FAQ for Service Providers


Technical Specifications Frequently Asked Questions

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Question: The Monthly Student Training Report has three checkboxes: Month 1, Month 2, and Final Month. Are these calendar months like supported employment or should we interpret them as 30-day increments (first 30 days, second 30 days, final 30 days)?

Response: The Student Work-Based Learning tech specs clarify that the $500 payment can be made at the 30, 60, and 90-day intervals, while Supported Employment is provided as a calendar month. For Supported Employment, one day of service in the month counts as the whole month.
(06/2020)

Question: Are Supported Employment Systematic Instruction payments based on calendar months or 30-day increments?

Response: Supported Employment Systematic Instruction (SI) payments are based on calendar months. The month with the date of hire counts as the first month of SI.

Example: If a consumer started work on February 22, the provider could bill for February, March, April, and May, and transition could not occur until June 1 at the earliest.
(06/2020)

Question: How does hourly Systematic Instruction (SI) work with the $500 monthly retention for students?

Response: The revised technical specifications reflect a change in RSA guidance. Previously, only soft skill instruction was coded as Pre-ETS, so the student work-based learning training fee was $900 ($500 retention + $400 soft skill training) and SI was authorized separately.

Now, any skill instruction a student needs (soft AND work skills) is eligible as a Pre-ETS service and can be authorized using the hourly SI fee schedule. The retention fee parallels the adult retention fee – $500 for each 30-day period following placement.
(06/2020)

Question: Should the three months of Student Work-Based Learning Retention be on separate Purchase Order (PO) lines (so not "3 quantity" style)?

Response: Yes, each month of service should have its own PO line.
(06/2020)

Question: Are we expecting vendors to complete a job plan and monthly reports when an Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) is the only service authorized and no Job Preparation and Development Plan is authorized?

Response: For cases where the only service authorized is the I/TW, the report contains instructions for which sections to complete.
(06/2020)

Question: If the student is hired as a result of an I/TW, must both Student Work-Based Learning (SWBL) Development and Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) have been authorized in order to pay?

Response: No. Per the DVR Fiscal Manual, the service should be authorized within 10 days of the Hire notice. If a student is hired from an I/TW, the SWBL technical specifications would be used starting with the Work Based Learning Experience Development service.
(06/2020)

Question: May an Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) ever be a standalone service without job development authorized?

Response: Yes, an I/TW may be authorized as a standalone service. It is often used as an assessment prior to Job Development.
(06/2020)

Question: Will DVR pay $625 for the Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) service plus another $625 for the hire?

Response: Yes. DVR has determined there are different activities and services needed at the time of the hire, and service providers should be paid in those circumstances. From the Fee Schedule and Service Notes for I/TW:

The service provider will obtain the balance of the Hire payment for the Job Search Hire fee if the I/TW becomes a permanent job placement.
(06/2020)

Question: If a student is hired by the worksite employer following an Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW), the hire payment would be reduced, correct? Does that also apply to Supported Employment and "regular" hires?

Response: Correct. Any permanent hire resulting from an I/TW, including Supported Employment and "regular" Job Development hires, will receive the balance of the Hire payment. From the Fee Schedule and Service Notes for I/TW:

The service provider will obtain the balance of the Hire payment for the Job Search Hire fee if the I/TW becomes a permanent job placement.
(06/2020)

Question: Is the Job Development Rapid Hire payment authorized for employment that does not match the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) goal?

Response: It could only be paid for an employment outcome not matching the IPE job goal if all parties agree.
(06/2020)

Question: Is the higher payment of the hire fee within 90 days of authorization ($1,800) payable on the "hire date" or "start date?"

Response: The fee is payable on the Hire Date per the tech specs and fee schedule.
(06/2020)

Question: There are spaces for signatures on some Supported Employment (SE) reports, but I also heard signatures are no longer required. Why is that?

Response: In Customized Employment (CE), Supported Employment, and Individual Placement Services (IPS) there are three points in the process where documentation of agreement is required by the team. The report includes a space for signatures. Gathering signatures is preferred, but not required. It is expected that the report will be shared with members of the SE team upon request.

