Vocational rehabilitation, also known as VR, is the process that helps restore a disabled person to work he or she is capable of doing mentally, physically and vocationally. It is a public program run by states. Its purpose is to help people with disabilities become gainfully employed again. If you would like to know if vocational rehabilitation is right for you, contact one of our Boise or Nampa Social Security attorneys
You don’t have to be on Social Security Disability to qualify for vocational rehabilitation. If you have a mental or physical disability, you can be evaluated by vocational rehabilitation to see if you qualify for assistance. Going through vocational rehabilitation prior to your disability hearing also shows the judge that you are trying and can lend credibility to your description of your limitations. Sometimes a failed work attempt can help to illustrate the nature and severity of your condition. If you happen to find a job that you can do despite your limitations, so much the better.
There are several types of services, including assessments that evaluate your mental and physical condition, as well as your skills and abilities. The rehabilitation can also include counseling and guidance, training, transportation, job placement and any other things you might need to get back working. Of course, your plan will be structured around you needs. If your disability has left you unable to do a certain job, and you need to make a career change, vocational rehabilitation can help provide training for you. Keep in mind that not everyone gets the same services. Some people will need lots of help, while others need only minor assistance.
Once you know what type of job or career you want within your physical and mental capabilities, a vocational rehabilitation counselor will help you choose an appropriate career path. All plans are individualized according to your needs. Depending on your financial situation, you may be responsible for some of the costs of your rehabilitation plan. However, you will be able to receive the help you need even if you can’t pay. The Social Security Administration can even pay for these services when the claimants meet certain conditions, and work incentives allow the Social Security Administration to continue to pay you even after you have returned to work.
One thing to note is that not everyone who receives disability benefits is eligible for vocational rehabilitation. There are some cases where the Social Security Administration will not refer a claimant to a vocational rehabilitation agency. The first case is if you have an illness that will end in death, or if you have a mental or physical impairment that that is so bad that training, work adjustment and employment are impossible. Similarly, if your disability involves loss of memory or understanding, they won’t consider you.
Another factor they consider is your age. If you are at an advanced age and either have an impairment that is so severe that it would be hard for you to adjust, or a poor work history of performing hard labor, and you don’t have a lot of education or transferable skills, then Social Security will not refer you.
Most claimants will cooperate during their rehabilitation program. However, there are always exceptions, and Social Security can suspend benefits if a person refuses to cooperate with the rehabilitation agency without a good reason. If you are offered services by a rehabilitation provider, you should accept if you want to continue receiving disability benefits.
If you wish to apply for vocational rehabilitation then contact the VR office nearest to you. You need to make an appointment and complete their application forms. If you have questions or need help with getting Social Security Disability benefits, please contact one of our Boise or Nampa Social Security attorneys. The disability application process can be confusing, but we are here to help answer your questions and make the process as simple as possible.
Originally posted 2014-02-03 15:46:14.