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Division Policy 2.14


Individualized Plan of Employment


July 22, 2003


April 21, 2010 (changed 30 days from eligibility to plan to 60 days)


January 18, 2013


This policy will be reviewed and updated as needed.


To provide guidelines for the development of the individualized plan of employment.


34 CFR 361.45


An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) must be designed to achieve an employment outcome that is consistent with the individual’s strengths, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, career interests, and informed choice.  The development of an IPE must occur within 60 working days of the Certification of Eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services. All IPE’s must be reviewed and updated annually.

An individual or, as appropriate, his/her representative must be provided in writing of the options for the development of an IPE. These options include:

  1. Assistance from a DBS Rehabilitation Specialist in developing all or part of the IPE;
  2. Assistance from an entity other than DBS (example: Client Assistance Program) based on the individual’s informed choice in developing all or part of the IPE; and
  3. Independent development of all or part of the IPE by the individual.

Each eligible individual who selects options two or three must be provided the DBS Guidelines for Development of an Individualized Plan for Employment packet in the language and appropriate mode of communication of the individual’s choice.

If an individual chooses to develop all or part of the IPE with assistance from another entity or independently, the IPE must be submitted in writing to the Rehabilitation Specialist in order to be considered for approval.

If additional data are necessary to prepare the IPE, a comprehensive assessment of the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and needs, including the need for supported employment services may be conducted.  Such an assessment should be conducted in the most integrated setting possible, consistent with the individual’s informed choice.

All services included on the IPE are to be necessary for the individual to obtain their employment goal and should be provided prior to successful case closure. Plans are to be amended as new services become necessary. If a service that is included on the IPE is not provided prior to a successful case closure, justification for not providing the service must be documented in a case note.

Original signed by Joyce Hildreth, Director, on October 14, 2009.