Scope of Operations

Scope of Operations

  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

o   Work Based Learning Experience: Short Term Employment

o   Work Readiness Training: Individual Paid Work Experience

o   Labor Market Surveys

  • 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

       Self-Direction Waiver Job Coaching

  • Application in process for one worker

NOTE: On May 10, 2021, after CSS’s strategic planning and staff annual evaluations, CSS Owner notified IDVR Region 1 Regional Director and Assistant Regional Director that CSS team had made decision to reduce the amount/number of services offered to IDVR customers. IDVR referrals were being assigned to CSS at a rate that made it impossible for CSS’s limited staff to adequately serve with the level of quality that is CSS’s standard.

CSS announced that on the 5th anniversary of our company, that we would begin to specialize in Pre ETS work experience for high school students and Community Based Work Evaluations. CSS will limit/have a waiting list to serve a small number of Workers in need of Job Search Assistance and Job Supports Short Term. CSS will also limit the number of workers CSS accepts for the EES (Extended Employment Services program). CSS will also not provide Supported Employment Job Coaching for workers who will receive their long-term job coaching under the Medicaid Waiver (after CBWE, those Workers will be referred by IDVR to CRP’s that offer Medicaid services.)

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

  1. 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 encouraged to have the involvement of their parent or legal guardian, including authorizing signatures on all program documents. It is recommended that parents or legal guardians accompany Workers to their initial intake process, as well as subsequent meetings, to ensure important communication with them as well.
  •         Workers over age 18, who have legal guardians, are required to provide proof of guardianship, and share a copy of the legal court documents, which will then be put in Worker’s confidential file.
  • IDVR’s guideline states that male participants in work programs are required to comply with Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Each Worker must procure a funding source to pay for CSS services; choices include IDVR, ICBVI, insurance, or private pay.
  •       Common-Sense Solutions requires that there to be a “Reasonable Expectation” that each Worker will benefit from the services provided.
  • Continued participation in the program can occur if the Worker chooses to maintain their activity and compliance with associated expectations of their programs (including, but not limited to, regular attendance, active involvement, behavior that enhances business at job sites).
  • Each participant must have a contact person available who can be reached should the Worker have an emergency.
  •           Workers will be supported in the use of adaptive devises needed for work activities;
  • Adequate referral information from funding source must be provided to CSS prior to start of services, including but not limited to information regarding medical/physical conditions which may be relevant at a work site, and any history of violence towards self or others.
  • Workers are asked to have their medical/physical conditions managed to a level that they can perform essential duties of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Workers cannot exhibit behavior that precludes or interferes significantly with a host company’s ability to conduct business. This includes but is not limited to exhibiting aggression or violence against self or others; inappropriate or aggressive language with CSS or host location employees; causing damage to the work environment; or repetitive ill-will with the employer.
  • Workers must have reliable transportation to and from the work site in keeping with their assigned work schedules; if without independent source of transportation, Workers need to be able to secure transportation themselves, with or without support.
  • People who choose Common-Sense Solutions services must follow all agency policies and procedures as reviewed during intake process.
  • Exemptions which would not cause undue hardship on CSS, or the employer, may be considered on an individual basis.
  •        CSS and its employees, and the Host Business/employer, reserve the right to call the police and seek their support, should there present any risk to employees or the public that cannot be resolved in a timely and safe manner by CSS staff.

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.

  1. Geographic/Regional Locations

Common-Sense Solutions offers community based vocational support services throughout Idaho Department of Health & Welfare’s 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, and Wallace,

IDVR has implemented an authorization process to reimburse providers for part of their travel time to outlying areas (25 miles+) for short term vocational services. (IDVR does not provide travel reimbursement for EES services.)