WorkWORLD Logo: Empowerment through Decision Support Technology. Employment Support Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University.  Link to WorkWORLD homepage. WorkWORLD Logo: Empowerment through Decision Support Technology. Employment Support Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University.      
  Get Latest
Get Latest WorkWORLD Version button and link to How To Get WorkWORLD page
WorkWORLD Logo: Empowerment through Decision Support Technology. Employment Support Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University.

SD SBVI - Supported Employment Services

Supported Employment is when an individual with the most significant disabilities works in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities. The individual is able to do this because of receiving disability-related and job-related training at the job site and having available the necessary ongoing supports to help maintain the employment.


Individuals with the most severe disabilities who have been unable to obtain or maintain competitive employment because of their disability; and because of their disability need intensive supported employment services. Individuals should apply for services at their local South Dakota Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI) Office.


Traditionally supported employment services consist of job placement, job coaching and follow-along services. An individual receiving supported employment services is also eligible to receive any of the services available through the SBVI Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Service Providers

The Rehabilitation Act and Amendments require the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agency (the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS)) to maintain standards for providers of vocational rehabilitation services. In the past DRS has accepted the accreditation from the Divisions of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health as the standard for purchasing Job Placement, Job Coaching, and Follow-Along services. This had limited the availability of service providers and consumer's choices, so DRS expanded the categories of acceptable providers.

Following are the three current categories for providers of Supported Employment services:

Provider Type I: Department approved Adjustment Training Centers, Mental Health Centers, Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, and Communication Services For the Deaf, CARF accredited agencies, and Department of Labor approved Job Shops.

Provider Type II: Consumer Certified Provider - an individual chosen by a consumer. The individual is required to meet minimal standards in order to provide job coaching or follow along service to the consumer. This is allowed only for the specific consumer. SBVI retains the right to deny approval based on background check or previous poor performance.

Consumer and Provider Handbooks, which provide guidelines for choosing or becoming a consumer certified provider, are available at your local SBVI Office (or online through links at

Provider Type III: Private Providers. Private providers who want to serve more than one consumer are required to meet DRS/SVBI provider standards and have a provider agreement with the Division. (See Supported Employment Private Providers for a list of providers who are approved by DRS.)


Back to:

Division of Service to Blind and Visually Impaired - Overview

Welcome and Introduction to the South Dakota Benefits Information System

WorkWORLD™ Help/Information System

AddThis Social Bookmark Button   Share/Save: Click the button or link at left to select your favorite bookmark service and add this page.

This is one topic from the thousands available in the WorkWORLD™ software Help/Information System.
Complete information about the software is available at:

Get WorkWORLD latest version button and link to How to Get WorkWORLD page

See How to Get WorkWORLD page at:

NOTE: Sponsored links and commercial advertisements help make the WorkWORLD™ website possible by partially defraying its operating and maintenance expenses. No endorsement of these or any related commercial products or services is intended or implied by the Employment Support Institute or any of its partners. ESI and its partners take no responsibility for, and exercise no control over, any of these advertisements or their views or contents, and do not vouch for the accuracy of the information contained in them. Readers are cautioned to verify all information obtained from these advertisements prior to taking any actions based upon them. The installed WorkWORLD software does not contain advertisements of any kind.

Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, Virginia Commonwealth University. All rights reserved.