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1 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 1 Discovery and Vocational Rehabilitation Services Strategies for negotiating with VR to have Discovery funded as a substitute for traditional comparative assessment

2 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Resources for Discovery at marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates 2

3 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates©3 Customized Process Discovery Capturing discovery through profiles Customized, person-centered planning Portfolio/visual resume development Job development and negotiation Here, CE dovetails with Supported Employment Job site analysis, accommodations, support

4 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Discovery “Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different” Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Nobel Prize winner who discovered Vitamin C) Marc Gold & Associates© 4

5 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 5 The essence of discovery Discovery: to gain insight or knowledge of something previously unseen or unknown; to notice or realize; to make known, reveal, disclose

6 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 6 The role of discovery Discovery provides, in a non-traditional, common-sense form, the information needed to determine the strengths, needs, and interests* of any person with complex life issues. This is accomplished by simply addressing the question, “Who is this person?” * From DOL/ODEP definition

7 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The focus of discovery Conditions for Success Interests toward an aspect of the Labor Market Potential Contributions to Employers

8 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates8 Characteristics of an Ideal Job Conditions are characteristics of any job developed for the individual. Conditions refer to issues such as days of work, pay, benefits, location of the job, inside/outside work, time of day, hours per week, etc. While it is possible to have too many conditions, these are extremely important considerations in customizing a job. Target go/no go conditions for priority consideration.

9 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates9 Characteristics of an Ideal Job Interests are characteristics of an ideal job that gives direction toward a certain area of work interest. These should be stated in the broadest possible manner, allowable by the applicant. Interests might include: working around boats, office work or working in a retail setting. Do not confuse work preferences with preferentially-stated conditions. Avoid using job titles.

10 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates10 Characteristics of an Ideal Job Contributions refer to the individual’s characteristics that will be offered to employers. These might include: Personality characteristics Skills Credentials Experiences Recommendations

11 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Self-concept Siblings Close friends Extended family/relatives Educators Co-workers Professionals in our lives Parents We are all like pieces in a complex jig-saw puzzle Old friends Community members Who is this person?

12 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Discovery finds the pieces and puts them together This is who I am. Profile

13 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 13 Discovery as an alternative to traditional assessment Discovery seeks to identify already- existing information rather than developing information solely for the purposes of evaluation or diagnosis. Identifying a direction for employment is based on a translation of typical activities of the person’s life rather than on a comparison of the individual with others or with standards.

14 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 14 Discovery and Traditional Procedures The discovery process focuses more on ecological validity than predictive validity. It is more important that the direction to employment makes sense in relation to a person's life than to attempt to predict success based on test performance. The information of discovery is used only as a guide for matching and customization and may not used to systematically exclude a person from employment.

15 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 15 Discovery and Traditional Procedures By implementing discovery, we try to identify the real complexities faced by the individual and attempt to negotiate and match employment that fits, rather than putting the burden of resolving complexities solely on the individual. The profile strategy seeks to empower and involve applicants, their families and friends rather than to exclude them. Natural, common sense approaches to employment are given priority over strategies which rely solely on professional judgment and service.

16 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Translation vs. Comparison The finesse of discovery is to identify typical aspects of life and to translate those activities into Conditions for success, Interests toward employment and potential Contributions to be offered to employers. Comparative assessment pits job seekers against the performance of others and predicts the likelihood of success.

17 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The regulations of the current Rehab Act of 1998 Source of information: Federal Register: January 17, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 11)] [Rules and Regulations] [Page ] From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 4379] Part VI Department of Education, 34 CFR Part 361 State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program; Final Rule Marc Gold & Associates© 17

18 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Eligibility “Any applicant who has been determined eligible for Social Security benefits under Title II or Title XVI of the Social Security Act is– (A)Presumed eligible for vocational rehabilitation services under paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section; and (B)(B) Considered an individual with a significant disability as defined in Sec (b)(31).” Marc Gold & Associates© 18

19 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Presumption of Benefit The designated State unit must presume that an applicant who meets the eligibility requirements … can benefit in terms of an employment outcome unless it demonstrates, based on clear and convincing evidence, that the applicant is incapable of benefiting in terms of an employment outcome from vocational rehabilitation services due to the severity of the applicant's disability. Marc Gold & Associates© 19

20 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Clear and Convincing Evidence “Prior to any determination that an individual with a disability is incapable of benefiting from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome because of the severity of that individual's disability, the designated State unit must conduct an exploration of the individual's abilities, capabilities, and capacity to perform in realistic work situations to determine whether or not there is clear and convincing evidence to support such a determination.” Marc Gold & Associates© 20

21 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Assessment Requirements “The designated State unit must develop a written plan to assess periodically the individual's abilities, capabilities, and capacity to perform in work situations through the use of trial work experiences, which must be provided in the most integrated setting possible, consistent with the informed choice and rehabilitation needs of the individual.” Marc Gold & Associates© 21

