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Informed Choice In the Oklahoma Vocational Rehabilitation Process
You have the Right to make informed choice throughout your Vocational Rehabilitation process. You can discuss your concerns with the Counselor or Office Supervisor at any time. You can discuss your concerns or questions with a representative from the Client Assistance Program at 800-522-8224 or 405-521-3756 or email@example.com (for steps in your informed choice, see other side).
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Call or visit your Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services DRS office in your area. If you do not know where your office is or if you are unable to go there, call 800-847-4042 to locate the office in your area. You may speak with a representative between: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Friday (except state holidays). Visit the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services website at www.okrehab.org.
Eligibility: You are eligible if your disability limits you from getting or keeping a job that uses your skills and abilities AND you require DRS services to learn how to adjust to your functional limitations so you are able to work.
Order of Selection: Because of limited funding, DRS assists people with the most severe disabilities first. After an assessment is completed you will be informed if you are eligible and if you meet the order of selection.
Your Choices: Bring your disability information to DRS or sign a release of information form so DRS can get your disability records. If you do not have complete or current disability information, ask DRS to provide a disability evaluation. Timeframe: 60 days from receipt of application
Questions to Answer: How can limitations caused by the disability be addressed? Do you know what types of jobs match your skills and abilities? If you receive Social Security, will your job goal pay you enough money to replace your benefits? Do you need your disability assessed by an expert who can answer your questions?
Your Choices: Work with your DRS counselor to find the answers. Meet with a DRS Benefit Planner to determine how work might affect your government benefits. You may ask that your case be closed if do not feel the benefits of working outweigh the risk of losing your government benefits.
The IPE lists the services you will receive from DRS and YOUR CONTRIBUTION to the plan:
You and the counselor need to agree on your job goal and what you need to do together to help you reach your job goal. You should keep your IPE in a file with all other correspondence from DRS and anything you provide to DRS.
Questions to Answer: What will you need to address the limitations of your disability? (e.g. adaptive aids, training for adaptive aids, career assessment). What are your needs to learn the skills for your job? (e.g., attend school, training program, on the job training). With job search assistance, are you ready to go to work? Do you need new assessments to answer these questions?
Your Choices: Write your IPE with your counselor. You can ask other people to help with this process. Select the service providers needed in your plan.
You are ready to apply for jobs. Do you know how to use community resources to be able to find a job? Do you need help from a Job Placement Specialist to assist you find a job and prepare for interviews?
Your Choices: Once you get a job, you can extend the 90 day follow up period if you are having problems on the new job.
If you have problems learning your new job or have any issues or concerns involving your new job, please contact your counselor immediately.
Typical Reasons to Close your Case:
Timeframe: 90 days typically after you begin work
Revised Date 2-2010
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
State of Oklahoma
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