Arizona

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In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, people appreciate the value of independence, so the need to promote career success is the top priority for individuals with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
6,731,484
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.54%
Change from
2013 to 2014
411,109
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.04%
Change from
2013 to 2014
134,816
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.79%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.7%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.53%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 6,553,255 6,626,624 6,731,484
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 374,420 400,687 411,109
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,086 134,761 134,816
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,480,145 2,495,573 2,562,918
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.21% 33.63% 32.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.02% 71.30% 72.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.40% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 22.00% 21.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.30% 18.20% 17.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 377,193 393,499 418,505
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 378,804 408,229 428,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 619,317 650,175 695,989
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 31,475 32,563 30,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 154,536 169,146 180,720
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 36,162 41,579 40,297
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,301 13,347 14,687
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,043 1,262 821
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,294 22,506 25,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 35,405 40,296 39,128

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,638 3,700 3,914
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.60% 3.60% 3.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. N/A 156,298 156,217

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 16,612 17,087 16,874
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 54,490 54,984 47,316
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 96,904 96,272 95,432
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.80% 17.70% 17.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 23.70% 25.30% 28.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 5.00% 4.30%
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. 10,666 12,137 12,786
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,684 2,383 1,932
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

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,006 3,446 3,321
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
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. 58 61 60
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 31 32 35
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. 53.00% 52.00% 58.00%
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. 0.48 0.49 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 156 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 185 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 489 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 980 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 799 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 238 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,855 4,066
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 227,880 229,076
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 21 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,240,000 $13,435,000 $15,391,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,719,000 $5,610,000 $5,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $72,630,000 $75,783,000 $86,700,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A N/A $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00% 20.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 811 887 879
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,721 4,876 5,005
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 19.90 22.20 23.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 60.40% 62.00% 62.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.68% 15.00% 15.06%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.80% 2.00% 1.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.00% 80.00% 89.51%
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). 26.10% 19.60% 22.43%
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). 59.70% 49.80% 57.08%
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). 73.60% 66.90% 72.52%
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). 33.60% 30.24% 34.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,177,897
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,735
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 15,781
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 599,746
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 615,527
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 10
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 755
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 765
AbilityOne wages (products). $157,071
AbilityOne wages (services). $6,995,048

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 45 39
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,192
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,215

 


Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2029 - 03/30/2015

Whereas, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, which the ADA defines as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working; and Whereas, an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship that would require significant difficultly or expense; and Whereas, many unemployed individuals with disabilities are ready, able and willing to work. Therefore Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring: That the Members of the Legislature support the employment of persons with disabilities and encourage Arizona businesses to hire persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Order No. 93-13: Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

"I, Fife Symington, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby create a new Executive Order for the permanent establishment of the Governor’s committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and delineate herein its purpose, structure and function….The Governor’s Committee On the Employment of People with Disabilities is established to promote the employment of people with disabilities; to promote the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and to promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other

Arizona Employment First Forums - 07/29/2014

The Community Forums are the next step in a series of activities planned to gather information to assist in the development of a comprehensive Arizona Employment First Strategic Plan .This Strategic Plan will help guide the development of policy and practice that promote employment in typical work settings and enhance individual self -sufficiency and community inclusion.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities “Strategic Plan 2016-2020” (Transition to Employment)

The Division recently introduced the service “Transition to Employment”. This service provides members with individualized instruction, training and supports to promote skill development for integrated and competitive employment. “Transition to Employment” will help members develop work skills, abilities and behaviors. Participating members will be able to learn community safety skills, good work habits, and how to get along with a boss and co-workers. The program may also include creating résumés and applying for jobs. Members will also receive information on how much they can earn while retaining eligibility for cash and healthcare benefits.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy Statement Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Systems
  • Other

Arizona’s Unified Workforce Development Plan, Program Years 2016-2020

This unified Plan seeks to provide an in–depth analysis for the State of Arizona’s workforce development system and to describe the various planning and operational elements to be implemented over the next four years. This Plan also details how labor market information and feedback from workgroups and committee members were used to identify gaps within the workforce system as a whole. Unified State Plan. This plan includes the Adult Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Youth Program, Wagner-Peyser Act Program, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Arizona Family Support Annual Report

The Division continues to hold a leadership role as Chairperson of the broadly-based statewide partnership working on a statewide “Employment First” Strategic Plan to improve integrated and competitive outcomes for all individuals with a disability.  The Planning Committee has met regularly since January 2012 and has completed a final draft of its Statewide Plan.

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

Arizona Department of Education (2015). Arizona Employment First—Job opportunities build success: Strategic plan.

Arizona’s Employment First key directions include working to: (1) “foster and maintain collaboration in order to increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities;” (2) “increase awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and advocate for their competitive employment;” (3) “prepare youth for competitive employment, especially in high potential employment sectors and including self-employment;” (4) “foster job creation, hiring, retention, promotion, and self-employment;” (5) “create and promote policies that lead to the successful employment of people with disabilities;” and (6) “foster the development of employment-focused supports.”

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arizona Department of Economic Security & Arizona Department of Health Services Agreement - 03/16/2012

This contract between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/ DBHS) serves to promotes the increased employment of people with disabilities in integrated, community settings

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) - 07/01/2009

“(The ADDPC)serve(s) Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information. OUR MISSION: We want to develop and support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of persons with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life. OUR VISION: The vision of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is one community working together to achieve full inclusion and participation of persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance) This organization receives matching grants from the Arizona department of education

 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

ADDPC - 2014 Employment Options for People with IDD

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:   Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth: Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.   Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool: Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.   Untapped Arizona: A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Systems-Change Funding have been entered for this state.


