Order of Selection
Effective October 1, 2013, the North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has officially opened Priority Category 1. This means individuals with the most significant disabilities will no longer be placed on a wait list.
As of December 3, 2013, the North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has removed 1,475 individuals from the wait list and continues to review the status monthly.
There are 121 individuals remaining on the wait list. This includes 0 individuals in Priority Category 1, 55 individuals in Priority Category 2, and 66 individuals in Priority Category 3. Of the 121 individuals, 61 are under the age of 21.
DVR continues to provide information and refer clients to appropriate services provided by partner agencies.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO IMPLEMENT AN ORDER OF SELECTION?
The North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation implemented an Order of Selection on March 16, 2012.
"Order of Selection" is a procedure where the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) does not have sufficient financial resources to serve all people who are eligible for services. Order of Selection uses a wait list to manage the available financial resources. Individuals with the most significant disabilities are given priority on the wait list. During or shortly after the eligibility determination, individuals will be assigned an Order of Selection category based on the severity of their disability.
Eligible individuals are placed into one of the three following categories that define the order in which they receive services. Those who were on an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) at the time the order was implemented were not put on a wait list.
PRIORITY CATEGORY I – Individuals with most significant disabilities
- Meet the criteria for significant disability as listed in Priority Category II, but are limited in two or more functional capacities that affect an employment outcome; and
- Require various core services over a six month period or more.
PRIORITY CATEGORY II – Individuals with significant disabilities
- Receive Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income; or
- Have a significant physical or mental impairment that seriously limits one functional capacity; or
- May need vocational rehabilitation services over a six month period; or
- Have one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from: amputation, arthritis, autism, blindness, burn injury, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, deafness, head injury, heart disease, hemiplegia, hemophilia, respiratory or pulmonary dysfunction, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, musculoskeletal disorder, neurological disorders (including stroke and epilepsy), paraplegia, quadriplegia and other spinal cord conditions, sickle cell anemia, specific learning disability, and end-stage renal disease, or other disabilities.
PRIORITY CATEGORY III - Other individuals with disabilities
DVR is informing each person applying for services about the Order of Selection process. Once an individual qualifies for vocational rehabilitation services, they are placed on the wait list.
DVR has formed a team to include the Division’s Director, Liaison Accountant, Operations Administrator, Field Chief, Program and Evaluation Administrator, and Data Analyst to review monthly OOS data. The team meets at the beginning of each month to review the status of DVR’s case service budget, capacity, and the movement of the cases taken off the wait list. With this information decisions are made with regard to how many people to take off the wait list. Individuals are taken off the wait list according to the earliest date of application.
DVR began serving individuals in Priority Category 1 of the Order of Selection wait list on December 17, 2012.
ND DVR Order of Selection Information
- Notice to Potential Applicants (172 kb pdf)
- ND DVR OOS Basic Fact Sheet(169 kb pdf)
- OOS Flowchart (170 kb pdf)
- OOS Community Rehab Provider Info Guide (431 kb pdf)
- OOS Transition Info Guide (445 kb pdf)