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 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

 

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

~~Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SMI): An Intergovernmental Agreement between DES/Rehabilitation Services and the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services exists to coordinate services to mutual clients. VR counselors are assigned to work with behavioral health clinical teams throughout the state in order to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction in the provision of customized employment and vocational services.
Native Americans: Memorandums of Understanding with the American Indian VR Programs of the Navajo, Tohono O’odham, White Mountain Apache, Fort Mojave, Hopi, and Salt River Pima nations have been developed for the purpose of coordinating services to American Indians with disabilities that reside both on and off the reservation as well as provide technical assistance in areas of mutual interest.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 217)
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 218)
• Provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized employment and supported employment.
Increased access to supported employment and customized employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, receiving services under the State VR and Supported Employment programs.
• Integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system. (Page 233)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~To remove barriers across programs, the programs will work together to create one common menu of options for determining how skill gains will be measured that is based on each individual participant’s starting point, not their funding source. Creating a common menu of options, rather than using separate definitions, will encourage co-enrollment across the core programs for youth and adults, as well as create opportunities for contextualized learning. For example, a common menu could support increased use of contextualized education and training, blending WIOA Title I funds for occupational training and WIOA Title II funds for contextualized basic skills education bridge programs. If separate definitions were used for these two funding streams, each participant in such a program would have to demonstrate measurable skill gains in two different ways, creating barriers to working across programs rather than breaking them down. (Page 65)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
One-Stop Center offices are overseen by DES specifically monitored annually to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The State is committed to making all services, facilities and information accessible for individuals with disabilities. This applies to all programs, activities, and services provided by or made available to potential employees, volunteers, contractors, service providers, licensees, clients, and potential clients within the One-Stop system. To reinforce this commitment, all recipients and service providers are required to provide written assurance in their agreements, grants and contracts that they are committed to and will comply with the requirements of the Workforce Innovative & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 188, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and with 29 CFR Part 32 and Part 38. (Page 138)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• Expanded involvement in Council of State Administrators for VR (CSAVR) National Employment Team.
• Targeted outreach to employers, Chambers of Commerce, and employer organizations statewide.
• Increased activity with community rehabilitation programs.
• Providing disability awareness trainings to employers.
• Piloting Job Readiness Handbooks in offices.
• Implementation of job clubs in VR offices. (Page 258)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

~~Underlying the State Strategies is the guiding vision of an educated and skilled workforce which drives economic success in Arizona. This vision establishes the fundamentally interdependent relationship between the state’s advancement in business and industry and its systemic plan for producing a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the needs of a burgeoning job market within each designated industry sector. Recent efforts established in concert with the previous workforce law, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), have paved the way for an increasingly deliberate collaborative endeavor under WIOA. To realize the full mutual benefits of economic and workforce development throughout the State, Arizona has selected the following strategies, explained in detail in the table below: (Page 68)
The Workforce Administration has a primary focus on engaging and readying all jobseekers for employment and will work toward aligning workforce programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in-demand jobs, and supporting equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner-Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 78)
DES is responsible for the administration and financial oversight for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Family Assistance Administration (FAA), within the DES Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility, determines eligibility for applicants to receive SNAP, TANF and medical benefits. Individuals that are subject to federal work provisions, and who do not meet a qualifying exemption, are referred to the TANF Jobs Program or the SNA E&T Program respectively, both of which are administered by DES/DERS. (Page 87)
Expected from each of the partner groups. During these sessions the emphasis is on how TAA, WIOA Title I-B and Wagner Peyser staff will be working together as a team to offer the customer individualized comprehensive re-employment benefits and services.
Whenever possible after a lay-off occurs, Intake/Orientation sessions for the TAA and WIOA Title I-B programs are co-led and combined so the customer is being co-enrolled and observes firsthand the service integration between the two programs.
• As soon as a petition is certified, the TAA Coordinator works with the employer to get a list and contact information of all affected workers. The TAA Region office notifies all workers of their potential benefits and services available, provides program information and an application to be completed and sent back, in order to determine individual eligibility. Urgency is stressed as there are deadlines for certain benefits under the TAA program. Once an application is received, the Determination of Eligibility is completed and sent to the individual, along with the contact information for the TAA Counselors.
• The TAA Coordinator shares information with the Rapid Response Coordinator regarding the TAA petition. Rapid Response funds are used for these activities. (Page 148)
To ensure high quality training for both the participant and the employer, priority consideration will be given to training programs that are related to an in-demand occupation, aligned with career pathways and industry sectors and result in a recognized postsecondary credential. LWDAs are required to collect performance data on work-based training programs. LWDAs must not continue to contract with employers who fail to provide participants long term employment opportunities, with wages and benefits, and working conditions comparable to other employees who have worked a similar amount of time, doing the same type of work. (Page 149)
• Fair and equitable pay that includes health benefits. This is a necessity for the laborers, as well as for the safety of our nation’s food supply, and for reducing health and public assistance cost; and

