The service also will provide information and education to the Participant

The service also will provide information and

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Medicare, housing subsidies, food stamps, etc. The service also will provide information and education to the Participant regarding income reporting requirements for public benefit programs, including the Social Security Administration. Benefits counseling provides work incentives counseling and planning services to persons actively considering or seeking competitive integrated employment or career advancement. Benefits Counseling may not be rendered under the waiver to a Participant under a program funded by either the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or any other small business development resource available to the Participant. Initial Benefits Counseling may only be provided if it is documented in the service plan that Benefits Counseling services provided by a Certified Work Incentives Counselor through a Pennsylvania-based federal Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program were sought and it was determined that such services were not available either because of ineligibility or because of wait lists that would result in services not being available within 30 calendar days. Career Assessment Career Assessment is an individualized employment assessment used to assist in the identification of potential career options based upon the interests and strengths of the Participant. Services support the Participant to live and work successfully in home and community-based settings, enable the Participant to integrate more fully into the community, and ensure the health, welfare and safety of the Participant.
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36 Career Assessment is an individualized employment assessment that includes: Conducting a review of the Participant’s work and volunteer history, interests and skills, which may include information gathering or interviewing. Conducting situational assessments to assess the Participant’s interest and aptitude in a particular type of job. Identifying types of jobs in the community that match the Participant’s interests, strengths and skills. Developing a Career Assessment Report that specifies recommendations regarding the Participant’s needs, interests, strengths, and characteristics of potential work environments. The Career Assessment Report must also specify training or skills development necessary to achieve the Participant’s employment or career goals, that could be addressed by other waiver services in the Participant’s service plan. This service includes Discovery for individuals whose, due to the impact of their disability, skills, preferences, and potential contributions cannot be best captured through traditional, standardized means, such as functional task assessments, situational assessments, and/or traditional normative assessments that compare the individual to others or arbitrary standards of performance and/or behavior. Discovery involves a comprehensive analysis of the person in relation to following: Strongest interests toward one or more specific aspects of the labor market Skills, strengths and other contributions likely to be
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