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.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Arizona's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.41%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,828,065
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
418,062
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.83%
Change from
2014 to 2015
143,168
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.25%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.11%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,626,624 6,731,484 6,828,065
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 400,687 411,109 418,062
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 134,761 134,816 143,168
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,495,573 2,562,918 2,613,124
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.63% 32.79% 34.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.30% 72.53% 73.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.90% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.00% 21.80% 20.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.70% 16.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 393,499 418,505 426,924
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 408,229 428,152 437,000
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 650,175 695,989 701,360
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 32,563 30,349 37,010
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 169,146 180,720 190,503
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 41,579 40,297 39,480
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,347 14,687 16,179
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,262 821 982
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 22,506 25,386 23,115
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 40,296 39,128 45,798

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,700 3,914 4,066
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.60% 3.70% 3.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,298 156,217 155,862

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,087 16,874 18,514
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 54,984 47,316 51,387
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 96,272 95,432 98,420
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70% 17.70% 18.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 25.30% 28.30% 23.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.00% 4.30% 3.60%
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. 12,137 12,786 10,208
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,383 1,932 1,550
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,446 3,321 3,586
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 61 60 50
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 32 35 30
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. 52.00% 58.00% 60.00%
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. 0.49 0.53 0.44

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,480
2,621
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 105 71 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 170 196 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 453 467 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 882 896 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 674 824 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 196 167 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 24.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,855 4,066 5,921
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 227,880 229,076 229,585
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 96 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,435,000 $15,391,000 $18,489,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,610,000 $5,677,000 $6,156,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $75,783,000 $86,700,000 $9,955,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00% 21.00% 22.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 887 879 889
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,876 5,005 5,710
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 22.20 23.90 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.00% 62.93% 63.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.00% 15.06% 14.75%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.00% 1.92% 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.00% 89.51% 89.38%
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). 19.60% 22.43% 23.09%
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). 49.80% 57.08% 58.74%
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). 66.90% 72.52% 73.51%
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). 30.24% 34.65% 35.65%

 

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 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 45 39 46
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 41 47
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,192 2,959
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 23 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,215 2,982

 


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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Performance Audit - 01/24/2017

~~“Program’s goal is to assist clients find employmentThe Program’s goal is to help clients with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment where they receive thesame wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, and have the same interaction with customers as employeeswho are not disabled. Federal grant monies generally cover 78.7 percent of the costs of vocational rehabilitation programs,and the states cover the remaining costs. The Department’s fiscal year 2017 program expenditures are estimated tototal nearly $137.9 million with administrative expenditures accounting for more than $39.6 million of this amount. TheDepartment’s program counselors help each eligible client develop their own employment plan, which includes the typesof rehabilitative services the client needs to achieve the employment goal. Services include educational, medical, andwork assessments; job search and placement assistance; vocational and other training; and technological equipment orservices, such as captioned videos or vehicle modifications.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Arizona State-coordinated Facilitated IEP Program” “Facilitated IEP” - 08/29/2016

~~“This is a free, voluntary early resolution option available to IEP teams experiencing conflict or communication difficulties. It is available for both parents of children with disabilities and school districts/charters where both parties agree it would be helpful to have a neutral, independent facilitator to keep the IEP meeting focused on developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide the student with a FAPE.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “Self-Employment for Workers with DiabiltiesDisabilities: An Underutilized but Viable Option” - 08/01/2015

~~“For years, disability advocates have struggled with advancing self-employment options for people with disabilities to help combat their low employment rates. Trends including downsizing, increased use of contract and temporary employees, and advances in technology have dramatically transformed the workplace.  In Arizona in 2014 the broadest measure of labor underutilization, designated U-6 (which includes the unemployed, workers employed part-time for economic reasons and those marginally attached to the labor force) was 14.7 percent, significantly higher than the 12 percent national average.”

This report promotes self-employment for persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment

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

“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/05/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

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

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “2017 Self-advocacy grant” - 03/02/2017

~~“One of the main purposes of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is to issue competitive grants based on the goals of our Five-Year State Plan: Self-advocacy, Integrated Employment and Inclusion. In addition, the ADDPC follows a process for soliciting, reviewing and awarding grant applications consistent with state laws, administrative rules and regulations for grants, and procurement administration.  If you have any specific questions related to a grant, please reach out to us and we can help answer your inquiries.

