(A) Vocational rehabilitation services include vocational evaluation, work adjustment, personal adjustment, job placement, job coaching, and community-based assessment service programs;
(B) The following services may be provided to an applicant or eligible individual, as needed, to obtain or fully participate in assessment and/or VR services, consistent with rule 3304-2-56 of the Administrative Code and individual informed choice.
(1) Interpreter and note-taking services, reader service, and child care.
(2) Maintenance. "Maintenance" means the additional costs incurred by an applicant or eligible individual while participating in an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs or while receiving services under an IPE. Maintenance shall not be provided after the individual receives his/her first paycheck, or after the first thirty days of self-employment.
(3) Transportation. "Transportation" means travel costs and related costs (that is, meals and lodging) which applicants or eligible individuals incur for themselves and their personal care assistants because of participation in another VR service or employment. Transportation includes adequate training in the use of public transportation vehicles and systems. Transportation may be provided during employment until case closure.
(4) Diagnosis and care for acute physical or mental conditions which, if not cared for, will interfere with the progress of services on an IPE. Treatment shall not exceed thirty consecutive days, except under unusual extenuating circumstances.
(5) Tools, equipment, and initial stocks. When OOD purchases non-consumable items they shall remain the property of OOD until released in writing.
(6) Services to family members. These services shall only be provided to allow the eligible individual to participate in vocational rehabilitation services. Only services that can be provided to eligible individuals shall be provided to family members.
(7) Other goods and services necessary to achieve an employment outcome. These include but are not limited to rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility services, and occupational licenses.
(8) Technical assistance and other consultation services in the pursuit of self-employment, telecommuting, or establishing a small business operation as an employment outcome.
(9) Job placement and assistance with job placement in suitable employment.
(10) Rehabilitation technology. "Rehabilitation technology" means the application of technology, engineering methods, or scientific principles to remove or modify barriers to enable the eligible individual to participate in VR services including, but not limited to, education, rehabilitation, employment, and transportation. It includes rehabilitation engineering, assistive technology devices, and assistive technology services including telecommunications, sensory, and other technological aids and devices, vehicle modifications and home modifications. Such services shall only be provided after a qualified evaluator has determined the individual's tolerance for and ability to successfully use the aid or device and that the device or aid otherwise appropriately meets the individual's vocational rehabilitation need.
(14) Transition services that promote or facilitate reaching the employment outcome. "Transition services" mean a coordinated set of activities for a high school student, designed within an outcome-oriented process that promotes movement from high school to post-school activities.
(a) The coordinated set of activities shall be based on the student's needs, taking into account the student's preferences and interests. Such activities shall include instruction, community experiences, the development of employment, and other post-school adult living objectives, and when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
(b) School to post-school activities include post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, personal and vocational adjustment training, and community participation.
(15) Personal assistance services, and any other support services needed to participate in the vocational rehabilitation process. "Personal assistance services" mean a range of services, provided by one or more persons, designed to assist an eligible individual to perform daily living activities on or off the job that an individual would typically perform if that individual did not have a disability. Such services shall be designed to increase the eligible individual's control in life and ability to perform everyday activities on or off the job. Personal assistance services may also include training in managing, supervising, and directing these services, if appropriate and desired by the eligible individual.
(16) Post-employment services. After the eligible individual's case has been closed rehabilitated, OOD may provide VR post-employment services under an IPE necessary to help the eligible individual maintain employment or regain the same or other employment as long as the services relate to the original disability(ies). For eligible individuals in supported employment, discrete post-employment services may be provided if limited re-intervention is compelled because specific services are needed to maintain the job placement and the extended services provider does not provide these services to anyone else. Post-employment services for eligible individuals in supported employment may not be used in situations of underemployment or if extensive training would be required; a new case shall be opened.
(C) OOD shall not erect buildings including homes, and shall not purchase land, buildings including homes, vehicles, experimental items, firearms, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, flamables, combustables, reinstatement of licensure, or representation for appeal hearings for a referral, applicant, or individual.
(D) This rule is designed to implement "Title IV of the Workforce Investment Act," which contains the 1998 amendments to "The Rehabilitation Act of 1973," and resulting regulations.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 03/04/2015 and 05/14/2020
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3304.15(C)(1)
Rule Amplifies: 3304.17, 3304.15(A)
Prior Effective Dates: 9/30/1985, 4/4/1988, 4/22/1991, 3/12/1993, 12/17/1993, 10/1/1996, 5/15/1998, 1/3/2000, 6/20/2002, 1/20/2004, 5/19/2005, 9/5/2006, 6/1/09