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Save the date for the June 7, 2019, L&I Spring Vocational Conference

March 12, 2019

Save the date for our 2019 Spring Vocational Conference on June 7, 2019, at the L&I Tumwater building. The theme will be “Vocational Recovery: Building a foundation for the future.” Join us and earn one hour of ethics CEUs.

Please watch this site for more information, including how to register.


Update on pre-job accommodation and job modification codes

March 11, 2019

Our system now automatically loads the pre-job accommodation and job modification codes (0823V, 0824V) for all these referral types:

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

You no longer need to call us to load the codes for you. This applies regardless of when you received the referral.


Vocational Technical Stakeholders Group (VTSG): new meeting notes posted online

February 27, 2019

The most recent VTSG meeting notes are here. You can learn more about VTSG, find the meeting schedule, and read previous meeting notes on the VTSG webpage.


Billing problem alert

February 21, 2019

We just learned that our system pays at the 2018 rate when a bill is submitted that includes both 2018 and 2019 service dates.

To fix bills we've already paid, please submit adjustments to separate your 2018 dates of service from your 2019 dates of service. Do not submit the bill again, only the adjustment.

For all future billings, please submit bills for any 2018 dates of service separately; this will ensure you receive the correct rate for 2019 dates of service.

We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience.


Registration now open for Washington State IARP Conference May 16-17

February 21, 2019

The 2019 Washington IARP Conference will take place at the Emerald Queen Casino conference center, which is separate from the main casino and is smoke free. You will earn 15 CEUs if you attend both days of the conference. IARP members can get the early bird registration cost for both days for only $120 (same rate as 2018). Early bird registration ends on April 14, 2019.

You can learn more about the conference, download the agenda, and register at the IARP website.


AWA referral text is changing

January 8, 2019

We've removed the standard language on AWA referrals. Claim managers can now use free text to give VRCs information specific to the claim.


New travel mileage rate effective January 1, 2019

January 8, 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, the personal vehicle mileage rate is $.58 per mile. The rate in 2018 was $.55 per mile.


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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