Arizona Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

Addressing the Transition Needs of Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities August 29–31, 2016

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

AZ Disability Benefits 101 - Finding the Right Job for You: The Details - 06/21/2016

This webpage serves as a guide for people with disabilities in Arizona to understand their various employment options. It includes traditional work options, self-employment, temporary employment, customized employment and telecommuting or telework.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Arizona Case Study - Customizing Employment - 07/24/2015

This presentation focuses on working to build customized employment plans for students with intellectual disabilities. Using a case study, it demonstrates how to tailor jobs to fit the skills, interests, strengths, and support needed while still providing benefit to the businesses involved. An emphasis is placed on the steps the school can take to secure employment and integrate the individualized job responsibilities into the classroom teaching to support independence in the workplace for successful long-term outcomes.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arizona Employment First Webinar - 06/27/2014

Arizona is planning its course to become number twenty-seven. Please join us for the national perspective on employment first, including the forces pushing behind employment first and Arizona's current and future efforts to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. WHO should participate? People with disabilities and their families, educators, transition specialists, service providers, employers and other interested individuals are invited to join the discussion about integrated employment for people with disabilities. HOW can you help? Participate in this Employment First Webinar and provide your input. Become part of the planning process and help us advance integrated employment as the first option for people with disabilities in Arizona.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance)

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Arizona Department of Economic Security Developmental Disabilities Training

The Division provides free training, development, and refresher resources to help statewide providers and caregivers best serve the DD community. You can view other DES classes, workshops, and training seminars on the DES Event Calendar. For questions, email dddstatewidetraining@azdes.gov or call our Central Office at (602) 771-8125 to be connected with your local Training Office

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Arizona’s Transition Conference

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) connecting with youth, (2) connecting with families, and (3) connecting with agency and community partners.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2014 Employment Options for People with Developmental Disabilities in Arizona

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:

•Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth:

Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.

•Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool:

Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.

•Untapped Arizona:

A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Vs. La Paloma Family Services - 04/30/2009

This is an action brought under the Arizona Civil Rights Act (“ACRA”) to correct unlawful employment practices to provide appropriate relief to the charging party, and to vindicate the public interest  Specifically, the State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained when the defendant refused to hire Linda Haley because of her disability, in violation of ACRA.

Systems
  • Other

Arizona’s Eligibility Policy Manual for Medical, Nutrition and Cash Assistance “Medicaid Buy-in” - 07/14/2016

Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for State buy-in or buy-out depending on their income. 1) Buy-in It normally takes three months after approval of AHCCCS Medicare Savings Program (MSP) benefits or certain Medicaid programs for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop taking the Part B premium amount out of the beneficiary's SSA check. Services covered: “AHCCCS covers habilitation services for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) members through its Managed Care Contractors or the FFS program. The service known as “Day Treatment and Training”, also known as developmentally disabled daycare, is included under the habilitation services. Services are designed to assist individuals in acquiring, retaining and improving the self -help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in Home and Community Based (HCB) settings. The services the provision of training in independent living skills or special developmental skills, orientation and mobility training, sensory-motor development, supported employment and intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of autism when specific criteria are satisfied.

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

Arizona’s 1115 Waiver - 07/01/2016

Arizona's current Section 1115 Waiver is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016. The Waiver allows Arizona to run its unique and successful managed care model and exempts Arizona from certain provisions of the Social Security Act. It also includes expenditure authority for costs not otherwise matched by the federal government. Waiver programs are required to be budget neutral for the federal government − not cost more federal dollars than without a waiver. Specifically, the Waiver allows Arizona to: •Mandate managed care; •Provide Long Term Care Services in home and community-based settings rather than more costly institutions; and •Implement administrative simplifications

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

Arizona HCBS Transition Plan Review - 10/20/2015

Arizona submitted its STP to CMS on October 20, 2015. CMS has completed the initial review of the STP and has some questions and requests regarding the transition timeframe, the public notice processes, public comments described in the STP, and the person-centered planning process described in the STP. C MS is continuing with a more in -depth review of the STP and will be providing additional detailed feedback.  This document includes a summary of current ssues.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arizona Medicaid State Plan - 01/15/1990

The Arizona Medicaid state plan details the a state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, people appreciate the value of independence, so the need to promote career success is the top priority for individuals with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
6,731,484
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.54%
Change from
2013 to 2014
411,109
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.04%
Change from
2013 to 2014
134,816
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.79%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.7%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.53%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 6,553,255 6,626,624 6,731,484
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 374,420 400,687 411,109
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,086 134,761 134,816
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,480,145 2,495,573 2,562,918
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.21% 33.63% 32.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.02% 71.30% 72.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.40% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 22.00% 21.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.30% 18.20% 17.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 377,193 393,499 418,505
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 378,804 408,229 428,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 619,317 650,175 695,989
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 31,475 32,563 30,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 154,536 169,146 180,720
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 36,162 41,579 40,297
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,301 13,347 14,687
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,043 1,262 821
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,294 22,506 25,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 35,405 40,296 39,128

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,638 3,700 3,914
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.60% 3.60% 3.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. N/A 156,298 156,217

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 16,612 17,087 16,874
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 54,490 54,984 47,316
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 96,904 96,272 95,432
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.80% 17.70% 17.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 23.70% 25.30% 28.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 5.00% 4.30%
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. 10,666 12,137 12,786
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,684 2,383 1,932
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

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,006 3,446 3,321
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
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. 58 61 60
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 31 32 35
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. 53.00% 52.00% 58.00%
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. 0.48 0.49 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 156 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 185 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 489 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 980 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 799 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 238 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,855 4,066
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 227,880 229,076
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 21 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,240,000 $13,435,000 $15,391,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,719,000 $5,610,000 $5,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $72,630,000 $75,783,000 $86,700,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A N/A $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00% 20.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 811 887 879
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,721 4,876 5,005
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 19.90 22.20 23.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 60.40% 62.00% 62.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.68% 15.00% 15.06%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.80% 2.00% 1.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.00% 80.00% 89.51%
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). 26.10% 19.60% 22.43%
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). 59.70% 49.80% 57.08%
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). 73.60% 66.90% 72.52%
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). 33.60% 30.24% 34.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,177,897
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,735
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 15,781
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 599,746
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 615,527
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 10
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 755
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 765
AbilityOne wages (products). $157,071
AbilityOne wages (services). $6,995,048

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 45 39
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,192
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,215

 

Legislation


Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2029 - 03/30/2015

Whereas, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, which the ADA defines as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working; and Whereas, an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship that would require significant difficultly or expense; and Whereas, many unemployed individuals with disabilities are ready, able and willing to work. Therefore Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring: That the Members of the Legislature support the employment of persons with disabilities and encourage Arizona businesses to hire persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Executive Order No. 93-13: Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

