Alaska

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With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
738,432
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.03%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,039
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.73%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,951
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.89%
Change from
2014 to 2015
42.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.07%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 735,132 736,732 738,432
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 46,634 44,674 47,039
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 22,297 18,210 19,951
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 310,749 312,944 314,346
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 47.81% 40.76% 42.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.22% 76.03% 76.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90% 6.80% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.20% 14.60% 13.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.00% 11.00% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 44,077 42,338 43,821
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,178 37,462 38,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 51,397 53,775 53,318
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,242 3,061 3,158
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,831 4,113 4,876
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,525 13,923 14,213
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,550 3,624 3,878
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 400 N/A 792
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,426 4,595 6,183
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 715 482 792

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 748 706 722
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.80% 6.50% 6.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,809 12,641 12,620

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,736 2,843 2,591
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,462 4,672 4,456
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,332 9,391 8,302
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.30% 30.30% 31.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 1.80% 1.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 9.60% 1.10% 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 300 217 133
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,085 139 129
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,715 4,449 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 16 9 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 11 8 14
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 69.00% 89.00% 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.50 1.09 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
966
974
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 25 39 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 54 70 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 297 265 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 237 234 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 254 242 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 99 124 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 474 505 491
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,255 21,233 21,242
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 34 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,177,000 $7,054,000 $6,454,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $34,029,000 $37,169,000 $40,419,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 26.00% 23.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,590 1,570 1,856
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 53.00 56.90 60.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.10% 60.13% 77.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.10% 11.04% 6.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.70% 2.55% 2.74%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.40% 95.83% 96.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 14.90% 13.75% 12.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 42.90% 43.40% 43.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 72.00% 58.76% 56.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.00% 29.64% 31.35%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9 6 6
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6 6
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 191 191
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 191 191

 


Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Alaska Department of Vocational Rehabilitation “Documents and Resources for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs)” - 07/13/2016

Summary of recent major changes to the CRP Application •Three new services were added: Job Placement Assistance, Customized Employment and Financial & Work Incentive Advisement. Please refer to the Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rate Range document for additional information. •Due to cost of living differentials, CRPs who reside in the Arctic, Western Alaska and the Aleutians have the option to charge up to 150% of the hourly rate range.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocational Rehabilitation “Program Steps” - 07/01/2016

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocation Rehabilitation provides an overview of steps to approaching employment. Steps include:Your Plan 1. Identifying ayour job goal and plan the services you need. You and your counselor decide on a job goal that makes sense for your disability. It should also make sense based on what job openings there are. DVR can help you find your talents and interests. We can also help you search the job market. You and your counselor talk about the employment problems that bring you to DVR. Together you decide what services you need to get a job. 2. Writeing a plan for employment. You must have a written plan to get the services you need. We call it your individualized plan for employment (IPE). Your counselor can help you with this. It describes the steps you will take to meet your work goal. 3. Completinge the IPE. You can start getting the help you need after you and your counselor agree to your plan. How long it takes you to complete the plan depends on you and your needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Beneficiary Employment Policy Review - 12/05/2014

AMHTA Beneficiary Employment Initiative: Project Methodology

In analyzing issues and challenges for individuals with disabilities within the state, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority AMHTA) recognized the need for a strong emphasis on employment, resulting in the Beneficiary Employment Initiative. To support

this effort, AMHTA contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current employment service system and supports for Alaskans with disabilities, and to recommend to AMHTA strategies for increasing workforce participation. This report documents the results of this analysis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program & Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program (for FY 2015) - 09/30/2014

This comprehensive state plan outlines the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) state plan relating to inter-agency partnerships, provider transformation, increased integrated community employment, self-employment, school-to-work transition, and customized employment, among other target areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment and Transportation Ad Hoc Committee Work Plan for FY ‘’15 - 06/17/2014

 

 

The workplan Includes activities to help implement the Employment First law signed by the governor by finding out what is in alignment with the Employment First Act, what is not, and the best practices needed to make it work.

   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program - 01/31/2014

Finding the best candidate is all about candidate sourcing. Sourcing involves using various methods to seek candidates for a position. One method is using the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program. The program allows Alaska state hiring managers to hire qualified persons with a disability for up to 4 months of trial work without the requirement to hire as a permanent employee.

  "Under Alaska Statute 39.25.150(21), 2 AAC 07.235(g), and 2 AAC 07.270(a), the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program helps match employers with qualified employees with disabilities. The program allows hiring managers to select a qualified person with a disability to fill a position for a trial period of up to four months without the need for competitive recruitment and with no obligation to retain if performance is not acceptable. Throughout this process, support and on-site job coaching is available to the employee through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (IEI) - 10/01/2012

~~The purpose of the Alaska Integrated  Employment Initiative is to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. A partnership consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: 1) policy development that will focus on implementation of policy at all levels (legislative, regulatory, day-to-day policies and procedures), including obtaining, allocating, or re-allocating resources (people, time, money); 2) capacity building that will focus on building knowledge, training, consultation and technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning; and 3) resource leveraging that will include pooling of assets and resources, blending and braiding resources, and integrating IEI activities with other priorities and initiatives.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health “Micro-Enterprise Grant”

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Eligible Provider and Training List

The Governor, in consultation with the AWIB, establishes the criteria and procedures governing the eligibility of providers and their associated training programs to receive WIOA funds for training activities. The AWIB is responsible for: 1. establishing additional performance levels and training program criteria, (if appropriate), information requirements and procedures for ETPL; and 2. working with the Division and training providers to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of training services, including eligible providers with expertise in assisting individuals with disabilities and eligible providers with expertise in assisting adults in need of adult education and literacy activities .

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Data Sharing

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education: Employment & Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

The committee works on priority issues and activities related to improving employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska. Committee members may be involved in workgroups that are conducting: research, planning, monitoring, [and] advocacy…We work closely with the State as a Model Employer Task Force (S.A.M.E.), the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) grant and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s Beneficiary Employment Initiative.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Work Services Procedure Manual

The overarching goal of Temporary Assistance is to ‘Move Alaskans from welfare into jobs so they can support their families, and maintain a safety net for those truly in need.’  The Division of Public Assistance (DPA) adopted the Work First Model to achieve this goal.  Work First maintains that any job is a good job and the best way to succeed in the labor market is to join it.  In 2011 DPA adjusted the Work First Model to achieve a higher level of client self-sufficiency; in 2012 DPA further refined service delivery to include the Families First Model.

