Vocational Rehabilitation Providers’ Resources

Person browsing books on a bookshelf This page provides resources for Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Community Rehabilitation Providers.

What is a CRP?

  • Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) are agencies or individuals approved to provider VR services to individuals with disabilities in coordination with the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. CRPs may be contracted or non-contracted.
  • Contracting opportunities include the services described in the Standards for Provider Manual and other opportunities such as Request for Proposal.
    • TWC-VR posts contracting opportunities on the Electronic State Busines Daily-TXSmartBuy
    • This video provides additional information for organizations interested in becoming an approved vendor. Electronic State Business Daily Search
  • Non-contracted provider opportunities may include the provision of services such as medical services, ASD Supports and Applied Behavior Analysis, services from Proprietary Schools, or Support Services. The scope of work is described on the service authorization.
    • Contact the local VR Office for additional information. 

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To find a local office, speak to VR specialists or understand local service needs, please visit the VR Office Locator

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Vocational Rehabilitation Provider Locator Tool

We have exciting news! TWC’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Provider Locator is now available. Staff and customers can easily search for VR providers by zip code, location radius, service category, and contract type. This interactive search tool helps everyone make more informed choices by identifying service providers near VR customers.

For step-by-step instructions, refer to the Provider Locator Tool documentation or view the Provider Locator video for a demonstration on how to use and navigate the tool.

For questions about this tool or to report any issues, please use the VR Provider Locator form.

Notices to Providers

Communication related to 30-day review postings of changes, clarifications or expectations to the VR Standards for Providers are listed here. Past Notices to Providers can be found in the Archived Notices to Providers.

  • 06/29/2022 Notice to Providers

The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.


The purpose of this meeting is to continue to provide a venue for ongoing dialogue and collaboration.


We are requesting all questions be submitted to the vr.standards@twc.texas.gov mailbox no later than Thursday, July 14, 2022. Please use Provider Meeting in subject line of the email.


Meeting Agenda


Email the VR Standards mailbox at: vr.standards@twc.texas.gov if you have a question.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Updates from Regional Providers and Discussion of Identified Topics
  • VR Updates/Training
  • Answers to Questions Submitted by Providers
  • Wrap-up and Next Steps
     

06/15/2022 Notice to Providers

  • Flyer-Employment First Training Services MS Word
  • TX APSE FAQPDF
  • Amerigroup and the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) are hosting a free, eight-week training series on competitive integrated employment and Employment First. The training is intended for Supported Employment providers throughout the state of Texas. It is not required for providers that maintain the TWC-VR Supported Employment credential. For more information about the training, refer to the flyer and FAQ document below. To register, send an email to info@apse.org.

  • 06/01/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) has updated the following chapters in the Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual (VR-SFP) regarding the 90-day count of employment. These revisions will publish July 1, 2022, and they are currently posted for the 30 day review period.

Email the VR Standards mailbox at vr.standards@twc.texas.gov if you have any questions.

  • 05/16/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) has created a new chapter in the Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual (VR-SFP). The chapter is currently posted for a 30-day review period and will be published on July 01, 2022.

    Email the VR Standards mailbox at vr.standards@twc.texas.gov if you have any questions.

  • 05/02/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) has updated the following chapters in the Vocational Rehabilitation Standards for Providers Manual (VR-SFP). These revisions are effective June 1, 2022 and they are currently posted for the 30 day review period.

    Email the VR Standards mailbox at vr.standards@twc.texas.gov if you have any questions.

  • 04/12/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. CST on Monday, April 25, 2022.

    The purpose of this meeting is to continue to provide a venue for ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

    We are requesting all questions be submitted to the vr.standards@twc.texas.gov mailbox no later than Thursday, April 21, 2022. Please use Provider Meeting in subject line of the email.

    Meeting Agenda

    Email the VR Standards mailbox at: vr.standards@twc.texas.gov if you have a question.

    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Updates from Regional Providers and Discussion of Identified Topics
    • VR Updates
    • Assistive Technology for Sight Related Disabilities Update
    • Blind Premium Update
    • Answers to Questions Submitted by Providers
    • Wrap-up and Next Steps
  • 04/01/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST) on April 25, 2022.