"I, Fife Symington, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby create a new Executive Order for the permanent establishment of the Governor’s committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and delineate herein its purpose, structure and function….The Governor’s Committee On the Employment of People with Disabilities is established to promote the employment of people with disabilities; to promote the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and to promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other

Policy


Arizona Employment First Forums - 07/29/2014

The Community Forums are the next step in a series of activities planned to gather information to assist in the development of a comprehensive Arizona Employment First Strategic Plan .This Strategic Plan will help guide the development of policy and practice that promote employment in typical work settings and enhance individual self -sufficiency and community inclusion.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities “Strategic Plan 2016-2020” (Transition to Employment)

The Division recently introduced the service “Transition to Employment”. This service provides members with individualized instruction, training and supports to promote skill development for integrated and competitive employment. “Transition to Employment” will help members develop work skills, abilities and behaviors. Participating members will be able to learn community safety skills, good work habits, and how to get along with a boss and co-workers. The program may also include creating résumés and applying for jobs. Members will also receive information on how much they can earn while retaining eligibility for cash and healthcare benefits.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy Statement Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Systems
  • Other

Arizona’s Unified Workforce Development Plan, Program Years 2016-2020

This unified Plan seeks to provide an in–depth analysis for the State of Arizona’s workforce development system and to describe the various planning and operational elements to be implemented over the next four years. This Plan also details how labor market information and feedback from workgroups and committee members were used to identify gaps within the workforce system as a whole. Unified State Plan. This plan includes the Adult Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Youth Program, Wagner-Peyser Act Program, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Arizona Family Support Annual Report

The Division continues to hold a leadership role as Chairperson of the broadly-based statewide partnership working on a statewide “Employment First” Strategic Plan to improve integrated and competitive outcomes for all individuals with a disability.  The Planning Committee has met regularly since January 2012 and has completed a final draft of its Statewide Plan.

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

Arizona Department of Education (2015). Arizona Employment First—Job opportunities build success: Strategic plan.

Arizona’s Employment First key directions include working to: (1) “foster and maintain collaboration in order to increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities;” (2) “increase awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and advocate for their competitive employment;” (3) “prepare youth for competitive employment, especially in high potential employment sectors and including self-employment;” (4) “foster job creation, hiring, retention, promotion, and self-employment;” (5) “create and promote policies that lead to the successful employment of people with disabilities;” and (6) “foster the development of employment-focused supports.”

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Arizona Department of Economic Security & Arizona Department of Health Services Agreement - 03/16/2012

This contract between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/ DBHS) serves to promotes the increased employment of people with disabilities in integrated, community settings

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) - 07/01/2009

“(The ADDPC)serve(s) Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information. OUR MISSION: We want to develop and support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of persons with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life. OUR VISION: The vision of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is one community working together to achieve full inclusion and participation of persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance) This organization receives matching grants from the Arizona department of education

 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

ADDPC - 2014 Employment Options for People with IDD

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:   Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth: Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.   Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool: Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.   Untapped Arizona: A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding

No Systems-Change Funding have been entered for this state.

Training/Capacity Building


Arizona Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

Addressing the Transition Needs of Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities August 29–31, 2016

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

AZ Disability Benefits 101 - Finding the Right Job for You: The Details - 06/21/2016

This webpage serves as a guide for people with disabilities in Arizona to understand their various employment options. It includes traditional work options, self-employment, temporary employment, customized employment and telecommuting or telework.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Arizona Case Study - Customizing Employment - 07/24/2015

This presentation focuses on working to build customized employment plans for students with intellectual disabilities. Using a case study, it demonstrates how to tailor jobs to fit the skills, interests, strengths, and support needed while still providing benefit to the businesses involved. An emphasis is placed on the steps the school can take to secure employment and integrate the individualized job responsibilities into the classroom teaching to support independence in the workplace for successful long-term outcomes.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arizona Employment First Webinar - 06/27/2014

Arizona is planning its course to become number twenty-seven. Please join us for the national perspective on employment first, including the forces pushing behind employment first and Arizona's current and future efforts to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. WHO should participate? People with disabilities and their families, educators, transition specialists, service providers, employers and other interested individuals are invited to join the discussion about integrated employment for people with disabilities. HOW can you help? Participate in this Employment First Webinar and provide your input. Become part of the planning process and help us advance integrated employment as the first option for people with disabilities in Arizona.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance)

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Arizona Department of Economic Security Developmental Disabilities Training

The Division provides free training, development, and refresher resources to help statewide providers and caregivers best serve the DD community. You can view other DES classes, workshops, and training seminars on the DES Event Calendar. For questions, email dddstatewidetraining@azdes.gov or call our Central Office at (602) 771-8125 to be connected with your local Training Office

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Arizona’s Transition Conference

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) connecting with youth, (2) connecting with families, and (3) connecting with agency and community partners.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2014 Employment Options for People with Developmental Disabilities in Arizona

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:

•Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth:

Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.

•Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool:

Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.

•Untapped Arizona:

A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


State Vs. La Paloma Family Services - 04/30/2009

This is an action brought under the Arizona Civil Rights Act (“ACRA”) to correct unlawful employment practices to provide appropriate relief to the charging party, and to vindicate the public interest  Specifically, the State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained when the defendant refused to hire Linda Haley because of her disability, in violation of ACRA.

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Arizona’s Eligibility Policy Manual for Medical, Nutrition and Cash Assistance “Medicaid Buy-in” - 07/14/2016

Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for State buy-in or buy-out depending on their income. 1) Buy-in It normally takes three months after approval of AHCCCS Medicare Savings Program (MSP) benefits or certain Medicaid programs for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop taking the Part B premium amount out of the beneficiary's SSA check. Services covered: “AHCCCS covers habilitation services for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) members through its Managed Care Contractors or the FFS program. The service known as “Day Treatment and Training”, also known as developmentally disabled daycare, is included under the habilitation services. Services are designed to assist individuals in acquiring, retaining and improving the self -help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in Home and Community Based (HCB) settings. The services the provision of training in independent living skills or special developmental skills, orientation and mobility training, sensory-motor development, supported employment and intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of autism when specific criteria are satisfied.

