Service Description

Intensive on- and off-job site supports are provided to help the consumer adjust to the demands of the integrated work environment. 

Activities may include

  • orienting and training the consumer in work-related tasks;
  • job skills training at the job site;
  • training or consulting with employers, co-workers, or advocates to maximize natural supports;
  • transportation training;
  • meetings with managers and supervisors to gain input and plan training;
  • problem resolution meetings with company personnel or support systems to ensure job retention; and
  • training in work-related tasks or behaviors to ensure job retention (for example, grooming or anger management).

 

Required Documentation

The DARS1615, Supported Employment Support Summary is required and should be written in positive, clear, descriptive English. 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 DARS1615, Supported Employment Support Summary must

  • verify that the consumer has been working for four weeks (28 days) cumulatively;
  • 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 established in the consumer's SESP Part 1;
  • verify that the provider interacted with the consumer at or away from the job site in accordance with the support plan defined in SESP Part 2;
  • describe how specific support needs identified in the SESP Part 2 are being addressed; and
  • explain how emerging support needs are being met.

The form must include signatures of the consumer (or consumer's legally authorized representative) and the direct SE provider.

See Quality Criteria for Four-Week Job Maintenance.

 

Outcome

Benchmark 3 is complete when 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,
    • is in an integrated work setting,
    • 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, and
    • matches the employment goal and targeted job tasks established in the consumer's SESP Part 1;
  • worked successfully for four weeks (28 days) cumulatively;
  • received the support services defined in the SESP Part 2; and
  • had new and emerging support needs addressed as needed.

If transitional employment for consumers with chronic mental illness is specified in the SESP Part 1, the benchmark is four weeks (28 days) cumulatively of employment, but not necessarily at the same job. Additionally the SE provider responds to any support-need changes identified by the consumer and/or the employer.

 

Payment

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

  • the DARS1615, Supported Employment Support Summary; and
  • an invoice.