Please note that ADDPC grants cannot be used to provide individual direct support; visit the Grant FAQs tab in this section for more information.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/01/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

Social Security's Ticket to Work Program: The Basics - 12/31/2016

~~“The Ticket to Work Program is a federal program that helps Social Security beneficiaries with a disability reach their employment goals. Designed for beneficiaries aged 18 – 64 who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Ticket to Work offers a variety of services to help you get a job. These services can include:• Vocational rehabilitation• Training• Referrals• Job coaching• Job counseling• Placement servicesThe services offered through the Ticket to Work Program help you to find and apply for jobs that already exist in the marketplace—it is not linked to special jobs for Social Security beneficiaries.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arizona Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

~~The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services is pleased to present:Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition ConferenceReady to Launch! Countdown to SuccessAugust 28-30, 2017 

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

~~“On 9/30/2016, CMS approved Arizona’s request to modernize its Medicaid program and continue many of the existing authorities that allows AHCCCS to maintain its unique and successful managed care model, use home and community based services for members with long term care needs and other innovations that make AHCCCS one of the most cost effective Medicaid programs in the nation . “. 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 - 11/25/2015

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.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Arizona's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.41%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,828,065
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
418,062
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.83%
Change from
2014 to 2015
143,168
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.25%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.11%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,626,624 6,731,484 6,828,065
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 400,687 411,109 418,062
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 134,761 134,816 143,168
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,495,573 2,562,918 2,613,124
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.63% 32.79% 34.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.30% 72.53% 73.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.90% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.00% 21.80% 20.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.70% 16.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 393,499 418,505 426,924
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 408,229 428,152 437,000
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 650,175 695,989 701,360
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 32,563 30,349 37,010
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 169,146 180,720 190,503
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 41,579 40,297 39,480
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,347 14,687 16,179
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,262 821 982
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 22,506 25,386 23,115
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 40,296 39,128 45,798

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,700 3,914 4,066
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.60% 3.70% 3.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,298 156,217 155,862

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,087 16,874 18,514
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 54,984 47,316 51,387
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 96,272 95,432 98,420
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70% 17.70% 18.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 25.30% 28.30% 23.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.00% 4.30% 3.60%
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. 12,137 12,786 10,208
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,383 1,932 1,550
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,446 3,321 3,586
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 61 60 50
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 32 35 30
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. 52.00% 58.00% 60.00%
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. 0.49 0.53 0.44

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,480
2,621
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 105 71 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 170 196 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 453 467 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 882 896 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 674 824 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 196 167 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 24.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,855 4,066 5,921
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 227,880 229,076 229,585
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 96 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,435,000 $15,391,000 $18,489,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,610,000 $5,677,000 $6,156,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $75,783,000 $86,700,000 $9,955,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00% 21.00% 22.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 887 879 889
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,876 5,005 5,710
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 22.20 23.90 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.00% 62.93% 63.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.00% 15.06% 14.75%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.00% 1.92% 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.00% 89.51% 89.38%
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). 19.60% 22.43% 23.09%
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). 49.80% 57.08% 58.74%
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). 66.90% 72.52% 73.51%
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). 30.24% 34.65% 35.65%

 

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 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 45 39 46
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 41 47
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,192 2,959
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 23 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,215 2,982

 

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


Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Performance Audit - 01/24/2017

~~“Program’s goal is to assist clients find employmentThe Program’s goal is to help clients with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment where they receive thesame wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, and have the same interaction with customers as employeeswho are not disabled. Federal grant monies generally cover 78.7 percent of the costs of vocational rehabilitation programs,and the states cover the remaining costs. The Department’s fiscal year 2017 program expenditures are estimated tototal nearly $137.9 million with administrative expenditures accounting for more than $39.6 million of this amount. TheDepartment’s program counselors help each eligible client develop their own employment plan, which includes the typesof rehabilitative services the client needs to achieve the employment goal. Services include educational, medical, andwork assessments; job search and placement assistance; vocational and other training; and technological equipment orservices, such as captioned videos or vehicle modifications.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Arizona State-coordinated Facilitated IEP Program” “Facilitated IEP” - 08/29/2016

