Service Overview:

A DARS counselor may purchase an optional Employment Premium Service(s) for a consumer. The consumer must meet the requirements to be eligible for the Employment Premium Service, and the provider must receive a PO that authorizes the Employment Premium Service. An Employment Premium Service payment is paid only once, and it is paid when the consumer achieves the required criteria. For Bundled Services such as Job Placement and SE, all benchmarks must have been completed prior to payment of any invoice for an Employment Premium Service. The form(s) and invoice will be returned to the provider if incomplete. When returned, notification of issues related to the incomplete form(s) and/or invoice will be provided and the provider must resubmit for payment.

Service Descriptions/Scopes:

Criminal Background Premium- For a consumer’s case to be eligible for the Criminal Background Premium, DARS must have a Criminal Background Check (CBC) on file that indicates the consumer has

  • a felony criminal conviction, or
  • a guilty plea with deferred adjudication for a felony criminal offense, or
  • a no contest plea with deferred adjudication for a felony criminal offense.

The employment services provider is eligible for the Criminal Background Premium when the consumer gains employment that meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report or DARS1613 Supported Employment Services Plan—Part 1, including the Criminal Background Premium. The Criminal Background Premium must also be authorized by a PO.

The premium payment is made only once at the conclusion of the achievement of the Wage Employment Service. See fees chart.

Outcomes Required for Payment:
DARS is authorized to pay the provider when an accurate and complete invoice and DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report is submitted confirming the consumer has otherwise achieved the requirements for Basic or Enhanced Job Placement Service Benchmark C or Benchmark 6 in SE services.

Deaf Services Premium- The employment services provider is eligible for the Deaf Services Premium when a consumer communicates using manual sign and the job placement specialist or SE specialist providing services to consumers is proficient with sign language skills. The job placement specialist or SE specialist must prove proficiency in sign language by evidence of either holding a Board of Interpreters for the Deaf (BEI) certification, a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification, or a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) rating of intermediate plus. The employment services provider is eligible for the DEAF Service Premium when the consumer gains employment that meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report or DARS1613 Supported Employment Service Plan—Part 1 including the Deaf Services Premium. The Deaf Services Premium must also be authorized by a PO. The premium payment is made only once at the conclusion of the achievement of the Wage Employment Service. See fees chart.

Outcomes Required for Payment:
DARS is authorized to pay the provider when an accurate and complete invoice and DARS1833 or DARS1613 is submitted confirming the consumer

  • meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report and Benchmark Status Report or DARS1613 Supported Employment Service Plan—Part 1;
  • has otherwise achieved the requirements for Basic or Enhanced Job Placement Service Benchmark C or Benchmark 6 in SE services; and
  • proof of the job placement specialist or SE specialist maintains a Board of Interpreters for the Deaf (BEI) certification, or a Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) certification or a SLP rating of intermediate plus (copy of certification must be provided with invoice).

Livable Wage Premium- The employment services provider is eligible for the Livable Wage Premium when a consumer gains employment in a job that meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report or DARS1613 Supported Employment Services Plan—Part 1 and the consumer earns a gross hourly wage of $16 per hour for more than 20 hours per week. The employment services provider is eligible for Livable Wage Premium when indicated on the DARS1833 or DARS 1613 and the Livable Wage Premium is authorized by a PO. Proof of the consumer’s earnings and average hours worked per week must be submitted such as an itemized pay stub with the invoice. The premium payment is made only once at the conclusion of the achievement of the employment service. 

Outcomes Required for Payment:
DARS is authorized to pay the provider when an accurate and complete invoice and DARS1833 or DARS1613 is submitted confirming the consumer

  • meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report or DARS1613 Supported Employment Services Plan—Part 1;
  • has a job that earns $16 per hour for more than 20 hours per week with a copy of an itemized pay stub submitted for proof; and
  • has otherwise achieved the requirements for Basic or Enhanced Job Placement Service Benchmark C or SE Benchmark 6.

Professional Placement Premium- The employment services provider is eligible for the Professional Placement Premium when a consumer gains employment in a job that meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report and the position requires the completion of at least a bachelor's degree. This requirement must be stated in the employee's job description or job posting. The Professional Placement Premium must be indicated on the DARS1833 and the Professional Placement Premium must be authorized by a PO. The premium payment is made only once at the conclusion of the achievement of the Wage Employment Service. See fees chart.

Outcomes Required for Payment:
DARS is authorized to pay the provider when an accurate and complete invoice and DARS1833 is submitted confirming that the consumer

  • meets all the criteria outlined in the DARS1833, Bundled Job Placement Service Plan and Benchmark Status Report or DARS1613 Supported Employment Services Plan—Part 1;
  • has a job that requires at least a bachelor's degree (copy of the job description or job posting must be submitted as proof); and
  • has otherwise achieved the requirements for Basic or Enhanced Job Placement Service Benchmark C or SE Benchmark 6.