8700, Employment Services

8710 Employment Assistance

Revision 21-2; Effective March 10, 2021

Employment assistance (EA) is provided to a member to help the member locate paid employment in the community and includes:

  • identifying a member’s employment preferences, job skills, and requirements for a work setting and work conditions;
  • locating prospective employers offering employment compatible with a member’s identified preferences, skills and requirements; and
  • contacting a prospective employer on behalf of a member and negotiating the member’s employment.

In the state of Texas, this service is not available to members receiving waiver services under a program funded under Section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Documentation is maintained in the member’s record that the service is not available to the member under a program funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (United States Code (U.S.C.) Title 20, §1401 et seq.).

An EA service provider’s credentials must satisfy one of these options:

Option 1:

  • a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing or a related human services field; and
  • six months of documented experience providing services to people with disabilities in a professional or personal setting.

Option 2:

  • an associate's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing or a related human services field; and
  • one year of documented experience providing services to people with disabilities in a professional or personal setting.

Option 3:

  • a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED); and
  • two years of documented experience providing services to people with disabilities in a professional or personal setting.

 

8720 Supported Employment

Revision 21-2; Effective March 10, 2021

Supported employment (SE) is assistance provided, in order to sustain competitive employment, to a member who, because of a disability, requires intensive, ongoing support to be self-employed, work from home, or perform in a work setting at which members without disabilities are employed. SE includes adaptations, supervision, training related to a member’s assessed needs and earning at least minimum wage (if not self-employed). In the state of Texas, this service is not available to members receiving waiver services under a program funded under Section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Documentation is maintained in the member’s record that the service is not available to the member under a program funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (United States Code (U.S.C.) Title 20, §1401 et seq.).

An SE service provider’s credentials must satisfy one of these options:

Option 1:

  • a bachelor's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing or a related human services field; and
  • six months of documented experience providing services to people with disabilities in a professional or personal setting.

Option 2:

  • an associate's degree in rehabilitation, business, marketing or a related human services field; and
  • one year of documented experience providing services to people with disabilities in a professional or personal setting.

Option 3:

  • a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma (GED); and
  • two years of documented experience providing services to people with disabilities in a professional or a personal setting.