Vocational Futures Planning and Support
Employment services are now available for participants
of long-term care services under the Medicaid home and community-based
waivers. The programs included are Family Care, Partnership, IRIS the Community
Options Program Waiver (COP-W) and the Community Integration Program
II (CIP II).
In 2002, Wisconsin received approval from the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand habilitation services to
include employment services for elders and people with physical
disabilities. Specifically, employment services -- defined as
"vocational futures planning" (VFP) -- were added as an
allowable service for COP-W and CIP II participants. With the approval
of the subsequent home and community-based waivers for Family Care,
Partnership and Iris, vocational futures planning was expanded to
include support after an individual was hired to ensure that they were
able to maintain their employment. The new service is Vocational Futures
Planning and Support (VFPS).
Vocational futures planning and support is a consumer-directed, team-based comprehensive service package that helps waiver participants
obtain, maintain or advance in employment. Find out more about VFPS:
What does this mean to consumers with physical
disabilities who require long-term support services in out long-term
Access to employment services, such as identifying
barriers to employment and ways to reduce or eliminate the barriers,
interviewing and resume writing skills training, and assessing assistive
technology needs for the job.
Access to work incentives benefits
counseling and information on a comprehensive array of
government benefits and programs, such as the Social Security work
incentive program (Plan for Achieving Self Support, or PASS).
To participate, Family Care, Partnership, COP-W and CIP II participants should
contact their long-term care manager and request information about
vocational futures planning and support. IRIS participants should work
with their independent consultant.
For more information, contact Dan Johnson by phone at
608-267-9582 (voice); or by e-mail at Dan.Johnson@wisconsin.gov.
May 24, 2013