What service barriers or administrative complexities do ENs face that inhibit their ability to serve our beneficiaries?
How might we encourage more organizations that can provide appropriate services to our beneficiaries to participate as ENs?
Should we adjust our payment systems to increase EN payments when a beneficiary earns more than the SGA level for sustained periods? If so, what adjustments could we make without increasing overall program costs?
Should we adjust our payment systems to provide even more EN payments than we currently do for helping a beneficiary secure and maintain part-time employment below the SGA level? If so, how might such a payment differ from the EN payments for a beneficiary earning at or above the SGA level?
The blanket purchase agreement we award to contractors to serve as ENs outlines their requirements to provide ongoing support services to beneficiaries. How should we define “ongoing support services” for the ENs? What ongoing services are necessary to support beneficiaries in jobs above SGA levels for sustained periods?
Under the program, State VR agencies participate either as ENs or under the cost reimbursement payment system (20 CFR 411.355) applicable to them. Should State VR agencies participating as ENs offer the same services and have the same responsibilities as other ENs? If not, what services and supports should State VR agencies participating as ENs provide?
In measuring EN performance, we consider factors such as: • Completing employment support services as planned; • the percentage of Ticket to Work clients who were placed in a job within 9-12 months; • the percentage of clients who retained their jobs for significant periods; and • the percentage of clients who progressed to long-term earnings above SGA. Are these appropriate measures and, if not, what measures should ...more »
What are some barriers that ENs face? How might we adjust our rules to help ENs succeed at providing the services and support beneficiaries need to find and maintain employment?