We would like to thank the provider community for your participation in the three teleconferences that OOD hosted last week to discuss your needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 500 individuals participated in the calls, and we received some very thoughtful suggestions for moving forward.
On the calls, OOD committed to providing answers regarding the following items:
Can providers bill OOD for assisting participants who have experienced disruptions in their employment to apply for unemployment benefits?
During this time, OOD is expanding the definition of On-the-job supports to allow providers to bill OOD for assisting participants who you are currently working with to apply for unemployment benefits. This activity, which can be authorized as up to 2 (two) hours of On-the-job supports, can include remote support, such as phone calls, Skype, FaceTime, or GoToMeeting, and other screen-sharing technologies to assist individuals in completing their applications. Please consult with the individual's counselor/coordinator to request an authorization and referral.
Can providers temporarily bill for hourly, rather than performance-based, Job Development services during this period?
Last week, OOD issued a direction that OOD would allow providers to bill hourly Job Seeking Skills Training for participants receiving Performance-Based Job Development services. Specifically, OOD is permitting the authorization of a maximum of 10 hours (100 UOS) of Job Seeking Skills Training (JSST) per month to allow participants to engage in activities, remotely or in-person, to prepare and/or stay prepared for their job search. Activities may include improving resumes, in-depth interview preparation, mock interviews, and preparation for remote interviews. While OOD will not be moving to hourly Job Development services, we hope that authorizations for these additional hourly services will achieve a similar effect.
Again, thank you for your participation in last week's calls. We appreciate your partnership in providing vocational rehabilitation services to Ohioans with disabilities.