Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) and State Services for the Blind (SSB) counselors help people with disabilities who have barriers to employment find jobs.
Vocational rehabilitation counselors are responsible for helping the person identify their work goals, providing the information a person needs to make informed choices about work, and making connections with resources and services the person needs to find and keep a job.
To work as an effective team supporting people on waivers, VRS/SSB staff need to fulfill a number of important responsibilities.
Determine your current knowledge about providing VRS/SSB services to people on waivers.
Coordinate employment services
Learn how to coordinate services when helping a person on a waiver find employment.
Complete the intake and eligibility process
Learn how to conduct intake and eligibility with a person on a waiver.
Help the person develop an employment plan and goal
Learn strategies for helping a person on a waiver develop an employment plan and goal.
Provide initial job supports and communicate with the waiver case manager when job offered
Learn strategies for job supports and communicating with the waiver case manager.
Organize and participate in meetings to coordinate services
Learn tips for managing meetings with a person on a waiver and their team.
Collaborating with other professionals
Learn strategies to collaborate with other professionals on a person's employment team.
Guidance for supervisors
Find ideas to help your staff become experts at the responsibilities that VRS/SSB staff in the E1MN partnership have supporting people on waivers.