• Pesticide and heat stress prevention training. Barriers that confront farm workers include, but are not limited to the following:

• Decreased demand for a farm worker labor force due to innovations in automated farming, agricultural technology, and application of chemical herbicides;

• Urban sprawl resulting in farm worker job displacement without corresponding assistance for reemployment;

• Lack of timely, reliable data and information pertinent to intrastate and interstate job openings and supportive services; (Page 171)
Programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in–demand jobs, and support equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner–Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 257)
D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
F.   COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE PROVISIONS OF INFORMED CHOICE FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(D) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 271)

School to Work Transition

~~Under the umbrella of the IGA, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides coordinated transition services to 22 schools throughout the state. DES/Rehabilitation Services has 22 Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA) with PEAs to provide enhanced transition services. The TPCAs are commonly known as Transition from School to Work (TSW) programs.
DES/Rehabilitation Services works to engage students as early as possible within their high school experience for the purpose of developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before the student exits school. To assist in the identification of an employment goal and completion of the IPE, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides opportunities for students to engage in pre–employment transition activities. These activities can include career shadowing and exploration, work adjustment trainings, disability adjustment services, and exploration of postsecondary education and training options while in high school. Services are provided help to prepare the student to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or training if appropriate, and competitive, integrated employment. (Page 219)
Students who are able to participate in the Transition School to Work (TSW) program through a Third Party Cooperative Agreement (TPCA) are afforded the opportunity to participate in a structured program of services which integrates vocational rehabilitation services into the classroom environment. These services are provided by both the local PEA staff and VR staff. Involvement in these enhanced services are intended to allow the student to learn skills necessary to ameliorate disability related barriers to achieving their postsecondary goals. PEA and VR staff will continue to develop and coordinate new transition services and expand or modify existing services to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. (Page 221)
 

Data Collection

~~The list is a resource to be used by participants in the Adult or Dislocated Worker Programs to select a training provider once an assessment has identified a need for training in order for the individual to become employable. Additionally Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) also utilize the ETPL. Many WIOA participants have barriers to employment, and local areas are successful at matching the individuals to suitable training. However, up to this point, Arizona has not been emphasizing the need to have providers that serve individuals with a disability. Core partners will need to ensure that rural areas have adequate access to providers, reviewing the availability of computer/Internet-based training. There are reciprocal agreements with Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah and their ETPL providers, and Arizona plans to add more reciprocal agreements with other states to increase training options. Among the issues that need to be addressed are the development of a comprehensive monitoring process and improved performance data collection. (Page 44)
• Arizona Job Connection System. Both the Workforce Development (Title I–B) and Employment Service (Title III) partners use the Arizona Job Connection (AJC), a comprehensive workforce case management and reporting system managed by America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA). AJC will provide case management, data collection and reporting capabilities for U.S. DOL programs to include: Veterans, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Re–employment, Trade Assistance, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit. There is flexibility to include other workforce–related programs such as the Jobs Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNA E&T). In addition, AJC will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DES and local ARIZONA@WORK Job Center partners in managing the activities of program participants. AJC consists of a comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL under the reporting requirements. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. (Page 51)
The DES Data Security Unit has developed a designated and secure e-mail address for the Unemployment Insurance Program, which Employment Service staff use to notify them of potential issues that may require adjudication by Unemployment Insurance staff. Employment Service staff are trained to identify all potential issues that may affect a claimant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits (Page 162)
This strategy will support the customer-centric goal of Arizona’s workforce system by facilitating coordination of services and preventing service duplication. Partners intend for the data sharing agreements to include access to unemployment insurance wage record information as authorized by state law. The use of cross-system data matches, or data linking across core programs, will provide the data required to establish a workforce system informed by a data-driven decision making model. For example, data matches can identify successful programs in terms of placement, retention or wage growth. These successful programs can be targeted for growth and development. Underlying components of all strategies concerning data include the identification and maintenance for secure process for data collections, storage, transmission, and evaluation, along with adherence to all security protocols. (Page 86)
AJC is the comprehensive Internet-based workforce data system used by DES/DERS for WIOA Title I and Title III for case management, job bank, training provider listing, data collection, and reporting. Through data sharing agreements, AJC allows communication and efficiencies between DES and LWDA staff and providers in managing activities of workforce participants.
AJC features comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. Further, AJC will:
• Meet the service, tracking, reporting and follow-up requirements under the U.S. DOL’s performance measures for the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser Act and/or their successors; (Page 105)
Local adult education providers input program and participant data according to policy and have full access to their own data and reports for program improvement purposes. State staff can access all data at both the statewide and provider level to assist in desk monitoring efforts and to inform professional development needs across the State. In addition to adult education data collection, the Benchmark system manages high school equivalency testing records from 1942 to the present, collaborates with high school equivalency testing vendors for real-time access to score reports, provides data matching of secondary diploma receipt to the educational database, issues diplomas and transcripts to high school equivalency testing candidates, and provides access to transcript verification for third-parties through a secured web-based portal upon request by the high school equivalency testing candidate. Additional features provided by Benchmark Integrated Technology Services include: (Page 106)
• Option 1 - Develop a web-based system that leverages the existing data management systems of the state for maximum secure data sharing with minimal new cost investment. A web-based system meets the unique and combined needs of the core partners by facilitating client identification, streamlined access to participant information, and data collection across core programs. (Page 126)
At this time, real-time reporting is not possible due to multiple data systems and, lack of participant identifiers. Until system interoperability is fully realized, the core partners will create a work plan identifying required data elements, timelines for transmission, and responsible parties for all partners to meet WIOA reporting requirements. All partners will submit data to DERS for data collection and submission of combined reports. (Page 128)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

