Effective dates: June 2018 - July 2021
This policy is to be used to help DVR staff work with consumers whose goal is to maintain their existing business. Through this Existing Business Policy DVR can assist existing business owners with additional costs that are due to disability related factors and associated with operating their business.
As with any complex set of vocational rehabilitation services, please consult with your WDA team and supervision. Use the DVR Exception Process when applicable. DVR Exception Process Form
This policy is NOT designed for the following:
The Self-Employment Toolkit for business startup should be used for creation of a business and changes to the operation.
The Application process, Eligibility process and Vocational Guidance and Counseling for all consumers, including existing business owners, should not vary from typical services. The individualized plan for employment (IPE) will require some additional steps. These steps are described in this policy.
The profitability assessment is provided to verify (1) the consumer is a legal owner of the business (2) the business is profitable and (3) the consumer's hourly wage using income allocated to the consumer and average hours worked weekly (maximum of 40 hours used for full time) for each of the last 3 years, is at least minimum wage.
An accommodation for the purpose of this policy is a change or adjustment to a job (including reassignment of duties), work space (i.e., an ergonomic chair or workstation) or use of an item necessary to perform a job (i.e., steps on a tractor). An accommodation is further defined as a disability related item or service required by the worker not typically required by others doing the same job and necessary due to a limitation caused by the disability.
DVR does not purchase, provide maintenance, repair or replace equipment customary for the size and scope of the business. These are considered standard expenses and the cost of doing business. The business owner should plan for these in order to maintain their business. (This clarifies that we don’t replace broken down equipment or do standard maintenance).
If an item cannot be adapted or modified and a new item or piece of equipment is recommended for purchase with the adaption or modification, DVR will only be responsible for the adaption or modification portion and the business owner will be responsible for the remainder. The business owner can trade in equipment to assist with defraying costs.
The DVR Exception Process can be utilized for any provisions in this policy when applicable.