1. Purpose of DVR & Roles 2. Applying for DVR 3. Eligibility & DVR Wait List (OOS) 4. Plan for Employment (IPE) 5. DVR Services 6. Fiscal/Purchasing 7. Closing a DVR Case 8. Consumer Rights & Legal Info 9. Service Providers & Projects 10. Technical & General Info 11. Site Map 12. Chronological Policy Changes

Purpose of DVR & Roles



Policy

Introduction

The purpose of this manual is to provide program policy for the provision of Vocational Rehabilitation services by the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The intent of the policy is to outline what is expected based upon federal law and regulation and other applicable federal and state regulations. As such, there can be no exceptions to policies outlined in federal law and regulation and other applicable federal and state regulations. The foreword to this policy provides the purpose of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This provides the basis for a common understanding of the program intent.

While the policy dictates what must be done, there will be few detailed procedures on how these policies must be implemented. Due to the individualized nature of the program, there is no one best way to accomplish the intent of these policies. It is trusted all staff in the agency will understand and implement these policies in the manner most appropriate to meet the individual's vocational rehabilitation needs.

Purpose of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program

The purpose of Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is to provide "comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient, and accountable programs of vocational rehabilitation that are designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, and capabilities, interests and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment." [P.L. 105-220 s. 100 (a)(2)]. The Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is committed to providing equal access to minorities and other underserved populations.

Consumer Rights and Responsibilities

Consumers shall be advised, in writing, of their rights, including the availability of the CAP, at the following times:

For further information see Due Process Tip Sheet.

Each consumer shall have his/her responsibilities clearly defined as they relate to the VR process. Responsibilities will vary according to the abilities of each consumer and are defined within the counseling and guidance relationship.

DVR Staff Responsibility

The DVR staff respect consumers as individuals who have the right and responsibility to participate in and make decisions regarding their vocational futures.

DVR staff have the following responsibilities:

Rehabilitation Act/Federal Regulations Comparison

Federal Regulations

Sec. 361.1 Purpose.

Under the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (Program), the Secretary provides grants to assist States in operating statewide comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient, and accountable programs, each of which is--

(a) An integral part of a statewide workforce investment system;

and

(b) Designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

(Authority: Section 100(a)(2) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 720(a)(2))

Rehabilitation Act

Section 100(a)(2) Purpose

The purpose of this title is to assist States in operating statewide comprehensive, coordinated, effective, efficient, and accountable programs of vocational rehabilitation, each of which is--

(A) an integral part of a statewide workforce investment system; and

(B) designed to assess, plan, develop, and provide vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests,

and informed choice, so that such individuals may prepare for and engage in gainful employment.

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