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

Arizona’s 1115 Waiver - 07/01/2016

Arizona's current Section 1115 Waiver is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016. The Waiver allows Arizona to run its unique and successful managed care model and exempts Arizona from certain provisions of the Social Security Act. It also includes expenditure authority for costs not otherwise matched by the federal government. Waiver programs are required to be budget neutral for the federal government − not cost more federal dollars than without a waiver. Specifically, the Waiver allows Arizona to: •Mandate managed care; •Provide Long Term Care Services in home and community-based settings rather than more costly institutions; and •Implement administrative simplifications

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

Arizona HCBS Transition Plan Review - 10/20/2015

Arizona submitted its STP to CMS on October 20, 2015. CMS has completed the initial review of the STP and has some questions and requests regarding the transition timeframe, the public notice processes, public comments described in the STP, and the person-centered planning process described in the STP. C MS is continuing with a more in -depth review of the STP and will be providing additional detailed feedback.  This document includes a summary of current ssues.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arizona Medicaid State Plan - 01/15/1990

The Arizona Medicaid state plan details the a state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, people appreciate the value of independence, so the need to promote career success is the top priority for individuals with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
6,731,484
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.54%
Change from
2013 to 2014
411,109
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.04%
Change from
2013 to 2014
134,816
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.79%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.7%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.53%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 6,553,255 6,626,624 6,731,484
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 374,420 400,687 411,109
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,086 134,761 134,816
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,480,145 2,495,573 2,562,918
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.21% 33.63% 32.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.02% 71.30% 72.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.40% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 22.00% 21.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.30% 18.20% 17.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 377,193 393,499 418,505
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 378,804 408,229 428,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 619,317 650,175 695,989
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 31,475 32,563 30,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 154,536 169,146 180,720
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 36,162 41,579 40,297
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,301 13,347 14,687
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,043 1,262 821
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,294 22,506 25,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 35,405 40,296 39,128

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,638 3,700 3,914
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.60% 3.60% 3.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. N/A 156,298 156,217

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 16,612 17,087 16,874
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 54,490 54,984 47,316
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 96,904 96,272 95,432
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.80% 17.70% 17.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 23.70% 25.30% 28.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 5.00% 4.30%
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. 10,666 12,137 12,786
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,684 2,383 1,932
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

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,006 3,446 3,321
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
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. 58 61 60
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 31 32 35
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. 53.00% 52.00% 58.00%
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. 0.48 0.49 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 156 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 185 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 489 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 980 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 799 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 238 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,855 4,066
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 227,880 229,076
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 21 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,240,000 $13,435,000 $15,391,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,719,000 $5,610,000 $5,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $72,630,000 $75,783,000 $86,700,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A N/A $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 19.00% 20.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 811 887 879
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,721 4,876 5,005
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 19.90 22.20 23.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 60.40% 62.00% 62.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.68% 15.00% 15.06%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.80% 2.00% 1.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.00% 80.00% 89.51%
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). 26.10% 19.60% 22.43%
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). 59.70% 49.80% 57.08%
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). 73.60% 66.90% 72.52%
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). 33.60% 30.24% 34.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,177,897
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,735
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 15,781
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 599,746
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 615,527
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 10
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 755
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 765
AbilityOne wages (products). $157,071
AbilityOne wages (services). $6,995,048

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 45 39
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,192
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,215

 

Legislation


Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2029 - 03/30/2015

Whereas, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, which the ADA defines as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working; and Whereas, an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship that would require significant difficultly or expense; and Whereas, many unemployed individuals with disabilities are ready, able and willing to work. Therefore Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring: That the Members of the Legislature support the employment of persons with disabilities and encourage Arizona businesses to hire persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Executive Order No. 93-13: Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

"I, Fife Symington, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby create a new Executive Order for the permanent establishment of the Governor’s committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and delineate herein its purpose, structure and function….The Governor’s Committee On the Employment of People with Disabilities is established to promote the employment of people with disabilities; to promote the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and to promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other

Policy


Arizona Employment First Forums - 07/29/2014

The Community Forums are the next step in a series of activities planned to gather information to assist in the development of a comprehensive Arizona Employment First Strategic Plan .This Strategic Plan will help guide the development of policy and practice that promote employment in typical work settings and enhance individual self -sufficiency and community inclusion.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities “Strategic Plan 2016-2020” (Transition to Employment)

The Division recently introduced the service “Transition to Employment”. This service provides members with individualized instruction, training and supports to promote skill development for integrated and competitive employment. “Transition to Employment” will help members develop work skills, abilities and behaviors. Participating members will be able to learn community safety skills, good work habits, and how to get along with a boss and co-workers. The program may also include creating résumés and applying for jobs. Members will also receive information on how much they can earn while retaining eligibility for cash and healthcare benefits.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy Statement Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Systems
  • Other

Arizona’s Unified Workforce Development Plan, Program Years 2016-2020

This unified Plan seeks to provide an in–depth analysis for the State of Arizona’s workforce development system and to describe the various planning and operational elements to be implemented over the next four years. This Plan also details how labor market information and feedback from workgroups and committee members were used to identify gaps within the workforce system as a whole. Unified State Plan. This plan includes the Adult Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Youth Program, Wagner-Peyser Act Program, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Arizona Family Support Annual Report

The Division continues to hold a leadership role as Chairperson of the broadly-based statewide partnership working on a statewide “Employment First” Strategic Plan to improve integrated and competitive outcomes for all individuals with a disability.  The Planning Committee has met regularly since January 2012 and has completed a final draft of its Statewide Plan.

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

Arizona Department of Education (2015). Arizona Employment First—Job opportunities build success: Strategic plan.

Arizona’s Employment First key directions include working to: (1) “foster and maintain collaboration in order to increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities;” (2) “increase awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and advocate for their competitive employment;” (3) “prepare youth for competitive employment, especially in high potential employment sectors and including self-employment;” (4) “foster job creation, hiring, retention, promotion, and self-employment;” (5) “create and promote policies that lead to the successful employment of people with disabilities;” and (6) “foster the development of employment-focused supports.”

