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Secondary Service – Policy Definition

Effective March 2002; Reviewed July 2014; Reviewed September 2021


  1. To ensure that DVR staff are planning services (primary and secondary) accurately.
  2. To ensure that secondary services are provided only when associated with a concurrent primary service.

Definition of Secondary Service

Secondary services may exist on an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) only in conjunction and proided concurrently with a primary service.

Each secondary service may appear as many times as necessary to support primary services on an IPE.

A secondary service is a service that is needed by the consumer for both rehabilitation and personal reasons. Typically, this service is the responsibility of the consumer and other agencies. However, when the cost of this service increases specifically because of the consumer's participation in an evaluation or an IPE, the increased cost may be considered a secondary service for vocational rehabilitation purposes.

By law, secondary services are limited to:


These service definitions have the aspect of enabling or supporting another vocational rehabilitation service in common. The Rehabilitation Act acknowledges that while people with disabilities may have ongoing needs for maintenance, transportation, personal assistance services, childcare, or elder care, the responsibility of meeting these needs rests with the consumer and other service programs except insofar as increased or new costs for these services are created by participation in the vocational rehabilitation program under an IPE or as part of an evaluation.