Rules Under Development

Vocational rehabilitation

Chapter 296-19A, WAC

All updates for this rule:

Vocational Rehabilitation (Option 2) (Chapter 296-19A WAC)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to implement Senate House Bill 1496 (Chapter 137, Laws of 2015). The proposed rule change provides further clarification about Option 2 vocational training benefits. After a workerís vocational retraining plan is approved by the department, the worker can elect Option 2, which allows the worker access to training funds for a self-directed training plan. The worker can use up to ten percent of the Option 2 training funds for vocational counseling and job placement services if the workerís vocational retraining plan was approved on or after July 31, 2015. The proposed rules will: - Revise wording to make the rules easier to understand; - Explain the workerís option election limits; - Define Option 2 vocational counseling and job placement services; - Specify who can provide Option 2 vocational counseling and job placement services; - Describe how Option 2 vocational counseling and job placement services are delivered; - List the vocational providerís Option 2 reporting requirements; and - Outline how Option 2 vocational bills are charged and paid. The proposed rules were developed in consultation with the Vocational Subcommittee.754.

8/23/2017

Comments Due

8/22/2017

Public Hearing

7/18/2017

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

4/5/2016

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

Option 2 Benefits (Chapter 296-19A - Vocational Rehabilitation)

L&I is adopting rules to implement SHB 1496 (Chapter 137, Laws of 2015). The rules explain the vocational Option 2 benefits available to injured workers and outline the responsibilities of the department, self-insured employers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors in connection with Option 2. The rules clarify which workers are eligible for increased vocational Option 2 benefits. Eligible workers can receive a vocational Option 2 award equal to nine months of temporary total disability benefits, can use up to 10 percent of training funds for vocational assistance, and have a longer period of time to make their Option 2 selection. In addition, the rules clarify that the highest priority is returning the injured worker to employment. The changes were adopted 1/19/2016 and became effective on 2/19/2016.735.

2/19/2016

Rule Changes Effective

1/19/2016

PDF: Adoption (Rule-Making Order CR-103)

PDF: Adopted Rule Language

10/27/2015

Comments Due

10/27/2015

Public Hearing

9/22/2015

PDF: Proposed Rulemaking (CR 102)

PDF: Proposed Rule Language

8/4/2015

PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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