~~Workgroups were formed across task forces to address priority issues, and WIOA Resources and Planning Tools have been posted on the DES/DERS website at https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/az_wioa_implementation_report_012315.pdf. Workgroup members developed strategies and related action steps in the areas of communication, data, career pathways, sector strategies and common processes for core partners. (Page 8)
During the WIOA Transition Year, Arizona Adult Education implemented activities to address the intent of WIOA reauthorization, including assisting adults in obtaining employability skills such as critical thinking and communication; the integration of workforce preparation into literacy activities; career pathways and postsecondary bridge program models; the expansion of distance and hybrid learning services to extend learning beyond the classroom; and the improvement of instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math and English language acquisition. Arizona Adult Education programs are currently funded to provide the following services to adult learners:
• Adult Basic Education (ABE), including instruction in reading, writing, and math up to the 8th grade level;
• Adult Secondary Education (ASE), including preparation for testing leading to a high school equivalency diploma; (Page 46)
Goal 1. Create Partnerships and Strengthen Communication Strategy
1.  Raise Awareness and Build a Comprehensive Network of Partners Strategy
2.  Formalize Communication Between Economic and Workforce Development Partners at the Statewide and Local Levels Strategy
3.  Align Policies and Procedures Across Core Partners, Facilitating Collaboration, Data Sharing, and Alignment of Services
Goal 2. Promote a Customer-Centric System Strategy
4.  Develop a Workforce System and Services Accessible to All Employers and Jobseekers, Including Individuals with Barriers Strategy
5.  Integrate Standard and Consistent Processes Across Core Partners to Facilitate a Seamless Delivery of Services Strategy 6. Implement Consistent, High-Quality Staff Training Across Core Partners
Goal 3. Grow and Develop a Skilled Workforce Strategy
7.  Identify and Respond to High-Demand and Growing Industry/Employment Sectors at Local and Statewide Levels Strategy
8.  Establish Model Career Pathways, Including Portable and Stackable Credentials and Soft-Skills Training, for Designated Industry Sectors Strategy
9.  Implement Increased Opportunities for Alternative Training and Education, Including Work-Based Training and Registered Apprenticeships
Goal 4. Strengthen Data Utility and Reporting Strategy
10.  Establish Process of Data Linking Across Core Programs to Ensure Core Programs Are Able to Share Key Data Elements for Shared Clients Strategy
11.  Promote Evidence-Based and Data-Driven Decision Making Strategy
12.  Identify and Document Obstacles and Establish Continuous Improvement Through Outcomes Analysis and Reporting (Page 68)
 

Employment Networks

~~• Insufficient Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation. As of the end of FFY 2015, 4,171 persons with disabilities are waiting for VR to receive additional funding so they can begin services to circumvent or ameliorate their disability–related barriers to employment and get back to work. Since 2009, the VR program has only been able to serve individuals with the most significant disability–related needs (Priority Category One). As all funding is limited, the VR program must rely on Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCAs), Interagency Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding with public, non–profit agencies to supplement 50 percent of the non–federal dollars needed just to continue serving the individuals in Priority Category One. Information and referral services are provided to individuals who are eligible but placed on a waitlist. Clients are given information about local community resources where they may be able to obtain employment related assistance. Clients who are eligible but placed on a waitlist for services are contacted via mail every six months in order to determine if they are still interested in VR services and want to remain on the wait list, no longer want or need VR services, or believe that there has been a change in their disability and would like to discuss options with their counselor. VR staff is tasked to follow up with any client who requests to speak with program staff about their disability. Referral information to the ARIZONA@WORK Job Centers and Employment Networks is provided in this communication to the client as well. (Page 54)
DES/Rehabilitation Services has five active Partnership Plus agreements with Employment Networks (ENs) within the context of the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work (TTW) program. These agreements are designed to establish an understanding of the reciprocal referral process flow between agencies for individuals who have a TTW. DES/Rehabilitation Services is promoting the use of these agreements to the CRP providers who function as ENs, encouraging involvement in the provision of extended supports to clients after they have met a successful employment outcome with VR. (Page 223)
Collaboration with Employment Networks
DES/Rehabilitation Services has established five Memorandum of Understanding agreements with local providers for the provision of ongoing Partnership Plus services. Dedicated Rehabilitation Services staff continues to encourage provider agencies to become Employment Networks through the Social Security Ticket to Work program. Provider agencies will then provide extended supports following the successful conclusion of VR services to clients who are Ticket to Work participants. (Page 224)
• The overall fiscal constraints of being in an Order of Selection and serving only those individuals with the most significant disabilities hampered the ability to serve a greater number of individuals.
• Lack of active and local Employment Networks in Arizona.
• Inability to hire an additional Employer Coordinator to replace Pima County coordinator (Page 259)
Financial resources include long term supports provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Behavioral Health System. Additional sources such as a Plan to Achieve Self–Sufficiency (PASS) or Impairment Work Related Expense (IRWE) plan is available to individuals who receive Social Security award monies. Arizona holds agreements with five Employment Networks who may support individuals in employment after case closure from VR. Through collaboration with the Councils of Governments (COGs), Social Security Block Grant dollars are also utilized to provide extended support services after closure from VR. Natural supports in an employment setting can be developed while the client is receiving VR supported services. VR staff may also provide training to managers, supervisors, and coworkers in order to develop natural supports within the competitive and integrated employment setting. (Page 262)
 

