Scope of Operations

Types of Services currently offered include:

  • Assessment: Staffing
  • Assessment: Community Based Work Evaluation Site Development (CBWE SD)
  • Assessment: Community Based Work Evaluation (CBWE)
  • Job Readiness Training
  • Job Search Assistance (formerly CBWA-JSD, CSE-JSD, P&F-JSD)
  • Job Supports – Short Term (formerly CBWA and Placement/Follow Along)
  • Supported Employment Job Coaching
  • Youth Extended Services
  • Extended Employment Services (ESS)
  • Pre-ETS Work Based Learning Experience
  • Pre-ETS Workplace Readiness Training
  • Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

How can Workers be served?

  • Individuals who may want to work with Common-Sense Solutions, LLC meet first with their IDVR counselor, who determines if they are eligible for services to help with work challenges.
  • If they are eligible, the workers are asked to interview Community Rehab Programs (CRPs) to choose the agency they want IDVR to hire to work for them reach their vocational goals.
  • IDVR then processes referral paperwork and authorizes the chosen Community Rehab Program to begin vocational services for the worker.
  • A Pre-Staffing is scheduled with the Worker, VR Counselor, and representative(s) from CRP to discuss how services will proceed.

Program/Services Admission Criteria

General Eligibility Criteria (All Programs)

  • Workers are admitted for services by Common-Sense Solutions, LLC. without regard to their gender, race, color, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, creed, or national origin;
  • Minimum age to participate is determined by IDVR
  • Workers under the age of 18, are required to have involvement by their legal guardian, including signatures on program documents. It is recommended that Legal Guardian’s accompany young participants to their initial intake processes and subsequent staffing to discuss progress;
  • Workers over age 18, who have a legal guardian, will need to provide proof of guardianship and give a copy of the legal court documents to Common-Sense Solutions, LLC. before services can start;
  • Each person will need to procure a funding source to pay for services including IDVR, private pay, Sub Contracting Services through Tesh, etc.
  • Common-Sense Solutions, LLC. asks that there be a “Reasonable Expectation” that the Worker will benefit from the services provided;
  • Continued participation is based on Worker choosing to maintain activity in their programs (regular attendance, active involvement in program, demonstrating behavior that will enhance business at job sites);
  • Have a contact person available, who can be reached in case of emergency;
  • Workers will be supported in use of adaptive devises as needed for each individual (such as wheelchair, walker, communication devices, etc.);
  • Adequate medical, social, psychological and other relevant diagnostic material must be provided prior to start of services;
  • Workers will have their medical/physical conditions managed to level that they do not require extensive intervention;
  • Persons cannot exhibit behavior that precludes or interferes significantly with a Work Site’s ability to conduct business
  • Safety of worker and others is our highest priority; workers must not put themselves or others at risk with their behavior at work.
  • Workers need to have transportation available or be able to secure transportation (with support)
  • People who choose Common-Sense Solutions, LLC. services must follow all agency policies and procedures, as written specific to each program;
  • Exemptions may be made on an individual basis

Geographic/Regional Locations

    Common-Sense Solutions, LLC., offers services throughout Region 1 in North Idaho. Pam Harris, Owner and Vocational Consultant, maintains a home office in Hayden, Idaho; this location houses office equipment, master files, and space for Ms. Harris to conduct off-site duties. Meetings and conferences are scheduled at appropriate public locations.

    Services are provided in Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden, Rathdrum, the Silver Valley (Rose Lake, Cataldo, Pinehurst, Kellogg, Wallace, Mullan), St. Maries, and occasionally Sandpoint. IDVR has implemented and authorizes for CRP travel to outlying areas.