This procedure manual will provide the guidance, along with the Alaska Temporary Assistance Policy Manual to support staff as they work to help families on Public Assistance reach self-sufficiency.  To that end, it is reflective of what a prudent person would do to support clients in the Work First and Families First service tracks.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2015 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2011-2016 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements

Alaska’s project will be implemented in conjunction with the Alaska Works Initiative (AWI) and their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Sustainability strategies are focused on state‐level policy development, capacity building and resource leveraging.  Program design will include creating Employment Network capacity in the One‐Stop job centers. Expanded services and resources provided by community rehabilitation Providers and community organizations will be supported through funds that include WIA,vocational rehabilitation, behavioral health, Alaska’s Mental Health Trust Authority, and Senior and disabilities services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Youth in Transition

This grant was awarded to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create a statewide system of inclusion, support, and engagement for youth ages 14-24 as they transition. The approach blends Guideposts for Success with the Discovery process.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Customized Employment - PowerPoint - 01/01/2008

This is a PowerPoint presentation addressing Customized Employment in Alaska with an emphasis on maintaining a client-centered team.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

AK Customized Employment Service Provider Manual - 05/01/2007

Our mission is to support the rights of those living with life complexities and disabilities to participate in all aspects of vocational services, while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Together we form partnerships with individuals, families, employers, service providers, and the community at large to support the creation of expanded work options and meaningful employment, promote economic opportunities and independence, encourage self‐determination, and support the inclusion of people with complex lives into the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Industry-Driven Support Model

The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.

The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Making Employment Work in Alaska

This presentation by the Alaska Works Initiative and The UAA Center for Human Development delves into various options for pursuing employment for people with disabilities, including self-employment, job carving, job creation and customized employment.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Alaska DVR -– “Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rat Range” for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP)

Alaska DVR has authorized the CRPs listed to provide the identified services. These services should only be purchased from authorized CRPs. Some of the authorized services include situational assessments, benefits analysis/ counseling, job search assistance, job readiness training, on-the-job evaluations, job supports, and business development services, among others.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Proposed Model of Employment Services for Individuals with Behavioral Health Disabilities

This is the proposed model of employment services of individuals with behavioral disabilities for providers as well as select government agencies within the state of Alaska. It focuses on training, technical assistance and required resources.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Micro Enterprise Resource Guide

The Microenterprise Resource Guide  will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business. You will find information about resources available in the Anchorage area to develop and launch a micro business successfully.  The purpose of the guide is to:

  To provide information about the nature of self-employment and to help you decide if this is a good path for you. To provide resources which will help you find out more about your business idea. To guide future microenterprise owners to helpful internet and local resources for business development. 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Developmental Disabilities grants - 12/15/2016

~~A FAQ that provides information on applying for Medicaid services and waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Alaska’s 1915( c) Waiver Renewal Applications - 07/01/2016

This is a power point presentation on the state of Alaska’s most recent application for renewing four 1915(c) Waivers for a five year period. These waivers include ones for “Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities” and “Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. The number of people to be placed on the IDD waiver is limited to 50 per year. Persons placed on the APDD waiver could have a reassessment using a Truncated Consumer Assessment Tool. These waivers would be for the period of FY 2017 – 2021 which started on July 1, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska HCBS Transition Plan (9/2015)

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) submits this transition plan in accordance with CFR 42 §441.301(c)(6).  The state process leading to development of the plan included analysis of all settings where home and community-based services are provided under the Alaska’s 1915(c) home and community-based waiver programs. This plan describes the three components of SDS settings evaluation activities:   Part 1) the efforts made by SDS to inform and educate providers and other stakeholders about the changes to federal regulations, and to  gain insight into how the changes will impact service delivery;   Part 2) the process used to determine the extent to which existing state regulations and practices encompass the requirements for home and community-based settings, and the actions taken to assess the home and community-based characteristics of the locations where services are delivered currently; and     Part 3) the state plan to achieve compliance with federal regulations.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

AK Children with Complex Medical Conditions (0263.R04.00)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, transportation for medically fragile individuals ages 0-21

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (0262.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides adult day, care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, residential supported living, specialized medical equipment, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, ID ages 21 – no max age

 

 

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
738,432
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.03%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,039
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.73%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,951
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.89%
Change from
2014 to 2015
42.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 735,132 736,732 738,432
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 46,634 44,674 47,039
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 22,297 18,210 19,951
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 310,749 312,944 314,346
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 47.81% 40.76% 42.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.22% 76.03% 76.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90% 6.80% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.20% 14.60% 13.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.00% 11.00% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 44,077 42,338 43,821
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,178 37,462 38,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 51,397 53,775 53,318
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,242 3,061 3,158
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,831 4,113 4,876
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,525 13,923 14,213
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,550 3,624 3,878
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 400 N/A 792
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,426 4,595 6,183
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 715 482 792

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 748 706 722
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.80% 6.50% 6.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,809 12,641 12,620

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,736 2,843 2,591
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,462 4,672 4,456
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,332 9,391 8,302
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.30% 30.30% 31.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 1.80% 1.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 9.60% 1.10% 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 300 217 133
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,085 139 129
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,715 4,449 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 16 9 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 11 8 14
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 69.00% 89.00% 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.50 1.09 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
966
974
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 25 39 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 54 70 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 297 265 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 237 234 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 254 242 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 99 124 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 474 505 491
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,255 21,233 21,242
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 34 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,177,000 $7,054,000 $6,454,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $34,029,000 $37,169,000 $40,419,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 26.00% 23.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,590 1,570 1,856
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 53.00 56.90 60.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.10% 60.13% 77.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.10% 11.04% 6.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.70% 2.55% 2.74%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.40% 95.83% 96.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 14.90% 13.75% 12.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 42.90% 43.40% 43.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 72.00% 58.76% 56.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.00% 29.64% 31.35%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9 6 6
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6 6
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 191 191
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 191 191

 

Legislation


Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Alaska Department of Vocational Rehabilitation “Documents and Resources for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs)” - 07/13/2016

Summary of recent major changes to the CRP Application •Three new services were added: Job Placement Assistance, Customized Employment and Financial & Work Incentive Advisement. Please refer to the Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rate Range document for additional information. •Due to cost of living differentials, CRPs who reside in the Arctic, Western Alaska and the Aleutians have the option to charge up to 150% of the hourly rate range.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocational Rehabilitation “Program Steps” - 07/01/2016

