Existing Business Policy - Overview of Steps

  1. Initial Conversations

    These conversations will inform the consumer about the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) process and gather information necessary to determine the appropriate DVR path.

  2. Validate the Self-Employment Vocational Goal

    Information will be gathered to assess and determine the consumer's ability to perform their essential job task(s) safely in their work environment. This is necessary to determine if the vocational goal and continuing with the Existing Business Policy is appropriate.

  3. Refer for Employment and Wage Assessment (EWA)

    The Employment and Wage Assessment is used to determine if wages earned meet competitive, integrated employment (CIE).

  4. Develop Self-Employment Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

    The self-employment IPE is developed for the approved vocational goal. It will include the services, responsibilities, progress measures and timelines necessary to address the disability-related factors.

  5. Perform the Business Walk-Through

    Visit the business site. Discuss the business, job duties of all workers, and the hours worked by the consumer. Complete the Existing Business Review Form.

  6. Refer for the Assistive Technology Assessment

    The AT Assessment is provided to determine reasonable, necessary and appropriate assistive technology available to address documented disability and health-related limitations.

  7. Review the Assistive Technology (AT) Assessment Report

    The recommendations in the AT Assessment report will be discussed to determine if the suggested assistive technology will address the limitations.

  8. Amend the IPE

    The IPE is amended to include the DVR supported assistive technology and agreed to timelines. DVR purchase of service does not begin until the services and goods are included in the IPE and all consumer obligations have been met.

  9. Service Delivery and Follow Along

    During this time it is critical that DVR staff and the consumer remain in contact and have frequent updates on the progress of the case. DVR staff should continue to provide guidance and counseling and other supports as necessary and appropriate.

  10. Wage Verification and Case Closure

    Case closure occurs 90 days after all assistive technology that DVR has agreed to provide has been received, is operational, and the consumer is stable in performing their essential work tasks.