Here is a breakdown of signature and meeting requirements:

Signatures Required

  • Internship/Temporary Work documentation submitted to Opportunities, Inc. (Consumer, employer site, Service Provider, and DVR)
In Person or Remote Meetings Required
  • CE Discovery pre-meeting (All parties)
  • CE Job Development Plan All parties)
  • Job Development Plan and 90-day follow-up (Consumer and DVR)
  • SE Career Profile (All Parties)
  • Work Incentive Benefits Analysis (Consumer and DVR)
  • Work Incentive Benefits Analysis Plan (Consumer and DVR)
  • Work Incentive Benefits Analysis Ticket to Work (Consumer)
Meetings Optional
  • SE Job Development Plan (Consumer and DVR)
  • Vocational Evaluation (Consumer)
  • Vocational Evaluation with Work Sample (Consumer)

(06/2020)

Question: Do Supported Employment providers need to do a Career Profile?

Response: All Supported Employment cases will start with a Career Profile. In situations where a consumer is working with a new provider, and a Career Profile has recently been completed, if all parties agree, a new Career Profile is not necessary. Also, if a consumer loses a job within a year of DVR file closure and reapplies for services, the consumer should not need another career profile completed unless substantial changes have occurred.
(06/2020)

Question: When authorizing Supported Employment (SE) Job Development, should Job Retention also be authorized because the SE provider is required to complete the Job Retention form?

Response: While the service provider may use the same report for both activities, the authorizations are still separate. Per the Fiscal Manual:
Purchase Order Procedure for Job Development (JD), Supported Employment (SE) Placement, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Placement, and Customized Employment (CE) Placement and Hire:

  • JD Plan and JD Hire should be authorized on one PO using two lines and for a period not to exceed six months. The PO may be extended for one additional six-month period if necessary and appropriate and progress continues. An Authorization Update is needed.
  • Authorize a Job Retention PO as soon as you receive notice (within 10 days) that the consumer has been hired, accepted the job offer and everyone agrees to the position.
  • SE, IPS, and CE Hire should be authorized on a PO for a period not to exceed six months and may be extended for one additional six-month period if necessary and appropriate and progress continues. An Authorization Update is needed.
  • All JD, SE, IPS, and CE Placement and Hire POs must be cancelled and recreated after the initial 12 months of activity if necessary and appropriate and progress continues. The previous PO number should be listed in the description of the new PO.

(06/2020)

Question: When do we begin using the new report templates once the tech specs change over on July 1, 2020?

Response: Services authorized prior to July 1 should use the old format and template and should be paid the previously published amount for the service. It is expected that the new reports and new fees be used for services completed after July 1.
(06/2020)

Question: How does a staff person create a PO with three lines and different time frames? For example:

  • Customized Employment retention 6 months
  • Job Task Analysis 60 days
  • Monthly Supported Employment Systematic Instruction 3 months

Response: Per the Fiscal Manual:
It is important to keep financial activity clear and concise. This means developing purchase orders using reasonable timeframes and encumbering funds for the shortest time necessary. This practice will also assist the vendor and other DVR staff in efficient processing of receiving activity and payments.

In this case, a single PO could be developed that separates the services into different lines:

  • Line 1: Job and Task Analysis
  • Lines 2-5: Systematic Instruction Monthly (one month per line for three months)
  • Line 6: CE Retention Services

(06/2020)

Question: Since the Supported Employment ongoing training is a minimum of 90 days, and payment is made on calendar months, then practically all individuals need to be authorized for four months, correct?

Response: Three months of monthly Systematic Instruction (SI) should be authorized at the time of hire. DVR is required to wait 90 days from the start date before transitioning the consumer to long-term support funding; however, not all three months of monthly SI may be needed if good natural supports are in place and the consumer does not require SI to do their job up to employer expectations after three or fewer months of SI. We would authorize for a 4th month of monthly SI if 90 days has not yet elapsed and the consumer still needs monthly SI.
(06/2020)

Question: Under what circumstances, if any, are service providers not paid the monthly Systematic Instruction. For example, perhaps they are not providing specific skill instruction?

