13A.11.01.07

.07 Individualized Plan for Employment.

A. An individualized plan for employment shall be initiated and periodically updated by each eligible individual. Division staff shall advise each eligible individual who can be served under the order of selection of the options for development of the individualized plan for employment, including the availability of technical assistance from the vocational rehabilitation counselor. The individualized plan for employment shall be developed by the eligible individual or, as appropriate, the individual and the individual's representative, with assistance from the vocational rehabilitation counselor as requested by the eligible individual. Vocational rehabilitation services shall be provided in accordance with the written plan if approved by the Division.

B. The individualized plan for employment shall be based on results of assessments under Regulation .04D of this chapter to achieve the employment goal of the eligible individual.

C. The individualized plan for employment shall include, as appropriate:

(1) The employment goal of the eligible individual based on the individual's unique strengths, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, and results of assessments under Regulation .04D of this chapter;

(2) The month/year that employment is expected to begin;

(3) The specific vocational rehabilitation services to be provided to achieve the established employment goal including:

(a) When the service/activity will begin;

(b) Where it will take place;

(c) How it will help the individual become employed;

(d) How it will be determined successful;

(e) Cost; and

(f) Who will pay;

(4) A statement regarding post-employment services;

(5) The terms and conditions for the provision of vocational rehabilitation services including the:

(a) Responsibilities of the Division in implementing the individualized plan for employment;

(b) Responsibilities of the eligible individual in implementing the individualized plan for employment;

(c) Extent of the eligible individual's participation in the cost of services, if any; and

(d) Extent to which comparable services and benefits:

(i) Are available to the eligible individual under any other program, and

(ii) Will be used;

(6) The comments of the eligible individual or, as appropriate, the eligible individual and the individual's representative, concerning the individualized plan for employment; and

(7) A description of the availability of the resources within the Client Assistance Program and a statement of the individual's rights and the means by which the individual may express and seek remedy for any dissatisfaction, including the right to:

(a) Pursue mediation; and

(b) An appeal hearing under COMAR 13A.11.07;

D. Each individualized plan for employment shall contain, for individuals with the most significant disabilities for whom a vocational goal of supported employment has been determined to be appropriate, a description of the:

(1) Extended services needed by the individual; and

(2) The source of extended services, or, to the extent that the source of the extended services cannot be identified at the time of the development of the individualized plan for employment, a description of the basis for concluding that there is a reasonable expectation that a source will become available.

E. The individualized plan for employment shall be reviewed as often as necessary but at least on an annual basis. The eligible individual or, as appropriate, the individual's representative, shall be given an opportunity to review the plan and, if necessary, redevelop and agree to its terms.

F. The eligible individual or, as appropriate, the eligible individual and the individual's representative, shall sign the individualized plan for employment and any amendments indicating that the individual agrees to its terms.

G. The Division counselor and supervisor, unless the counselor has delegated authority, shall review the individualized plan for employment and shall sign it if it is approved.

H. Individualized plans for employment shall be completed within the timeframe established by the Division.

I. The individualized plan for employment for students in secondary education who have been determined eligible for vocational rehabilitation services in accordance with Regulation .05 of this chapter and can be served under the order of selection in accordance with Regulation .13 of this chapter shall be:

(1) Coordinated with the student's individualized education plan, if applicable; and

(2) Completed before the student's exit from school.

J. The Division shall provide a copy of the individualized plan for employment and any amendments to the eligible individual or, as appropriate, the eligible individual and the individual's representative and shall advise the eligible individual or, as appropriate, the individual's representative, of the procedures and requirements affecting the development and review of the individualized plan for employment.