10a NCAC 27g .5801      SCOPE

(a)  A supported employment program is a service that provides periodic support services for individuals 16 years of age or older with developmental disability, mental illness or substance abuse disorders to prepare the individual to work as independently as possible.  The service is typically planned and implemented in cooperation with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services.

(b)  Supported employment encompasses a variety of services, which are implemented according to the employment needs of the individual as identified in the individual's service plan.  These include vocational evaluation, job development, intensive training, job placement, and long-term support. Support services to clients' families and consultation with the clients' employers and other involved agencies may also be provided.

(c)  The Rules contained in this Section are applicable to two specific models of supported employment services:

(1)           Supported Employment. All of the training activities in this model occur in a separate location in the community, not in a specialized facility maintained by the operator.

(2)           Supported Employment ‑ Long‑Term Support.  Clients served in this model have successfully completed the intensive initial training phase of supported employment sponsored by the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and now are receiving those long‑term support services targeted towards maintenance in the job, which are the responsibility of DMH/DD/SAS:

(A)          At a minimum these services provide monthly monitoring at the work site of each individual in supported employment in order to assess employment stability, unless the individualized written rehabilitation plan specifies a different monitoring schedule or off-site monitoring, which is based on client request.

(B)          Examples of such long‑term support services include "refresher" vocational training to ensure that existing job skills are not lost, training in new job performance expectations, and consultation to other employees, employers, and families, and residential program staff.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 122C‑26; 143B‑147;

Eff. May 1, 1996.