DVR Technical Specifications
Vocational Evaluation

(Effective July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013)

Vocational evaluation services assist DVR Consumers in their efforts to make decisions about their vocational direction by providing an individualized, timely, and systematic process by which a person seeking employment, in partnership with an evaluator, learns to identify viable vocational options and develop employment goals and objectives.

 

There are three discreet options for vocational evaluation. The first service, vocational assessment, is completed using mostly standardized testing and interview. The second available service, called vocational evaluation, includes standardized testing, interview and a limited individualized work sample component. The final service detailed is the On-the-Job Assessment. It is done for no more that two weeks and is designed to assist the consumer in understanding a specific job and the necessary responsibilities of work. All three services require a written report summarizing the results and recommendations of the evaluation components. Meetings may be requested to discuss the results of the assessments.

 

Services provided:

Vocational Assessment and Report

Vocational Evaluation, Work Sample and Report

On-the-Job Assessment, Set-up, Monitoring and Report

 

Referral Process for all Services

 

1.) Consumer and Counselor meet and discuss service to be provided and responsibilities and roles of each party. Consumer makes a choice of provider available using standard information. Note: Consumer may elect to conduct research prior to selection of service provider with assistance from DVR.

 

2.) Counselor/DVR staff contact service provider and submit required referral information. Referral information required at time of authorization: consumer name, phone number, written description of reason and purpose for authorization, any special accommodation needs, preferred communication/learning style, possible future meeting dates (if requested) and any specific questions or concerns to address. Service is authorized.

 

3.) Service is scheduled with DVR consumer, DVR staff, if necessary and requested, and service provider, service takes place and report is provided.

 

Reporting/Billing Requirements

 

A report meeting the technical specifications should be completed within five (5) days of completion of the service and not to exceed 30 days from referral/receipt of authorization for Vocational Assessment and not to exceed 60 days from referral/receipt of authorization for Vocational Evaluation or On-the-Job Assessment services, DVR will pay the applicable fee for the Vocational Evaluation Service upon completion of an acceptable report (one that meets the technical specifications). No additional fees will be provided for requested meetings.

 

Service provided-Vocational Assessment and Report

 

This service is intended to provide the DVR consumer with information about their own stated vocational interests, current skills and abilities and potential for learning new skills and knowledge related to work. This assessment is typically completed using standardized tests and will provide some basic information for decision making. A consumer opting to use this service may have little work history or no stated vocational direction or goals for training.

 

The purpose for the assessment may be to determine what type of employment situation would be the best match for the consumer or to determine if a particular training program may assist the consumer in meeting their employment goals. The assessment must be conducted in-person and should include an examination by the provider to determine if the mode of testing can be administered in a reliable manner. If a determination is made that the testing method or materials cannot accurately provide reliable results, the provider may have to modify the mode of delivery or materials to accommodate the disability or other area of functioning.

 

When formalized testing materials are used as a required component of the service, the testing must be done under the supervision of an individual who meets the qualifications defined by state law and by the American Psychological Association. Service providers that have agreed to provide Vocational Evaluation Services also agree that the testing administration, scoring, interpretation and reporting will be under the supervision and signature of qualified personnel.

 

Required Service Elements:

Required Reporting Elements:

Service Provided-Vocational Evaluation, Work Sample and Report

 

This service is intended to provide the DVR consumer with in-depth information about their own stated vocational interests, current skills, transferrable skills and abilities, as well as individual potential for learning new skills and knowledge related to work. This assessment is typically completed using standardized tests along with individualized work samples based on stated vocational interest and/or referral information.

 

The purpose for the assessment may be to determine what type of employment situation would be the best match for the consumer or to determine if a particular training program may assist the consumer in meeting their employment goals. The consumer opting for this evaluation may have had a significant change in vocational direction or other relevant work history with transferrable skills to consider in planning. Other consideration should be given to use this assessment if the DVR consumer has some disability related work issues that need further evaluation via the work sample for planning purposes. A meeting with the consumer, DVR counselor and service provider is strongly recommended to explain the results and recommendations for vocational planning.

 

If a determination is made that the testing method or materials cannot accurately provide reliable results, the provider may have to modify the mode of delivery or materials to accommodate the disability or other area of functioning. The work sample component must be provided in an individualized manner, accommodate the disability

and include specific work tasks. Some work samples may require the use of assistive technology or reasonable accommodations in the materials and equipment used including methods for giving instructions and safety precautions.

 

Required Service Elements:

Required Reporting Elements:

Service Provided- On-the-Job Assessment, Set-up, Monitoring and Report

 

This assessment service is intended to provide the DVR consumer with real work and will not exceed 10 business days. The purpose for the evaluation may be to try a job of interest, determine readiness for employment, gain employer feedback, or develop new skills. This assessment is individually designed to impart knowledge of work requirements in a real job for DVR consumers. The on-the-job assessment must be in a community based competitive and integrated workplace at wages commensurate with others performing the same work. The expectation is that all salary payments to be handled through the employer’s payroll. Where this is not possible, the service provider will act as the employer of record. Some on the job assessments samples may require the use of assistive technology or reasonable accommodations in the materials and equipment used including methods for giving instructions and safety precautions. A report will be issued and shared with the consumer following the assessment.

 

Required Service Elements:

Required Reporting Elements:

Other related services may need to be separately negotiated based on the needs of the consumer. The services detailed here are intended to provide a framework for commonly used and widely available services. If the descriptions do not meet the needs of the individual consumer please consult with the DVR consumer, The DVR counselor, the DVR Supervisor and/or the service provider to determine the best course of action.

      

(the above is unofficial text for cross reference purposes)

Source Document - DVR Technical Specifications: Vocational Evaluation