2012 Florida Partners In Crisis Annual Conference . Orlando July 12-13, 2012. Overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program in Florida. A Federal/State Partnership with USDOE/RSA. To Assist Individuals with Disabilities with Employment. 1918 – The Soldiers Rehabilitation Act
July 12-13, 2012
Program in Florida
A Federal/State Partnership with USDOE/RSA
It is the mission of the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to help individuals with disabilities achieve gainful employment and the highest level of independence
A disability is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment of a person that substantially limits one or more major life activities such as…
Walking Talking Eating Breathing
Seeing Hearing Learning
Psychological Functioning, etc…
“Major life activity” –Major bodily functions
The individual requires vocational rehabilitation services to prepare for, obtain, retain, or regain employment.
Receiving Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income and intend to become employed.
An eligibility decision should be made within 60 days after you apply for services.
On-Site Job/Task Analysis
Training and Education After High School
Medical and Psychological Diagnosis and Treatment
Counseling and Guidance
Assessment of Technology Needs
Nearly half of the population associate mental illness with violence
having a mental health problem
work is so integral to one’s self-worth,
finding and belonging to a mental
health-friendly workplace is of great
significance to people who have
experienced mental illnesses
New EEOC Rules on Criminal Histories May Affect Small-Business Hiring
Many small businesses had no idea there was anything wrong with a blanket ban on hiring anybody with a criminal record
In April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) signaled a crackdown on employers that use criminal histories to discriminate against job applicants illegally. But to judge from conversations with business owners, labor lawyers, and human resources consultants, many small businesses had no idea there was anything wrong with practices like a blanket ban on hiring anybody with a criminal record. The notion that using criminal records in employment decisions could constitute discrimination has been government policy since at least the 1970s. The EEOC has in the past issued policy statements about how employers may use criminal records without running afoul of the Civil Rights Act, but in April the agency published new enforcement guidance. Though the underlying theory appears unchanged, labor lawyers say the new policy requires companies to establish procedures to show they are not using criminal records to discriminate by race or national origin
To expand the employment opportunities for most individuals receiving SSDI and/or SSI benefits.
Preliminary Consultation (Information and Referral)
This service is offered to eligible DVR consumers early in the rehabilitation process and may be provided to consumers at Referral orApplication Statuses.
DVR Orientations and Initial Interviews will be revised to include basic information concerning the impact of working on SSA benefits and a general review of the Work Incentives available to Ticket-holders.
Benefits Summary & Analysis (BS&A)
This service is for consumers in Plan Development to Service statuses or beyond and includes verification of benefits through the Benefits Planning Query (BPQY), gathering information about benefits from all relevant sources, such as SSA, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, subsidized housing, etc., and conducting a detailed, in-person intake interview with the consumer to begin to analyze which work incentives could apply to their situation and the impact considering various scenarios (i.e., not working, working part-time and working full-time).
Work Incentives Analysis & Plan (WIAP)
This service is for individuals in Plan Development to Service statuses and beyond and have an offer of employment in a specific job or are working already, and will be working more than 10 hours a week. It includes verification of benefits (BPQY), gathering information about benefits from all relevant sources, such as SSA, Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, subsidized housing, etc., and conducting a detailed, in person intake interview with the consumer to begin to analyze which work incentives could apply to their situation.
At case closure, the Division may refer consumers to an EN, who is also a qualified DVR vendor of Employment Network Services, for job-related services that will aid a consumer in achieving Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) levels of employment. SGA is achieved when a consumer is employed for nine (9) months within a twelve (12) month period and the consumer is earning, during that period of time, SGA earnings established by the SSA.
$1000 for providing ongoing support that results in the consumer being able to achieve at least 7 months of SGA employment that will lead to 9 months of SGA employment and a valid claim for DVR to be reimbursed for the cost of its services.
Total Cases – 1301
31.6% of total – above SGA
68.4% below SGA
21.6% at 75% - 99% of SGA
28.5% at 50% - 74% of SGA
18.3% at 49% or less of SGA
Cases below 50% of SGA (238)
217 – Average Weekly Wage if working full- time would be at SGA
8 – at SGA if working 20 hours per week
A WIN! WIN! WIN !
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit
was designed to provide a
tax incentive to employers
for hiring individuals with disabilities and certain target groups to help them enter or re-enter the labor force
From $2,400 up to $9,600 worth of credit
NEWThe Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Service members, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
FLORIDAGloria HarrisonDepartment of Economic OpportunityWOTC Program MSC G-300 107 EAST MADISON STREETTALLAHASSEE, FL 32399-4140Phone: 850-921-3299Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Architectural/Transportation Tax Deduction: IRS Code Section 190, Barrier Removal
Allows businesses an annual deduction of up to $15,000 for expenses incurred to remove physical, structural, and transportation barriers for persons with disabilities in the workplace
Small Business Tax Credit: IRS Code 44, Disabled Access Credit
Helps small businesses cover the cost of making their businesses accessible, up to a maximum benefit of $5,000
Sign language interpretersReaders or materials
(Braille or large print)for employees who have
Adaptive equipmentConsulting fees
The VR Corporate Consultant works one on one with employers to assist with disability and employment issues
ADA training and consultation
Reasonable accommodation services and information
Disability Awareness Training
The Able Trust's mission is to be a key leader in providing Floridians with disabilities successful opportunities for employment. One way our mission is accomplished is through the Grant Program.
The goal of The Able Trust grant program is to provide funds to qualifying organizations to assist individuals with disabilities gain competitive employment of their choice in their community.
The Able Trust recognizes the great diversity of people across the state of Florida and is fully committed to providing grant funding opportunities that serve different disability populations in both Florida’s urban and rural areas.
The Able Trust will accept proposals for review from organizations that are either governmental agencies or are currently qualified as tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c) 3 which demonstrate an interest to serve the employment needs of individuals with disabilities in the state of Florida
Annually recognizes small and large employers forbest disability employment practices
Award recipients receive
a commendation from the Governor
Till Difference Doesn’t Make a Difference
Eladio Amores Corporate Consultant Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation 941-359-7811Eladio.Amores@vr.fldoe.orgwww.Fljobconnections.com
2002-A Old Saint Augustine Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4862