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Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Informed Choice

The Informed Choice policy explains how Vocational Rehabilitation Services assists individuals to exercise informed choice during all aspects of the rehabilitation process.

Relevant Laws, Rules, or Policies
Code of Federal Regulations, Title 34
The Rehabilitation Act

Effective Date

Last Updated

Heather Farmer, Heather.Farmer@state.mn.us
Tel   612.414.9668
Fax  651.297.5159


Each applicant and recipient of vocational rehabilitation services must be informed through appropriate modes of communication about the availability of and opportunities to exercise informed choice. Individuals who need assistance in exercising informed choice must be informed that support services are available.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselor must assist the person to exercise informed choice during the assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs and during the development of the Employment Plan.

Recipients of vocational rehabilitation services will be assisted in acquiring information that enables them to exercise informed choice in the development of their Employment Plans with respect to the selection of the following:

  • The need for and nature of assessment services;

  • vocational goal;

  • vocational rehabilitation services needed to achieve the employment outcome;

  • service providers;

  • where services will be provided;

  • employment setting (competitive integrated with or without supports, self-employment, etc.).

When referring a person for a psychological assessment, Vocational Rehabilitation Services will give the individual a copy of the Psychological Evaluation Guide.

The individual will be assisted to find the information needed to make choices about specific vocational rehabilitation services, including the providers of those services.

This information must include at a minimum:

  • cost of the proposed service(s);

  • accessibility (physical access, programmatic access, and transportation options);

  • duration of potential services;

  • satisfaction with services obtained by recipients of vocational rehabilitation services, to the extent that information is available;

  • qualifications of potential service providers (agency qualifications and/or qualifications of specific staff who will be providing the service);

  • types of services offered by the potential provider;

  • degree to which services are provided in integrated settings, and

  • outcomes achieved by individuals working with service providers, to the extent that such information is available.

Whenever a counselor cannot support an individual’s choices, the person must be given information about his/her appeal rights and the availability of the Client Assistance Project, and offered assistance in developing alternative goals or plans.

Related Links
Client Assistance Project (CAP)

Alternate formats such as Braille, audio-visual and large print are available upon request.