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocation Rehabilitation provides an overview of steps to approaching employment. Steps include:Your Plan 1. Identifying ayour job goal and plan the services you need. You and your counselor decide on a job goal that makes sense for your disability. It should also make sense based on what job openings there are. DVR can help you find your talents and interests. We can also help you search the job market. You and your counselor talk about the employment problems that bring you to DVR. Together you decide what services you need to get a job. 2. Writeing a plan for employment. You must have a written plan to get the services you need. We call it your individualized plan for employment (IPE). Your counselor can help you with this. It describes the steps you will take to meet your work goal. 3. Completinge the IPE. You can start getting the help you need after you and your counselor agree to your plan. How long it takes you to complete the plan depends on you and your needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Beneficiary Employment Policy Review - 12/05/2014

AMHTA Beneficiary Employment Initiative: Project Methodology

In analyzing issues and challenges for individuals with disabilities within the state, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority AMHTA) recognized the need for a strong emphasis on employment, resulting in the Beneficiary Employment Initiative. To support

this effort, AMHTA contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current employment service system and supports for Alaskans with disabilities, and to recommend to AMHTA strategies for increasing workforce participation. This report documents the results of this analysis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program & Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program (for FY 2015) - 09/30/2014

This comprehensive state plan outlines the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) state plan relating to inter-agency partnerships, provider transformation, increased integrated community employment, self-employment, school-to-work transition, and customized employment, among other target areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment and Transportation Ad Hoc Committee Work Plan for FY ‘’15 - 06/17/2014

 

 

The workplan Includes activities to help implement the Employment First law signed by the governor by finding out what is in alignment with the Employment First Act, what is not, and the best practices needed to make it work.

   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program - 01/31/2014

Finding the best candidate is all about candidate sourcing. Sourcing involves using various methods to seek candidates for a position. One method is using the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program. The program allows Alaska state hiring managers to hire qualified persons with a disability for up to 4 months of trial work without the requirement to hire as a permanent employee.

  "Under Alaska Statute 39.25.150(21), 2 AAC 07.235(g), and 2 AAC 07.270(a), the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program helps match employers with qualified employees with disabilities. The program allows hiring managers to select a qualified person with a disability to fill a position for a trial period of up to four months without the need for competitive recruitment and with no obligation to retain if performance is not acceptable. Throughout this process, support and on-site job coaching is available to the employee through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (IEI) - 10/01/2012

~~The purpose of the Alaska Integrated  Employment Initiative is to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. A partnership consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: 1) policy development that will focus on implementation of policy at all levels (legislative, regulatory, day-to-day policies and procedures), including obtaining, allocating, or re-allocating resources (people, time, money); 2) capacity building that will focus on building knowledge, training, consultation and technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning; and 3) resource leveraging that will include pooling of assets and resources, blending and braiding resources, and integrating IEI activities with other priorities and initiatives.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health “Micro-Enterprise Grant”

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Eligible Provider and Training List

The Governor, in consultation with the AWIB, establishes the criteria and procedures governing the eligibility of providers and their associated training programs to receive WIOA funds for training activities. The AWIB is responsible for: 1. establishing additional performance levels and training program criteria, (if appropriate), information requirements and procedures for ETPL; and 2. working with the Division and training providers to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of training services, including eligible providers with expertise in assisting individuals with disabilities and eligible providers with expertise in assisting adults in need of adult education and literacy activities .

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Data Sharing

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education: Employment & Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

The committee works on priority issues and activities related to improving employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska. Committee members may be involved in workgroups that are conducting: research, planning, monitoring, [and] advocacy…We work closely with the State as a Model Employer Task Force (S.A.M.E.), the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) grant and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s Beneficiary Employment Initiative.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Work Services Procedure Manual

The overarching goal of Temporary Assistance is to ‘Move Alaskans from welfare into jobs so they can support their families, and maintain a safety net for those truly in need.’  The Division of Public Assistance (DPA) adopted the Work First Model to achieve this goal.  Work First maintains that any job is a good job and the best way to succeed in the labor market is to join it.  In 2011 DPA adjusted the Work First Model to achieve a higher level of client self-sufficiency; in 2012 DPA further refined service delivery to include the Families First Model.

This procedure manual will provide the guidance, along with the Alaska Temporary Assistance Policy Manual to support staff as they work to help families on Public Assistance reach self-sufficiency.  To that end, it is reflective of what a prudent person would do to support clients in the Work First and Families First service tracks.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2015 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2011-2016 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements

Alaska’s project will be implemented in conjunction with the Alaska Works Initiative (AWI) and their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Sustainability strategies are focused on state‐level policy development, capacity building and resource leveraging.  Program design will include creating Employment Network capacity in the One‐Stop job centers. Expanded services and resources provided by community rehabilitation Providers and community organizations will be supported through funds that include WIA,vocational rehabilitation, behavioral health, Alaska’s Mental Health Trust Authority, and Senior and disabilities services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Youth in Transition

This grant was awarded to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create a statewide system of inclusion, support, and engagement for youth ages 14-24 as they transition. The approach blends Guideposts for Success with the Discovery process.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


AK Customized Employment - PowerPoint - 01/01/2008

This is a PowerPoint presentation addressing Customized Employment in Alaska with an emphasis on maintaining a client-centered team.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

AK Customized Employment Service Provider Manual - 05/01/2007

Our mission is to support the rights of those living with life complexities and disabilities to participate in all aspects of vocational services, while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Together we form partnerships with individuals, families, employers, service providers, and the community at large to support the creation of expanded work options and meaningful employment, promote economic opportunities and independence, encourage self‐determination, and support the inclusion of people with complex lives into the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Industry-Driven Support Model

The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.

