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Issued May 2008; Reviewed June 2014; Updated September 2021
To provide information about who can determine whether an applicant requires services and what must be documented in that determination.
To ensure there is consistency in making this determination at eligibility.
An applicant requires Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services if the following criteria are met:
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors employed by Wisconsin DVR must make this determination.
Typically, an individual applies for DVR because they require VR services, often vocational guidance and counseling at a minimum. Ask probing questions to help determine how the applicant requires services. Since we provide services offered by other entities, (i.e., post-secondary financial aid programs, private insurance, etc.) and to help determine if an applicant requires VR services, consider asking:
Whether an applicant requires VR services is determined on an individualized basis and needs to be consistent with the applicant’s unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, aka "The Great Eight".
CFR 361.42 (c) (2) states that the eligibility requirements are applied without regard to the -
In the instance someone returns for the same service(s) from a previous case, it should not impact eligibility decisions. Requested services should be reviewed and discussed at the time of IPE development.