|(a) Preliminary assessment. To determine whether a
person is eligible for a voucher, ODHHS conducts a preliminary assessment
based on the certification section of the application. A person is
eligible if ODHHS determines that the person:
(1) has a disability that impairs the person's ability
to effectively access the telephone network; and
(2) can gain access to the telephone network and communicate
effectively with basic specialized telecommunications equipment or
a service authorized by the specific voucher applied without the assistance
of another person.
(b) Comprehensive assessment. An in-depth assessment
that contains information necessary to identify the basic needs that
enable the person to access telephone networks. If, after the preliminary
assessment is completed, and additional information is needed to determine
the appropriate basic voucher for an eligible person, ODHHS may conduct
a comprehensive assessment of the person's disabilities, abilities,
and needs, which may include medical information.
(c) Final determination. ODHHS determines eligibility
for a voucher, and the determination is final.