The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Making Employment Work in Alaska

This presentation by the Alaska Works Initiative and The UAA Center for Human Development delves into various options for pursuing employment for people with disabilities, including self-employment, job carving, job creation and customized employment.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Alaska DVR -– “Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rat Range” for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP)

Alaska DVR has authorized the CRPs listed to provide the identified services. These services should only be purchased from authorized CRPs. Some of the authorized services include situational assessments, benefits analysis/ counseling, job search assistance, job readiness training, on-the-job evaluations, job supports, and business development services, among others.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Proposed Model of Employment Services for Individuals with Behavioral Health Disabilities

This is the proposed model of employment services of individuals with behavioral disabilities for providers as well as select government agencies within the state of Alaska. It focuses on training, technical assistance and required resources.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Micro Enterprise Resource Guide

The Microenterprise Resource Guide  will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business. You will find information about resources available in the Anchorage area to develop and launch a micro business successfully.  The purpose of the guide is to:

  To provide information about the nature of self-employment and to help you decide if this is a good path for you. To provide resources which will help you find out more about your business idea. To guide future microenterprise owners to helpful internet and local resources for business development. 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Developmental Disabilities grants - 12/15/2016

~~A FAQ that provides information on applying for Medicaid services and waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Alaska’s 1915( c) Waiver Renewal Applications - 07/01/2016

This is a power point presentation on the state of Alaska’s most recent application for renewing four 1915(c) Waivers for a five year period. These waivers include ones for “Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities” and “Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. The number of people to be placed on the IDD waiver is limited to 50 per year. Persons placed on the APDD waiver could have a reassessment using a Truncated Consumer Assessment Tool. These waivers would be for the period of FY 2017 – 2021 which started on July 1, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska HCBS Transition Plan (9/2015)

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) submits this transition plan in accordance with CFR 42 §441.301(c)(6).  The state process leading to development of the plan included analysis of all settings where home and community-based services are provided under the Alaska’s 1915(c) home and community-based waiver programs. This plan describes the three components of SDS settings evaluation activities:   Part 1) the efforts made by SDS to inform and educate providers and other stakeholders about the changes to federal regulations, and to  gain insight into how the changes will impact service delivery;   Part 2) the process used to determine the extent to which existing state regulations and practices encompass the requirements for home and community-based settings, and the actions taken to assess the home and community-based characteristics of the locations where services are delivered currently; and     Part 3) the state plan to achieve compliance with federal regulations.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

AK Children with Complex Medical Conditions (0263.R04.00)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, transportation for medically fragile individuals ages 0-21

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (0262.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides adult day, care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, residential supported living, specialized medical equipment, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, ID ages 21 – no max age

 

 

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
738,432
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.03%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,039
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.73%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,951
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.89%
Change from
2014 to 2015
42.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 735,132 736,732 738,432
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 46,634 44,674 47,039
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 22,297 18,210 19,951
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 310,749 312,944 314,346
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 47.81% 40.76% 42.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.22% 76.03% 76.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90% 6.80% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.20% 14.60% 13.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.00% 11.00% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 44,077 42,338 43,821
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 35,178 37,462 38,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 51,397 53,775 53,318
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,242 3,061 3,158
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,831 4,113 4,876
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,525 13,923 14,213
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,550 3,624 3,878
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 400 N/A 792
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,426 4,595 6,183
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 715 482 792

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 748 706 722
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.80% 6.50% 6.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,809 12,641 12,620

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,736 2,843 2,591
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,462 4,672 4,456
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,332 9,391 8,302
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.30% 30.30% 31.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 1.80% 1.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 9.60% 1.10% 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 300 217 133
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,085 139 129
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,715 4,449 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 16 9 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 11 8 14
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 69.00% 89.00% 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.50 1.09 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
966
974
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 25 39 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 54 70 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 297 265 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 237 234 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 254 242 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 99 124 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 474 505 491
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,255 21,233 21,242
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 34 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,177,000 $7,054,000 $6,454,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $34,029,000 $37,169,000 $40,419,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 26.00% 23.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,590 1,570 1,856
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 53.00 56.90 60.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.10% 60.13% 77.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.10% 11.04% 6.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.70% 2.55% 2.74%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.40% 95.83% 96.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 14.90% 13.75% 12.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 42.90% 43.40% 43.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 72.00% 58.76% 56.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 28.00% 29.64% 31.35%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9 6 6
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6 6
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 191 191
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 191 191

 

Legislation


Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Alaska Department of Vocational Rehabilitation “Documents and Resources for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs)” - 07/13/2016

Summary of recent major changes to the CRP Application •Three new services were added: Job Placement Assistance, Customized Employment and Financial & Work Incentive Advisement. Please refer to the Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rate Range document for additional information. •Due to cost of living differentials, CRPs who reside in the Arctic, Western Alaska and the Aleutians have the option to charge up to 150% of the hourly rate range.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocational Rehabilitation “Program Steps” - 07/01/2016

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocation Rehabilitation provides an overview of steps to approaching employment. Steps include:Your Plan 1. Identifying ayour job goal and plan the services you need. You and your counselor decide on a job goal that makes sense for your disability. It should also make sense based on what job openings there are. DVR can help you find your talents and interests. We can also help you search the job market. You and your counselor talk about the employment problems that bring you to DVR. Together you decide what services you need to get a job. 2. Writeing a plan for employment. You must have a written plan to get the services you need. We call it your individualized plan for employment (IPE). Your counselor can help you with this. It describes the steps you will take to meet your work goal. 3. Completinge the IPE. You can start getting the help you need after you and your counselor agree to your plan. How long it takes you to complete the plan depends on you and your needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Beneficiary Employment Policy Review - 12/05/2014

AMHTA Beneficiary Employment Initiative: Project Methodology

In analyzing issues and challenges for individuals with disabilities within the state, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority AMHTA) recognized the need for a strong emphasis on employment, resulting in the Beneficiary Employment Initiative. To support

this effort, AMHTA contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current employment service system and supports for Alaskans with disabilities, and to recommend to AMHTA strategies for increasing workforce participation. This report documents the results of this analysis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program & Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program (for FY 2015) - 09/30/2014

This comprehensive state plan outlines the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) state plan relating to inter-agency partnerships, provider transformation, increased integrated community employment, self-employment, school-to-work transition, and customized employment, among other target areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment and Transportation Ad Hoc Committee Work Plan for FY ‘’15 - 06/17/2014

 

 

The workplan Includes activities to help implement the Employment First law signed by the governor by finding out what is in alignment with the Employment First Act, what is not, and the best practices needed to make it work.

   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program - 01/31/2014

Finding the best candidate is all about candidate sourcing. Sourcing involves using various methods to seek candidates for a position. One method is using the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program. The program allows Alaska state hiring managers to hire qualified persons with a disability for up to 4 months of trial work without the requirement to hire as a permanent employee.

