What's New for Vocational Counselors

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VSS staff updates

July 15, 2019

The Claims VSS staff are happy to announce that Bailey Ramsdell, CDMS, joined our team on 1/01/2019

Please check Contact Us to find the most up-to-date unit coverage assignments.

VocLink Connect issue

July 8, 2019

Customers who use VocLink Connect are being prompted to upgrade to a paid version of Java to use the service. L&I is looking into this issue and will update this page as we learn more.

Vocational conference presentation is now available

July 3, 2019

Thank you for joining us at the L&I Spring Vocational Conference on June 7, 2019. The presentation and handouts are now available:

Also, a big thank you to our presenters!

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Santos at Jennifer.santos@lni.wa.gov or call 360-902-6576.

Maximum vocational training fund adjustment

June 10, 2019

The maximum vocational training fund is increasing. This change is the result of an annual adjustment required under the statue governing vocational rehabilitation services.

The training fund amount is directly linked to the plan approval date.

If the plan is or was approved:

  • July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, the amount is $18,660.46.
  • July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, the amount is $18,294.57.

The amount of the maximum training fund applies regardless of whether a worker chooses Option 1 or Option 2 after plan approval.

L&I begins rulemaking to improve vocational services

June 06, 2019

Were ready to take the next step in preventing unnecessary work disability proposing new administrative rules (WAC) that support vocational recovery as the first priority for VRCs services. Read more about the proposal. (258 KB PDF)

Useful Outcomes will retire as a performance indicator

May 29, 2019

As of June 1, all referral outcomes will be designated as neutral. This means that VRCs, firms and claim managers will see blank cells under the Useful Outcomes heading in the performance report. This change aligns with the direction of the Vocational Recovery Project (VRP). As we move forward, we will be working with our partners to identify other performance indicators that will better support the VRP worker-centric model.

How to request ADMX for all referral types

January 2, 2019

Beginning January 1, 2019, a VRC can submit a request for ADMX via EVOC for the following referral types:

  • Vocational Recovery (EI)
  • Ability to Work Assessment (AWA)
  • Plan Development (PD)
  • Plan Implementation (PI)

Once the EVOC is granted, VRCs don't need to submit EVOC updates on the ADMX. However, it is critical that L&I and the vocational community strengthen their efforts to identify and resolve barriers as soon as they appear. Therefore, as soon as a VRC identifies barriers, they should promptly submit an EVOC so they can collaborate with their VSS on how to overcome them. 

Note: Because the original fee caps for vocational referrals have increased, make sure you have exhausted the funding in the original fee cap before requesting ADMX.

Help identify and address psychosocial barriers

December 18, 2018

The first document below summarizes the actions we encourage vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs) to take to address psychosocial barriers they observe with workers.

The second document contains internal claims training content (originally shared at the L&I fall voc conference). This describes in-depth guidance given to claim managers who are talking to workers, providers, and employers. It also describes psychosocial interventions in detail and gives answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Questions? Please write to VocRecoveryProject@Lni.wa.gov

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