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Arizona Department of Economic Security & Arizona Department of Health Services Agreement - 03/16/2012

This contract between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/ DBHS) serves to promotes the increased employment of people with disabilities in integrated, community settings

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) - 07/01/2009

“(The ADDPC)serve(s) Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information. OUR MISSION: We want to develop and support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of persons with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life. OUR VISION: The vision of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is one community working together to achieve full inclusion and participation of persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance) This organization receives matching grants from the Arizona department of education

 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

ADDPC - 2014 Employment Options for People with IDD

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:   Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth: Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.   Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool: Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.   Untapped Arizona: A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding

No Systems-Change Funding have been entered for this state.

Training/Capacity Building


Arizona Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

Addressing the Transition Needs of Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities August 29–31, 2016

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

AZ Disability Benefits 101 - Finding the Right Job for You: The Details - 06/21/2016

This webpage serves as a guide for people with disabilities in Arizona to understand their various employment options. It includes traditional work options, self-employment, temporary employment, customized employment and telecommuting or telework.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Arizona Case Study - Customizing Employment - 07/24/2015

This presentation focuses on working to build customized employment plans for students with intellectual disabilities. Using a case study, it demonstrates how to tailor jobs to fit the skills, interests, strengths, and support needed while still providing benefit to the businesses involved. An emphasis is placed on the steps the school can take to secure employment and integrate the individualized job responsibilities into the classroom teaching to support independence in the workplace for successful long-term outcomes.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arizona Employment First Webinar - 06/27/2014

Arizona is planning its course to become number twenty-seven. Please join us for the national perspective on employment first, including the forces pushing behind employment first and Arizona's current and future efforts to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. WHO should participate? People with disabilities and their families, educators, transition specialists, service providers, employers and other interested individuals are invited to join the discussion about integrated employment for people with disabilities. HOW can you help? Participate in this Employment First Webinar and provide your input. Become part of the planning process and help us advance integrated employment as the first option for people with disabilities in Arizona.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance)

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Arizona Department of Economic Security Developmental Disabilities Training

The Division provides free training, development, and refresher resources to help statewide providers and caregivers best serve the DD community. You can view other DES classes, workshops, and training seminars on the DES Event Calendar. For questions, email dddstatewidetraining@azdes.gov or call our Central Office at (602) 771-8125 to be connected with your local Training Office

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Arizona’s Transition Conference

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) connecting with youth, (2) connecting with families, and (3) connecting with agency and community partners.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2014 Employment Options for People with Developmental Disabilities in Arizona

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:

•Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth:

Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.

•Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool:

Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.

•Untapped Arizona:

A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


State Vs. La Paloma Family Services - 04/30/2009

This is an action brought under the Arizona Civil Rights Act (“ACRA”) to correct unlawful employment practices to provide appropriate relief to the charging party, and to vindicate the public interest  Specifically, the State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained when the defendant refused to hire Linda Haley because of her disability, in violation of ACRA.

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Arizona’s Eligibility Policy Manual for Medical, Nutrition and Cash Assistance “Medicaid Buy-in” - 07/14/2016

Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for State buy-in or buy-out depending on their income. 1) Buy-in It normally takes three months after approval of AHCCCS Medicare Savings Program (MSP) benefits or certain Medicaid programs for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop taking the Part B premium amount out of the beneficiary's SSA check. Services covered: “AHCCCS covers habilitation services for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) members through its Managed Care Contractors or the FFS program. The service known as “Day Treatment and Training”, also known as developmentally disabled daycare, is included under the habilitation services. Services are designed to assist individuals in acquiring, retaining and improving the self -help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in Home and Community Based (HCB) settings. The services the provision of training in independent living skills or special developmental skills, orientation and mobility training, sensory-motor development, supported employment and intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of autism when specific criteria are satisfied.

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

Arizona’s 1115 Waiver - 07/01/2016

Arizona's current Section 1115 Waiver is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016. The Waiver allows Arizona to run its unique and successful managed care model and exempts Arizona from certain provisions of the Social Security Act. It also includes expenditure authority for costs not otherwise matched by the federal government. Waiver programs are required to be budget neutral for the federal government − not cost more federal dollars than without a waiver. Specifically, the Waiver allows Arizona to: •Mandate managed care; •Provide Long Term Care Services in home and community-based settings rather than more costly institutions; and •Implement administrative simplifications

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

Arizona HCBS Transition Plan Review - 10/20/2015

Arizona submitted its STP to CMS on October 20, 2015. CMS has completed the initial review of the STP and has some questions and requests regarding the transition timeframe, the public notice processes, public comments described in the STP, and the person-centered planning process described in the STP. C MS is continuing with a more in -depth review of the STP and will be providing additional detailed feedback.  This document includes a summary of current ssues.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arizona Medicaid State Plan - 01/15/1990

The Arizona Medicaid state plan details the a state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, people appreciate the value of independence, so the need to promote career success is the top priority for individuals with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
6,731,484
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.54%
Change from
2013 to 2014
411,109
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.04%
Change from
2013 to 2014
134,816
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.79%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.7%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.53%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 6,731,484
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 411,109
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 134,816
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,562,918
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 418,505
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 428,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 695,989
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 30,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 180,720
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 40,297
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 14,687
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 821
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 25,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 39,128

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,914
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,217

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 16,874
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 47,316
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 95,432
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 28.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30%
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. 12,786
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,932
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

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,321
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
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. 60
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 35
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. 58.00%
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. 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
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. 4,066
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 229,076
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

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $15,391,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $86,700,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 879
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,005
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.06%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.51%
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). 22.43%
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). 57.08%
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). 72.52%
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). 34.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,177,897
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,735
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 15,781
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 599,746
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 615,527
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 10
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 755
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 765
AbilityOne wages (products). $157,071
AbilityOne wages (services). $6,995,048

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 39
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 41
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). 2,192
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2,215

 

Legislation


Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2029 - 03/30/2015

Whereas, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, which the ADA defines as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working; and Whereas, an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship that would require significant difficultly or expense; and Whereas, many unemployed individuals with disabilities are ready, able and willing to work. Therefore Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring: That the Members of the Legislature support the employment of persons with disabilities and encourage Arizona businesses to hire persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Executive Order No. 93-13: Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

"I, Fife Symington, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby create a new Executive Order for the permanent establishment of the Governor’s committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and delineate herein its purpose, structure and function….The Governor’s Committee On the Employment of People with Disabilities is established to promote the employment of people with disabilities; to promote the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and to promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other

