Employment Services Certification Program
Supported Employment is Competitive Employment in an integrated setting for one whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or for whom competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a significant disability. Consumers considered for the Supported Employment Program must be eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation, most significantly disabled, need intensive initial, extended and on- going support and are unable to keep a job or have no employment history.
Most Significant Disability includes an eligible individual with a disability which seriously limits three or more functional
capacities in terms of work, requires three or more primary services, and/or who services must be provided for an extended
period of time (at least 12 months) and is not likely to be corrected through surgical intervention and or other treatment modes.
Supported Employment serves the most significantly disabled Consumer who needs ongoing support service. These individuals
must maintain employment for a minimum of 150 days following stabilization.
A standard of excellence for BCS is the completion of at least 4 face-to-face visits in order for an individual to move to the
employment placement phase. The 4 visits need to ensure that the individual is punctual, well groomed, has attendance skills,
and is able to follow directions clearly. This process will be reviewed at the end of the 30 days and during success meetings
with ES and ES supervisor.
Each benchmark when achieved must be reported within 48 hours to the administrative office.
Phase II, includes extended or ongoing support services that are needed to support and maintain a customer in Supported Employment. Services are provided after the Transition date by a state agency, private nonprofit organization, employer, or any other appropriate resource from non-VR-funds.
A standard of excellence for BCS is that an individual must complete at least 4 face to face visits in order to move to employment placement phase. The 4 visits need to ensure that the individual is punctual, well groomed, has attendance skills, and is able to follow directions clearly. This process will be reviewed at the end of the 30 days and during success meetings with ES and ES supervisor.
Benchmark #1, Individual Career Plan (ICP), includes 7 elements: Customer’s name, date of referral acceptance, and targeted employment outcome, Exploration of the customer’s current support system, Analysis of customer’s strengths and capacities in relation to the employment outcome, Determination of anticipated supports and how each will be provided, Individuals contacted in the information gathering and Career Plan development processes, a Plan for development and implementation of supports and the Signature of the Customer and Employment Counselor. Remember the ICP must be submitted in a narrative report format, must be submitted prior to placement and must be individualized for each Customer.
The ICP must be done within 14 business days of receiving the referral.
Benchmark #2 Placement occurs when the customer begins working in an integrated community based setting where most of
the employees do not have a disability, interacts regularly with non-disabled employees and receives compensation as outlined
in the definition of Competitive Employment.
Benchmark #3, Stabilization, is achieved when the counselor, employment specialist, employer, and customer agree that the
customer is demonstrating acceptable job performance and that there is a reasonable expectation that satisfactory job
performance will be maintained. This is not a defined number of days as it varies for each Customer. The goal is to ensure this
benchmark is met after the individual has been in placement for 14 working days.
Benchmark #4, Transition, is a minimum of 90 days after stabilization. Responsibility for funding ongoing support services at
this time transitions from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to the Phase II funding source.
Benchmark #5 is Employment Outcome. Closure of a person successfully rehabilitated in a supported employment outcome
occurs when ALL of the following criteria are met: 90 days following stabilization, 60 days from transition to closure and a
minimum of 150 days of continuous employment following stabilization.
Employment Services serves all VR Consumers who do not need ongoing support and may receive very short term Job Coaching. These individuals must maintain stable employment for a minimum of 90 days.
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