Response: If a provider does not provide the minimum support described below, they will be ineligible for payment:

  1. At a minimum, conduct monitoring at the worksite twice monthly for the individual in supported employment; or
  2. Under certain circumstances, meetings with the individual twice monthly if the Individualized Plan for Employment allows off-site monitoring, especially at the request of the individual

(06/2020)

Other Frequently Asked Questions

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Question: Our agency information needs to be updated to reflect our recent CARF re-accreditation. Who do I need to contact to see that this information is updated?

Response: DVR does not require or track CARF accreditation for our service providers.
(11/2017)

Question: I have a DEAF consumer who reached his 90 days on the job. The employer, however, indicated many problems on the job with the consumer. The Service Provider proceeded to close and collect payment of 90 days hire. I said, no, we should meet to discuss what problems there are on the job.

Response: It was just for situations like this that we made sure to revise the technical specifications to clarify that 90 days is the minimum and all DVR case closure criteria must be met. You should not pay until this is achieved.
(2007)

Question: Who handles confidentiality requirements regarding disclosure to employers?

Response: DWD 68.13 release of records to employers: Relevant information from a client's case record may be released to a potential employer without consent of the client in order to ascertain the possibilities of a job placement for the client if no client identifying information is disclosed. Oral consent of the client must be obtained, whenever possible. Client identifying information may be released to a potential employer only with the informed written consent of the client.
(2010)

Question: Can DVR pay for services to a group that receives funding to provide the same service from another source?

Response: Services cannot be provided with DVR funds to entities that receive funds to provide the same service to the same consumer. For example, personnel from a school district cannot provide DVR funded services to a consumer/student from their district because they receive funding from another entity to provide the same services to that consumer/student. DVR can accept a service provider agreement from an entity to provide services that are substantially different than those services they provide with other public funding.

There may be circumstances where two entities share funding responsibilities for a service. These situations should be discussed in detail and agreement reached as to the funder of record. Please review published guidance and interagency agreements for additional detail and instructions.
(7/2011)

Question: Basic Preparation is listed in the technical specifications for Job Preparation, Development and Placement. When would this service go over what is expected as part of the service?

Response: Consumers referred for job development should have most barriers addressed and be ready in large part to begin a search for employment. Some consumers have basic preparation needs, for example; updates to resumes, some practice interviewing, information to be compiled to fill out applications etc. These basic needs should be addressed and provided prior to the development of a job development plan. If the service provider feels the consumer will take a great deal more preparation to begin, they should contact the DVR Counselor to discuss other approaches.
(7/2011)

Question: Would DVR have to pay for a hire if the consumer gets fired on the first day?

Response: Yes. A hiring milestone payment is made upon an offer of employment, acceptance of the job by the consumer and a start date is established. There would have to be extraordinary reasons for non-payment of a hire. If there is evidence of fraud or unethical behavior by the service provider an investigation could be done. This would be a rare occurrence.
(6/2010)

Question: Under what circumstances will DVR pay for a second hire?

Response: This is a judgment call. Payment of a second hire fee should be handled as a rare occurrence and the team should agree on the appropriate action. Factors to consider include the reason for termination or quitting and whether the service provider fulfilled the expectations laid out in the Job Development Plan.
(7/2011)

Question: Can DVR purchase Systematic Instruction to supplement On-the-Job Training (OJT)?

Response: Yes. Systematic Instruction may be purchased to supplement an OJT. However, an OJT involves payment to the employer to offset wages so that the employer can provide extra training of the consumer. Systematic Instruction is more likely to occur in combination with Temporary Work or Job Development Hire.
(11/2017)

Question: Does the job development plan require the same review every 90 days?

Response: Yes. The job development plan requires a review to be conducted every 90 days. The review is needed while the job search continues to refine elements contained in the plan and make changes as needed. If the consumer, DVR counselor or service provider feels the plan and associated progress needs review on a shorter review schedule, this could be done. At a minimum, it should be reviewed every 90 days. In-person meetings are preferred, but virtual meetings can be a viable way to share information with and about the consumer during a review, depending on consumer preference (in-person or virtually) and to accommodate travel and work schedules.
(11/2017)

Question: Will DVR pay for job development and placement hire fees when a provider places an individual in their own place of employment or contracted site they are operating? Where they are the employer of record?