  "Under Alaska Statute 39.25.150(21), 2 AAC 07.235(g), and 2 AAC 07.270(a), the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program helps match employers with qualified employees with disabilities. The program allows hiring managers to select a qualified person with a disability to fill a position for a trial period of up to four months without the need for competitive recruitment and with no obligation to retain if performance is not acceptable. Throughout this process, support and on-site job coaching is available to the employee through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (IEI) - 10/01/2012

~~The purpose of the Alaska Integrated  Employment Initiative is to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. A partnership consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: 1) policy development that will focus on implementation of policy at all levels (legislative, regulatory, day-to-day policies and procedures), including obtaining, allocating, or re-allocating resources (people, time, money); 2) capacity building that will focus on building knowledge, training, consultation and technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning; and 3) resource leveraging that will include pooling of assets and resources, blending and braiding resources, and integrating IEI activities with other priorities and initiatives.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health “Micro-Enterprise Grant”

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Eligible Provider and Training List

The Governor, in consultation with the AWIB, establishes the criteria and procedures governing the eligibility of providers and their associated training programs to receive WIOA funds for training activities. The AWIB is responsible for: 1. establishing additional performance levels and training program criteria, (if appropriate), information requirements and procedures for ETPL; and 2. working with the Division and training providers to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of training services, including eligible providers with expertise in assisting individuals with disabilities and eligible providers with expertise in assisting adults in need of adult education and literacy activities .

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Data Sharing

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education: Employment & Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

The committee works on priority issues and activities related to improving employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska. Committee members may be involved in workgroups that are conducting: research, planning, monitoring, [and] advocacy…We work closely with the State as a Model Employer Task Force (S.A.M.E.), the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) grant and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s Beneficiary Employment Initiative.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Work Services Procedure Manual

The overarching goal of Temporary Assistance is to ‘Move Alaskans from welfare into jobs so they can support their families, and maintain a safety net for those truly in need.’  The Division of Public Assistance (DPA) adopted the Work First Model to achieve this goal.  Work First maintains that any job is a good job and the best way to succeed in the labor market is to join it.  In 2011 DPA adjusted the Work First Model to achieve a higher level of client self-sufficiency; in 2012 DPA further refined service delivery to include the Families First Model.

This procedure manual will provide the guidance, along with the Alaska Temporary Assistance Policy Manual to support staff as they work to help families on Public Assistance reach self-sufficiency.  To that end, it is reflective of what a prudent person would do to support clients in the Work First and Families First service tracks.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2015 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2011-2016 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements

Alaska’s project will be implemented in conjunction with the Alaska Works Initiative (AWI) and their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Sustainability strategies are focused on state‐level policy development, capacity building and resource leveraging.  Program design will include creating Employment Network capacity in the One‐Stop job centers. Expanded services and resources provided by community rehabilitation Providers and community organizations will be supported through funds that include WIA,vocational rehabilitation, behavioral health, Alaska’s Mental Health Trust Authority, and Senior and disabilities services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Youth in Transition

This grant was awarded to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create a statewide system of inclusion, support, and engagement for youth ages 14-24 as they transition. The approach blends Guideposts for Success with the Discovery process.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


AK Customized Employment - PowerPoint - 01/01/2008

This is a PowerPoint presentation addressing Customized Employment in Alaska with an emphasis on maintaining a client-centered team.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

AK Customized Employment Service Provider Manual - 05/01/2007

Our mission is to support the rights of those living with life complexities and disabilities to participate in all aspects of vocational services, while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Together we form partnerships with individuals, families, employers, service providers, and the community at large to support the creation of expanded work options and meaningful employment, promote economic opportunities and independence, encourage self‐determination, and support the inclusion of people with complex lives into the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Industry-Driven Support Model

The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.

The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Making Employment Work in Alaska

This presentation by the Alaska Works Initiative and The UAA Center for Human Development delves into various options for pursuing employment for people with disabilities, including self-employment, job carving, job creation and customized employment.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Alaska DVR -– “Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rat Range” for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP)

Alaska DVR has authorized the CRPs listed to provide the identified services. These services should only be purchased from authorized CRPs. Some of the authorized services include situational assessments, benefits analysis/ counseling, job search assistance, job readiness training, on-the-job evaluations, job supports, and business development services, among others.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Proposed Model of Employment Services for Individuals with Behavioral Health Disabilities

This is the proposed model of employment services of individuals with behavioral disabilities for providers as well as select government agencies within the state of Alaska. It focuses on training, technical assistance and required resources.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Micro Enterprise Resource Guide

The Microenterprise Resource Guide  will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business. You will find information about resources available in the Anchorage area to develop and launch a micro business successfully.  The purpose of the guide is to:

  To provide information about the nature of self-employment and to help you decide if this is a good path for you. To provide resources which will help you find out more about your business idea. To guide future microenterprise owners to helpful internet and local resources for business development. 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Developmental Disabilities grants - 12/15/2016

~~A FAQ that provides information on applying for Medicaid services and waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Alaska’s 1915( c) Waiver Renewal Applications - 07/01/2016

This is a power point presentation on the state of Alaska’s most recent application for renewing four 1915(c) Waivers for a five year period. These waivers include ones for “Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities” and “Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. The number of people to be placed on the IDD waiver is limited to 50 per year. Persons placed on the APDD waiver could have a reassessment using a Truncated Consumer Assessment Tool. These waivers would be for the period of FY 2017 – 2021 which started on July 1, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska HCBS Transition Plan (9/2015)

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) submits this transition plan in accordance with CFR 42 §441.301(c)(6).  The state process leading to development of the plan included analysis of all settings where home and community-based services are provided under the Alaska’s 1915(c) home and community-based waiver programs. This plan describes the three components of SDS settings evaluation activities:   Part 1) the efforts made by SDS to inform and educate providers and other stakeholders about the changes to federal regulations, and to  gain insight into how the changes will impact service delivery;   Part 2) the process used to determine the extent to which existing state regulations and practices encompass the requirements for home and community-based settings, and the actions taken to assess the home and community-based characteristics of the locations where services are delivered currently; and     Part 3) the state plan to achieve compliance with federal regulations.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

AK Children with Complex Medical Conditions (0263.R04.00)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, transportation for medically fragile individuals ages 0-21

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (0262.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides adult day, care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, residential supported living, specialized medical equipment, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, ID ages 21 – no max age

 

 

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
738,432
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.03%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,039
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.73%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,951
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.89%
Change from
2014 to 2015
42.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 738,432
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,039
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,951
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 314,346
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,821
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 38,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 53,318
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,158
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,876
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,213
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,878
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 792
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,183
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 792

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 722
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,620

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,591
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,456
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,302
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 133
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 129
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 491
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,242
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,454,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,419,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 23.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,856
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 77.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.74%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 12.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 43.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.35%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 191
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 191

