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Chronological Announcements for DVR Service Providers

Chronological Announcements for DVR Service Providers
Revision/Creation Date Announcement Synopsis of Material/Change
11/30/2023 DVR Automated Hire Report and Service Agreement Update DVR has released an automated Hire Report in the Service Provider Portal and has begun initial work on updating statewide services for the next service agreement term, which begins July 1, 2024.
11/14/2023 DVR CPA/SVRI Employer Symposium Review The WI Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has contracted with UW-Stout's Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute to offer a free, virtual webinar on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from 10:00am to 11:30am.
08/08/2023 DVR IT Security Awareness Training

The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has updated the (IT) Security Awareness Training and is requiring all agencies contracted with the State of Wisconsin to complete the training by Friday, September 1, 2023.

All active personnel and/or subcontractors listed in your DVR Service Provider portal account must complete the updated IT Security Training by Friday, September 1, 2023.

07/07/2023 Minnesota Customized Employment (CE) Training Communication from the Vocational Rehabilitation Program in Minnesota regarding a Customized Employment (CE) Training opportunity that will meet Wisconsin DVR's CE requirements. Sent Friday, July 7, 2023.
06/06/2023 DVR Service Agreement Section 4.9, Transporting DVR Consumers You are receiving this notice because you are identified as the main point of contact for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Service Provider Agreement. Pursuant to Section 10.1. Amendment of the Terms and Conditions, DVR is providing 30 days written notice to amend Section 4.9. Transporting DVR Consumers, effective July 1, 2023.
05/24/2023 Job Duty Restrictions for Temporary Work Experience

DVR's Employer of Record, Opportunities Inc., has reported a high volume of recent inquiries regarding Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) job duties that they are unable to support as the Employer of Record due to safety concerns.

05/02/2023 Partners with Business-Grant Proposal for Service Providers The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) wants to partner with Supported Employment service providers interested in strengthening their approach with businesses to reduce on-site job coaching services.
02/09/2023 American Rescue Plan Act Funding for Home and Community Based Services DVR is sharing this grant announcement from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services with all DVR Service Providers. The grants aim to enact innovative changes that will benefit participants, families, and the long-term care workforce in Wisconsin.
01/17/2023 DVR Statewide Service Provider Wait List-Agreement Reminder Effective July 1, 2022-June 30, 2024, and included in the DVR Statewide Service Agreement (Agreement), there are defined and established policies for DVR Service Providers to follow when they identify a statewide service interruption and/or a service waitlist.
10/25/2022 Update: Wait List Portal Recording Now Available DVR is implementing a mechanism to track statewide service provider wait lists.
10/14/2022 Statewide Service Provider Wait List DVR is implementing a mechanism to track statewide service provider wait lists.
09/19/2022 DWD/DVR: IT Security Awareness Training Reminder This is a reminder that the updated (IT) Security Awareness Training must be completed by Friday September 30, 2022.
08/18/2022 Purchase Order & Invoice Instructions Updates The DVR purchase order form, the DVR Service Provider portal and the Information for DVR Vendors and Statewide Service Providers publication have been updated to reflect new requirements included in the most current DVR Statewide Service Agreement.
08/15/2022 Instructions for Report Usage Instructions for report usage will be posted as a singular reference document and on each statewide service's reports page.
08/15/2022 Work Incentive Benefits Services Updates The newly constructed Work Incentive Benefits Services will be effective October 1, 2022. The updated Work Incentive Benefits Services technical specification, reports, and training is available August 15th for review.
05/11/2022 DVR Service Provider Announcements The 2020-2022 DVR Service Agreement is set to expire on June 30, 2022.
04/26/2022 DVR Service Agreement Update DWD/DVR is in the process of finalizing the 2022-2024 Agreement and renewal process for existing DVR Service Providers. DVR is working to have this process in place and communicated to all DVR Service Provider Main Contacts within the next several weeks.
11/26/2021 Community of Practice Meeting Invitation Included in this announcement is an invitation to Wisconsin’s Service Provider Capacity Building Community of Practice meeting series beginning January 11, 2022.
11/01/2021 Screen Reader Accessible Reports DVR is working to update the Statewide Service Report Templates to be accessible to users who require screen readers. For reports to be fully screen reader accessible, they need to be fillable PDFs, rather than Word Documents, and some templates will require some minor changes
09/15/2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month We hope service providers will join DVR in promoting NDEAM and the varied services and opportunities for employers and consumers. If service providers do, DVR reminds service providers about want to remind you about DVR's Communications Policy and Guidance for Service Providers.
09/13/2021 Customized Self-Employment Update Customized Self-Employment has been a service authorized in the past and had been primarily offered by a small number of providers and was limited geographically. The service descriptions, fees and requirements have been adapted for broader use
06/30/2021 IT Security Awareness Training Update The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has updated the IT Security Awareness Training and is requiring all agencies contracted with the State of Wisconsin to complete the training by Friday July 30, 2021.
03/26/2021 Communication Reminder The Service Provider shall comply with Communications Policy and Guidance for DVR Service Providers, which can be found on the Agreement References webpage, when making any news releases or communications related to this Agreement or conducting any promotional advertising. If DVR updates this document during the term of the Service Agreement, the Service Provider shall comply with the latest version.
02/22/2021 UPDATED: DVR Employer of Record FAQ-W2's The DVR Employer of Record FAQ has been updated to include information for DVR consumers, service providers, and staff explaining how DVR consumers can access their W2's for the Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) they participated in during the previous year.
08/25/2020 Supported Employment Coordination Planning This is new information to accompany changes to DVR Supported Employment reporting implemented in July 2020: Supported Employment Coordination Planning
07/06/2020 Scam Alert for DVR Staff and DVR Providers With so many individuals looking for opportunities to work from home during COVID-19, there are also individuals ready to take advantage of remote hiring and work practices. There have been incidents in recent weeks of online employment scams involving DVR consumers.