VRS_Signature Approval Exception Policy

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Dear VRS Community Partners,

We have an update for you today about difficulties obtaining a manual signature or approval from Community Partners on VR documents. These are temporary measures due to COVID and will be reassessed in the future.

  • When a community partner can’t obtain a manual signature from a participant or authorized representative, VR can accept alternative methods of approval (e.g., a notation reflecting the date verbal approval was obtained, a copy of an email approval, electronic signature).
  • In addition, VR staff can accept alternative methods showing community partner’s approval on documents, such as the Placement Plan.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me or a VRS Community Partnerships Program Specialist.

  • Janeen Oien: Community Partnerships Program Specialist, 763-204-1354, Janeen.Oien@state.mn.us.
  • Jess Outhwaite: Community Partnerships Program Specialist, 763-233-8829, Jessica.Outhwaite@state.mn.us.
  • Anne Paulson: Community Partnerships Program Specialist, 651-259-7135, Anne.Paulson@state.mn.us.
  • Sara Sundeen: Community Partnerships Program Specialist, 651-247-9121, Sara.Sundeen@state.mn.us.
  • To find out which Community Partnerships Program Specialist is the dedicated liaison for a particular Community Partner, go to: https://mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/disabilities/partners/listing.


My best,


Kim Babine
VRS Director of Community Partnerships