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* The youth who is adjudicated dependent and/or delinquent may participate in an Independent Living (IL) Program anytime from age 16 up to 21, including after discharge from placement services. IL services available to youth include:

Stipend, Support Services, Life Skills, Employment, Education and Training,

Housing, Prevention Services,

While in Out-of-Home Placement, many Youth are Covered under the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance (MA) Program

* The youth needs to ask their Health Insurance Plan or MA Plan for a “portability statement” of the insurance coverage they have, including the length of time they have been covered under the plan

* Youth remaining in the custody of the CCYA will remain covered under MA while in out-of-home placement

* Prior to the 18th birthday, the youth can follow the suggestions on page 10 and ask for assistance, as needed, to apply for appropriate programs

* If a youth is no longer in out-of-home placement at age 18, the youth must apply or re-apply for the MA program

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Appendix M: Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

Banner resource information:

1-800-442-6351 - TTY 866-830-7327 Labor & Industry Website: www.dli.state.pa.us   Click: disability services

Where do I Begin

* Any youth with a disability interested in working, who may meet the eligibility criteria should be referred to the local OVR district office

- Referral can be made up to 2 years prior to graduation and can be made by anyone

* Initial Interview – Take with you the following:

- A medical history related to the youth’s disability (names and addresses of doctors and specialists, hospital admissions, names of medications)

- Expect to discuss how the youth’s disability may affect their ability to work

- Education History/Individual Education Program (IEP) and Job History

- Vocational tests and reports that are available

What are the Eligibility Criteria

* Unlike the entitlement services provided by special education, OVR is an eligibility program, which means a referred youth must meet the following criteria to qualify for services:

- Have a disability that is a physical, mental, or emotional impairment which results in a substantial impediment to employment

- Benefit in terms of an employment outcome from services provided

- Vocational rehabilitation services are required to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain gainful employment

* Eligibility for services is determined within 60 days by a qualified VR counselor

What Happens Next

* If eligible, services will be provided based on severity of disability (federal law)

* An Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) will be jointly developed by the individual and OVR counselor. The goals of the IPE and IEP should support the youth’s employment outcome

* A financial needs test will determine what costs will be covered by OVR and what the youth or family may be required to contribute

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