
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