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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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

“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

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 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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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

~~“With over 1.6 million Arizonans enrolled in AHCCCS, Medicaid has a far greater responsibility for impacting population health. Despite past innovation, we have an opportunity and obligation to do more. The goals of Modernizing Arizona Medicaid are to: (1) Engage Arizonans to take charge of their health; (2) Make Medicaid a temporary option; and (3) Promote a quality product at the most affordable price.AHCCCS will seek waiver authority to implement new programs and processes to carry this momentum forward to meet future challenges and respond to current economic realities through the AHCCCS CARE plan.”. 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 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

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

~~Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SMI): An Intergovernmental Agreement between DES/Rehabilitation Services and the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services exists to coordinate services to mutual clients. VR counselors are assigned to work with behavioral health clinical teams throughout the state in order to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction in the provision of customized employment and vocational services.
Native Americans: Memorandums of Understanding with the American Indian VR Programs of the Navajo, Tohono O’odham, White Mountain Apache, Fort Mojave, Hopi, and Salt River Pima nations have been developed for the purpose of coordinating services to American Indians with disabilities that reside both on and off the reservation as well as provide technical assistance in areas of mutual interest.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 217)
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 218)
• Provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized employment and supported employment.
Increased access to supported employment and customized employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, receiving services under the State VR and Supported Employment programs.
• Integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system. (Page 233)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~To remove barriers across programs, the programs will work together to create one common menu of options for determining how skill gains will be measured that is based on each individual participant’s starting point, not their funding source. Creating a common menu of options, rather than using separate definitions, will encourage co-enrollment across the core programs for youth and adults, as well as create opportunities for contextualized learning. For example, a common menu could support increased use of contextualized education and training, blending WIOA Title I funds for occupational training and WIOA Title II funds for contextualized basic skills education bridge programs. If separate definitions were used for these two funding streams, each participant in such a program would have to demonstrate measurable skill gains in two different ways, creating barriers to working across programs rather than breaking them down. (Page 65)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
One-Stop Center offices are overseen by DES specifically monitored annually to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The State is committed to making all services, facilities and information accessible for individuals with disabilities. This applies to all programs, activities, and services provided by or made available to potential employees, volunteers, contractors, service providers, licensees, clients, and potential clients within the One-Stop system. To reinforce this commitment, all recipients and service providers are required to provide written assurance in their agreements, grants and contracts that they are committed to and will comply with the requirements of the Workforce Innovative & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 188, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and with 29 CFR Part 32 and Part 38. (Page 138)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• Expanded involvement in Council of State Administrators for VR (CSAVR) National Employment Team.
• Targeted outreach to employers, Chambers of Commerce, and employer organizations statewide.
• Increased activity with community rehabilitation programs.
• Providing disability awareness trainings to employers.
• Piloting Job Readiness Handbooks in offices.
• Implementation of job clubs in VR offices. (Page 258)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

