Service Definition

The SE provider monitors the supports set up during Benchmark 3 and Benchmark 4 as outlined in the SESP Part 2 to ensure that the consumer is able to maintain successful long-term employment. The employme[nt specialist and/or job skills trainer should have a minimum of two contacts per month with the consumer and/or the employer or person providing natural supports. The employment specialist and/or job skills trainer should not be providing any direct service to the consumer during the 60-day period between job stability and service closure. If at any time, the employment specialist or job skills trainer must provide direct services to the consumer, stability has not been achieved, and the 60-day period starts over.

Note: If the consumer changes jobs between Benchmarks 4 and 5, a minimum of 30 cumulative calendars days of employment in the new job is required before job stability can be established.

 

Required Documentation

The DARS1616, Job Stability or Service Closure Justification Summary is required. Details in the report should describe the consumer so that someone reading the report has a "clear picture" of the consumer's support needs, abilities, and challenges related to the placement.

To be considered complete, the DARS1616, Job Stability or Service Justification Summary must verify that

  • the consumer maintained employment that
    • meets all non-negotiable employment conditions,
    • meets 50 percent or more negotiable employment conditions, and
    • meets at least one targeted job task listed in the SESP Part 1;
  • the consumer has worked a minimum of 8 weeks (56 days) cumulatively (Note: the consumer may need more than 8 weeks before he or she achieves Benchmark 5: Job Stability);
  • if the consumer has begun a new job during Benchmark 3 or 4, 30 days in the new job must be worked before the case is considered stable for the achievement of Benchmark 5;
  • the consumer is able to perform expected job duties;
  • the supervisor reports satisfaction with consumer's job performance;
  • the consumer and the consumer's representative, if any, are satisfied with the job and work environment;
  • necessary modifications and/or accommodations have been made at the worksite;
  • the consumer has reliable transportation to and from work, and a back-up transportation plan;
  • Extended Services and support needs are in place; and
  • other SESP-specified supports are present and functional.

The form must be signed by the consumer (or legally authorized representative) and the direct SE provider.

See Quality Criteria for Job Stability.

 

Outcome

Benchmark 5 is complete when

  • the consumer has worked a minimum of 8 weeks (56 days) cumulatively (Note: the consumer may need more than 8 weeks before he or she achieves Benchmark 5: Job Stability. If the consumer has begun a new job during Benchmark 3 or 4, 30 days in the new job must be worked before the case is considered stable for the achievement of Benchmark 5);
  • SE services have been provided;
  • the consumer has maintained employment that
    • meets all non-negotiable employment conditions,
    • meets 50 percent or more negotiable employment conditions,
    • meets at least one targeted job task established in the consumer's SESP Part 1,
    • is in an integrated work setting, and
    • is compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary or usual wage paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by people who do not have disabilities;
  • the consumer has available the necessary supports defined in the SESP Part 2;
  • support needs have leveled off, and transition to Extended Services provided by and/or funded by sources other than DARS (for example, SE provider, family, MHMR, or other natural supports) is possible; and
  • the following people are satisfied:
    • the consumer,
    • the employer,
    • any representative,
    • the SE provider(s), and
    • the DARS counselor.

During the 60-day transition period between job stability and service closure, the DARS counselor may purchase only VR services that

  • are necessary to support the job placement and stability, and
  • the SE provider would not normally be expected to provide.

Examples of services that could be purchased include

  • replacement of prosthetic and orthotic devices,
  • maintenance of equipment, or
  • counseling and guidance to family members to support the consumer's job stability.

 

Payment

Payment for Benchmark 5 (see Chapter 3: Rates, 3.2 Service Rates) is made when the DARS counselor receives and approves the

  • DARS1616, Job Stability or Service Closure Justification Summary; and
  • an invoice.