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NC DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION


Section:

C

Title:

Community Rehabilitation Programs

Current Effective Date:

07/09

Revision History:

Revised 08/00; 11/03; 02/08


A Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) is a program that can directly provide, or facilitate the provision of, one or more vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to individuals with disabilities as one of its major functions. The purpose of these services is to enable those individuals to maximize their opportunities for employment. The Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) will purchase community based services as work adjustment training or supported employment (SES) (SE) from any CRP that is accredited by a public authority or professional organization as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Council on Accreditation or the Council on Quality Leadership.

For individuals who are legally blind or blind in North Carolina there are also private, nonprofit, community based operations affiliated with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB) that are considered a CRP. These are located in Asheville, Charlotte, Durham, Greensboro, Kinston, Raleigh and Winston-Salem.

DSB cannot consider employment at any CRP unless the CRP or a unit within the CRP is considered a “typical integrated setting” in the community. The CRP can be considered a “typical integrated work setting” if the following criteria are met:

Sometimes a DSB VR individual will choose employment at a CRP, even though the CRP or unit in the CRP is not integrated, and the DSB VR case will be closed indicating an unsuccessful employment outcome. DSB is to conduct an annual review and re-evaluation of these individuals. The reviews are completed for two years after the individual’s DSB VR case record is closed (and thereafter if requested by the individual and/or the individual’s representative). With input from the individual (and/or the individual’s representative, if appropriate), the reviews are to assess the individual’s interests, priorities and needs with respect to competitive employment. A written acknowledgement that the review and re-evaluation occurred is to be signed by with the individual (and/or the individual’s representative, if appropriate) and placed in the case record. The area VR supervisor will be responsible for assigning staff to complete these reviews.

If, as a result of the review and re-evaluation, the individual requests planning for competitive work, DSB will assure maximum efforts, including identifying and providing VR services, reasonable accommodations and other necessary support services to assist the individual to reach competitive employment.

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