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Did You Know Dozen: Tip #1 Social Security and Paying for VR

Accessibility, Client Assistance Program & Vocational Rehabilitation

Welcome to our Client Assistance Program (CAP) tips series! Every day, for the next 12 days, you will learn a new fact from the DRAZ CAP team. All tips will be about Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services.

Vocational Rehabilitation Rights: Tip #1 of 12

Did you know that if you are a Social Security Disability recipient (SSI and/or SSDI) VR cannot ask you to contribute to the cost of your vocational rehabilitation services?

Federal law allows VR to choose whether it will require clients to pay for some services. VR usually decides how much a client must pay towards their services based on a financial needs test.  The financial needs test looks at household income and number of people in the client’s household. But if you receive Social Security disability benefits, you automatically meet financial need and are not required to pay for any VR service.

If you have a dispute with VR about whether the financial needs test applies to you, you may call DRAZ and do an intake form.

Source for Today’s Tip: 34 CFR §361.54 (b)(3)(ii).

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