38 CFR 21.100 - Counseling.
(a)General. A veteran requesting or being furnished assistance under Chapter 31 shall be provided professional counseling services by Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service and other staff as necessary to:
(1) Carry out an initial evaluation in each case in which assistance is requested;
(2) Develop a rehabilitation plan or plan for employment services in each case in which the veteran is found during the initial evaluation to be eligible and entitled to services;
(b)Types of counseling services. VA will furnish comprehensive counseling services, including but not limited to
(3) Personal adjustment;
(c)Qualifications. Counseling services may only be furnished by VA or other personnel who meet requirements established under provisions of § 21.380 and other policies of the VA pertaining to the qualifications of staff providing assistance under Chapter 31.
(1) If a veteran resides within a State, counseling services necessary to carry out the initial evaluation and the development of a rehabilitation plan or a program of employment services will be furnished by Counseling Psychologists (CP) or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Division;
(2) If a veteran does not reside in a State the counseling services necessary to carry out an initial evaluation may be accomplished in the same manner as for a veteran residing in a State or through other arrangements when deemed appropriate by the VR&E Division. These alternative arrangements include, but are not limited to:
(i) Use of counseling centers or individual qualified professionals under contract to VA; and
(ii) Professional staff of other Federal agencies located in the area in which the veteran resides.
(3) Alternative arrangements to provide counseling are subject to the following requirements:
(i) All arrangements must be consistent with the provisions of paragraph (c) of this section regarding utilization of professionally qualified persons to provide counseling services during the initial evaluation;
(ii) All determinations of eligibility, entitlement and the development of a rehabilitation plan will continue to be made by a CP or VRC in the VR&E Division.
(4) If a CP or VRC in the VR&E Division determines that the evidence of record is insufficient to carry out an initial evaluation in a case in which alternative arrangements were used, VA staff may authorize the veteran to travel to a VA facility to complete the evaluation.
(e)Definition. For the purposes of this section, the termState means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Title 38 published on 2015-12-03
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