Policy


Arizona Employment First Forums - 07/29/2014

The Community Forums are the next step in a series of activities planned to gather information to assist in the development of a comprehensive Arizona Employment First Strategic Plan .This Strategic Plan will help guide the development of policy and practice that promote employment in typical work settings and enhance individual self -sufficiency and community inclusion.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities “Strategic Plan 2016-2020” (Transition to Employment)

The Division recently introduced the service “Transition to Employment”. This service provides members with individualized instruction, training and supports to promote skill development for integrated and competitive employment. “Transition to Employment” will help members develop work skills, abilities and behaviors. Participating members will be able to learn community safety skills, good work habits, and how to get along with a boss and co-workers. The program may also include creating résumés and applying for jobs. Members will also receive information on how much they can earn while retaining eligibility for cash and healthcare benefits.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy Statement Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Systems
  • Other

Arizona’s Unified Workforce Development Plan, Program Years 2016-2020

This unified Plan seeks to provide an in–depth analysis for the State of Arizona’s workforce development system and to describe the various planning and operational elements to be implemented over the next four years. This Plan also details how labor market information and feedback from workgroups and committee members were used to identify gaps within the workforce system as a whole. Unified State Plan. This plan includes the Adult Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Youth Program, Wagner-Peyser Act Program, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Arizona Family Support Annual Report

The Division continues to hold a leadership role as Chairperson of the broadly-based statewide partnership working on a statewide “Employment First” Strategic Plan to improve integrated and competitive outcomes for all individuals with a disability.  The Planning Committee has met regularly since January 2012 and has completed a final draft of its Statewide Plan.

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

Arizona Department of Education (2015). Arizona Employment First—Job opportunities build success: Strategic plan.

Arizona’s Employment First key directions include working to: (1) “foster and maintain collaboration in order to increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities;” (2) “increase awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and advocate for their competitive employment;” (3) “prepare youth for competitive employment, especially in high potential employment sectors and including self-employment;” (4) “foster job creation, hiring, retention, promotion, and self-employment;” (5) “create and promote policies that lead to the successful employment of people with disabilities;” and (6) “foster the development of employment-focused supports.”

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Arizona Department of Economic Security & Arizona Department of Health Services Agreement - 03/16/2012

This contract between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/ DBHS) serves to promotes the increased employment of people with disabilities in integrated, community settings

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) - 07/01/2009

“(The ADDPC)serve(s) Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information. OUR MISSION: We want to develop and support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of persons with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life. OUR VISION: The vision of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is one community working together to achieve full inclusion and participation of persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance) This organization receives matching grants from the Arizona department of education

 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

ADDPC - 2014 Employment Options for People with IDD

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:   Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth: Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.   Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool: Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.   Untapped Arizona: A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding

No Systems-Change Funding have been entered for this state.

Training/Capacity Building


Arizona Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

Addressing the Transition Needs of Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities August 29–31, 2016

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

AZ Disability Benefits 101 - Finding the Right Job for You: The Details - 06/21/2016

This webpage serves as a guide for people with disabilities in Arizona to understand their various employment options. It includes traditional work options, self-employment, temporary employment, customized employment and telecommuting or telework.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Arizona Case Study - Customizing Employment - 07/24/2015

This presentation focuses on working to build customized employment plans for students with intellectual disabilities. Using a case study, it demonstrates how to tailor jobs to fit the skills, interests, strengths, and support needed while still providing benefit to the businesses involved. An emphasis is placed on the steps the school can take to secure employment and integrate the individualized job responsibilities into the classroom teaching to support independence in the workplace for successful long-term outcomes.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arizona Employment First Webinar - 06/27/2014

Arizona is planning its course to become number twenty-seven. Please join us for the national perspective on employment first, including the forces pushing behind employment first and Arizona's current and future efforts to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. WHO should participate? People with disabilities and their families, educators, transition specialists, service providers, employers and other interested individuals are invited to join the discussion about integrated employment for people with disabilities. HOW can you help? Participate in this Employment First Webinar and provide your input. Become part of the planning process and help us advance integrated employment as the first option for people with disabilities in Arizona.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance)

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Arizona Department of Economic Security Developmental Disabilities Training

The Division provides free training, development, and refresher resources to help statewide providers and caregivers best serve the DD community. You can view other DES classes, workshops, and training seminars on the DES Event Calendar. For questions, email dddstatewidetraining@azdes.gov or call our Central Office at (602) 771-8125 to be connected with your local Training Office

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Arizona’s Transition Conference

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) connecting with youth, (2) connecting with families, and (3) connecting with agency and community partners.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2014 Employment Options for People with Developmental Disabilities in Arizona

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:

•Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth:

Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.

•Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool:

Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.

•Untapped Arizona:

A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


State Vs. La Paloma Family Services - 04/30/2009

This is an action brought under the Arizona Civil Rights Act (“ACRA”) to correct unlawful employment practices to provide appropriate relief to the charging party, and to vindicate the public interest  Specifically, the State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained when the defendant refused to hire Linda Haley because of her disability, in violation of ACRA.

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Arizona’s Eligibility Policy Manual for Medical, Nutrition and Cash Assistance “Medicaid Buy-in” - 07/14/2016

Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for State buy-in or buy-out depending on their income. 1) Buy-in It normally takes three months after approval of AHCCCS Medicare Savings Program (MSP) benefits or certain Medicaid programs for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop taking the Part B premium amount out of the beneficiary's SSA check. Services covered: “AHCCCS covers habilitation services for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) members through its Managed Care Contractors or the FFS program. The service known as “Day Treatment and Training”, also known as developmentally disabled daycare, is included under the habilitation services. Services are designed to assist individuals in acquiring, retaining and improving the self -help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in Home and Community Based (HCB) settings. The services the provision of training in independent living skills or special developmental skills, orientation and mobility training, sensory-motor development, supported employment and intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of autism when specific criteria are satisfied.

