Chronological Announcements for DVR Service Providers

2020

Chronological Announcements for DVR Service Providers
Revision/Creation Date Announcement Synopsis of Material/Change
08/25/2020 Supported Employment Coordination Planning This is new information to accompany changes to DVR Supported Employment reporting implemented in July 2020: Supported Employment Coordination Planning
07/06/2020 Scam Alert for DVR Staff and DVR Providers With so many individuals looking for opportunities to work from home during COVID-19, there are also individuals ready to take advantage of remote hiring and work practices. There have been incidents in recent weeks of online employment scams involving DVR consumers.
06/09/2020 DVR Technical Specification Q&A Session Purpose: To share Technical Specification training resources and opportunities. Please have DVR Statewide Service Provider personnel review and read through the technical specifications and watch the presentations relevant to the service they provide to DVR consumers.
06/09/2020 Webinar Invitation: Partners with Business This webinar will provide an overview of the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities’ statewide Partners with Business initiative, the Partners with Business model, and the tools, resources, and technical assistance available to help service providers implement best practices and negotiate formal/paid co-worker supports. Two webinar dates are available. 100 participants maximum. Registration is free but required. Option 1: June 25, 2020 from 10:30am to 11:30am. Option 2: June 30, 2020 from 9:00am to 10:30am.
06/02/2020 Today marks VR's 100th Anniversary! June 2, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of civilian vocational rehabilitation in the United States.
05/29/2020 COVID-19 Extensions DVR has decided to extend the timeframe for COVID-19 services, supplemental payments for completed services, and service flexibilities through June 30, 2020.
05/27/2020 2020-2022 DVR Service Agreement Renewal Process The DVR vetting process has been updated for the 2020-2022 service agreement. Due to COVID-19 related delays and restrictions, DVR is moving forward with a more streamlined and simplified virtual approach for this year's vetting process.
05/26/2020 COVID-19: Reopen Plan As business operations begin to open in Wisconsin, DVR would like to provide some follow up information, resources, and guidance you may find helpful when creating a plan for reopening.
05/15/2020 UPDATE: 2020-2022 DVR Service Agreement DVR had intended to provide service providers with information this week about how to participate in the vetting process and submit an agreement for the 2020-2022 DVR Service Agreement term. The service agreement renewal process is still being finalized. More information will be shared as it becomes available. DVR hopes to have this process in place within the next 1-2 weeks.
05/14/2020 New DVR Technical Specifications, Reports, & Fees Purpose: To inform DVR Service Providers about new Technical Specifications, Reports and Fees for 2020-2022. Training sessions will be held for DVR staff via a Study Hall format-Part 1: May 18 or 21 and Part 2: May 26 or 28. Training for service providers will be completed in June. More information about how to participate in this training will be provided at a later date.
04/28/2020 Social Security BPQY Requests All BPQYs are able to be processed by SSA with some delay as resources permit.
04/28/2020 New DVR Service: Partners with Business To address the changing needs of consumers and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, DVR has added a new service: Partners with Business.
04/28/2020 UPDATE: DVR Employer of Record In response to COVID-19 and the extension of the Safer at Home order, DVR's Employer of Record (EOR), Opportunities, Inc., has provided updated information for the EOR process associated with Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) wages.
04/21/2020 COVID-19 Payments Extended To align with the extension of Governor Evers' "Safer at Home" order, DVR will extend the timeframe for COVID-19 payments for completed services through May 31, 2020.
04/20/2020 New DVR Service: Explore Work In an effort to address the changing needs of consumers and providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, DVR has added a new service: "Explore Work." This email includes a description of the service and provider requirements.
03/30/2020 COVID-19 Services As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, DVR recognizes that work in this environment poses unique challenges, and that our consumers, service providers, and staff are facing uncertainty in their lives and in employment.
03/20/2020 DVR Employer of Record: COVID-19 Response Please share the following communication with your staff.
03/20/2020 DVR Operations: COVID-19 Update Please see the linked communication from DVR Senior Leadership and share with your staff as you deem appropriate.
03/18/2020 COVID 19 VIRUS – VENDOR SERVICES Please see the following communication and share with staff as you deem appropriate.
01/08/2020 DWD/DVR: State as Model Employer E-Learning All DVR Service Providers are encouraged to take advantage of a new training opportunity, State as Model Employer: Connecting to a Diverse Workforce.
01/03/2020 DWD/DVR Updated Website On January 2, 2020, DWD/DVR published the new External DWD Website. Information for DVR Service Provider is now available at: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dvr/service-providers/.
01/03/2020 DVR Systematic Instruction/Task Analysis Report Upload Instructions The recently revised SI Job and Task Analysis Report (DVR-18212-E) is a .docm file type. THis announcements provides steps for saving this file.

2019

Chronological Announcements for DVR Service Providers
Revision/Creation Date Announcement Synopsis of Material/Change
12/16/2019 IPS Supported Employment Surveys This fall DVR conducted a series of surveys and collected impressions from providers about time and resource requirements associated with different statewide services, as well as feedback on specific aspects of service delivery.
11/06/2019 Management Learning Series The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) are partnering to offer a management learning series for employment service providers.
08/19/2019 DVR Customized Employment Training Follow-up Announcement Customized Employment Training to DVR Service Providers in-person follow-up sessions will be taking place in September in Milwaukee, Madison, Hayward, and Stevens Point.
07/24/2019 DVR Supported Employment Guidance The Supported Employment Guidance has been updated to reflect new terminology, timeframes and contains additional detail.
07/18/2019 Supported Employment Training SAMHSA' GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is offering an optional, no cost Supported Employment Training to DVR Service Providers.
07/12/2019 Competitive Integrated Employment Initiative Wisconsin works for everyone when people with disabilities bring their value, interests, skills, and abilities to Wisconsin's Workforce.
07/11/2019 DVR Customized Employment Survey DVR is seeking service provider input on the resources required to complete DVR Statewide Services under the current DVR Statewide Fee Structure.
07/02/2019 Systematic Instruction Skill Instruction and Job and Task Analysis Report Update Reports have been updated to simplify and clarify reporting requirements and encourage optimal service delivery.
06/10/2019 DVR Service Agreement Annual Requirements A webinar recording is available on the DVR Service Provider Website that reviews the 2019 Service Agreement requirements.
05/08/2019 Customized Employment Training DVR is offering an optional, no cost Customized Employment Training to DVR Service Providers.
04/30/2019 2019 DVR Service Provider Online Account Updates The current DVR Service Agreement term is in effect until 06/30/2020; however, the service agreement consists of annual requirements due within 2019.
04/09/2019 Invoice Processing The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is undergoing internal improvements for invoice processing.
04/02/2019 Updated Kwik Trip Protocol Communication regarding updated protocol DVR will follow when working with Kwik Trip to connect DVR talent to Retail Helper positions.
03/07/2019 OJT Guidance Updates and New Resources Communication regarding updated guidance documents and supporting resources for DVR's On-the-Job Training (OJT) Hiring Initiative.
02/26/2019 Wage Verification Options This communication is an update regarding wage and hour documentation. The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires wage per hour documentation for all successful DVR case closures in order to verify the validity of each closure.
01/03/2019 TJX Discontinue Notice Please share this communication with all staff providing Internship/Temporary Work (I/TW) related services to DVR consumers.