Standards for Vocational Rehabilitation Facility Approval

Pursuant to MSA 17.237 (Sec. 319), the minimum standards required of rehabilitation facilities seeking Bureau approval for evaluating injured workers upon a referral by the director are knowledge, skills and abilities in all of the following:

  • interviewing and evaluating injured/disabled employees, and conferring with medical and professional personnel to determine type and degree of disability, eligibility for service, and feasibility of vocational rehabilitation;

  • accepting or recommending acceptance of suitable candidates;

  • determining suitable jobs or businesses consistent with the employee’s desires, aptitudes, and physical, mental, and emotional limitations;

  • planning and arranging for the employee to study or train for jobs;

  • assisting the employee with personal adjustment throughout the rehabilitation program;

  • assisting employees with obtaining medical, psychological or other services if needed; and

  • promoting and developing job openings and placing qualified employees in appropriate positions.

At least one member of the facility staff shall have a working knowledge of the Workers' Disability Compensation Act and meet one of the following:

  1. Possess a Doctorate in vocational rehabilitation counseling or its equivalent; or

  2. Possess an M.D. or D.O. Degree and have one full year of experience in psychiatric or psychological evaluation of persons with disabilities in relation to rehabilitation counseling; or

  3. Possess a Master's Degree in a field related to rehabilitation counseling and have one year of full time experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor beyond the trainee level, or equivalent experience in the evaluation, training and placement of persons with disabilities; or

  4. Possess a Bachelor's Degree in a field related to rehabilitation counseling and have two years of full time experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor beyond the trainee level, or equivalent experience in the evaluation, training and placement of persons with disabilities under the direct supervision of a qualified rehabilitation practitioner meeting the standards of this section; or

  5. Possess an unrelated Master's Degree or Bachelor's Degree and have five years of full time experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor beyond the trainee level, or equivalent experience in the evaluation, training and placement of persons with disabilities under the direct supervision of a qualified rehabilitation practitioner meeting the standards of this section.

With respect to education, fields related to rehabilitation counseling will be considered to be guidance and counseling, special education, social work, sociology, or psychology.

All employees of the facility submitting rehabilitation plans calling for a change of vocational goals and objectives shall be required to meet the minimum standards of this section. Facility personnel not fully qualified to deliver comprehensive services shall be under the direct and immediate supervision of a qualified rehabilitation practitioner meeting the standards of this section.

The following facilities shall be recognized as meeting the standards of this section:

  1. Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, Michigan Rehabilitation Services;

  2. Facilities meeting Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services and Employee Development Services accreditation requirements.

If the Director believes that reasonable standards are not maintained, approval shall be discontinued.

(Rev. 9/2019)