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You can now “Find us on Facebook!” In March, DVR officially launched its Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/WIEmployAbility.
You can share the link with service providers, employer partners and consumers. The page will feature information about disability and employment issues, as well as some general disability information.
Any suggestions for content (pages to “like,” articles, blogs, videos, etc.) and feedback can be sent to Kristin Rolling.
Facebook is DVR's first social media offering, but it won't be the last! More news coming soon!
The new online application process will go into effect on Monday, April 2, 2012. The online application will allow potential consumers to complete an application at WDA offices, libraries, Job Centers, their home or any other location where a computer is linked to the internet. It is easy to complete, secured and should expedite the DVR online application process.
A complete step-by-step document of the new online application process is found in SharePoint at http://cs-dvr/iris/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx “Online Application/New Online Application Process”. A study hall for the new online application process has been scheduled for April 19th at your WDA's videoconference site.
Amy Grotzke, WDA 9 Director, sits in front of the camera during the taping of the DVR Service Provider webcast.
In years past, DVR service providers would attend one of several Service Provider Trainings that were held across the state. These trainings covered changes to contract technical specifications, the requirements of contracting with DVR as well as general information and updates about DVR and service delivery.
This format required service providers and their staff to travel, as well as travel by DVR staff to present at and facilitate the sessions. In addition, there were also costs for meeting rooms and equipment rentals.
This year's DVR Service Provider Training is being offered to service providers as a webcast. Service providers will be able to view the webcast on demand from a link on the DVR website.
The webcast will be available in 4 modules, which will allow service providers the flexibility to view only those modules that pertain to them. The four modules are:
The webcast is scheduled to be released May 1, 2012.
Early this year, the DVR Training Unit rolled up the results the Training Needs Assessment that staff participated in. Below is the summary of results (most important) from the three surveyed populations.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors and Consumer Case Coordinators:
Administrative Support Personnel:
The 11th Annual Wisconsin Youth Leadership Forum (WI YLF) is a week-long leadership training and career awareness program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with disabilities. It provides training in leadership, self-advocacy skills, and career awareness to approximately 25 students with disabilities from throughout the State of Wisconsin.
The conference is free, but students must apply by April 16.
Application and More Information: http://www.wiyouthfirst.org/YLF_announce.html.
Staff and supervisors participate in a training session that was offered as part of Phase 1 of Motivational Interviewing.
Phase 1 of Motivational Interviewing is underway, and Phase 2 is scheduled to start this fall. When Phase 1 is complete, over 66 staff and supervisors will have received basic and advanced training in motivational interviewing.
Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach to overcoming the ambivalence that keeps many people form making desired changes in their lives, even after seeking or being referred to professional help.
Submitted by Matthew Maloney - VRC, Green Bay
For the month of March, WDA 5 is tracking our water intake as part of our wellness initiative. VR counselor Terra Schlueter suggested the idea, as fluid intake can be one of the more overlooked aspects of health and wellbeing.
WDA 5 wellness coordinator Matt Maloney asked for voluntary participants from the group, and a total of 19 signed up. There was some debate over which beverages should count toward the goal, and then how much we should look to consume on average. In the end we agreed that, in addition to water, we would also include herbal teas and naturally-sweetened, non-caloric mineral waters. Although 8 glasses per day has always been the standard for water consumption, we agreed that a good goal to shoot for would be 50 oz. per person, per day.
So far things have been going very well, and the group looks to attain their goal. The participants can track their consumption on a spreadsheet set up on the V Drive. The system promotes accountability in that team members can issue good-natured reminders to those who may be falling behind or have not updated their numbers in awhile. One thing that several team members mentioned was that it was more difficult keeping up with their water drinking on the weekends. Even after March is over, we hope that this event will encourage all of us to pay more attention not only to our water intake but to healthy habits in general.
If you have unverified direct payments after making multiple contacts using multiple methods of contact, DVR can work with DWD Finance for collection. The procedures are outlined below:
Please send an email to Kim Pomeroy with the following information:
DWD Finance will create and send an invoice to the consumer. The consumer will receive a running notice from DWD Finance for three consecutive months. If there is no payment, they will refer the invoice to Department of Revenue (DOR) for tax intercept. Any funds that are collected by DOR will be transferred to DWD/DVR.
You should casenote in the IRIS file that a direct payment was sent to Finance for collection.
(This will be a recurring article, featuring tips and tricks from different DVR teams.)
Ever wish you had more time? “If I just had a few more minutes in my day I could get it all done!” Here are some tips from the Coulee 9 team with regards to time management. Enjoy!
by Angela Boutwell-Cook – CCC, Kenosha
For some to be limited, they would refer to it as a disability,
To believe in ones self promotes a growing self esteem, deep on the inside,
If consumers would strive and never give up on their personal goals,
Written by: Prodical Poetess©, Angie Boutwell.
Gwen Steele - VRC, Ladysmith
I want to take a minute to thank you for all your help with this position at the (employer name). I love the environment here and everyone is so nice. Everyone was very helpful with everything. I also want to thank you for the chance to do some on the job training.
Brock Hansen - VRC, Madison
I just wanted to say Thank You for all you and DVR have done in helping assist Tom while he looked for employment. He feels a new sense of pride having the library. Tom's connection with Work Plus has also worked very well. There is no doubt in my mind that the road to one's recovery is re-engaging in life and working at a job.
Good luck Brock with all your future clients.
Email received by Patti Johnson - copy of an email from an employer (who hired a DVR consumer) to a DVR service provider
Just wanted to say thank you for Brad. He has been doing very well and I get so many compliments about him from the Residents. He is always on time, is very patient with the residents, and always has a smile on his face. So again thank you!!
Karen Lambright - VRC, Madison
Who would have thought that someone on disability income that hadn't worked in decades would be featured on the Madison College (MATC) website? Here's the reason this all happened. Two people named Karen Lambright and Amy Anderson. Karen, you allowed me to have career placement help. For this I am eternally grateful. I was smart enough to pick Career Ladder and blessed to have Amy as my counselor. She gave me the confidence and courage to think big and to understand that I could do this. I am so happy I tried. My life is so much better working, feeling useful to society and contributing to our budget. I couldn't have done it without all the support from DVR, with the alternative treatments, occupational devices, and especially without Amy Anderson. She is a wonderful person not to mention very knowledgeable in her subject matter. She spent many hours with me, I felt sometimes too many just to make sure I was going to make it.
I MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!