Service Description

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

Services may include

  • 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 8 weeks (56 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 listed in the SESP Part 1;
  • verify that the provider interacted with the consumer as defined in the SESP Part 2 at or away from the job site during the time between the 4-week and 8-week benchmarks,
  • describe how specific support needs identified in the SESP Parts 1 and 2 have been addressed; and
  • explain how emerging support needs are being met.

The form must include signatures of the consumer, consumer's representative (if any), and the direct SE provider.

See Quality Criteria for Eight-Week Job Maintenance.

 

Outcome

Benchmark 4 is complete when the consumer has

  • maintained employment that
    • meets all non-negotiable employment conditions,
    • meets 50 percent or more negotiable employment conditions, and
    • matches the employment goal and targeted job tasks established in the consumer's SESP Part 1;
    • 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;
  • worked successfully for 8 weeks (56 days) cumulatively;
  • received the support services defined in the SESP Part 2; and
  • had new and emerging support needs addressed.

If transitional employment is specified in the SESP for a consumer with chronic mental illness, the benchmark is 8 weeks (56 days) of employment, but not necessarily at the same job. Additionally, the SE provider is responsive to any support-need changes identified by the consumer and/or the employer.

 

Payment

Payment for Benchmark 4 (see Chapter 3: Rates, 3.2 Service Rates) is made when the DARS counselor receives and approves

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