okay, here's another little update. today, sunday, i was perusing the web site of the ms state dept of voc rehab, and guess what i found? i'll tell you what i found. their policy for selecting individuals for aid. hmmmm. how interesting that my husband's quadriplegia places him in the top priority list. and oh, let's not forget the part about not discriminating based on the person's income!!! i'll just let y'all read over it, too. i've marked the good parts with underlining and bolding. :spin:
order of selection
while it is the intent of the mississippi department of rehabilitation services to provide comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible individuals who apply for services, often vocational rehabilitation services cannot be provided to all eligible applicants due to financial limitations. because of this, the department has adopted an order of selection, which establishes a system of criteria for prioritizing individuals with disabilities to receive services. the order of selection allows for individuals with most significant disabilities to receive services before all other individuals with disabilities.
the order of selection system does not preclude delivery of non‑purchased services, (counseling, guidance, placement, referral services, coordination of comparable benefits and services paid by a third party), though no individualized plan for employment would be developed for these. the order of selection system in no way restricts the provision of diagnostic and evaluation services. the order of selection does not discriminate against any eligible individual on the basis of gender, age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, citizenship , type of disability, duration of residence in mississippi, public assistance status, source of referral, expected employment outcome, need for specific services, anticipated cost of services required, or income level of individual or their family.
the order of selection is as follows:
priority 1. individuals with the most significant disabilities.
an individual with a most significant disability means an individual:
who has a severe physical or mental impairment which seriously limits two or more functional capacities (such as mobility, communication, self‑care, self‑direction, interpersonal skills, work tolerance, or work skills) in terms of an employment outcome;
whose vocational rehabilitation can be expected to require multiple vocational rehabilitation services over an extended period of time; and,
who has one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from amputation, arthritis, autism, blindness, burn injury, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, deafness, head injury, heart disease, hemiplegia, hemophilia, respiratory or pulmonary dysfunction, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders (including stroke and epilepsy), paraplegia, quadriplegia and other spinal cord conditions, sickle‑cell anemia, specific learning disabilities, end‑stage renal disease, or another disability or combination of disabilities determined on the basis of an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs (comprehensive assessment) to cause comparable substantial functional limitation.
priority 2. individuals with significant disabilities.
an individual with a significant disabilitymeets all the requirements for priority 1 applicants, except that they have a severe physical or mental impairment which seriously limits only one functional capacity.
priority 3. individuals with disabilities who do not meet the definitions of either "individuals with the most significant disabilities" or "individuals with significant disabilities", but will require vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, secure, retain, or regain employment.
regardless of whether or not an order of selection is in effect, all agency clients with approved individualized plans for employment will be served. the estimated numbers for service and outcome goals by order of selection priority categories for federal fiscal year 2009, ending september 30, 2009:
i can't wait til tomorrow to contact these people and ask exactly how they are claiming to abide by their own policies by telling my husband he makes too much money. lol! oh, i can't wait!!! :lol2: sorry, but we just knew they were lying, and it took some real nosing around on their site to come up with this, but yay for us!