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

Arizona’s 1115 Waiver - 07/01/2016

Arizona's current Section 1115 Waiver is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016. The Waiver allows Arizona to run its unique and successful managed care model and exempts Arizona from certain provisions of the Social Security Act. It also includes expenditure authority for costs not otherwise matched by the federal government. Waiver programs are required to be budget neutral for the federal government − not cost more federal dollars than without a waiver. Specifically, the Waiver allows Arizona to: •Mandate managed care; •Provide Long Term Care Services in home and community-based settings rather than more costly institutions; and •Implement administrative simplifications

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

Arizona HCBS Transition Plan Review - 10/20/2015

Arizona submitted its STP to CMS on October 20, 2015. CMS has completed the initial review of the STP and has some questions and requests regarding the transition timeframe, the public notice processes, public comments described in the STP, and the person-centered planning process described in the STP. C MS is continuing with a more in -depth review of the STP and will be providing additional detailed feedback.  This document includes a summary of current ssues.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arizona Medicaid State Plan - 01/15/1990

The Arizona Medicaid state plan details the a state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, people appreciate the value of independence, so the need to promote career success is the top priority for individuals with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
1.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
6,731,484
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.54%
Change from
2013 to 2014
411,109
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.04%
Change from
2013 to 2014
134,816
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.56%
Change from
2013 to 2014
32.79%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.7%
Change from
2013 to 2014
72.53%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 6,731,484
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 411,109
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 134,816
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,562,918
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.79%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 418,505
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 428,152
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 695,989
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 30,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 180,720
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 40,297
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 14,687
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 821
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 25,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 39,128

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,914
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,217

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 16,874
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 47,316
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 95,432
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 28.30%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30%
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. 12,786
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,932
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

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,321
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
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. 60
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 35
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. 58.00%
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. 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
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. 4,066
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 229,076
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

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $15,391,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $86,700,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 879
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,005
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.93%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.06%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.51%
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). 22.43%
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). 57.08%
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). 72.52%
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). 34.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,177,897
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,735
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 15,781
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 599,746
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 615,527
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 10
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 755
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 765
AbilityOne wages (products). $157,071
AbilityOne wages (services). $6,995,048

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 39
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 41
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). 2,192
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2,215

 

Legislation


Arizona House Concurrent Resolution 2029 - 03/30/2015

Whereas, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination in employment against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, which the ADA defines as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning or working; and Whereas, an employer is required to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee with a disability unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship that would require significant difficultly or expense; and Whereas, many unemployed individuals with disabilities are ready, able and willing to work. Therefore Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Arizona, the Senate concurring: That the Members of the Legislature support the employment of persons with disabilities and encourage Arizona businesses to hire persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Executive Order No. 93-13: Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

"I, Fife Symington, Governor of the State of Arizona, do hereby create a new Executive Order for the permanent establishment of the Governor’s committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and delineate herein its purpose, structure and function….The Governor’s Committee On the Employment of People with Disabilities is established to promote the employment of people with disabilities; to promote the implementation of the Americans With Disabilities Act; and to promote a better quality of life for people with disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other

Policy


Arizona Employment First Forums - 07/29/2014

The Community Forums are the next step in a series of activities planned to gather information to assist in the development of a comprehensive Arizona Employment First Strategic Plan .This Strategic Plan will help guide the development of policy and practice that promote employment in typical work settings and enhance individual self -sufficiency and community inclusion.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities “Strategic Plan 2016-2020” (Transition to Employment)

The Division recently introduced the service “Transition to Employment”. This service provides members with individualized instruction, training and supports to promote skill development for integrated and competitive employment. “Transition to Employment” will help members develop work skills, abilities and behaviors. Participating members will be able to learn community safety skills, good work habits, and how to get along with a boss and co-workers. The program may also include creating résumés and applying for jobs. Members will also receive information on how much they can earn while retaining eligibility for cash and healthcare benefits.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Equal Opportunity Employment Policy Statement Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting Human Resources Administration at (602) 771-2870. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.

Systems
  • Other

Arizona’s Unified Workforce Development Plan, Program Years 2016-2020

This unified Plan seeks to provide an in–depth analysis for the State of Arizona’s workforce development system and to describe the various planning and operational elements to be implemented over the next four years. This Plan also details how labor market information and feedback from workgroups and committee members were used to identify gaps within the workforce system as a whole. Unified State Plan. This plan includes the Adult Program, Dislocated Worker Program, Youth Program, Wagner-Peyser Act Program, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Program, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Arizona Family Support Annual Report

The Division continues to hold a leadership role as Chairperson of the broadly-based statewide partnership working on a statewide “Employment First” Strategic Plan to improve integrated and competitive outcomes for all individuals with a disability.  The Planning Committee has met regularly since January 2012 and has completed a final draft of its Statewide Plan.

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

Arizona Department of Education (2015). Arizona Employment First—Job opportunities build success: Strategic plan.

Arizona’s Employment First key directions include working to: (1) “foster and maintain collaboration in order to increase the competitive employment of people with disabilities;” (2) “increase awareness of the potential of people with disabilities and advocate for their competitive employment;” (3) “prepare youth for competitive employment, especially in high potential employment sectors and including self-employment;” (4) “foster job creation, hiring, retention, promotion, and self-employment;” (5) “create and promote policies that lead to the successful employment of people with disabilities;” and (6) “foster the development of employment-focused supports.”

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Arizona Department of Economic Security & Arizona Department of Health Services Agreement - 03/16/2012

This contract between the Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES) and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/ DBHS) serves to promotes the increased employment of people with disabilities in integrated, community settings

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (ADDPC) - 07/01/2009

“(The ADDPC)serve(s) Arizona residents with developmental disabilities along with their families, providing original research and support to projects that accomplish our three current goals: increasing employment opportunities, encouraging individuals to advocate for themselves and empowering those individuals with information. OUR MISSION: We want to develop and support capacity building and systemic change to increase inclusion and involvement of persons with developmental disabilities in their communities through the promotion of self-determination, independence and dignity in all aspects of life. OUR VISION: The vision of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is one community working together to achieve full inclusion and participation of persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance) This organization receives matching grants from the Arizona department of education

 

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

ADDPC - 2014 Employment Options for People with IDD

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:   Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth: Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.   Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool: Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.   Untapped Arizona: A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding

No Systems-Change Funding have been entered for this state.

