(A) RSC may purchase home modifications only if they are necessary to enable the consumer to engage in an acceptable employment outcome or to participate in a vocational rehabilitation service provided under an individualized plan for employment that leads to an acceptable employment outcome.
(B) Home modifications shall only be made to a consumer's primary residence. "Primary" means the home from which the consumer would usually leave to go to work.
(C) Home modifications shall not be made to new construction that has been built specifically for the consumer.
(D) To enable a consumer to leave the home, home modifications are limited to providing one entrance/exit from the home.
(E) To enable the consumer to prepare to attend training or employment on a daily basis, home modifications are limited to equipment and minimum modifications.
(F) To enable a consumer to work at home, RSC may make additional essential modifications including equipment and access into a room of the home that is used to perform the work.
(G) Home modifications may include a room addition, but only when a cost analysis indicates such construction is more cost effective than other modifications or options.
(H) Modifications may be made to rental property. A modification to rental property for accessibility shall be temporary or portable whenever possible. Written permission shall be obtained from the landlord prior to beginning the modification. A written agreement, signed by the landlord and consumer, specifying the respective responsibilities when the consumer vacates the rental property shall be obtained.
(I) The RSC counselor shall authorize a rehabilitation technologist, rehabilitation engineer or architect to perform the home accessibility evaluation. The evaluator, and any company in which he/she holds an interest, is prohibited from bidding on the project.
(J) An inspection shall be performed to determine if the property needs to be brought up to code before modifications are authorized. If modifications require upgrading existing systems (i.e. plumbing, electrical, etc.), the cost of upgrading these systems to meet building codes is the responsibility of the consumer in accordance with rule 3304-2-52 of the Administrative Code.
(K) The successful bidder shall provide a one-year warranty from the date of final acceptance of work against defective workmanship, and shall guarantee that all materials/products/appliances installed or furnished perform their advertised function. Additional warranties may be provided by relevant manufacturers.
(L) After the home modification is completed and final payment is issued to the contractor, the home modification equipment shall be released to the consumer. RSC will have no further responsibility for maintenance, repair, replacement, removal or restoration of the site.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/15/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3304.16(A)
Rule Amplifies: 3304.16(H) and (K)(5)
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