101 CMR 419.02 - Definitions

As used in 101 CMR 419.00, unless the context requires otherwise, terms have the meanings in 101 CMR 419.02.

Client. A person who receives supported employment services purchased by a governmental unit.

Cost Report. The document used to report costs and other financial and statistical data. The Uniform Financial Statements and Independent Auditor's Report (UFR) is used when required.

Enhanced Staffing Rates for Higher Intensity Clients. These rates allow, under certain circumstances and based on assessed need, the targeted provision of one-to-one or one-to-three staffing ratio supports to individual program participants who require more staffing than the base rate provides in group supported employment services. These rates are not intended to be used to address typical program need fluctuations.

EOHHS. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services established under M.G.L. c. 6A.

Governmental Unit. The Commonwealth, any board, commission, department, division, or agency of the Commonwealth and any political subdivision of the Commonwealth.

Group Supported Employment Services. Supports provided to a small group of clients working in a competitive environment, usually not at the provider site. The clients are usually employees of the provider agency and are often paid and receive benefits from that provider. These services emphasize work in integrated environments and may include small groups in industry (also called enclaves), mobile work crews, and provider-run businesses.

High-intensity/Specialized Program Rates. These rates are restricted in use for exceptional purposes for certain high-intensity programs supporting specialty populations receiving group supported employment services. These rates apply only in cases in which it is determined that programs require significant additional supervisory resources, staff with higher skill levels and qualifications, increased staffing ratios, and specialized consulting and/or clinical supports. Examples may include programs supporting individuals with forensic involvement or serious behavioral issues.

Individual Supported Employment Services. Supports provided to a client on a one-to-one basis to assist the client to obtain and maintain a job at a business in the community. The client is hired and paid by the employer at competitive wages. These services may include assessment, career planning, skills training, job development and placement, job coaching at the job site, and ongoing supportive services to assist the client to successfully maintain employment.

Provider. Any individual, group, partnership, trust, corporation, or other legal entity that offers services for purchase by a governmental unit and that meets the conditions of purchase or licensure that have been adopted by a purchasing governmental unit.

Reporting Year. The provider's fiscal year for which costs incurred are reported to the Operational Services Division on the Uniform Financial Statements and Independent Auditor's Report (UFR).

Supported Employment Services. Services that provide assistance to individuals or groups of individuals to help them prepare for, acquire, and maintain integrated employment in the community for clients that require provider support and/or supervision.

Transportation to Individual Job Sites. This service applies to individuals in individual supported employment services who are working at a business in the community and require ongoing rides/transportation from the provider to their job to maintain their employment, and are not able to transport themselves to and from work successfully. This service must be used only after all other public, para-transit, and private transportation options have been pursued.

Notes

101 CMR 419.02
Amended by Mass Register Issue 1306, eff. 2/12/2016. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1351, eff. 11/3/2017. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1394, eff. 6/28/2019. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1447, eff. 7/9/2021. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1459, eff. 1/1/2022. Amended by Mass Register Issue 1505, eff. 9/29/2023.

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