~~Underlying the State Strategies is the guiding vision of an educated and skilled workforce which drives economic success in Arizona. This vision establishes the fundamentally interdependent relationship between the state’s advancement in business and industry and its systemic plan for producing a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the needs of a burgeoning job market within each designated industry sector. Recent efforts established in concert with the previous workforce law, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), have paved the way for an increasingly deliberate collaborative endeavor under WIOA. To realize the full mutual benefits of economic and workforce development throughout the State, Arizona has selected the following strategies, explained in detail in the table below: (Page 68)
The Workforce Administration has a primary focus on engaging and readying all jobseekers for employment and will work toward aligning workforce programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in-demand jobs, and supporting equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner-Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 78)
DES is responsible for the administration and financial oversight for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Family Assistance Administration (FAA), within the DES Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility, determines eligibility for applicants to receive SNAP, TANF and medical benefits. Individuals that are subject to federal work provisions, and who do not meet a qualifying exemption, are referred to the TANF Jobs Program or the SNA E&T Program respectively, both of which are administered by DES/DERS. (Page 87)
Expected from each of the partner groups. During these sessions the emphasis is on how TAA, WIOA Title I-B and Wagner Peyser staff will be working together as a team to offer the customer individualized comprehensive re-employment benefits and services.
Whenever possible after a lay-off occurs, Intake/Orientation sessions for the TAA and WIOA Title I-B programs are co-led and combined so the customer is being co-enrolled and observes firsthand the service integration between the two programs.
• As soon as a petition is certified, the TAA Coordinator works with the employer to get a list and contact information of all affected workers. The TAA Region office notifies all workers of their potential benefits and services available, provides program information and an application to be completed and sent back, in order to determine individual eligibility. Urgency is stressed as there are deadlines for certain benefits under the TAA program. Once an application is received, the Determination of Eligibility is completed and sent to the individual, along with the contact information for the TAA Counselors.
• The TAA Coordinator shares information with the Rapid Response Coordinator regarding the TAA petition. Rapid Response funds are used for these activities. (Page 148)
To ensure high quality training for both the participant and the employer, priority consideration will be given to training programs that are related to an in-demand occupation, aligned with career pathways and industry sectors and result in a recognized postsecondary credential. LWDAs are required to collect performance data on work-based training programs. LWDAs must not continue to contract with employers who fail to provide participants long term employment opportunities, with wages and benefits, and working conditions comparable to other employees who have worked a similar amount of time, doing the same type of work. (Page 149)
• Fair and equitable pay that includes health benefits. This is a necessity for the laborers, as well as for the safety of our nation’s food supply, and for reducing health and public assistance cost; and

• Pesticide and heat stress prevention training. Barriers that confront farm workers include, but are not limited to the following:

• Decreased demand for a farm worker labor force due to innovations in automated farming, agricultural technology, and application of chemical herbicides;

• Urban sprawl resulting in farm worker job displacement without corresponding assistance for reemployment;

• Lack of timely, reliable data and information pertinent to intrastate and interstate job openings and supportive services; (Page 171)
Programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in–demand jobs, and support equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner–Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 257)
D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
F.   COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE PROVISIONS OF INFORMED CHOICE FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(D) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 271)

School to Work Transition

~~Under the umbrella of the IGA, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides coordinated transition services to 22 schools throughout the state. DES/Rehabilitation Services has 22 Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA) with PEAs to provide enhanced transition services. The TPCAs are commonly known as Transition from School to Work (TSW) programs.
DES/Rehabilitation Services works to engage students as early as possible within their high school experience for the purpose of developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before the student exits school. To assist in the identification of an employment goal and completion of the IPE, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides opportunities for students to engage in pre–employment transition activities. These activities can include career shadowing and exploration, work adjustment trainings, disability adjustment services, and exploration of postsecondary education and training options while in high school. Services are provided help to prepare the student to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or training if appropriate, and competitive, integrated employment. (Page 219)
Students who are able to participate in the Transition School to Work (TSW) program through a Third Party Cooperative Agreement (TPCA) are afforded the opportunity to participate in a structured program of services which integrates vocational rehabilitation services into the classroom environment. These services are provided by both the local PEA staff and VR staff. Involvement in these enhanced services are intended to allow the student to learn skills necessary to ameliorate disability related barriers to achieving their postsecondary goals. PEA and VR staff will continue to develop and coordinate new transition services and expand or modify existing services to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. (Page 221)
 

