The Office of Disability, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Special Programs,
(OD-DVRSP) in Baltimore, Maryland will receive claims filed by the State VR agency
for reimbursement of the costs of providing VR services to disability beneficiaries/recipients.
In addition to receiving claims, DVRSP will be responsible for:
Screening out incorrect claims and resolving SSN, name, and other discrepancies.
Confirming the current benefit status of the beneficiary/recipient and determining
the folder location.
Requesting development and verification of the VR continuous period of SGA when necessary.
Notifying the State VR agency of the disposition of each claim submitted and the amount
of the reimbursement if applicable.
DVRSP will forward a controlled Form SSA-289-U3 “Request for Certification of SGA for Vocational Rehabilitation Reimbursement” to ODO, the PSC-DRS, or (in some instances) a DO for certification as to whether
a VR continuous period of SGA has occurred. The request will show when the VR agency
thinks that the work began and what the case control shows as folder location. When
the VR agency includes SGA documentation (e.g., State unemployment compensation earnings
records, statements by the clients, etc.) with their claims, copies of the documentation
will be attached to the SSA-289-U3. The documentation is included as a guide to the
resolution of the SGA issue.
DVRSP will maintain an internal control on the certification requests and follow up
on every one for which disposition is not reported under the procedures for payment
of VR claims below. DVRSP will follow up in 45 days or by sending a second request.