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What is supported employment?

(1) Supported employment is:
(a) Competitive work; or
(b) Work in an integrated setting while you work toward competitive work consistent with your strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice; or
(c) Transitional employment for an individual with a most severe disability due to chronic mental illness.
(2) Supported employment is for an individual with a most severe disability who:
(a) Has not traditionally worked in competitive employment; or
(b) Has worked in competitive employment, but the disability has caused the individual to stop working, or work off and on; and
(c) Needs intensive supported employment services and extended services to work because of the nature and severity of the disability.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 74.29.020, 74.08.090, August 1998 amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34 C.F.R. Parts 361 and 363, chapters 74.29, 43.19 RCW, RCW 43.43.832, 4.24.550, 71.09.340, 9A.44.130, and chapter 26.44 RCW. WSR 03-02-014, ยง 388-891-0800, filed 12/20/02, effective 2/3/03.]
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