Types of vocational services are:
Supervised employment in a sheltered setting for clients who
are unable to participate in competitive employment.
Services aimed at preparing an individual for paid or unpaid
employment. Services are not job-task oriented, but are intended to have a
more generalized result as opposed to vocational training for a specific job
or supported employment.
Services aimed at helping clients to develop skills in
performing activities of daily living and community living.
Paid, competitive employment in an integrated work setting for
individuals who need intensive, on-going support to sustain paid work.
County funding for vocational services will be
considered after the subject provides documentation of either a
developmental disability or a long term mental illness. All lesser
restrictive vocational services must be explored and ruled out before
county-funded vocational services will be considered. A Department of
Vocational Rehabilitation application and assessment is necessary prior to a
decision regarding county-funded supported employment services. Services may
be limited based on the availability of funding.
Developmental Disability Definition:
A developmental disability means a disability
attributed to a brain injury prior to age 21, or cerebral palsy, epilepsy,
autism, mental retardation, or another neurological condition closely
related to mental retardation or requiring treatment similar to that
required for mental retardation, which has continued or can be expected to
continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial handicap to the
Long Term Mental Illness
The following classifications from the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) are accepted as
diagnoses of long term mental illness (sometimes called chronic mental
Schizophrenia: 295.1, 295.2, 295.3, 295.6, 295.9
Delusional Disorder: 297.1
Psychotic Disorder NOS, 298.9
Major Depressive Disorder: 296.3
Bipolar Disorders: 296.4, 296.7, 296.8, 296.89
Schizophreniform Disorders: 295.4
Schizoaffective Disorders: 295.7
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