Contractors

Many services provided to DVR customers are purchased through contracts. DVR contracts with a variety of vendors for many types of services. The two largest client service contracts DVR uses are the DVR Job Services contract and the Independent Living Services contract. For information on those and other DVR contracts and resources, please read below.

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American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters

Contractors who serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations can use the DSHS Sign Language Interpreter contract to purchase sign language interpreter services.

When contacting a referral agency or freelance interpreter to schedule ASL interpreter(s), you must notify them you are using the DSHS contract.

All information is available on the Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Contractors Providing Sign Language Interpreter Services web site.

Background Checks

DVR requires background checks on all employees who may have unsupervised access to DVR customers.

Centers for Independent Living (CIL)

The CIL Services contract provides an array of independent living services for DVR customers who may be experiencing IL related issues that create barriers to achieving competitive employment. CILS are consumer controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agencies that are designed and operated within a local community by individuals with disabilities.

Training

Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPs)

The Job Services contract is entered into with CRPs. These programs provide a variety of services to help DVR customers obtain and, if needed, maintain competitive employment.

Washington State DVR CRP Training

*** WISE will be transferring all of the supported employment on demand training modules from their site to a DVR managed site.  The DVR modules currently featured on the WISE learning management system will be closed as of June 30, 2016.  Any currently enrolled users may wish to complete their courses on this site prior to that date.  In the event that any courses are not completed, users will need to re-enroll through the DVR learning system, once it goes live. 

There will not be a charge to users taking courses on the DVR hosted site.  DVR will notify you when the learning system is available.  During this transition period, the mandatory training required in the CRP Contract is waived.

Please contact Katie Mirkovich, DVR Community Programs Manager,  (360) 725-3656 , if you have additional questions about this change. ****

Thirteen courses developed for DVR by the WISE Learning Center of the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment are directed as core training for CRPs. They are available through the WISE Learning Center at http://gowise.org/wise-training 

The following CRP Staff are required to take the training:

  • The Contractor’s current direct client service providers and program staff shall complete all thirteen courses within twelve months of the contract amendment start date; and
  • Newly hired employees are required to complete all thirteen courses within ninety days of the employee’s hire date

Certificates of completion for each training shall be retained in the employee’s personnel file and be made available to DVR upon request. 

New users to the WISE Learning Center must register here WISE Learning Center. After registration, open the training entitled “Washington State DVR CRP Training.” 

If you have technical difficulties and need assistance with the WISE training site, please contact WISE at (206) 786-0244.

Independent Living (IL)

The IL Services contract provides IL services for DVR customers who may be experiencing IL related issues that create barriers to achieving competitive employment.

For questions regarding contracting with DVR, please contact the Contract Unit at DVR Contracts Unit or 360-725-3652.