    The purpose of this meeting is to establish a venue for ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

    Agenda items and registration information will follow soon.

    Questions about the virtual meeting may be submitted to vr.standards@twc.texas.gov.

  • 04/01/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) has updated Chapter 16: Project SEARCH Services in the VR Standards for Providers Manual.

    The following SFP forms were added and are effective April 1, 2022:

    If you have any questions about the update, email the VR Pre-ETS mailbox at vr.pre-ets@twc.texas.gov.

    • VR3360, Referral for Project SEARCH
    • VR3361, Project SEARCH Asset Discovery Report
    • VR3362, Project SEARCH Progress Report
    • VR3363, Project SEARCH Job Placement Services Plan
    • VR3364, Project SEARCH Placement Report
  • 03/01/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) is updating the forms and associated policy in Standards for Providers (SFP) Chapter 16: Project SEARCH Services. The following SFP content is effective April 1, 2022:

    The following SFP forms are effective April 1, 2022:

    The resource, titled Project SEARCH Transition MS Word, describes how to proceed with services when a customer is currently receiving Project SEARCH services.

    If you have any questions about the update, email the VR Pre-ETS mailbox at vr.pre-ets@twc.texas.gov.

  • 02/01/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) has updated the following chapters in the VR Standards for Providers Manual (SFP), effective February 1, 2022:

    These updates include introducing the Career Planning Assessment, updates to the Supported Employment (SE) service delivery model, and restructured payments for disability-related premiums in SE.

    The following SFP forms were added effective February 1, 2022:

    For more information, email the VR Standards mailbox at vr.standards@twc.texas.gov.

    • Chapter 4: Employment Assessments
    • Chapter 18: Supported Employment Services
    • Chapter 20: Premiums
    • VR1629, Referral for Career Planning Assessment
    • VR1630, Career Planning Assessment
    • VR1631, Referral for Supported Employment Services
    • VR1632, Supported Employment Plan and Employment Report
    • VR1633, Supported Employment Job Development and Job Analysis Report
    • VR1634, Supported Employment Training Plan and Job Retention Report
  • 01/18/2022 Notice to Providers

    Supported Employment (SE) Credential Update Available —The SE credential update is now available for SE credential holders to complete on demand through University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE). The credential update is a one-hour webinar that must be completed before accepting new referrals for Standards for Providers (SFP) Chapter 4.6: Career Planning Assessment or SFP Chapter 18: Supported Employment Services. To complete the credential update, click here.

  • 01/05/2022 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM CST on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

    The purpose of this meeting is to continue to provide a venue for ongoing dialogue and collaboration. Also, please note that we plan to spend a significant amount of time during the meeting covering the upcoming modifications to Supported Employment that will go into effect on February 1, 2022.

    We are requesting all questions be submitted to the vr.standards@twc.texas.gov no later than Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Please use Provider Meeting in subject line of the email.

    Meeting Agenda

    For more details see the recent Notice to Providers posted on the Provider Resource Page.

    Email the VR Standards mailbox at vr.standards@twc.texas.gov if you have any questions.

    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Updates from Regional Providers and Discussion of Identified Topics
    • VR Updates and Supported Employment Update
    • Answers to Questions Submitted by Providers
    • Wrap-up and Next Steps
  • 12/29/2021 Notice to Providers

    Update to SFP - Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) is introducing the Career Planning Assessment, changing the Supported Employment (SE) service delivery model, and restructuring payments for disability-related premiums in SE. The following Standards for Providers (SFP) content will go into effect February 1, 2022:

     

    The following SFP forms will go into effect February 1, 2022:

     

    Mandatory training - All University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) SE credential holders must successfully complete a mandatory credential update through UNTWISE before accepting new referrals for SFP Chapter 4.6: Career Planning Assessment or SFP Chapter 18: Supported Employment Services. The credential update will be posted on the UNTWISE website and will be available to complete on-demand starting January 18, 2022.

    The resource, titled Supported Employment Transition MS Word, describes how to proceed with services when a customer is currently receiving SE.

