Criteria for Admission:
A. The individual must demonstrate a potential for placement in competitive, supported or sheltered employment.
B. The Evaluation Report must show the individual as:
1. having barriers to employment that require continued services in a sheltered workshop environment.
2. having understanding of the reason for attending CVR.
3. being motivated to work towards a vocational goal of competitive, supported or sheltered employment.
4. demonstrating good attendance and work habits with an increasing trend in productivity.
5. accepting of counseling in both vocational and personal areas
6. attained Production Rate of 11% or better during evaluation period.
7. meets all other agency admission criteria.
Elements of the Program:
A. Work Training:
1. The trainee will be assigned to the work floor for continued observation of work habits and on-the-job performance skills related to quality and quantity.
Work assignments may include:
• simple assembly
• multi-step assembly
• line supply
• machine operations
• quality control
• shipping and receiving
• cleanup and maintenance
2. situational assessments in vocational areas such as maintenance, cleanup, shipping and receiving, etc. will be provided based upon individual interest and readiness
3. special attention will be paid to the individual's interpersonal relations as they pertain to peers and supervision
4. behavior requiring special attention will be addressed by the counselor in individual counseling sessions or if appropriate in groups
5. counseling sessions will also address work related skills such as time and money management, functional literacy skills, work practices, communication skills, living arrangements, benefits and entitlements, legal affairs, mobility and transportation issues and needs for assistive technology an/or reasonable accommodations as needed on an individual basis.
6. counseling staff, with input from Production, will prepare a WAT Report at the end of each 45 day period (or after 90 days depending on funding) (See Appendix A for sample report)
B. Counseling During WAT:
1. the trainee and counselor develop an Individual Employment Plan, setting goals and services needed that reflect the individual's functional strengths and needs, supports available and accommodations/modifications needed for employment. Progress towards goals is reviewed at appropriate intervals and prompt attention is given to behavior that is not suitable for the workplace or workshop environment.
2. counselor will prepare progress notes and collect information in preparation for staffings and the WAT reports.
C. Interim Reports and Feedback:
1. during WAT there is a meeting every 6 weeks to review progress and make recommendations for continued services.
• CVR Counselor
• Production Supervisor
• DVR Counselor
• Family Members
• other interested parties
2. productivity, attendance, work behaviors and skills are reviewed and counseling interventions discussed.
3. short term goals for the ensuing period are discussed and recommended.
D. Final Report and Recommendations:
1. the WAT report reviews both long and short term goals addressed during the program with input from:
• counseling – a listing of progress in problem areas, specific examples of behavior, both positive and negative, grooming and hygiene, interpersonal relationship, feelings of self-worth, appropriate behavior in social settings, etc.
• production – work orientation, a brief description of tasks performed, the degree of success achieved by the trainee (production rate), work habits such as stamina, ability to remain on task at work station, initiative, ability and willingness to follow directions and accept constructive criticism, quality of finished work, etc.
1. generally the trainee will be identified as ready to be recommended for one of the following services:
• immediate placement through Job Coaching
• placement through Supported Employment (in both cases employment will be aggressively sought. During the job search the trainee can remain at CVR in order to remain focused on areas such as grooming, productivity, attendance, job seeking skills, etc.)
• additional WAT – a recommendation is made when the previous WAT period exposes problem areas not adequately addressed, the trainee is not ready for employment and a new Individual Employment Plan is prepared)
• Skill Training – the trainee has demonstrated a special aptitude for a particular skill or trade and a request is made to DVR recommending sponsorship for training at an appropriate site
• Extended Employment – Evaluation and WAT have demonstrated that the individual is unable (at this time) to reach an acceptable productivity level and has other barriers that make him/her not ready for integrated community employment. The individual demonstrates good behavior and motivation for Extended Employment where there will be periodic reviews to assure the individual can attempt employment when ready
• Inappropriate for vocational services – if in spite of rehabilitation efforts the individual remains unmotivated, cannot achieve reasonable production levels, is disruptive or otherwise exerts a negative influence on peers, a referral is made to an agency deemed able to deal with these problems in a more basis way than CVR. Periodic follow-up with the agency opens the way for possible re-entry into CVR programs when the individual is ready.