Response: The DVR Service Provider will not receive payment for a hire if they are the employer of record and/or place consumer in their own place of business. Although this is not a preferred practice, a DVR Consumer may still be hired to work for an existing DVR Service Provider, but prior to application or interview at a DVR Service Provider business, full disclosure and consultation must be made to the DVR consumer and DVR by the DVR Service Provider. There should be discussion about how the issue of a current consumer performing work for a DVR Service Provider will be handled due to possible ethical boundary and role issues that may be at play.

The following must also be considered prior to the DVR Consumer accepting the position:

  1. The DVR Counselor in consultation with the DVR Consumer and the WDA Director must determine that the position is an appropriate match for the consumer, consider why this position is chosen rather than one with another business, and is in alignment with the DVR Consumer's IPE goals.
  2. Position must be competitive and integrated with commensurate hours and wages.
  3. Position was made available to the general public.
  4. Systematic Instruction (SI), Job Retention, and Transition to Long Term Support services may be authorized to a DVR Service Provider serving as employer of record if the DVR Consumer via informed choice decides to continue to work with the DVR Service Provider. The consumer can choose to work with another DVR Service Provider after full consultation.
  5. As with all other job placements, services and reporting must be delivered according to the DVR Technical Specifications and DVR Service Provider Personnel providing services (e.g. SI) to DVR consumers must be listed in the DVR Service Provider's Online Account and meet all DVR Service Agreement requirements prior to working with the DVR Consumer. Per Agreement for Services Section 2 (Assurances/Non-Assurance), DVR must be assured that entities completing Agreements with DVR meet performance outcomes and provide equitable and quality services to all DVR consumers.
  6. DVR staff provide detailed documentation in IRIS regarding hiring process and decision.
  7. If a WDA has reason to believe that a DVR Service Provider(s) is not following the required process, the WDA Director or Supervisor must document the incidents in IRIS via the Service Provider Resolution Form and consult with the DVR Bureau of Consumer Services Director or Assistant Director and DVR Contract Specialist to determine next steps.

(7/2018)

Question: Also, can a "staffing" meeting be done via a phone call between counselor and service provider?

Response: Yes, but this should be the exception rather than the rule. As much as possible, a "staffing", "three-way meeting", or "team meeting" should be conducted in person to ensure balanced participation and the most effective communication of consumer needs and strategies to address them. In-person meetings are preferred, but virtual meetings can be a viable way to share information with and about the consumer during a review, depending on consumer preference (in-person or virtually) and to accommodate travel and work schedules.
(2007)

Question: What qualifies as an "accessible confidential meeting place"? Are service providers who do not maintain an office, but meet with consumers in confidential public places by mutual agreement, able to be service providers?

Response: Yes. As long as each provider is able to identify an accessible and confidential meeting place they can and should be vetted. It is up to the discretion of the WDA Supervisory staff what they accept as identification. If a provider does not have their own office space, they could provide a copy of an agreement for public space use (library, school etc.) This location cannot be a private residence. DVR cannot provide meeting space for providers to use on a regular basis. Meetings held by a service provider with both DVR consumers and DVR staff in attendance is allowed in DVR offices.
(6/2010)

Question: Is there a second team meeting after the initial 3 way meeting when the Job Development Plan is completed?

Response: There are as many meetings as make sense to establish an effective plan leading to the desired employment outcome.
(2007)

Question: What kind of referral information is appropriate for Job Development and Supported Employment?

Response: For Job Development, there is no 'requirement' as a discussion should be had with the provider and DVR counselor about what information is needed so the provider may move forward with the service. As for Supported Employment, the Career Profile Referral must be completed by the DVR Counselor and sent to the provider. If a provider does not receive this information or any other information they feel is required to provide the service they should ask the DVR counselor to provide the requested information. The purpose of referral information is to identify employment barriers in such a way as to provide the most current picture of consumer functioning to the service provider that is based on mutually identified needs.
(11/2017)

Question: The provider is to send a separate document for each consumer progress report. Yet batch faxing is allowed. Please clarify.

Response: Individual consumer reports should be reported on separate pages. This is to make sure one consumer's information is not included in reporting for another consumer. Providers may submit reports for multiple consumers and batch them if they like but they need to make sure that consumer information is placed on discrete pages.
(6/2010)

Question: If reports are faxed and not sent electronically, what is the reason for the security awareness training requirement?

