EMPLOYMENT FIRST IN MARYLAND 3.0. Dave BEnJAMIN, DDA Jade Gingerich, MDOD. What’s Happening at the Federal Level. Congressional Report: Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities A Priority, Report from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Dave BEnJAMIN, DDA
Jade Gingerich, MDOD
Congressional Report: Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People with Disabilities A Priority, Report from Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
First policy need: ensuring that youth with disabilities, as they transition from school to the workforce, have the skills, opportunities and supports necessary for them to succeed in competitive, integrated employment settings
Second policy need: to address the needs and quality of life of people with disabilities who have been long-term participants in center-based employment.
DoJ Oregon Finding related to Olmstead, lawsuit underway: State was unnecessarily segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in sheltered workshops when they could be served in integrated employment settings
U.S. v. Rhode Island and City of Providence (and school system); Foundthat the State and City have unnecessarily segregated individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in a sheltered workshop and segregated day activity service program, and have placed public school students with I/DD at risk of unnecessary segregation in that same program
Within 180 days of this Agreement, the Commonwealth shall develop an implementation plan to increase integrated day opportunities for individuals in the target population, including supported employment, community volunteer activities, community recreational opportunities, and other integrated day activities.
Number of individuals who are receiving supported employment;
Length of time people maintain employment in integrated work settings;
Amount of earnings from supported employment;
Number of individuals in pre-vocational services as defined in 12 VAC 30-120-211 in effect on the effective date of this Agreement; and
Length of time individuals remain in pre-vocational services.
And set targets to meaningfully increase:
number of individuals who enroll in supported employment each year; and
number of individuals who remain employed in integrated work settings at least 12 months after the start of supported employment.
By May 31, 2013, New York must provide CMS with a baseline count of the number of enrollees receiving supported employment services and the number of enrollees engaged in competitive employment for the most recent period for which data is available (i.e. May 1, 2012 through April 30, 2013).
Effective July 1, 2013, New York will no longer permit new admissions to sheltered workshops. The state will report the number of enrollees that remain in sheltered workshops in each quarterly report
By October 1, 2013, New York will submit draft plan for CMS review & final plan no later than January 1, 2014. Plan must include:
State must also increase the number of persons engaged in competitive employment, through Supported Employment, by 700 persons above the previous 12 month enrollment, with no exceptions for attrition during the period of April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
Only integrated gainful employment at minimum wage or higher will be considered competitive employment.
On-line Benefits Calculator available at www.mdod.state.md.us
IP Employment Template has been piloted.
Employment Data system has been piloted and launched in October.
MD has been selected as part of a national Employment Learning Community
DORS/DDA Cooperative Agreement has been revised and signed in October.
Each person’s team should revisit the subject of becoming employed annually, identify barriers to employment and address those barriers on the person’s plan.
For people who are already employed the team will look at satisfaction and the person’s desire for advancement or a different job etc.
All providers will need to document annual progress toward addressing barriers to employment for individuals not employed
Part of broader discussion at DDA
Requesting that rates be laid out that allows for transparency as to what’s included in the rate and the assumptions
Need to incentivize individualized integrated employment outcomes
Benefits Counseling: once an individual decides to seek employment, it can be obtained via DORS but pre- employment benefits counseling is now accessible through the waiver for consumers and families as means to overcome some of the common fears and misperceptions about employment.
Address barriers in person’s plan as previously mentioned
Create an expectation of employment, particularly for transitioning youth
Funding structure and rates
How to build the system capacity and provider staff skills including identification of core competencies to implement Employment First
How to ensure retention and advancement
Parents concerns ie safety, benefits,
Residential providers must play a role in supporting a person’s employment and/address barriers or concerns expressed to seeking employment.
UMBC SUCCESS—Maryland’s First Postsecondary program for students with intellectual disabilities
Project SEARCH http://www.projectsearch.us/
Customized Employment http://www.dol.gov/odep/categories/workforce/CustomizedEmployment/what/index.htm
Supported Self Employment/micro enterprise
Need to ensure the 18-21 year population are gaining community based employment skills and experience
Increased call for higher expectations related to work and transition planning earlier
Post school outcome indicators—one year out
Need to understand value of employment and the importance of community based programs
Need to be able to communicate their concerns and be willing to learn and explore the possibilities
Should be trained to address parent concerns
Need to understand the federal and state changes occurring and ensure their programs comply
Need to increase community based activities including individualized integrated employment
Need to be able to meet both individual and employer needs
Want access to broad pool of candidates through a single portal
Want qualified support staff
Want support they can rely on when problems occur
Want to meet their bottom line
Director of Employment Policy
Maryland Dept of Disabilities
www.mdeid.org for Job Seeker Resources
www.workmatters.org for Employer Resources
Director of Program Services
DDA Eastern Shore Regional Office