Data Collection

~~The list is a resource to be used by participants in the Adult or Dislocated Worker Programs to select a training provider once an assessment has identified a need for training in order for the individual to become employable. Additionally Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) also utilize the ETPL. Many WIOA participants have barriers to employment, and local areas are successful at matching the individuals to suitable training. However, up to this point, Arizona has not been emphasizing the need to have providers that serve individuals with a disability. Core partners will need to ensure that rural areas have adequate access to providers, reviewing the availability of computer/Internet-based training. There are reciprocal agreements with Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah and their ETPL providers, and Arizona plans to add more reciprocal agreements with other states to increase training options. Among the issues that need to be addressed are the development of a comprehensive monitoring process and improved performance data collection. (Page 44)
• Arizona Job Connection System. Both the Workforce Development (Title I–B) and Employment Service (Title III) partners use the Arizona Job Connection (AJC), a comprehensive workforce case management and reporting system managed by America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA). AJC will provide case management, data collection and reporting capabilities for U.S. DOL programs to include: Veterans, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Re–employment, Trade Assistance, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit. There is flexibility to include other workforce–related programs such as the Jobs Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNA E&T). In addition, AJC will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DES and local ARIZONA@WORK Job Center partners in managing the activities of program participants. AJC consists of a comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL under the reporting requirements. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. (Page 51)
The DES Data Security Unit has developed a designated and secure e-mail address for the Unemployment Insurance Program, which Employment Service staff use to notify them of potential issues that may require adjudication by Unemployment Insurance staff. Employment Service staff are trained to identify all potential issues that may affect a claimant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits (Page 162)
This strategy will support the customer-centric goal of Arizona’s workforce system by facilitating coordination of services and preventing service duplication. Partners intend for the data sharing agreements to include access to unemployment insurance wage record information as authorized by state law. The use of cross-system data matches, or data linking across core programs, will provide the data required to establish a workforce system informed by a data-driven decision making model. For example, data matches can identify successful programs in terms of placement, retention or wage growth. These successful programs can be targeted for growth and development. Underlying components of all strategies concerning data include the identification and maintenance for secure process for data collections, storage, transmission, and evaluation, along with adherence to all security protocols. (Page 86)
AJC is the comprehensive Internet-based workforce data system used by DES/DERS for WIOA Title I and Title III for case management, job bank, training provider listing, data collection, and reporting. Through data sharing agreements, AJC allows communication and efficiencies between DES and LWDA staff and providers in managing activities of workforce participants.
AJC features comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. Further, AJC will:
• Meet the service, tracking, reporting and follow-up requirements under the U.S. DOL’s performance measures for the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser Act and/or their successors; (Page 105)
Local adult education providers input program and participant data according to policy and have full access to their own data and reports for program improvement purposes. State staff can access all data at both the statewide and provider level to assist in desk monitoring efforts and to inform professional development needs across the State. In addition to adult education data collection, the Benchmark system manages high school equivalency testing records from 1942 to the present, collaborates with high school equivalency testing vendors for real-time access to score reports, provides data matching of secondary diploma receipt to the educational database, issues diplomas and transcripts to high school equivalency testing candidates, and provides access to transcript verification for third-parties through a secured web-based portal upon request by the high school equivalency testing candidate. Additional features provided by Benchmark Integrated Technology Services include: (Page 106)
• Option 1 - Develop a web-based system that leverages the existing data management systems of the state for maximum secure data sharing with minimal new cost investment. A web-based system meets the unique and combined needs of the core partners by facilitating client identification, streamlined access to participant information, and data collection across core programs. (Page 126)
At this time, real-time reporting is not possible due to multiple data systems and, lack of participant identifiers. Until system interoperability is fully realized, the core partners will create a work plan identifying required data elements, timelines for transmission, and responsible parties for all partners to meet WIOA reporting requirements. All partners will submit data to DERS for data collection and submission of combined reports. (Page 128)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

~~Workgroups were formed across task forces to address priority issues, and WIOA Resources and Planning Tools have been posted on the DES/DERS website at https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/az_wioa_implementation_report_012315.pdf. Workgroup members developed strategies and related action steps in the areas of communication, data, career pathways, sector strategies and common processes for core partners. (Page 8)
During the WIOA Transition Year, Arizona Adult Education implemented activities to address the intent of WIOA reauthorization, including assisting adults in obtaining employability skills such as critical thinking and communication; the integration of workforce preparation into literacy activities; career pathways and postsecondary bridge program models; the expansion of distance and hybrid learning services to extend learning beyond the classroom; and the improvement of instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math and English language acquisition. Arizona Adult Education programs are currently funded to provide the following services to adult learners:
• Adult Basic Education (ABE), including instruction in reading, writing, and math up to the 8th grade level;
• Adult Secondary Education (ASE), including preparation for testing leading to a high school equivalency diploma; (Page 46)
Goal 1. Create Partnerships and Strengthen Communication Strategy
1.  Raise Awareness and Build a Comprehensive Network of Partners Strategy
2.  Formalize Communication Between Economic and Workforce Development Partners at the Statewide and Local Levels Strategy
3.  Align Policies and Procedures Across Core Partners, Facilitating Collaboration, Data Sharing, and Alignment of Services
Goal 2. Promote a Customer-Centric System Strategy
4.  Develop a Workforce System and Services Accessible to All Employers and Jobseekers, Including Individuals with Barriers Strategy
5.  Integrate Standard and Consistent Processes Across Core Partners to Facilitate a Seamless Delivery of Services Strategy 6. Implement Consistent, High-Quality Staff Training Across Core Partners
Goal 3. Grow and Develop a Skilled Workforce Strategy
7.  Identify and Respond to High-Demand and Growing Industry/Employment Sectors at Local and Statewide Levels Strategy
8.  Establish Model Career Pathways, Including Portable and Stackable Credentials and Soft-Skills Training, for Designated Industry Sectors Strategy
9.  Implement Increased Opportunities for Alternative Training and Education, Including Work-Based Training and Registered Apprenticeships
Goal 4. Strengthen Data Utility and Reporting Strategy
10.  Establish Process of Data Linking Across Core Programs to Ensure Core Programs Are Able to Share Key Data Elements for Shared Clients Strategy
11.  Promote Evidence-Based and Data-Driven Decision Making Strategy
12.  Identify and Document Obstacles and Establish Continuous Improvement Through Outcomes Analysis and Reporting (Page 68)
 