    Questions regarding the updates may be submitted to VR.Standards@twc.texas.gov

  • 12/13/2021 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CST) on January 13, 2021.

    The purpose of this meeting is to establish a venue for ongoing dialogue and collaboration.

    Agenda items and registration information will follow soon.

    Questions about the virtual meeting may be submitted to VR.Standards@twc.texas.gov

  • 09/29/2021 Notice to Providers

    Thank you to everyone who attended the quarterly provider meeting earlier today. We have included 3 documents from the meeting today:

    Please send any questions you have to VR.Standards@twc.texas.gov

  • 09/28/2021 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) is updating provider rates associated with the following chapters in the VR Standards for Providers Manual effective October 01, 2021:

    Please see the fee tables in each chapter for the details related to the new rates. The rates for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Supports have also been adjusted.

    Below are two documents that provide additional information on the TWC-VR rate changes.

    New service authorizations will need to be issued on 10/1 to reflect the rate change. Hourly services will update immediately on 10/1. Benchmarks achieved prior to 10/1 will utilize the legacy rates and benchmarks achieved on 10/1 and later will use updated rates.

    Send any questions to VR.Standards@twc.texas.gov

    • Chapter 4: Employment Assessments
    • Chapter 13: Work Readiness Services
    • Chapter 14: Work Experience Services
    • Chapter 15: Pre-Employment Transition Services
    • Chapter 16: Project SEARCH Services
    • Chapter 17: Basic Employment Services
    • Chapter 18: Supported Employment Services
    • Chapter 19: Self Employment
    • Chapter 20: Premiums
    • List of services with rate increase MS Word
    • FAQ related to the rate increase MS Word
  • 09/16/2021 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

    Meeting Agenda

    We are requesting all questions be submitted to VR.Standards@twc.texas.gov no later than midnight on September 26th. Please use Provider Meeting in the subject line of the email. Please note we may not be able to address all questions on the call.

    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Updates from Regional Provider Representatives and Regional VR Staff
    • Vocational Rehabilitation Program Updates
    • Presentation of VR Waivers and specific Waiver Employment Services
    • Answers to Questions Submitted by Providers
    • Wrap-up and Next Steps
  • 09/14/2021 Notice to Providers

    On July 29, 2021 Executive Order GA-38 (GA-38) was issued by Governor Greg Abbott relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster.

    GA-38 clarifies and establishes that no governmental entity (including TWC-VR) can require any provider or customer to:

    TWC strongly encourages employees and customers to wear face coverings but does not require employees or customers to do so. Generally speaking, a private business can set their own rules and policies for face covering, as long as they do not discriminate against a protected class of people (e.g., on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or disability).

    In addition to the above, GA-38 also states any public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds through any means, including contracts or other disbursements of taxpayer money, shall not require a customer to provide documentation regarding the customer’s COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place. The above includes TWC-VR contractors.

    GA-38 further states that there shall be no local orders regarding COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment.

    However, GA-38 also strongly encourages Texans to:

    Please review SFP Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19 MS Word for more information on GA-38, COVID-19 vaccinations and face coverings.

    Please send any questions to VR.Standards@twc.state.tx.us.

    • receive a COVID-19 vaccine,
    • show proof of a vaccination for COVID-19, or
    • wear a face-covering.
    • Consistently follow good hygiene, social-distancing, and other mitigation practices as a matter of personal responsibility;
    • Receive a COVID-19 vaccine;
    • Wear face coverings; and
    • Use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) health recommendations, found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus.
  • 09/01/2021 Notice to Providers

    The Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division (TWC-VR) invites VR providers to participate in a virtual meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (CST) on September 29, 2021. The purpose of this meeting is to establish a venue for ongoing dialogue and collaboration. Agenda items and registration information will follow soon. Questions about the virtual meeting may be submitted to VR.Standards@twc.state.tx.us.

Blind Services Assistive Technology Trainer Guidelines & Procedures Manual

The required curriculum for assistive technology trainers who provide training to prepare a VR customer who is blind to effectively use assistive technology in employment or in educational settings after high school.