 

Legislation


Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Alaska Department of Vocational Rehabilitation “Documents and Resources for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs)” - 07/13/2016

Summary of recent major changes to the CRP Application •Three new services were added: Job Placement Assistance, Customized Employment and Financial & Work Incentive Advisement. Please refer to the Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rate Range document for additional information. •Due to cost of living differentials, CRPs who reside in the Arctic, Western Alaska and the Aleutians have the option to charge up to 150% of the hourly rate range.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocational Rehabilitation “Program Steps” - 07/01/2016

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocation Rehabilitation provides an overview of steps to approaching employment. Steps include:Your Plan 1. Identifying ayour job goal and plan the services you need. You and your counselor decide on a job goal that makes sense for your disability. It should also make sense based on what job openings there are. DVR can help you find your talents and interests. We can also help you search the job market. You and your counselor talk about the employment problems that bring you to DVR. Together you decide what services you need to get a job. 2. Writeing a plan for employment. You must have a written plan to get the services you need. We call it your individualized plan for employment (IPE). Your counselor can help you with this. It describes the steps you will take to meet your work goal. 3. Completinge the IPE. You can start getting the help you need after you and your counselor agree to your plan. How long it takes you to complete the plan depends on you and your needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Beneficiary Employment Policy Review - 12/05/2014

AMHTA Beneficiary Employment Initiative: Project Methodology

In analyzing issues and challenges for individuals with disabilities within the state, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority AMHTA) recognized the need for a strong emphasis on employment, resulting in the Beneficiary Employment Initiative. To support

this effort, AMHTA contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current employment service system and supports for Alaskans with disabilities, and to recommend to AMHTA strategies for increasing workforce participation. This report documents the results of this analysis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program & Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program (for FY 2015) - 09/30/2014

This comprehensive state plan outlines the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) state plan relating to inter-agency partnerships, provider transformation, increased integrated community employment, self-employment, school-to-work transition, and customized employment, among other target areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment and Transportation Ad Hoc Committee Work Plan for FY ‘’15 - 06/17/2014

 

 

The workplan Includes activities to help implement the Employment First law signed by the governor by finding out what is in alignment with the Employment First Act, what is not, and the best practices needed to make it work.

   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program - 01/31/2014

Finding the best candidate is all about candidate sourcing. Sourcing involves using various methods to seek candidates for a position. One method is using the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program. The program allows Alaska state hiring managers to hire qualified persons with a disability for up to 4 months of trial work without the requirement to hire as a permanent employee.

  "Under Alaska Statute 39.25.150(21), 2 AAC 07.235(g), and 2 AAC 07.270(a), the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program helps match employers with qualified employees with disabilities. The program allows hiring managers to select a qualified person with a disability to fill a position for a trial period of up to four months without the need for competitive recruitment and with no obligation to retain if performance is not acceptable. Throughout this process, support and on-site job coaching is available to the employee through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (IEI) - 10/01/2012

~~The purpose of the Alaska Integrated  Employment Initiative is to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. A partnership consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: 1) policy development that will focus on implementation of policy at all levels (legislative, regulatory, day-to-day policies and procedures), including obtaining, allocating, or re-allocating resources (people, time, money); 2) capacity building that will focus on building knowledge, training, consultation and technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning; and 3) resource leveraging that will include pooling of assets and resources, blending and braiding resources, and integrating IEI activities with other priorities and initiatives.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health “Micro-Enterprise Grant”

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Eligible Provider and Training List

The Governor, in consultation with the AWIB, establishes the criteria and procedures governing the eligibility of providers and their associated training programs to receive WIOA funds for training activities. The AWIB is responsible for: 1. establishing additional performance levels and training program criteria, (if appropriate), information requirements and procedures for ETPL; and 2. working with the Division and training providers to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of training services, including eligible providers with expertise in assisting individuals with disabilities and eligible providers with expertise in assisting adults in need of adult education and literacy activities .

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Data Sharing

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education: Employment & Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

The committee works on priority issues and activities related to improving employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska. Committee members may be involved in workgroups that are conducting: research, planning, monitoring, [and] advocacy…We work closely with the State as a Model Employer Task Force (S.A.M.E.), the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) grant and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s Beneficiary Employment Initiative.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Work Services Procedure Manual

The overarching goal of Temporary Assistance is to ‘Move Alaskans from welfare into jobs so they can support their families, and maintain a safety net for those truly in need.’  The Division of Public Assistance (DPA) adopted the Work First Model to achieve this goal.  Work First maintains that any job is a good job and the best way to succeed in the labor market is to join it.  In 2011 DPA adjusted the Work First Model to achieve a higher level of client self-sufficiency; in 2012 DPA further refined service delivery to include the Families First Model.

This procedure manual will provide the guidance, along with the Alaska Temporary Assistance Policy Manual to support staff as they work to help families on Public Assistance reach self-sufficiency.  To that end, it is reflective of what a prudent person would do to support clients in the Work First and Families First service tracks.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2015 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2011-2016 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements

Alaska’s project will be implemented in conjunction with the Alaska Works Initiative (AWI) and their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Sustainability strategies are focused on state‐level policy development, capacity building and resource leveraging.  Program design will include creating Employment Network capacity in the One‐Stop job centers. Expanded services and resources provided by community rehabilitation Providers and community organizations will be supported through funds that include WIA,vocational rehabilitation, behavioral health, Alaska’s Mental Health Trust Authority, and Senior and disabilities services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Youth in Transition

This grant was awarded to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create a statewide system of inclusion, support, and engagement for youth ages 14-24 as they transition. The approach blends Guideposts for Success with the Discovery process.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


AK Customized Employment - PowerPoint - 01/01/2008

This is a PowerPoint presentation addressing Customized Employment in Alaska with an emphasis on maintaining a client-centered team.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

AK Customized Employment Service Provider Manual - 05/01/2007

Our mission is to support the rights of those living with life complexities and disabilities to participate in all aspects of vocational services, while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Together we form partnerships with individuals, families, employers, service providers, and the community at large to support the creation of expanded work options and meaningful employment, promote economic opportunities and independence, encourage self‐determination, and support the inclusion of people with complex lives into the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Industry-Driven Support Model

The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.

