Track: American Indian/Alaskan Native Vocational Rehab & Employment

Part 3 – TVR Process: Assessment and Eligibility

One of the foundational pieces of the vocational rehabilitation process is vocational assessment. Assessment of applicants to Tribal VR programs is the first step and the most vital link to all successful rehabilitation activities. Tribal VR counselors are assessing applicants and participants throughout the VR process, but there are two distinct phases of assessment. The first phase is focuses on determination of eligibility and the second phase focuses on developing the IPE. The Rehabilitation Act, Sec. 102(a)(6) and 34 CFR 371.1 defines how an applicant is determined eligible for TVR services. Section 102 of the Rehabilitation Act as Amended provide the regulations for eligibility and ineligibility for all individuals who apply to your Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program (TVR). In addition to section 102, TVR’S must follow (34 CFR 371) American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) for eligibility.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the components of assessment with an emphasis on the comprehensive assessment.
2. Identify how to connect assessment to eligibility in the TVR process.
3. Identify the 6 criteria for determining eligibility in a TVR program.

Part 1 – TVR Process: Relationship Building and Cultural Significance

TVR agencies are authorized to provide services by section 121 of the Rehab Act and 34 CFR part 371. Section 103 of the Rehab Act is where the description of Culturally Specific services can be found. Culturally Specific services (also known as “Traditional Services”) are any services for a participant that reflect the cultural background of the participant being served that are necessary for their successful employment. Culturally specific services reflect a key difference between State VR and Tribal VR programs. Tribal VR programs operate with cultural understanding and values that are a foundation for employment success and they offer a greater understanding of the local, cultural, and familial needs of American Indian and Alaska Native participants.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Promote awareness and understanding of part 1 of the AIVRS VR process and program services.
2. Recognize the need for relationship building and cultural significance in TVR.
3. Create a draft culturally appropriate model for their unique TVR program and identify how this model connects to the TVR process.

Part 4 – TVR Process: IPE Development and Service Provision

The Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) development and the provision of services can be found in Section 102 of the Rehab Act as well as 34 CFR 361.45 and 34 CFR 361.46 (State Regulations that discuss the IPE and the provision of services). The 361 regulations mostly duplicate what’s already stated in the Rehab Act. In addition to listing details regarding the IPE and the VR services that can be provided in the IPE, the Rehab Act and the regulations also list the mandatory components of the IPE.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the mandatory components of the IPE and the TVR services that can be provided in an IPE .
2. Identify the needed VR services that can be included in an IPE.
3. Create a draft IPE based on a consumer’s case scenario.

Part 2 – TVR Process: Outreach to Application

Outreach, Referral, Orientation and Intake are a proactive, intentional effort to connect American Indian VR Services (AIVRS) goals and practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, and individuals. Through outreach, AIVRS project staff help individuals and groups learn about accessing TVR services and begin the application process.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn how to promote awareness and understanding of AIVRS Program Services.
2. Participants will learn the importance of establishing a strong referral process.
3. Participants will learn the steps required of orientation and intake that lead to completion of an application for TVR services.

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