~~“This is a free, voluntary early resolution option available to IEP teams experiencing conflict or communication difficulties. It is available for both parents of children with disabilities and school districts/charters where both parties agree it would be helpful to have a neutral, independent facilitator to keep the IEP meeting focused on developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide the student with a FAPE.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “Self-Employment for Workers with DiabiltiesDisabilities: An Underutilized but Viable Option” - 08/01/2015

~~“For years, disability advocates have struggled with advancing self-employment options for people with disabilities to help combat their low employment rates. Trends including downsizing, increased use of contract and temporary employees, and advances in technology have dramatically transformed the workplace.  In Arizona in 2014 the broadest measure of labor underutilization, designated U-6 (which includes the unemployed, workers employed part-time for economic reasons and those marginally attached to the labor force) was 14.7 percent, significantly higher than the 12 percent national average.”

This report promotes self-employment for persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment

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


“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/05/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

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


Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “2017 Self-advocacy grant” - 03/02/2017

~~“One of the main purposes of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is to issue competitive grants based on the goals of our Five-Year State Plan: Self-advocacy, Integrated Employment and Inclusion. In addition, the ADDPC follows a process for soliciting, reviewing and awarding grant applications consistent with state laws, administrative rules and regulations for grants, and procurement administration.  If you have any specific questions related to a grant, please reach out to us and we can help answer your inquiries.

Please note that ADDPC grants cannot be used to provide individual direct support; visit the Grant FAQs tab in this section for more information.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/01/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Social Security's Ticket to Work Program: The Basics - 12/31/2016

~~“The Ticket to Work Program is a federal program that helps Social Security beneficiaries with a disability reach their employment goals. Designed for beneficiaries aged 18 – 64 who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Ticket to Work offers a variety of services to help you get a job. These services can include:• Vocational rehabilitation• Training• Referrals• Job coaching• Job counseling• Placement servicesThe services offered through the Ticket to Work Program help you to find and apply for jobs that already exist in the marketplace—it is not linked to special jobs for Social Security beneficiaries.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arizona Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

~~The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services is pleased to present:Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition ConferenceReady to Launch! Countdown to SuccessAugust 28-30, 2017 

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

~~“On 9/30/2016, CMS approved Arizona’s request to modernize its Medicaid program and continue many of the existing authorities that allows AHCCCS to maintain its unique and successful managed care model, use home and community based services for members with long term care needs and other innovations that make AHCCCS one of the most cost effective Medicaid programs in the nation . “. 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 - 11/25/2015

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.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Arizona's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.41%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,828,065
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
418,062
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.83%
Change from
2014 to 2015
143,168
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.25%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.11%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,626,624 6,731,484 6,828,065
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 400,687 411,109 418,062
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 134,761 134,816 143,168
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,495,573 2,562,918 2,613,124
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.63% 32.79% 34.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.30% 72.53% 73.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.90% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.00% 21.80% 20.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.70% 16.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 393,499 418,505 426,924
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 408,229 428,152 437,000
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 650,175 695,989 701,360
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 32,563 30,349 37,010
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 169,146 180,720 190,503
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 41,579 40,297 39,480
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 13,347 14,687 16,179
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,262 821 982
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 22,506 25,386 23,115
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 40,296 39,128 45,798

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,700 3,914 4,066
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.60% 3.70% 3.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 156,298 156,217 155,862

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,087 16,874 18,514
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 54,984 47,316 51,387
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 96,272 95,432 98,420
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70% 17.70% 18.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 25.30% 28.30% 23.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.00% 4.30% 3.60%
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. 12,137 12,786 10,208
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,383 1,932 1,550
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,446 3,321 3,586
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.03 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 61 60 50
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 32 35 30
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. 52.00% 58.00% 60.00%
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. 0.49 0.53 0.44

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,480
2,621
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 105 71 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 170 196 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 453 467 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 882 896 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 674 824 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 196 167 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 24.60% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,855 4,066 5,921
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 227,880 229,076 229,585
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 96 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $13,435,000 $15,391,000 $18,489,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,610,000 $5,677,000 $6,156,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $75,783,000 $86,700,000 $9,955,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00% 21.00% 22.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 887 879 889
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,876 5,005 5,710
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 22.20 23.90 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.00% 62.93% 63.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.00% 15.06% 14.75%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.00% 1.92% 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 80.00% 89.51% 89.38%
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). 19.60% 22.43% 23.09%
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). 49.80% 57.08% 58.74%
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). 66.90% 72.52% 73.51%
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). 30.24% 34.65% 35.65%

