ACCES-VR

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation

A Guide for Developing Your Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

Related Material: Developing Your Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)

The Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) Process...

Welcome to the most important, part of your vocational rehabilitation planning. You are eligible for ACCES-VR services and now we will work together to define your work goal and the services you require to achieve that goal. This planning process is critical to your success. This guide will assist you in understanding the process and the information you will need to develop for your Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).

What is the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE)?

The IPE is a plan for the services that you need to help you reach your work goal.

The IPE includes a description of:

  • Your work goal
  • The steps you will need to take to reach your goal
  • Services you will need to reach the goal
  • Who will provide you with the services
  • The cost of those services and who will pay the costs
  • Your responsibilities in carrying out the plan

The following people can help you write all or part of your IPE:

  • Your ACCES-VR Counselor
  • Assistance from community programs (ACCES-VR can provide a list of programs)
  • Assistance from family members and/or friends
  • You can write it by yourself.

After you have completed your IPE, it must be reviewed and approved by your ACCES-VR counselor. You and your ACCES-VR Counselor must sign the IPE before services begin.

Attached is an IPE development form that will guide you in developing your IPE.

Remember you can ask ACCES-VR for help at any time.

What services does ACCES-VR offer?

Do I have to pay for these services?

ACCES-VR does not charge for services that you receive from staff members or services to decide if you are eligible. The services should be written into your IPE. These services include:

  • Assessment evaluations that help you determine your work skills and your need for services, such as training, assistive devices, etc.
  • Counseling and Guidance to provide you with information about job and other services that will help you go to work.
  • Referrals for other services to help you succeed in getting a job.
  • Job Placement to help you look for a job, find a job and stay on a job.
  • Transition Planning assisting students completing school and preparing for entering employment.

You should ask your counselor or other ACCES-VR staff if you have any questions about any of these services.

What services might I obtain elsewhere?

Do I have to pay for these services?

The following services may involve some costs for you. ACCES-VR will need information about your finances to see if you will be able to pay for some or all of these services. You may have to provide information concerning your own finances, your spouse's or your parents' financial resources such as:

  • Tax returns
  • Check stubs
  • SSI/SSDI verification
  • Other resources (for example: savings accounts).

If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or public assistance, you will not be expected to pay for any approved services. In some cases, this is also true for people who receive Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). Please provide a copy of any letter you may have or a copy of your public assistance check to your ACCES-VR counselor to show that you have these benefits.

These services will also need to be written into your IPE. These services include:

  • Training educational and vocational training that will help you learn the skills to do a job (examples: College, Trade school, or Nurses Aide Certification Program)
  • Support services while you are training for your job including:
    • transportation to and from training
    • textbooks, tools and equipment
    • sign language interpreters and reader services
    • home, vehicle and work site modifications
    • attendant services
  • Physical and mental restoration medical services not covered by other insurance that you may need before you work (example: hearing aids, scooter).
  • Assistance in starting a business such as writing a business plan, buying equipment, stock and supplies.
  • Rehabilitation Technology technological aids and devices (examples: transfer board, hand controls, and remote control door opener).
  • Job Coach someone that will assist you in learning a job after you begin work.
  • Post employment to assist you in keeping your job, to get a new job, or to advance in your job.

Will I need to apply for other financial benefits?

You may need to apply for other benefits before ACCES-VR can pay for services. These include any benefits provided or paid for, in whole or in part, by other Federal, State, or local public agencies, by health insurance, or by employee benefits. They include such things as college financial aid and medical insurance benefits, including Medicaid. You do not have to apply for other benefits if the delay would cause you extreme medical risk or you would lose a job opportunity because of the delay.

ACCES-VR staff can work with you to help you decide what other benefits must be used before ACCES-VR can pay for services.

Where do I get the services I need?

You can decide where you want to go for services you need to reach your work goal. ACCES-VR can provide you with information about service providers.

When choosing your service provider, it is important that you compare the possible providers using the following criteria:

  • Does the service provider have all the required licenses and approvals?
  • Does the service provider have a good reputation in the community?
  • Is the staff qualified to provide the training you need?
  • Is the program/service accessible, considering your disability-related needs?
  • Is there transportation to attend the service provider or program?
  • If the provider is a school, do most of the students graduate or complete the training?
  • Is the program successful in getting people jobs?
  • Does the cost of the program seem reasonable when compared with the costs of similar programs?

Writing My IPE

Below is an IPE Development Form that will guide you in developing your IPE.

PART 1: My Work Goal

Choosing the right work goal is perhaps the most important step you will take to succeed on the job. There are many resources that can help you make this decision. Your counselor can work with you to develop a goal or help you locate these resources, if you wish.

When developing your goal, think about things like:

  • Does the work goal meet my abilities and interests?
  • How long will it take me to prepare for the goal? Is this reasonable?
  • Will the job be available in my location, or will I need to travel or relocate?
  • Will the salary and benefits meet my needs?

Because the Work Goal is so important, you may want to have your counselor review the goal with you before you continue with the rest of the form. In that way, you will know if there are any questions or comments and whether you are going in the right direction.

PART II: Steps I Need to Complete to do the Job

There are a number of steps you may need to take to reach your work goal. (Some examples might be: Learn to drive a car; type 50 words per minute; get a college degree in accounting.) Knowing the Steps is important because it assures that both you and your counselor understand how you plan to get to your goal and how we can review your progress.

