Scope of Operations

Types of Services currently offered include

  1. Types of Services CSS provides for Customers of Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR)

  • Assessment Community Based Work Evaluation Site Development (ACBWE SD)
  • Assessment Community Based Work Evaluation (ACBWE)
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Job Supports Short Term
  • Supported Employment: Job Coaching
  • Pre-Employment Transition Services   

          – Work Based Learning Experience: Short Term Employment

          – Labor Market Surveys

          – Work Based Learning Experience: Short Term Employment
  • Summer Work Experience (sub-contract through Tesh, Inc.)
  • Extended Employment Services (EES)
  • VR Felony Parole and Probation
      Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Pre ETS- Work Based Learning Experience 

      Participants to be Served
  • Workers who choose to receive services from Common-Sense Solutions are referred by the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • IDVR determines eligibility for services and then issues an authorization vocational support service.

  2. Program/Services Admission Criteria

       General Eligibility Criteria (All Programs)
  • Workers are accepted for services by Common-Sense Solutions without regard to their gender, race, color, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, creed, or national origin;
  • Minimum age to participate is determined by IDVR (Pre-Employment Transition Students currently are able to begin participation at age 14);
  • Workers under the age of 18, are required to have involvement by their parent or legal guardian, including signatures on all program documents. It is recommended that parents or legal guardians accompany Workers to their initial intake process and subsequent meetings to ensure important communication occurs;
  • Workers over age 18, who have legal guardians, are required to provide proof of guardianship and share a copy of the legal court documents to be put in Worker’s confidential file;
  • IDVR guidelines state that male participants in work programs are required to comply with Selective Service registration;
  • Each Worker needs to procure a funding source to pay for CSS services including IDVR, ICBVI, insurance, or arrangements for private pay.
  • Common-Sense Solutions requires that there will be a “Reasonable Expectation” that each Worker will benefit from the services provided;
  • Continued participation is based on Worker choosing to maintain activity in the programs they have chosen (regular attendance, active involvement, behavior that enhances business at job sites);
  • A contact person who can be reached in case Worker has an emergency must be available;
  • Workers will be supported in the use of adaptive devices needed for work activities; 
  • Adequate referral information from funding source must be provided to CSS prior to start of services;
  • Workers are asked to have their medical/physical conditions managed to a level that they do not require extensive intervention;
  • Workers cannot exhibit behavior that precludes or interferes significantly with a company’s ability to conduct business;
  • Workers need to have transportation available or be able to secure transportation with support;
  • People who choose Common-Sense Solutions services must follow all agency policies and procedures as written specific to each program;
  • Exemptions may be made on an individual basis;

       (Note: some programs or employers may have guidelines in addition to the general criteria listed above. If so, information will be reviewed with Workers as part of                 informational interviews, Pre-Staffing, and intake for service.)

  3. Geographic/Regional Locations

  • Common-Sense Solutions offers community based vocational support services throughout Region 1 in North Idaho.  
  • Common-Sense Solutions provides services for Workers in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Rathdrum, Athol, Spirit Lake, St. Maries, Kellogg, Wallace, and occasionally in Sandpoint, Idaho.
  • IDVR has implemented an authorization process to reimburse providers for part of their travel time to outlying areas for short term vocational services. (No travel reimbursement allowed for EES or Pre ETS services.)