Each individual participates in the development and ongoing review of an individualized vocational plan that is based on his or her goals and preferences and is the foundation for delivery of appropriate services and support.
The vocational plan is developed within an appropriate timeframe and with the full participation of the service recipient.
Interpretation: Vocational planning is conducted so that the service recipient retains as much personal responsibility and self-determination as possible and desired. Individuals with limited ability in making independent choices can receive help with making, or learning to make, decisions. When the service recipient is a minor, or an adult under the care of a guardian, the agency should follow applicable state laws or regulations requiring involvement or consent of legal guardians.
The vocational plan is based on the assessment, and includes:
Interpretation: The agency recognizes that a continuum of services is needed to meet the vocational goals of service recipients and offers a full array of employment and vocational services, directly or by referral.
During vocational planning the agency explains:
The agency documents in the case record that it has advised the individual about how paid employment may affect eligibility for disability and other benefits and documents efforts made to ensure the individual understands explanations.
The vocational plan identifies, as appropriate:
To ensure that services are coordinated and comprehensive, the agency establishes collaborative arrangements with community service providers, whenever possible, given its geographic, administrative, and budgetary constraints.
Interpretation: Methods that the agency can use to facilitate regular contact among partnering service providers include:
The direct service provider and a supervisor, or a clinical, service, or peer team, review the vocational plan quarterly to assess:
Interpretation: Experienced direct service providers may conduct reviews of their own cases. In such cases, the direct service provider's supervisor evaluates a sample of the providerís reviews as per the requirements of the standard.
Interpretation: Timeframes for vocational plan review should be adjusted depending upon the issues and needs of the individual and the frequency and intensity of services provided.
The direct service provider, the service recipient, and/or a legal guardian regularly review progress toward achievement of agreed upon vocational goals and sign revisions to the vocational plan.
The service recipient invites family members, significant others, employers, or other involved advocates to participate in case conferences and to be advised of ongoing progress as desired.
Interpretation: The agency facilitates the participation of involved parties by, for example, helping arrange transportation, or including them in scheduling decisions.