Prevocational services are services that provide learning and work experiences, including volunteer work, where the member can develop general, non-job-task-specific strengths and skills that contribute to employability in paid employment in integrated community settings. Services are expected to occur over a defined period of time and with specific outcomes to be achieved, as determined by the member and the member’s service and supports planning team through an ongoing person-centered planning process.
Members receiving prevocational services must have employment-related goals in their person-centered services and supports plan. The general habilitation activities must be designed to support such employment goals. Competitive, integrated employment in the community for which a member is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities, is considered to be the optimal outcome of prevocational services.
Prevocational services should enable each individual to attain the highest level of work in the most integrated setting and with the job matched to the member’s interest, strengths, priorities, abilities and capabilities, while following applicable federal wage guidelines.