Training/Capacity Building


Arizona Sixteenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

Addressing the Transition Needs of Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities August 29–31, 2016

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

AZ Disability Benefits 101 - Finding the Right Job for You: The Details - 06/21/2016

This webpage serves as a guide for people with disabilities in Arizona to understand their various employment options. It includes traditional work options, self-employment, temporary employment, customized employment and telecommuting or telework.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Arizona Case Study - Customizing Employment - 07/24/2015

This presentation focuses on working to build customized employment plans for students with intellectual disabilities. Using a case study, it demonstrates how to tailor jobs to fit the skills, interests, strengths, and support needed while still providing benefit to the businesses involved. An emphasis is placed on the steps the school can take to secure employment and integrate the individualized job responsibilities into the classroom teaching to support independence in the workplace for successful long-term outcomes.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arizona Employment First Webinar - 06/27/2014

Arizona is planning its course to become number twenty-seven. Please join us for the national perspective on employment first, including the forces pushing behind employment first and Arizona's current and future efforts to enhance employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. WHO should participate? People with disabilities and their families, educators, transition specialists, service providers, employers and other interested individuals are invited to join the discussion about integrated employment for people with disabilities. HOW can you help? Participate in this Employment First Webinar and provide your input. Become part of the planning process and help us advance integrated employment as the first option for people with disabilities in Arizona.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Tomorrow's Leaders, LLC

The three-part series is as follow: Volume 1: Creating the Mind of Achievement Volume 2: Shaping the Body for Leadership Volume 3: Walking into Your Purpose: Transition to the next level Program content addresses: ● Positive self-esteem ● reduce attrition ● appropriate behavioral conduct ● strategies for success ● healthy peer to peer and adult to youth interaction ● post­secondary direction ● truancy compliance Power of Choice provides 4 key components: 1. Strengthen classroom and community connections with Service Learning objectives 2. Engage students with text and examples relatable to the Real World circumstance 3. Individualized transition counseling specifically for intellectually disabled students (as well as IEP compliance)

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other

Arizona Department of Economic Security Developmental Disabilities Training

The Division provides free training, development, and refresher resources to help statewide providers and caregivers best serve the DD community. You can view other DES classes, workshops, and training seminars on the DES Event Calendar. For questions, email dddstatewidetraining@azdes.gov or call our Central Office at (602) 771-8125 to be connected with your local Training Office

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Arizona’s Transition Conference

Arizona’s Fifteenth Annual Transition Conference, Connecting for Success: Shared Expectations, Responsibilities, and Outcomes, is a collaborative, cross-stakeholder professional development event aimed at providing meaningful and pertinent information needed in the transition planning process for youth and young adults with disabilities. This annual conference provides a dynamic array of national speakers, state level experts, and includes participation of youth, young adults, and family members. Session content is structured around three topical strands: (1) connecting with youth, (2) connecting with families, and (3) connecting with agency and community partners.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

2014 Employment Options for People with Developmental Disabilities in Arizona

“Several initiatives are also underway to support adults, youth and their families to make informed decisions about work or to consider a progressive move into a more integrated working environment and/or increase earnings:

•Employment Summit for Transition-Age Youth:

Representatives … are part of a collaborative work group to plan for a Summit geared toward promoting employment among transition age youth with developmental disabilities.

•Disability Benefits 101 Online Tool:

Many people with disabilities are afraid to consider employment or a progressive move because they are uninformed about the work and healthcare incentives that can assist them to make the transition. In 2012, the Arizona Disability Benefits 101 online tool will be available to support individuals with disabilities to plan for employment, learn how work and benefits go together and make informed decisions about going to work or accepting a job offer.

•Untapped Arizona:

A new employer engagement collaborative, Untapped Arizona, was created to support the business community in meeting their workforce needs by including individuals with disabilities in their hiring practices. Untapped Arizona has developed a system to connect employers with qualified job seekers with disabilities. Additionally, Untapped Arizona has a network of partners who can provide technical assistance and support to employers pertaining to hiring, legal issues, reasonable accommodations and employee retention.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


State Vs. La Paloma Family Services - 04/30/2009

This is an action brought under the Arizona Civil Rights Act (“ACRA”) to correct unlawful employment practices to provide appropriate relief to the charging party, and to vindicate the public interest  Specifically, the State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained when the defendant refused to hire Linda Haley because of her disability, in violation of ACRA.

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Arizona’s Eligibility Policy Manual for Medical, Nutrition and Cash Assistance “Medicaid Buy-in” - 07/14/2016

Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for State buy-in or buy-out depending on their income. 1) Buy-in It normally takes three months after approval of AHCCCS Medicare Savings Program (MSP) benefits or certain Medicaid programs for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to stop taking the Part B premium amount out of the beneficiary's SSA check. Services covered: “AHCCCS covers habilitation services for Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) members through its Managed Care Contractors or the FFS program. The service known as “Day Treatment and Training”, also known as developmentally disabled daycare, is included under the habilitation services. Services are designed to assist individuals in acquiring, retaining and improving the self -help, socialization and adaptive skills necessary to reside successfully in Home and Community Based (HCB) settings. The services the provision of training in independent living skills or special developmental skills, orientation and mobility training, sensory-motor development, supported employment and intensive behavioral intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of autism when specific criteria are satisfied.

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

Arizona’s 1115 Waiver - 07/01/2016

Arizona's current Section 1115 Waiver is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2016. The Waiver allows Arizona to run its unique and successful managed care model and exempts Arizona from certain provisions of the Social Security Act. It also includes expenditure authority for costs not otherwise matched by the federal government. Waiver programs are required to be budget neutral for the federal government − not cost more federal dollars than without a waiver. Specifically, the Waiver allows Arizona to: •Mandate managed care; •Provide Long Term Care Services in home and community-based settings rather than more costly institutions; and •Implement administrative simplifications

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

Arizona HCBS Transition Plan Review - 10/20/2015

Arizona submitted its STP to CMS on October 20, 2015. CMS has completed the initial review of the STP and has some questions and requests regarding the transition timeframe, the public notice processes, public comments described in the STP, and the person-centered planning process described in the STP. C MS is continuing with a more in -depth review of the STP and will be providing additional detailed feedback.  This document includes a summary of current ssues.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arizona Medicaid State Plan - 01/15/1990

The Arizona Medicaid state plan details the a state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.

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