Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) are companies, nonprofit organizations, agencies or individuals under contract to provide employment support to consumers with disabilities served by Minnesota's Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) program.
CRPs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Accreditation is an assurance that the provider conforms to nationally and internationally recognized service standards and is focused on delivering the most favorable results for persons served.
These are the Metro-area providers:
These are the Northland-area providers:
These are the Southland-area providers:
VRS purchases job placement and job retention services from qualified partners through a performance-based agreement (PBA) that emphasizes outcomes and results. VRS refers job placement and retention services to partners with the outcome-based job placement services attachment in their P/T contracts. Referrals may be for supported or non-supported employment outcomes.
Payments are linked to consumer employment goals and employer satisfaction. Payment for services is provided when key milestones toward employment outcome are reached.
A signed Placement and Retention Plan is developed at a face-to-face meeting involving the consumer, the partner and the VRS staff member. The plan identifies the job goal, defines the roles and responsibilities of each of the three parties, and creates a consensus about the desired outcome. The plan must be signed by all three parties.
Job hire is the first complete, paid shift worked by the consumer in the integrated labor market. If the consumer loses his or her job prior to the completion of the PBA, the consumer is re-placed by the partner with no additional payment.
Each milestone will be pre-authorized by VRS staff and paid once per partner, per open PBA. Payment of a milestone will constitute payment in full for all services delivered during that phase of the program. A maximum of $3,800 will be paid per consumer in the following increments:
P/T contracts with CRPs are effective for five years.
Under state contracting requirements, CRPs must complete an application to be a provider of services. The application is reviewed and approved by DEED staff. As a result of the application process, a new contract number will be assigned to each organization.
Routine requests to amend contracts by adding, deleting or modifying existing services are handled through a consultative process on an as-needed basis. Requests to add new or innovative services that have not typically been offered under previous P/T contracts (or historic operating agreements) will be considered for VRS review as an innovation and expansion activity.
The primary CRP contact is Community Partners Rehabilitation Specialist Anne Paulson: 651-259-7135 or email Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us.
Additional VRS contacts: