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Prevocational services

Page posted: 10/1/03

Page reviewed: 3/8/16

Page updated: 3/8/16

Legal authority

Federally approved BI and CADI waiver plans, Minn. Stat. §245D.03


Prevocational services: Services that prepare people with disabilities for jobs with competitive pay and help them achieve greater independence in their community. Prevocational services teach general work skills and concepts rather than specific work skills for a particular job.


People with disabilities can receive prevocational services if they are not expected to participate in the general workforce within one year.

Covered services

Prevocational services teach general work skills and concepts such as:

  • • Attendance
  • • Attention span
  • • Effective workplace communication
  • • Effective social skills and conduct
  • • Following directions
  • • Motor skills
  • • Personal self-care and appearance
  • • Problem solving
  • • Public transportation
  • • Safety (e.g. pedestrian street safety)
  • • Task completion
  • Non-covered services

    Prevocational services do not include:

  • • Special education services available and funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA)
  • • Vocational services available and funded through Section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • • Training that teaches specific job skills or employment objectives.
  • A person’s file must document that prevocational services are not available through programs funded by IDEA or Section 110 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

    The prevocational service rate does not include transportation between the person’s residence and prevocational service sites.

    Secondary information

    Waiver funds cannot be used to directly compensate a recipient’s wage.

    Provider standards and qualifications

    Prevocational service providers must hold a license under Minn. Stat. chapter 245D as an intensive support service provider.

    Providers licensed under 245D must report all uses of controlled procedures, emergency use of manual restraint and prohibited procedures according to Minn. Stat. §245D.06, subd. 5 to DHS via the Behavioral Intervention Report Form DHS-5148 (PDF).

    Minn. Stat. Chapter 245C requires all licensed programs to conduct background studies. Minn. Stat. §245C.03 lists individuals subject to background studies. Providers are required to complete and submit individual background studies using New Electronically Transmitted Study (NETStudy) through DHS licensing.

    Additional resources

    Briefcase resource document: Transportation and day and employment services

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