The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Making Employment Work in Alaska

This presentation by the Alaska Works Initiative and The UAA Center for Human Development delves into various options for pursuing employment for people with disabilities, including self-employment, job carving, job creation and customized employment.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Alaska DVR -– “Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rat Range” for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP)

Alaska DVR has authorized the CRPs listed to provide the identified services. These services should only be purchased from authorized CRPs. Some of the authorized services include situational assessments, benefits analysis/ counseling, job search assistance, job readiness training, on-the-job evaluations, job supports, and business development services, among others.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Proposed Model of Employment Services for Individuals with Behavioral Health Disabilities

This is the proposed model of employment services of individuals with behavioral disabilities for providers as well as select government agencies within the state of Alaska. It focuses on training, technical assistance and required resources.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Micro Enterprise Resource Guide

The Microenterprise Resource Guide  will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business. You will find information about resources available in the Anchorage area to develop and launch a micro business successfully.  The purpose of the guide is to:

  To provide information about the nature of self-employment and to help you decide if this is a good path for you. To provide resources which will help you find out more about your business idea. To guide future microenterprise owners to helpful internet and local resources for business development. 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Developmental Disabilities grants - 12/15/2016

~~A FAQ that provides information on applying for Medicaid services and waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Alaska’s 1915( c) Waiver Renewal Applications - 07/01/2016

This is a power point presentation on the state of Alaska’s most recent application for renewing four 1915(c) Waivers for a five year period. These waivers include ones for “Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities” and “Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. The number of people to be placed on the IDD waiver is limited to 50 per year. Persons placed on the APDD waiver could have a reassessment using a Truncated Consumer Assessment Tool. These waivers would be for the period of FY 2017 – 2021 which started on July 1, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska HCBS Transition Plan (9/2015)

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) submits this transition plan in accordance with CFR 42 §441.301(c)(6).  The state process leading to development of the plan included analysis of all settings where home and community-based services are provided under the Alaska’s 1915(c) home and community-based waiver programs. This plan describes the three components of SDS settings evaluation activities:   Part 1) the efforts made by SDS to inform and educate providers and other stakeholders about the changes to federal regulations, and to  gain insight into how the changes will impact service delivery;   Part 2) the process used to determine the extent to which existing state regulations and practices encompass the requirements for home and community-based settings, and the actions taken to assess the home and community-based characteristics of the locations where services are delivered currently; and     Part 3) the state plan to achieve compliance with federal regulations.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

AK Children with Complex Medical Conditions (0263.R04.00)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, transportation for medically fragile individuals ages 0-21

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (0262.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides adult day, care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, residential supported living, specialized medical equipment, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, ID ages 21 – no max age

 

 

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
738,432
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.03%
Change from
2014 to 2015
47,039
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.73%
Change from
2014 to 2015
19,951
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.89%
Change from
2014 to 2015
42.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 738,432
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,039
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,951
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 314,346
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,821
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 38,923
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 53,318
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,158
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,876
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,213
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,878
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 792
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,183
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 792

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 722
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,620

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,591
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,456
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,302
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 133
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 129
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 64.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 491
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,242
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,454,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,419,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 23.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,856
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 77.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.74%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.81%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 12.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 43.94%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.35%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 6
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 191
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 191

 

Legislation


Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Alaska Department of Vocational Rehabilitation “Documents and Resources for Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs)” - 07/13/2016

Summary of recent major changes to the CRP Application •Three new services were added: Job Placement Assistance, Customized Employment and Financial & Work Incentive Advisement. Please refer to the Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rate Range document for additional information. •Due to cost of living differentials, CRPs who reside in the Arctic, Western Alaska and the Aleutians have the option to charge up to 150% of the hourly rate range.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocational Rehabilitation “Program Steps” - 07/01/2016

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce, Vocation Rehabilitation provides an overview of steps to approaching employment. Steps include:Your Plan 1. Identifying ayour job goal and plan the services you need. You and your counselor decide on a job goal that makes sense for your disability. It should also make sense based on what job openings there are. DVR can help you find your talents and interests. We can also help you search the job market. You and your counselor talk about the employment problems that bring you to DVR. Together you decide what services you need to get a job. 2. Writeing a plan for employment. You must have a written plan to get the services you need. We call it your individualized plan for employment (IPE). Your counselor can help you with this. It describes the steps you will take to meet your work goal. 3. Completinge the IPE. You can start getting the help you need after you and your counselor agree to your plan. How long it takes you to complete the plan depends on you and your needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Beneficiary Employment Policy Review - 12/05/2014

AMHTA Beneficiary Employment Initiative: Project Methodology

In analyzing issues and challenges for individuals with disabilities within the state, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority AMHTA) recognized the need for a strong emphasis on employment, resulting in the Beneficiary Employment Initiative. To support

this effort, AMHTA contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current employment service system and supports for Alaskans with disabilities, and to recommend to AMHTA strategies for increasing workforce participation. This report documents the results of this analysis.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program & Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program (for FY 2015) - 09/30/2014

This comprehensive state plan outlines the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD) state plan relating to inter-agency partnerships, provider transformation, increased integrated community employment, self-employment, school-to-work transition, and customized employment, among other target areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment and Transportation Ad Hoc Committee Work Plan for FY ‘’15 - 06/17/2014

 

 

The workplan Includes activities to help implement the Employment First law signed by the governor by finding out what is in alignment with the Employment First Act, what is not, and the best practices needed to make it work.

   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program - 01/31/2014

Finding the best candidate is all about candidate sourcing. Sourcing involves using various methods to seek candidates for a position. One method is using the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program. The program allows Alaska state hiring managers to hire qualified persons with a disability for up to 4 months of trial work without the requirement to hire as a permanent employee.

  "Under Alaska Statute 39.25.150(21), 2 AAC 07.235(g), and 2 AAC 07.270(a), the State of Alaska Provisional Hire Program helps match employers with qualified employees with disabilities. The program allows hiring managers to select a qualified person with a disability to fill a position for a trial period of up to four months without the need for competitive recruitment and with no obligation to retain if performance is not acceptable. Throughout this process, support and on-site job coaching is available to the employee through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (IEI) - 10/01/2012

~~The purpose of the Alaska Integrated  Employment Initiative is to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. A partnership consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: 1) policy development that will focus on implementation of policy at all levels (legislative, regulatory, day-to-day policies and procedures), including obtaining, allocating, or re-allocating resources (people, time, money); 2) capacity building that will focus on building knowledge, training, consultation and technical assistance, and peer-to-peer learning; and 3) resource leveraging that will include pooling of assets and resources, blending and braiding resources, and integrating IEI activities with other priorities and initiatives.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health “Micro-Enterprise Grant”

The Micro Enterprise Fund strives to increase access to Micro Enterprise and self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities who are Alaska Mental Health Trust Beneficiaries. Grant funds may be used for costs associated with starting a new business, expanding a current business or acquiring an existing business.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Eligible Provider and Training List

The Governor, in consultation with the AWIB, establishes the criteria and procedures governing the eligibility of providers and their associated training programs to receive WIOA funds for training activities. The AWIB is responsible for: 1. establishing additional performance levels and training program criteria, (if appropriate), information requirements and procedures for ETPL; and 2. working with the Division and training providers to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of training services, including eligible providers with expertise in assisting individuals with disabilities and eligible providers with expertise in assisting adults in need of adult education and literacy activities .