Please list the steps that you will need to take, and explain how we will know when that step is completed. (For instance, if you need to learn to drive, we will know you have reached that step when you receive your driver's license. If you need to type 50 wpm, you will know that you have done this successfully when you get a report from your typing instructor.)

Part III: Services I Need to Reach My Work Goal

When deciding on what services you will need, think about your work goal and the steps you will need to take to reach that goal. Only those services that you will need to reach the work goal will be approved.

ACCES-VR offers a wide range of services based on your own individual needs. Services may include: Interest and ability testing; counseling; referral; placement; training, treatment for physical/mental problems; transportation; rehabilitation technology and other special equipment; personal assistance services (such as an attendant); interpreter services; goods and supplies; and many more. We encourage you to talk to your counselor if you have any questions about the services we can provide, and whether they are right for you.

How is the IPE approved?

After you complete your IPE planning, your ACCES-VR Counselor must review the plan and decide whether it can be approved.

Some of the things the ACCES-VR Counselor must consider include:

  • Is the goal consistent with your abilities, capabilities, and interests?
  • Are the services necessary to achieve your work goals?
  • Will the services result in employment?
  • Are the services cost-effective? ACCES-VR may not pay for a high cost program, when a lower cost option is available that meets your needs.

If approved, your ACCES-VR Counselor will enter the information on the IPE form itself. You will be asked to read it through, make comments on the form itself, and sign the form. Services can not begin until a signed copy is returned to the Counselor. ACCES-VR will not pay for services or equipment that was received before the IPE was approved and signed.

If your plan is not approved, your ACCES-VR counselor will contact you and explain why. You may need to provide additional information or consider other work goals or services.

If you disagree with ACCES-VR's decision not to approve your plan, you may request an appeal of that decision. The appeal can involve one or all of the following:

  • Meeting with counselor and/or supervisor.
  • Mediation
  • Administrative Review
  • Impartial Hearing

Your ACCES-VR counselor can help you request an appeal. You may also request assistance from the Client Assistance Program (CAP) to help resolve any disagreements with ACCES-VR. 

Remember you can ask ACCES-VR for help at any time.

ACCES-VR Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) Development Form

Directions

You may use this form to develop your IPE. The Guide for Developing Your IPE can help you. You can get help at any time from your counselor. It is best if you complete Part I and have your counselor approve your work goal before you complete the rest of the form. Your ACCES-VR counselor must review and approve your plan before any services begin. If your counselor has any questions or concerns he/she will contact you. At any time you need more space please use additional pages.

NAME                                                                     
SOCIAL SECURITY  
I DID THIS FORM BY MYSELF  

IF NO, I RECEIVED HELP FROM: name, address and telephone numver of the individual(s) or organization(s). (You do not have to share this information if you don't want to).

NAME                                     
ADDRESS  
TELEPHONE  

PART I: My Work Goal

My work goal is: _________________________________________________

I want to be working by: Month ____________ Year ___________

Job duties for this type of work usually include: (for example: contact with public, writing reports, working with hands, lifting, driving, etc.)

____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________

I have the following limitation(s) because of my disability that may affect me on this job: (e.g. limited amount of standing:lifting, difficulty concentrating; unable to work with others).

____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________

The educational background I have that will help with my work goal is:

____________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________

I have worked before: _________ Yes __________ No

If yes:

Job: ______________________________________________________

What I did in this job: __________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

Dates: ____________________ Start _______________________ End

I left this job because: _________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Job: ______________________________________________________

What I did in this job: __________________________________________

__________________________________________________________

Dates: ____________________ Start _______________________ End

I left this job because: _________________________________________

___________________________________________________________

Job:_______________________________________________________________

What I did in this job: _________________________________________________

___________________________________________________________________

Dates: ____________________ Start _______________________ End

I left this job because: __________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________________

PART II: Steps I Need to Complete to do the Job...

Example:

Work Goal: My work goal is to be a Welder

For me to do this job I need to do these steps:

Complete first semester of the Welding program at BOCES
I will know I have reached these steps because:
I will receive passing grade(s).
 

For me to do this job I need to do these steps:

  1. _________________________________________________________________

  2. _________________________________________________________________

  3. _________________________________________________________________

  4. _________________________________________________________________

I will know I have reached these steps because:

  1. _________________________________________________________________

  2. _________________________________________________________________

  3. _________________________________________________________________

  4. _________________________________________________________________

Part III: Services I Need to Reach My Work Goal...

I need the following services to reach my work goal:

1.  Service: ___________________________________________________________

Where I will get the service:___________________________________________

Starting on: ______________________Ending on:________________________

Cost: ___________________________________________________________

Other benefits: ____________________________________________________

2.  Service: ___________________________________________________________

Where I will get the service:___________________________________________

Starting on: ______________________Ending on:________________________

Cost: ___________________________________________________________

Other benefits: ____________________________________________________

3.  Service: ___________________________________________________________

Where I will get the service:___________________________________________

Starting on: ______________________Ending on:________________________

Cost: ___________________________________________________________

Other benefits: ____________________________________________________

Give this plan to your ACCES-VR counselor after you complete it, the address is:

____________________________________
Consumer Signature

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Date


Last Updated: December 18, 2012