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Customized Employment and Self Employment: Changes at the State VR level. The Ohio Assets and Neighbors Initiative, including the Texas & Florida Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant State VR Systems Changes. Alliance for Full Participation November, 18, 2011.

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alliance for full participation november 18 2011

Customized Employment and Self Employment: Changes at the State VR level

The Ohio Assets and Neighbors Initiative, including the Texas & Florida Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant State VR Systems Changes

Alliance for Full Participation

November, 18, 2011

David Hammis, Senior Partner

Griffin-Hammis Associates

what is the assets and neighbors initiative about
What is the Assets and Neighbors Initiative About?

Griffin-Hammis Associates

  • Using Universal Economic Development approaches to create businesses and jobs in Ohio communities
  • A collaborative community approach (training, technical assistance, and mentoring; resource mapping; community action teams; engaging all community members)
  • $500,000 in quick launch funds available for prospective business owners and job seekers in 6 OH sites (Approximately $83,000 per site)
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Who?

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Job Seekers with the most significant disabilities (Assets)

The Community (Neighbors—includes generic services and everyone else!)

OH Rehabilitation Services Commission

Fairfield County Board

Griffin-Hammis Associates

how engage the community
How? Engage the Community!
  • Resource & Capitalization Mapping
  • Community Action Teams (CATs):
  • include generic and disability specific agencies and systems, job seekers, family and friends, business and community leaders, anyone who wants to roll up their sleeves and help

Griffin-Hammis Associates

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Community Action Teams

  • Monthly local 2 hour Meetings & state conf. calls
  • Quarterly state 2 Day Mtgs.
  • Community Business and Thought Leaders
  • Learning together goals, tracking, reporting, updates
  • Issues/Opportunities
  • Advice, Connections, Review business/employment Plans
how microenterprise and customized employment
How? (Microenterpriseand CustomizedEmployment)

Association for Enterprise Opportunity

2008 Data

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Self-Employment:

Utilizes flexible approaches and supports, including microenterprise and “business-within-a-business” strategies

A unique opportunity to create an employment circumstance specifically tailored to a personal situation, degree of mobility, speed of production, stamina, health, and accommodation needs

Grew by 2.2% between 2006 and 2008

Representing 18% of all employment

Representing 88% of all businesses

how microenterprise and customized employment1
How? (Microenterpriseand CustomizedEmployment)

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Self-Employment:

  • The only substantial option within SSA and Medicaid & Medicare systems to accrue personal wealth and manage income predictably. There are no comparable options within wage employment
  • SSA policies, such as Property Essential to Self-Support (PESS), direct SSI to exclude all resources (assets) used in a (unincorporated) business including all liquid (cash) assets used in the business by SSI recipients and/or Medicaid recipients
how microenterprise and customized employment2
How? (Microenterpriseand CustomizedEmployment)

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Customized Employment:

“Individualizing the relationship between job seekers and employers in ways that meet the needs of both”

Not driven by the labor-market

Non-comparative

Begins with the individual job seeker

Utilizes creative and flexible approaches to wage employment, including negotiations with employers and Resource Ownership

Law of Requisite Variety

how engage the community1
How? Engage the Community!

Griffin-Hammis Associates

Partnership Between the Ohio Department of Development/Small Business Development Centers and OH RSC:

July 2010 through September 2011

Services provided (creativity/resource development; screening in vs. screening out; don’t create barriers)

$$ to fund business expenses (goods and services to start a small business, supports, case services)

how resources
How? Resources

Griffin-Hammis Associates

  • $500,000 in quick launchfundsavailable for job seekers and prospective business owners in 6 OH sites (Approximately $83,000 per site)
  • Blending and BraidingFunds, LeveragingResources
  • Partnershipbetween DOD SBDCs and OH RSC
  • A SSI and/or SSDI benefitrecipient has tens of thousands of dollars surroundingher
how resources1
How? Resources

Griffin-Hammis Associates

  • Utilize Social Security WorkIncentivessuch as Plan to Achieve Self-Support and Ticket to Work.

-Example: In December 2009, therewere 79,789 Ohio residentswhoreceiveboth SSI and SSDI (Perfect PASS Potential) . The Average PASS = $7,000/year or $558,523,000 potential for use towards a work goal.