SCL Questions and Answers

Questions Related to Supported Employment

We are being told conflicting information about SE. We are getting LOIs stating that we need to send a VR exhausting letter. However, we have been told by DDID that we no longer need this letter just the SE plan. Please clarify and clarify with Carewise.
Supported Employment planning and activity forms are now available on our Web page. See "Supported Employment" under "SCL Forms" in Related Links.

The long-term employment support plan is created at the end of the Job Acquisition and Training Phase of Supported Employment, immediately before OVR pays the outcome fee to the provider. It is literally the last thing that is done before long term-supports begin. For this reason, it is always proof that OVR funding has been exhausted when presented in conjunction with a request for Long-Term Employment Supports and should, in fact, provide justification for additional supports when more than 24 units per month of long-term supports are requested.

If Person-Centered Job Selection, Job Development and Analysis, or Job Acquisition with Training is to be requested after a participant has received long term supports, the person-centered team should contact Jeff White (see Contact Information box) immediately. Jeff will work with OVR staff to determine the appropriate stream of funding and communicate that information to CareWise Health.

An individual may have a Long-Term Supported Employment Plan and a Person-Centered Employment Plan.

Should an individual working in the community and receiving long-term supports decide that he or she would like to have a different or better job, the individual can continue to receive long-term supports while working with an employment specialist to find a new job. It is much easier for someone to find a new job when the person already has a job.

Type of Supported EmploymentAdditional Documentation to be Sent to Carewise Health
Long-Term Employment Supports24 units per month or less: Written Identification of the participant’s workplace and normal hours of work.

More than 24 units per month: Updated copy of the Long-Term Employment Support Plan justifying the quantity of long-term supports requested, written identification of the participant's workplace, and normal hours of work.
Person-Centered Job Selection No additional documentation required beyond the information referenced below.

  • An official letter from DDID, OVR, or Office for the Blind confirming that all alternative streams of funding have been exhausted and the Medicaid Waiver is the appropriate funder of last resort.
  • Please contact Jeff White at DDID (see Contact Information box) to begin the process for receipt of the letter very early in the person-centered planning process.

    The identification of the proper funding stream often requires several weeks.
Can you tell us about the APSE pre-conference sessions for case managers in February?
On February 12 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.. Case Managers and Employment Specialists from all around Kentucky have the opportunity to meet together with Rehabilitation Counselors in an effort to help these very important parties learn exactly what should be expected from each other. In addition, opportunities will exist to have questions addressed by applicable DDID, OVR, or UK-HDI staff. The day will end with locally-oriented facilitated breakout sessions geared to help each group develop a well-informed plan to work together into the future.

On February 13 conference attendees and program participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a keynote address by America’s Leading Sit-down- Standup Comedian, Brett Leake. Mr. Leake, a frequent guest on the Tonight Show, refuses to let the fact that he has a significant disability get in the way of making people laugh. Mr. Leake’s critically acclaimed, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the 'Tonight Show'" accomplishes this with a bit of motivation thrown in for good measure.

As an extra treat, Mr. Leake will be holding a workshop for everyone (providers and those seeking employment). It will include take-aways from his keynote address. The stories will focus on how to communicate your needs, of which other people without disabilities may not be at first aware. It will be a deeper exploration, with plenty of humor, of communicating on the job and in different parts of life.

Brett is now able to assist other people with disabilities on the job and will share how his humor has allowed him to help others and create successful situations for all. (Note: Be prepared to learn and to laugh throughout.) A special half-day rate of $15 has been established to enable program participants to take advantage of this opportunity. (The conference favor is likely to cost nearly $15 by itself!)

The conference continues on February 13 with concurrent sessions dealing with theme tracks covering Quality Services How-To, Transition Services and Employment, Mental Illness and Employment, Criminal Justice and Re-entry Services, and Waiver Services and Supported Employment. There should be ample opportunity to meet the SCL continuing education requirement during this single conference. CRC credits are also available.

On February 14, help move employment forward in Kentucky by taking advantage of the special First-Time Introductory APSE membership offer of $75 and get immediately involved in our membership breakfast and meeting. The conference concludes with Kentucky Supported Employment Visionary Carol Estes returning to the podium for the closing session. One can always expect Carol to congratulate us for things we have done well, inform us of thing we should have done better, and challenge us to set our sights higher.

Following the Conference, your employment services staff could take advantage of the opportunity to sit for the CESP exam and establish their credentials as Employment Specialists.
If someone already has SE and has been getting it for years, does a plan need to be submitted by an OVR/SE Specialist with SCL1 or SCL2 recertifications?
Yes. To request supported employment you must also submit the appropriate plan(s) for the requested service(s) – the Person Centered Support Plan and/or the Long Term Supported Employment Plan. These are found on the SCL Forms - Supported Employment page (see Related Links). Refer to the first question in this section for further clarification.