Employment Networks

~~• Insufficient Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation. As of the end of FFY 2015, 4,171 persons with disabilities are waiting for VR to receive additional funding so they can begin services to circumvent or ameliorate their disability–related barriers to employment and get back to work. Since 2009, the VR program has only been able to serve individuals with the most significant disability–related needs (Priority Category One). As all funding is limited, the VR program must rely on Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCAs), Interagency Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding with public, non–profit agencies to supplement 50 percent of the non–federal dollars needed just to continue serving the individuals in Priority Category One. Information and referral services are provided to individuals who are eligible but placed on a waitlist. Clients are given information about local community resources where they may be able to obtain employment related assistance. Clients who are eligible but placed on a waitlist for services are contacted via mail every six months in order to determine if they are still interested in VR services and want to remain on the wait list, no longer want or need VR services, or believe that there has been a change in their disability and would like to discuss options with their counselor. VR staff is tasked to follow up with any client who requests to speak with program staff about their disability. Referral information to the ARIZONA@WORK Job Centers and Employment Networks is provided in this communication to the client as well. (Page 54)
DES/Rehabilitation Services has five active Partnership Plus agreements with Employment Networks (ENs) within the context of the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work (TTW) program. These agreements are designed to establish an understanding of the reciprocal referral process flow between agencies for individuals who have a TTW. DES/Rehabilitation Services is promoting the use of these agreements to the CRP providers who function as ENs, encouraging involvement in the provision of extended supports to clients after they have met a successful employment outcome with VR. (Page 223)
Collaboration with Employment Networks
DES/Rehabilitation Services has established five Memorandum of Understanding agreements with local providers for the provision of ongoing Partnership Plus services. Dedicated Rehabilitation Services staff continues to encourage provider agencies to become Employment Networks through the Social Security Ticket to Work program. Provider agencies will then provide extended supports following the successful conclusion of VR services to clients who are Ticket to Work participants. (Page 224)
• The overall fiscal constraints of being in an Order of Selection and serving only those individuals with the most significant disabilities hampered the ability to serve a greater number of individuals.
• Lack of active and local Employment Networks in Arizona.
• Inability to hire an additional Employer Coordinator to replace Pima County coordinator (Page 259)
Financial resources include long term supports provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Behavioral Health System. Additional sources such as a Plan to Achieve Self–Sufficiency (PASS) or Impairment Work Related Expense (IRWE) plan is available to individuals who receive Social Security award monies. Arizona holds agreements with five Employment Networks who may support individuals in employment after case closure from VR. Through collaboration with the Councils of Governments (COGs), Social Security Block Grant dollars are also utilized to provide extended support services after closure from VR. Natural supports in an employment setting can be developed while the client is receiving VR supported services. VR staff may also provide training to managers, supervisors, and coworkers in order to develop natural supports within the competitive and integrated employment setting. (Page 262)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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

“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

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 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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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

~~“With over 1.6 million Arizonans enrolled in AHCCCS, Medicaid has a far greater responsibility for impacting population health. Despite past innovation, we have an opportunity and obligation to do more. The goals of Modernizing Arizona Medicaid are to: (1) Engage Arizonans to take charge of their health; (2) Make Medicaid a temporary option; and (3) Promote a quality product at the most affordable price.AHCCCS will seek waiver authority to implement new programs and processes to carry this momentum forward to meet future challenges and respond to current economic realities through the AHCCCS CARE plan.”. 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 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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

~~Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SMI): An Intergovernmental Agreement between DES/Rehabilitation Services and the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services exists to coordinate services to mutual clients. VR counselors are assigned to work with behavioral health clinical teams throughout the state in order to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction in the provision of customized employment and vocational services.
Native Americans: Memorandums of Understanding with the American Indian VR Programs of the Navajo, Tohono O’odham, White Mountain Apache, Fort Mojave, Hopi, and Salt River Pima nations have been developed for the purpose of coordinating services to American Indians with disabilities that reside both on and off the reservation as well as provide technical assistance in areas of mutual interest.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 217)
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 218)
• Provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized employment and supported employment.
Increased access to supported employment and customized employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, receiving services under the State VR and Supported Employment programs.
• Integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system. (Page 233)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~To remove barriers across programs, the programs will work together to create one common menu of options for determining how skill gains will be measured that is based on each individual participant’s starting point, not their funding source. Creating a common menu of options, rather than using separate definitions, will encourage co-enrollment across the core programs for youth and adults, as well as create opportunities for contextualized learning. For example, a common menu could support increased use of contextualized education and training, blending WIOA Title I funds for occupational training and WIOA Title II funds for contextualized basic skills education bridge programs. If separate definitions were used for these two funding streams, each participant in such a program would have to demonstrate measurable skill gains in two different ways, creating barriers to working across programs rather than breaking them down. (Page 65)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
One-Stop Center offices are overseen by DES specifically monitored annually to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The State is committed to making all services, facilities and information accessible for individuals with disabilities. This applies to all programs, activities, and services provided by or made available to potential employees, volunteers, contractors, service providers, licensees, clients, and potential clients within the One-Stop system. To reinforce this commitment, all recipients and service providers are required to provide written assurance in their agreements, grants and contracts that they are committed to and will comply with the requirements of the Workforce Innovative & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 188, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and with 29 CFR Part 32 and Part 38. (Page 138)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• Expanded involvement in Council of State Administrators for VR (CSAVR) National Employment Team.
• Targeted outreach to employers, Chambers of Commerce, and employer organizations statewide.
• Increased activity with community rehabilitation programs.
• Providing disability awareness trainings to employers.
• Piloting Job Readiness Handbooks in offices.
• Implementation of job clubs in VR offices. (Page 258)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

