General provisions for supported employment
(1)Supported employment shall be competitive integrated employment, consistent with the unique strengths, resources, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice of an individual with a most significant disability:
(a)For whom competitive integrated employment has not historically occurred or for whom employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a significant disability; and
(b)Who, because of the nature and severity of their disabilities, need intensive supported employment services and extended services after transition from support by the Program; and
(c)Who have been found eligible for vocational rehabilitation services; and
(d)For whom supported employment has been identified as appropriate through use of a comprehensive assessment.
(2)An individual whose supported employment is in an integrated setting but does not satisfy the criteria of salary, benefits, and opportunity for advancement comparable to other employees, may make an informed choice to work to advance in employment on a short-term basis so long as the individual can reasonably anticipate achieving the desired competitive integrated employment:
(a)Within six months of achieving the supported employment outcome; or
(b)In limited circumstances, within a period not to exceed 12 months, if a longer period is necessary based on the needs of the individual and the individual has demonstrated progress toward competitive earnings based on information contained in the service record.
(3)The Program may use funds allocated under 34 CFR §363.4 for the State Supported Employment Services Program, to provide extended services to youth with the most significant disabilities:
(a)For a period of time not to exceed four years, or
(b)Until such time that a youth reaches the age of 25.
Rule 582-072-0010 — General provisions for supported employment,