Response: It is required to ensure confidential practice when exchanging information over the internet via email, text, or other method. Provider and DVR staff often exchange information regarding consumers via email and phone. New provider staff are required to complete the DVR Information Technology (IT) Security Awareness Training course prior to working with DVR consumers and/or consumer related information. Certificates of completion are required as part of the service agreement.
(11/2017)

Question: Can DVR sign an agreement with service providers who are only able to accept limited referrals or referrals only in the summer?

Response: No, Service Agreements are typically approved for a one year term and requires a provider to accept all referrals made for all consumers authorized. The authorization/agreement and resulting services can only be severed in consultation and agreement with DVR. Any decision not to accept a referral or sever an agreement based on an authorization of service, requires DVR supervisory level approval.
(11/2017)

Question: The agreement seems to relate primarily to Job Development providers. For example, what is expected in an outcome report for benefits analysis, systematic instruction, and vocational evaluations?

Response: While currently DVR tracks data for benchmark payments of job placement and supported employment services for billing, criteria for specific measurement for providers of other statewide services are currently under development. It is likely to include: consumer satisfaction, timeliness of service, quality and usefulness of reporting and meetings/staffings, wait list status and capacity to serve. Until this specific criterion is identified, they should provide information asked of them locally.
(11/2017)

Question: Will DVR approve statewide service agreements for providers who only serve consumers from within a specific disability group?

Response: Statewide service agreements will be granted to providers who will accept referrals from the general caseload including all disability groups. If a service provider receives a majority of its funds from state/federal single disability grants, DVR will waive the services requirements to serve all disability groups e.g. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Service Providers. This waiver will be granted for the year the service agreement has been approved by DVR and not meant to be in perpetuity. If there is a local provider that can serve people from specific disability groups for other services not included in the statewide service agreements, local agreements can be developed if it is determined that these services would be beneficial to improving employment outcomes.
(01/2018)

Question: Can a service provider decline a referral?

Response: Provider must accept all referrals made for all consumers authorized. The authorization/agreement and resulting services can only be severed in consultation and agreement with DVR. Any decision not to accept a referral or sever an agreement based on an authorization of service, requires DVR supervisory level approval.
(11/2017)

Question: Can training for new service providers be provided centrally, so new service providers can utilize collective best practices?

Response: Best practice information should be shared during the quarterly meetings held in each WDA. Training is developed locally and centrally and is implemented based on local need. There are training opportunities provided statewide and advertised by a number of professional organizations. Ongoing professional development, continuing education and professional group affiliation is encouraged.
(6/2010)

Question: When are they included in the fee and when are they to be paid by DVR?

Response: DVR will assist with wage costs for Internship Temporary Work (I/TW). Wages are not included in the On-the-Job Assessment, Set-up, and Monitoring payment for the service and are to be paid separately using the following guidelines:

  • The expectation is that all salary payments are to be handled through the site employer's payroll. (A separate Purchase Order must be issued to the employer for the wages and a 25% administration fee.)
  • If the employer cannot or will not handle the salary payments, the service provider should act as the employer of record. (A separate Purchase Order line must be added to for the wages and include a 25% administration fee.)
  • If the service provider cannot act as the employer of record, wages should go through the DVR Employer of Record provider. The Employer of Record needs all paperwork at least two weeks prior to start date. All other processes requirements apply.

(11/2017)

Question: What should DVR staff do when a provider reaches full capacity and cannot accept new referrals and develops a waitlist?

Response: If a provider develops a wait list and this provider has been selected by consumer choice the consumer needs to be made aware of the wait list if it is over 30 days. The consumer should be made aware of the wait list and offered the choice to select a different provider. No written authorization for services will be issued until the service provider can serve the consumer and comply with the timeframes indicated in the technical specifications and fee schedule.
(7/2011)

Questions? Please contact:

Contracts Specialist
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
PO Box 7852
Madison, WI 53703-7852
dvrserviceproviders@dwd.wisconsin.gov
Voice: 608-266-0177
FAX: 608-266-1133