[nfbmi-talk] mcb maintainence policy recs to mcb board

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Wed Dec 8 21:23:16 UTC 2010

Included with the Commissioner's packet just recieved from Sue Luzinski:
Maintenance Policy Statement

(35) Maintenance means monetary support provided to an individual for expenses, such as food, shelter, and clothing, that are in excess of the normal expenses of the individual and that are necessitated by the individual's participation in an assessment for determining eligibility and vocational rehabilitation needs or the individual's receipt of vocational rehabilitation services under an individualized plan for employment. 

(Authority: Sections 12(c) and 103(a)(7) of the Act; 29 U.S.C. 709(c) and 723(a)(7)) 

(i) Examples: The following are examples of expenses that would meet the definition of maintenance. The examples are illustrative, do not address all possible circumstances, and are not intended to substitute for individual counselor judgment. 

Example 1: The cost of a uniform or other suitable clothing that is required for an individual's job placement or job-seeking activities. 

Example 2: The cost of short-term shelter that is required in order for an individual to participate in assessment activities or vocational training at a site that is not within commuting distance of an individual's home. 

Example 3: The initial one-time costs, such as a security deposit or charges for the initiation of utilities, that are required in order for an individual to relocate for a job placement. 

Example 4: The costs of an individual's participation in enrichment activities related to that individual's training program.



Suggested statement from the CIC to be added to the policy: 

No consumer who is receiving SSI or SSDI should be required to contribute financially to their rehabilitation services.  The consumer’s room and board should be funded under the MCB maintenance policy.

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