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


Section:

O

Title:

Order of Selection

Current Effective Date:

04/08

Revision History:

Revised 07/99; 08/99


Formerly From: Policy Manual

I. INTRODUCTION

The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) intends to provide comprehensive services to all eligible individuals who apply for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services. Federal Regulations require the establishment of an Order of Selection (OOS), if VR Services cannot be provided to all eligible individuals who apply for VR Services due to Financial Responsibilities/Economic Need Requirements (On-Line DSB 4040-VR Economic Need Survey with instructions) limitations.

The State Agency will assure that the implementation of an OOS will not discriminate against any eligible individual. However, restrictions in financial support may prevent immediate VR Services to all eligible individuals with visual impairments. At any time it is determined that VR Services cannot be provided to all individuals expected to be determined eligible, the Director of the Agency may declare the implementation of an OOS. The Director will notify staff by Administrative Memorandum when the OOS is to be implemented or withdrawn.

The OOS will not preclude or restrict the provision of diagnostic and evaluation services to help determine Eligibility or ineligibility. Eligibility must be determined before applying the OOS. The Agency will continue to serve those individuals with ongoing Individual Plans for Employment (IPE) (On-Line DSB-4005b-VR Individual Plan for Employment with instructions), including the provision of Post-Employment Services (PES).

The OOS will preclude serving individuals with non-significant disabilities who are not already being served at the time of implementation for the OOS. It also precludes serving individuals who do not meet the service category in effect, even if the individual only needs non-purchased services.

II. ORDER OF SELECTION PRIORITY CATEGORIES

III. GENERAL PROCEDURES

Past and present experience indicates that the Agency will continue to be able to serve all eligible individuals who apply for VR Services. However, the Agency has developed an OOS policy as part of its contingency planning which will allow the Agency to quickly implement VR Services to priority groups only should the necessity arise.

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