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VR Provider Manual Update

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Text Provider Manual Update 10-1-22 graphic of book with text Instruction Manual

Hello Vocational Rehabilitation Providers:

When Governor Mike DeWine took the oath of office, he made clear his commitment to Ohioans with disabilities by signing Executive Order 2019-03D, establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and a Model Employer. 

In line with this Order, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) providers have worked together to identify enhancements that will support providers to deliver the highest quality of service.

OOD is pleased to share the updated VR Provider Manual ahead of the effective date of the VR Fee Schedule update of October 1, 2022.  Please find it attached to this message.  This update includes the VR Fee Schedule language and rates, as well as additional technical guidance and resources.

Of note, the VR Provider Manual Update includes:

  • Service definitions and requirements for new services such as Bridge Support Services and the Critical Need Rate;
  • Additional guidance on when a Significant Incident Report Form (SIRF) is required, and when it may not be required;
  • Reorganized content for most-used content at the beginning of the manual;
  • Language reflecting the Aware Vendor Portal (AVP) usage;
  • Adult Job Readiness Training (JRT) Program Protocol;
  • A new appendix and a glossary; and
  • A Change Log outlining major updates since the previous version of the VR Provider Manual.

OOD appreciates our provider and stakeholder involvement through the VR Fee Schedule rulemaking process and looks forward to the changes that will benefit Ohioans with disabilities effective October 1.

Thank you.