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WAC 296-19A-631

What are Option 2 vocational counseling and job placement services?

(1) Option 2 allows workers access to training funds for self-directed training plans. Up to ten percent of the worker's available training funds may be used for vocational counseling and job placement services if both the following are true:
(a) The worker's plan was approved on or after July 31, 2015; and
(b) The department has granted Option 2 benefits to the worker.
(2) For the purposes of this section, Option 2 vocational counseling services may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Help in accessing available community services to assist the worker with reentering the workforce.
(b) Assistance in developing a training plan.
(c) Coaching and guidance as requested by the worker.
(d) Interests and skills assessment, if the worker requests or agrees such is needed to reach the worker's training or employment goals.
(e) Other services directly related to vocational counseling, such as job readiness and interview practice.
(3) For the purposes of this section, Option 2 job placement services may include, but are not limited to:
(a) Help in developing an action plan for return to work.
(b) Job development, including contacting potential employers on the worker's behalf.
(c) Job search assistance.
(d) Job application assistance.
(e) Help in obtaining employment as a preferred worker, if certified, up to and including educating the employer on preferred worker incentives.
(f) Other services directly related to job placement, such as targeted resume development and referral to community resources such as WorkSource.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 51.04.020, 51.04.030 and 2015 c 137. WSR 17-19-089, ยง 296-19A-631, filed 9/19/17, effective 10/20/17.]
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