 

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 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 45 39 46
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 41 47
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,192 2,959
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 23 23
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,215 2,982

 

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


Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Performance Audit - 01/24/2017

~~“Program’s goal is to assist clients find employmentThe Program’s goal is to help clients with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment where they receive thesame wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, and have the same interaction with customers as employeeswho are not disabled. Federal grant monies generally cover 78.7 percent of the costs of vocational rehabilitation programs,and the states cover the remaining costs. The Department’s fiscal year 2017 program expenditures are estimated tototal nearly $137.9 million with administrative expenditures accounting for more than $39.6 million of this amount. TheDepartment’s program counselors help each eligible client develop their own employment plan, which includes the typesof rehabilitative services the client needs to achieve the employment goal. Services include educational, medical, andwork assessments; job search and placement assistance; vocational and other training; and technological equipment orservices, such as captioned videos or vehicle modifications.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Arizona State-coordinated Facilitated IEP Program” “Facilitated IEP” - 08/29/2016

~~“This is a free, voluntary early resolution option available to IEP teams experiencing conflict or communication difficulties. It is available for both parents of children with disabilities and school districts/charters where both parties agree it would be helpful to have a neutral, independent facilitator to keep the IEP meeting focused on developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide the student with a FAPE.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “Self-Employment for Workers with DiabiltiesDisabilities: An Underutilized but Viable Option” - 08/01/2015

~~“For years, disability advocates have struggled with advancing self-employment options for people with disabilities to help combat their low employment rates. Trends including downsizing, increased use of contract and temporary employees, and advances in technology have dramatically transformed the workplace.  In Arizona in 2014 the broadest measure of labor underutilization, designated U-6 (which includes the unemployed, workers employed part-time for economic reasons and those marginally attached to the labor force) was 14.7 percent, significantly higher than the 12 percent national average.”

This report promotes self-employment for persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment

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


“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/05/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

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


Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “2017 Self-advocacy grant” - 03/02/2017

~~“One of the main purposes of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is to issue competitive grants based on the goals of our Five-Year State Plan: Self-advocacy, Integrated Employment and Inclusion. In addition, the ADDPC follows a process for soliciting, reviewing and awarding grant applications consistent with state laws, administrative rules and regulations for grants, and procurement administration.  If you have any specific questions related to a grant, please reach out to us and we can help answer your inquiries.

Please note that ADDPC grants cannot be used to provide individual direct support; visit the Grant FAQs tab in this section for more information.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/01/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Social Security's Ticket to Work Program: The Basics - 12/31/2016

~~“The Ticket to Work Program is a federal program that helps Social Security beneficiaries with a disability reach their employment goals. Designed for beneficiaries aged 18 – 64 who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Ticket to Work offers a variety of services to help you get a job. These services can include:• Vocational rehabilitation• Training• Referrals• Job coaching• Job counseling• Placement servicesThe services offered through the Ticket to Work Program help you to find and apply for jobs that already exist in the marketplace—it is not linked to special jobs for Social Security beneficiaries.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arizona Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

~~The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services is pleased to present:Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition ConferenceReady to Launch! Countdown to SuccessAugust 28-30, 2017 

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

~~“On 9/30/2016, CMS approved Arizona’s request to modernize its Medicaid program and continue many of the existing authorities that allows AHCCCS to maintain its unique and successful managed care model, use home and community based services for members with long term care needs and other innovations that make AHCCCS one of the most cost effective Medicaid programs in the nation . “. 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 - 11/25/2015

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.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Arizona's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.41%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,828,065
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
418,062
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.83%
Change from
2014 to 2015
143,168
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.25%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.11%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 6,828,065
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 418,062
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 143,168
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,613,124
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,924
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 437,000
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 701,360
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 37,010
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 190,503
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 39,480
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 16,179
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 982
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,115
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,798

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,066
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 155,862

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 18,514
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 51,387
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 98,420
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 23.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60%
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. 10,208
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,550
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,586
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 50
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 30
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. 60.00%
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. 0.44

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,921
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 229,585
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $18,489,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $6,156,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $9,955,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 22.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 889
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,710
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.75%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.38%
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). 23.09%
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). 58.74%
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). 73.51%
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). 35.65%

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 47
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). 2,959
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. 2,982

 