22 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Trial Work Experiences Trial work experiences include supported employment, on- the-job training, and other experiences using realistic work settings. (iii) Trial work experiences must be of sufficient variety and over a sufficient period of time for the designated State unit to determine that-- (A) There is sufficient evidence to conclude that the individual can benefit from the provision of vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome; or (B) There is clear and convincing evidence that the individual is incapable of benefiting from vocational rehabilitation services in terms of an employment outcome due to the severity of the individual's disability. Marc Gold & Associates© 22

23 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Comparative Assessments In other words, comparative assessments should not be used to determine “presumption of benefit” by VR. Similarly, the use of the Discovery strategy proceeds from an expectation of presumption of benefit for the individual, regardless of the severity of disability. Marc Gold & Associates© 23

24 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com The Current Regs in the VR Act: Assessments The designated State unit must conduct an assessment for determining vocational rehabilitation needs, if appropriate, for each eligible individual... The purpose of this assessment is to determine the employment outcome, and the nature and scope of vocational rehabilitation services to be included in the IPE. Marc Gold & Associates© 24

25 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Comparative Assessments In other words, comparative assessments are not required for the development of an Individualized Plan for Employment by the regulations of the Rehab Act. This opens the door for the use of Discovery as an alternative to the traditional assessment procedures used by many states. Marc Gold & Associates© 25

26 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Wisconsin: A case exa mple Wisconsin’s Department of Vocational Rehabilitation participated in a Customized Employment pilot project that resulted in the inclusion of Discovery as an alternative for traditional “supported employment assessments” for individual wanting customized, supported employment. Marc Gold & Associates© 26

27 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Tech Specs for Supported Employment Assessment Provider fee = $800 due at completion Work skills, money management, learning modality, transportation, mobility, work tolerance, social skills, employment disincentives, strengths, supports, self-care, self- direction, interpersonal skills as it relates to the consumer's ability to maintain employment in the community. At a minimum, 80% must occur in the community. The assessment should not exceed 60 days. This Assessment does NOT include observations or evaluations conducted in simulated or congregate work environments. Examples of community observations include going to lunch, shopping or visiting community work sites with the consumer. Marc Gold & Associates© 27

28 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Tech Specs for Supported Employment Assessments Interviews with the consumer and significant others. Short-term job tryouts - these are paid (subsidized by DVR as needed) brief periods of direct observation and coaching. A minimum of 8 hours direct observation at one or more job sites is required during the assessment. Job coaching required for the short-term job tryouts is included in the Supported Employment Assessment. Marc Gold & Associates© 28

29 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Tech Specs for Discovery Provider fee = $800, due at completion Facilitation of a meeting held prior to discovery Make two to three visits to the individual’s home Observation of the neighborhood/area near to the individual’s home Interviews with persons, both paid and not paid to deliver services Observations of the individual of concern as they participate in typical life activities Marc Gold & Associates© 29

30 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Tech Specs for Discovery Participation with the individuals of concern as they participate in typical life activities outside of their home. Participation in a familiar activity in which the individual is at his/her best and most competent. Participation in a novel activity in which the individual is interested in participating but has not yet had the chance to do so. Marc Gold & Associates© 30

31 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Tech Specs for Discovery Conduct a review of existing records, memorabilia and other documents that are available. Develop Discovery notes and photos and collect other materials such as personal memorabilia. Complete Part I of the Customized Activity Log that details time spent in the process. Complete Parts I, II and III of the MG&A Profile forms to develop a comprehensive report of Discovery. Marc Gold & Associates© 31

32 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Suggestions for negotiating discovery to be an alternative to traditional assessment 1.Read and understand the regulations concerning the use of assessments in the VR system 2.Become knowledgeable about Discovery through reading and practice 3.Review your state’s plan and/or technical specifications concerning the use of assessments Marc Gold & Associates© 32

33 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Suggestions for negotiating discovery to be an alternative to traditional assessment 4.Approach a VR counselor, with whom you have a relationship, with information on Discovery and with an individual –Offer sample notes and profile –Explain the process of Discovery 5.Offer to provide Discovery at the same rate as traditional assessments 6.Offer to provide a data log with your time and activities Marc Gold & Associates© 33

34 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Suggestions for negotiating discovery to be an alternative to traditional assessment 7.Offer to complete a profile form that provides a description of the individual as well as a preparation for a customized plan for employment 8.Offer to complete discovery and profile in the same timeframe as traditional assessment Marc Gold & Associates© 34

35 4101 Gautier-Vancleave Rd. Ste. 102 Gautier, MS (228) marcgold.com Marc Gold & Associates© 35 Discovery facts Average hours required for Discovery = 20 hours (range hrs) Average time frame for Discovery = 4 weeks (range 3 – 6 wks) We recommend a team effort of 2 – 3 members while learning discovery Average rate paid by VR = $700 - $1,000


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