3304-2-60 Supported employment services.

(A) Supported employment means either of the following:

(1) Competitive work in integrated work settings, or employment in integrated work settings in which consumers are working toward competitive work, consistent with the strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of the consumers with on-going support services, for consumers with the most significant disabilities for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a significant disability who because of the nature and severity of their disabilities need intensive supported employment services and extended services after transition to perform work; or

(2) Transitional employment for persons with the most significant disabilities due to mental illness.

(B) Supported employment services shall be provided only to a consumer who has the most significant disability(ies) and who:

(1) Has not been competitively employed or whose competitive employment has been interrupted or intermittent because of a disability; and

(2) Has been determined to be eligible for VR services.

(C) Supported employment services include the following:

(1) Job development and placement in competitive work in an integrated work setting for the maximum number of hours possible.

(2) On-going support services mean those that are needed to support and maintain a consumer in supported employment and to provide job stabilization and that are listed on the IPE. They must include, at a minimum, twice-monthly monitoring of job stability at the work site. However, if the IPE so provides, the monitoring of job stability may be off-site and coordinated with specific services at or away from the work site. If off-site monitoring is determined to be appropriate, it must, at a minimum, consist of twice-monthly meetings with the consumer.

In transitional employment (provided to consumers with the most significant disabilities due to mental illness), on-going support services must include continuing sequential job placements until permanent employment is achieved.

On-going support services that are furnished by OOD from job placement until transition to extended services are called time-limited services; those that are provided following transition by one or more extended services providers are called extended services.

(3) Time-limited services are on-going support services provided by OOD before the consumer makes the transition to extended services. Transition may not occur until the consumer has substantially met the work goal. They are normally provided for a time not to exceed eighteen months. Time-limited services may be provided for a period longer than eighteen months if a longer period to achieve job stabilization has been established in the IPE, the consumer has made substantial progress toward meeting the hours-per-week work goal, and there will be no break between time-limited services and extended services. Time-limited services include, but are not limited to:

(a) Intensive on-the-job skills training to include social skills training, and other training provided by skilled job trainers, job coaches, employment specialists, co-workers, and other qualified workers, using natural worksite supports.

(b) Any VR services if needed to achieve and maintain job stability.

(c) Follow-up services to reinforce and stabilize job placement, including regular contact with employers, consumers, parents, guardians, or other representatives of consumers, and other suitable professional and informed advisors.

(4) Extended services are on-going support services provided by a state agency, a private non-profit organization, or any other appropriate resources, from funds other than funds received for supported employment, VR, or special projects and demonstrations, after the consumer has made the transition from OOD services.

(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.

Effective: 12/27/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/09/2013 and 12/27/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3304.15(C)(1)
Rule Amplifies: 3304.15
Prior Effective Dates: 5/21/1988, 3/12/1993, 11/22/1993, 5/15/1998, 1/3/2000, 6/20/2002, 1/20/2004