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


Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Performance Audit - 01/24/2017

~~“Program’s goal is to assist clients find employmentThe Program’s goal is to help clients with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment where they receive thesame wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, and have the same interaction with customers as employeeswho are not disabled. Federal grant monies generally cover 78.7 percent of the costs of vocational rehabilitation programs,and the states cover the remaining costs. The Department’s fiscal year 2017 program expenditures are estimated tototal nearly $137.9 million with administrative expenditures accounting for more than $39.6 million of this amount. TheDepartment’s program counselors help each eligible client develop their own employment plan, which includes the typesof rehabilitative services the client needs to achieve the employment goal. Services include educational, medical, andwork assessments; job search and placement assistance; vocational and other training; and technological equipment orservices, such as captioned videos or vehicle modifications.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Arizona State-coordinated Facilitated IEP Program” “Facilitated IEP” - 08/29/2016

~~“This is a free, voluntary early resolution option available to IEP teams experiencing conflict or communication difficulties. It is available for both parents of children with disabilities and school districts/charters where both parties agree it would be helpful to have a neutral, independent facilitator to keep the IEP meeting focused on developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide the student with a FAPE.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “Self-Employment for Workers with DiabiltiesDisabilities: An Underutilized but Viable Option” - 08/01/2015

~~“For years, disability advocates have struggled with advancing self-employment options for people with disabilities to help combat their low employment rates. Trends including downsizing, increased use of contract and temporary employees, and advances in technology have dramatically transformed the workplace.  In Arizona in 2014 the broadest measure of labor underutilization, designated U-6 (which includes the unemployed, workers employed part-time for economic reasons and those marginally attached to the labor force) was 14.7 percent, significantly higher than the 12 percent national average.”

This report promotes self-employment for persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment

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


“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/05/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

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


Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “2017 Self-advocacy grant” - 03/02/2017

~~“One of the main purposes of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is to issue competitive grants based on the goals of our Five-Year State Plan: Self-advocacy, Integrated Employment and Inclusion. In addition, the ADDPC follows a process for soliciting, reviewing and awarding grant applications consistent with state laws, administrative rules and regulations for grants, and procurement administration.  If you have any specific questions related to a grant, please reach out to us and we can help answer your inquiries.

Please note that ADDPC grants cannot be used to provide individual direct support; visit the Grant FAQs tab in this section for more information.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/01/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Social Security's Ticket to Work Program: The Basics - 12/31/2016

~~“The Ticket to Work Program is a federal program that helps Social Security beneficiaries with a disability reach their employment goals. Designed for beneficiaries aged 18 – 64 who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Ticket to Work offers a variety of services to help you get a job. These services can include:• Vocational rehabilitation• Training• Referrals• Job coaching• Job counseling• Placement servicesThe services offered through the Ticket to Work Program help you to find and apply for jobs that already exist in the marketplace—it is not linked to special jobs for Social Security beneficiaries.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arizona Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

~~The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services is pleased to present:Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition ConferenceReady to Launch! Countdown to SuccessAugust 28-30, 2017 

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

~~“On 9/30/2016, CMS approved Arizona’s request to modernize its Medicaid program and continue many of the existing authorities that allows AHCCCS to maintain its unique and successful managed care model, use home and community based services for members with long term care needs and other innovations that make AHCCCS one of the most cost effective Medicaid programs in the nation . “. 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 - 11/25/2015

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.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Arizona's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.41%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,828,065
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
418,062
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.83%
Change from
2014 to 2015
143,168
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
34.25%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.79%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.11%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 6,828,065
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 418,062
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 143,168
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,613,124
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.25%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.90%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 426,924
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 437,000
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 701,360
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 37,010
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 190,503
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 39,480
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 16,179
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 982
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,115
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,798

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,066
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 155,862

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 18,514
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 51,387
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 98,420
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 23.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60%
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. 10,208
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,550
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,586
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 50
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 30
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. 60.00%
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. 0.44

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,921
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 229,585
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $18,489,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $6,156,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $9,955,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 22.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 889
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,710
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 28.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.65%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.75%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.38%
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). 23.09%
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). 58.74%
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). 73.51%
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). 35.65%

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 47
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). 2,959
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. 2,982

 

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


Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program Performance Audit - 01/24/2017

