EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION SERVICES (EPR)
The Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD) and the Office of Quality and Design (OQD) have partnered to develop the Employment Preparation or EPR service code. This is a pre-vocational service that provides individualized learning and work experience that contribute to employability in Competitive Integrated Employment. To support everyone in navigating this new service code, we have created guidance for providers, Support Coordinators, and individuals and their families.
We hosted two meetings to provide more information after we have received and reviewed your feedback. First, we met with providers and Support Coordinators to provide answers to the questions you have already raised. Then we met with people interested in receiving EPR and their families to provide the same information to them. You can find the recordings for both meetings below. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We are working on a new Frequently Asked Questions document that will have the same information as the recordings in written form. This will be available soon.
6 month Transition period for Epr:
Providers currently using a Day Services code to provide pre vocational supports will need to begin adapting your programs to meet the requirements of the EPR code. Please work with individuals and their support teams to choose the service that best meets the individual’s needs and preferences. The period to transition Day Services into EPR code compliance will end March 17, 2022. After March 17, Day Service codes will no longer be allowed for services that are vocational in nature.