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Data Sharing

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education: Employment & Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

The committee works on priority issues and activities related to improving employment outcomes and transportation accessibility for people with disabilities in Alaska. Committee members may be involved in workgroups that are conducting: research, planning, monitoring, [and] advocacy…We work closely with the State as a Model Employer Task Force (S.A.M.E.), the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) grant and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority’s Beneficiary Employment Initiative.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Work Services Procedure Manual

The overarching goal of Temporary Assistance is to ‘Move Alaskans from welfare into jobs so they can support their families, and maintain a safety net for those truly in need.’  The Division of Public Assistance (DPA) adopted the Work First Model to achieve this goal.  Work First maintains that any job is a good job and the best way to succeed in the labor market is to join it.  In 2011 DPA adjusted the Work First Model to achieve a higher level of client self-sufficiency; in 2012 DPA further refined service delivery to include the Families First Model.

This procedure manual will provide the guidance, along with the Alaska Temporary Assistance Policy Manual to support staff as they work to help families on Public Assistance reach self-sufficiency.  To that end, it is reflective of what a prudent person would do to support clients in the Work First and Families First service tracks.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2015 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2011-2016 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative Cooperative Agreements

Alaska’s project will be implemented in conjunction with the Alaska Works Initiative (AWI) and their Medicaid Infrastructure Grant. Sustainability strategies are focused on state‐level policy development, capacity building and resource leveraging.  Program design will include creating Employment Network capacity in the One‐Stop job centers. Expanded services and resources provided by community rehabilitation Providers and community organizations will be supported through funds that include WIA,vocational rehabilitation, behavioral health, Alaska’s Mental Health Trust Authority, and Senior and disabilities services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Youth in Transition

This grant was awarded to the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development to create a statewide system of inclusion, support, and engagement for youth ages 14-24 as they transition. The approach blends Guideposts for Success with the Discovery process.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Training/Capacity Building


AK Customized Employment - PowerPoint - 01/01/2008

This is a PowerPoint presentation addressing Customized Employment in Alaska with an emphasis on maintaining a client-centered team.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

AK Customized Employment Service Provider Manual - 05/01/2007

Our mission is to support the rights of those living with life complexities and disabilities to participate in all aspects of vocational services, while striving to eliminate barriers to employment. Together we form partnerships with individuals, families, employers, service providers, and the community at large to support the creation of expanded work options and meaningful employment, promote economic opportunities and independence, encourage self‐determination, and support the inclusion of people with complex lives into the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Industry-Driven Support Model

The Industry-Driven Support Model is being developed and tested as a resource for low income entrepreneurs with disabilities. The model is focused on bringing entrepreneurs from all parts of Alaska with various disabilities together through one common theme, owning a small business within a similar industry.

The training sessions focus on a specific topic (e.g., Finances or Marketing) for a specific industry (e.g., arts and crafts or service businesses). The networking sessions focus on discussions around the training topics and how to network within and outside of one’s own community

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Making Employment Work in Alaska

This presentation by the Alaska Works Initiative and The UAA Center for Human Development delves into various options for pursuing employment for people with disabilities, including self-employment, job carving, job creation and customized employment.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Alaska DVR -– “Service Definitions, Requirements and Hourly Rat Range” for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP)

Alaska DVR has authorized the CRPs listed to provide the identified services. These services should only be purchased from authorized CRPs. Some of the authorized services include situational assessments, benefits analysis/ counseling, job search assistance, job readiness training, on-the-job evaluations, job supports, and business development services, among others.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Proposed Model of Employment Services for Individuals with Behavioral Health Disabilities

This is the proposed model of employment services of individuals with behavioral disabilities for providers as well as select government agencies within the state of Alaska. It focuses on training, technical assistance and required resources.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Micro Enterprise Resource Guide

The Microenterprise Resource Guide  will assist individuals and agencies interested in starting a Micro Business. You will find information about resources available in the Anchorage area to develop and launch a micro business successfully.  The purpose of the guide is to:

  To provide information about the nature of self-employment and to help you decide if this is a good path for you. To provide resources which will help you find out more about your business idea. To guide future microenterprise owners to helpful internet and local resources for business development. 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Community Developmental Disabilities grants - 12/15/2016

~~A FAQ that provides information on applying for Medicaid services and waivers.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Alaska’s 1915( c) Waiver Renewal Applications - 07/01/2016

This is a power point presentation on the state of Alaska’s most recent application for renewing four 1915(c) Waivers for a five year period. These waivers include ones for “Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities” and “Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities”. The number of people to be placed on the IDD waiver is limited to 50 per year. Persons placed on the APDD waiver could have a reassessment using a Truncated Consumer Assessment Tool. These waivers would be for the period of FY 2017 – 2021 which started on July 1, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska HCBS Transition Plan (9/2015)

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (SDS) submits this transition plan in accordance with CFR 42 §441.301(c)(6).  The state process leading to development of the plan included analysis of all settings where home and community-based services are provided under the Alaska’s 1915(c) home and community-based waiver programs. This plan describes the three components of SDS settings evaluation activities:   Part 1) the efforts made by SDS to inform and educate providers and other stakeholders about the changes to federal regulations, and to  gain insight into how the changes will impact service delivery;   Part 2) the process used to determine the extent to which existing state regulations and practices encompass the requirements for home and community-based settings, and the actions taken to assess the home and community-based characteristics of the locations where services are delivered currently; and     Part 3) the state plan to achieve compliance with federal regulations.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

AK Children with Complex Medical Conditions (0263.R04.00)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment, transportation for medically fragile individuals ages 0-21

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities (0262.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides adult day, care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, residential supported living, specialized medical equipment, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, ID ages 21 – no max age

 

 

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c)

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)