~~“Program’s goal is to assist clients find employmentThe Program’s goal is to help clients with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment where they receive thesame wages, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, and have the same interaction with customers as employeeswho are not disabled. Federal grant monies generally cover 78.7 percent of the costs of vocational rehabilitation programs,and the states cover the remaining costs. The Department’s fiscal year 2017 program expenditures are estimated tototal nearly $137.9 million with administrative expenditures accounting for more than $39.6 million of this amount. TheDepartment’s program counselors help each eligible client develop their own employment plan, which includes the typesof rehabilitative services the client needs to achieve the employment goal. Services include educational, medical, andwork assessments; job search and placement assistance; vocational and other training; and technological equipment orservices, such as captioned videos or vehicle modifications.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Arizona State-coordinated Facilitated IEP Program” “Facilitated IEP” - 08/29/2016

~~“This is a free, voluntary early resolution option available to IEP teams experiencing conflict or communication difficulties. It is available for both parents of children with disabilities and school districts/charters where both parties agree it would be helpful to have a neutral, independent facilitator to keep the IEP meeting focused on developing an IEP that is reasonably calculated to provide the student with a FAPE.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “Self-Employment for Workers with DiabiltiesDisabilities: An Underutilized but Viable Option” - 08/01/2015

~~“For years, disability advocates have struggled with advancing self-employment options for people with disabilities to help combat their low employment rates. Trends including downsizing, increased use of contract and temporary employees, and advances in technology have dramatically transformed the workplace.  In Arizona in 2014 the broadest measure of labor underutilization, designated U-6 (which includes the unemployed, workers employed part-time for economic reasons and those marginally attached to the labor force) was 14.7 percent, significantly higher than the 12 percent national average.”

This report promotes self-employment for persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Self-Employment

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


“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/05/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

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


Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council “2017 Self-advocacy grant” - 03/02/2017

~~“One of the main purposes of the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is to issue competitive grants based on the goals of our Five-Year State Plan: Self-advocacy, Integrated Employment and Inclusion. In addition, the ADDPC follows a process for soliciting, reviewing and awarding grant applications consistent with state laws, administrative rules and regulations for grants, and procurement administration.  If you have any specific questions related to a grant, please reach out to us and we can help answer your inquiries.

Please note that ADDPC grants cannot be used to provide individual direct support; visit the Grant FAQs tab in this section for more information.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

“DES Spotlight: Mental Health Disorders and Job Placement Through Vocational Rehabilitation” - 02/02/2017

~~“According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness(link is external), approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year and approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

There are those who suffer from psychiatric issues every day, yet still function in society and even manage to hold down jobs. Studies have suggested that of 25 chronic physical and mental issues, depression has the most financial impact on employers, even outweighing medical and pharmacy costs for employees.

As one of the State's largest agencies, the Department of Economic Security (DES) serves approximately 2.2 million people a year, with job services being a major component. One of the ways DES can assist those with mental health disorders, particularly those applying for jobs, is by simply trying to understand life from their perspective”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health

Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) - 01/01/2017

~~“The mission of the Arizona Community of Practice on Transition (AZCoPT) is to improve life-long outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities.”

This site is a communique of the AZCoPT which is associated with the Department of Education.  It has information on a variety of events and topics related to secondary transition of students from school to employment.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Social Security's Ticket to Work Program: The Basics - 12/31/2016

~~“The Ticket to Work Program is a federal program that helps Social Security beneficiaries with a disability reach their employment goals. Designed for beneficiaries aged 18 – 64 who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Ticket to Work offers a variety of services to help you get a job. These services can include:• Vocational rehabilitation• Training• Referrals• Job coaching• Job counseling• Placement servicesThe services offered through the Ticket to Work Program help you to find and apply for jobs that already exist in the marketplace—it is not linked to special jobs for Social Security beneficiaries.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arizona Seventeenth Annual Transition Conference - 08/29/2016

~~The Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services is pleased to present:Arizona’s Seventeenth Annual Transition ConferenceReady to Launch! Countdown to SuccessAugust 28-30, 2017 

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

~~“On 9/30/2016, CMS approved Arizona’s request to modernize its Medicaid program and continue many of the existing authorities that allows AHCCCS to maintain its unique and successful managed care model, use home and community based services for members with long term care needs and other innovations that make AHCCCS one of the most cost effective Medicaid programs in the nation . “. 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 - 11/25/2015

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)