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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.

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.

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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