The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
Vocational Rehabilitation Process

  • An Applicant may contact the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation (SPTVR) program and make a referral the Social Services Receptionist.

  • The SPTVR Counselor contacts applicant and schedules an appointment for the initial interview and application for services. At this time, the applicant provides tribal identification and proof of residing within the service area (Idaho Counties: Owyhee, Canyon or Ada/Nevada County: Elko). Proof of residence can be through a drivers license, State (NV or ID) issued ID Card or mail addressed to applicant's residence.

  • To determine eligibility for SPTVR Services, the applicant participates in assessments, testing and provides any supportive documentation. This process can take up to 60 days to determine eligibility. If the applicant receives SSI or SSDI and wants to work, they are presumed eligible for SPTVR Services. Documentation of disability is also required from these applicants.

  • When assessments plus supportive documentation show that the applicant has a disability and that they want benefits from SPTVR services towards employments, they will be deemed eligible.

  • The SPTVR Counselor then meets with the Consumer and provides vocational guidance, career testing further assessment and supportive services to assist the applicant in determining their employment outcome.

  • When the Consumer has determined their employment outcome based on their abilities and limitations, they will write an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) with assistance from their SPTVR Counselor. The plan will list steps and costs needed to reach their employment outcome that will be provided from the SPTVR program and other supportive services and programs. The Consumer and SPTVR Counselor must agree on what goes into the plan. The applicant may reach this employment goal through past experience, vocational training or an educational plan with an employment outcome. Both you and the SPTVR Counselor will sign your plan to show your agreement.

  • The SPTVR Program is individualized, this means that people don't receive all the same services. Each person's needs, goals, strengths, interest differ and thus each person needs different services. The SPTVR Counselor will assist you to make informed choices and your employment outcome, your services and your IPE. The services SPTVR is able to provide and purchase is dependent on what "status" the person is in. It is the responsibility of the Consumer to actively participate fully in their IPE.

  • Once the Consumer reaches their employment goal and maintains employment at that position for 90 days, the SPTVR Counselor will contact the applicant to determine if further services are required. If the applicant plans to remain in this position their SPTVR Case will be closed successful. If the Consumer whose case has been closed successful required further assistance to remain in this position, they may contact their SPTVR Counselor and request Post Employment Services or open a new file depending on the need.