~~Underlying the State Strategies is the guiding vision of an educated and skilled workforce which drives economic success in Arizona. This vision establishes the fundamentally interdependent relationship between the state’s advancement in business and industry and its systemic plan for producing a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the needs of a burgeoning job market within each designated industry sector. Recent efforts established in concert with the previous workforce law, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), have paved the way for an increasingly deliberate collaborative endeavor under WIOA. To realize the full mutual benefits of economic and workforce development throughout the State, Arizona has selected the following strategies, explained in detail in the table below: (Page 68)
The Workforce Administration has a primary focus on engaging and readying all jobseekers for employment and will work toward aligning workforce programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in-demand jobs, and supporting equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner-Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 78)
DES is responsible for the administration and financial oversight for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Family Assistance Administration (FAA), within the DES Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility, determines eligibility for applicants to receive SNAP, TANF and medical benefits. Individuals that are subject to federal work provisions, and who do not meet a qualifying exemption, are referred to the TANF Jobs Program or the SNA E&T Program respectively, both of which are administered by DES/DERS. (Page 87)
Expected from each of the partner groups. During these sessions the emphasis is on how TAA, WIOA Title I-B and Wagner Peyser staff will be working together as a team to offer the customer individualized comprehensive re-employment benefits and services.
Whenever possible after a lay-off occurs, Intake/Orientation sessions for the TAA and WIOA Title I-B programs are co-led and combined so the customer is being co-enrolled and observes firsthand the service integration between the two programs.
• As soon as a petition is certified, the TAA Coordinator works with the employer to get a list and contact information of all affected workers. The TAA Region office notifies all workers of their potential benefits and services available, provides program information and an application to be completed and sent back, in order to determine individual eligibility. Urgency is stressed as there are deadlines for certain benefits under the TAA program. Once an application is received, the Determination of Eligibility is completed and sent to the individual, along with the contact information for the TAA Counselors.
• The TAA Coordinator shares information with the Rapid Response Coordinator regarding the TAA petition. Rapid Response funds are used for these activities. (Page 148)
To ensure high quality training for both the participant and the employer, priority consideration will be given to training programs that are related to an in-demand occupation, aligned with career pathways and industry sectors and result in a recognized postsecondary credential. LWDAs are required to collect performance data on work-based training programs. LWDAs must not continue to contract with employers who fail to provide participants long term employment opportunities, with wages and benefits, and working conditions comparable to other employees who have worked a similar amount of time, doing the same type of work. (Page 149)
• Fair and equitable pay that includes health benefits. This is a necessity for the laborers, as well as for the safety of our nation’s food supply, and for reducing health and public assistance cost; and

• Pesticide and heat stress prevention training. Barriers that confront farm workers include, but are not limited to the following:

• Decreased demand for a farm worker labor force due to innovations in automated farming, agricultural technology, and application of chemical herbicides;

• Urban sprawl resulting in farm worker job displacement without corresponding assistance for reemployment;

• Lack of timely, reliable data and information pertinent to intrastate and interstate job openings and supportive services; (Page 171)
Programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in–demand jobs, and support equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner–Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 257)
D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
F.   COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE PROVISIONS OF INFORMED CHOICE FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(D) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 271)

School to Work Transition

~~Under the umbrella of the IGA, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides coordinated transition services to 22 schools throughout the state. DES/Rehabilitation Services has 22 Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA) with PEAs to provide enhanced transition services. The TPCAs are commonly known as Transition from School to Work (TSW) programs.
DES/Rehabilitation Services works to engage students as early as possible within their high school experience for the purpose of developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before the student exits school. To assist in the identification of an employment goal and completion of the IPE, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides opportunities for students to engage in pre–employment transition activities. These activities can include career shadowing and exploration, work adjustment trainings, disability adjustment services, and exploration of postsecondary education and training options while in high school. Services are provided help to prepare the student to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or training if appropriate, and competitive, integrated employment. (Page 219)
Students who are able to participate in the Transition School to Work (TSW) program through a Third Party Cooperative Agreement (TPCA) are afforded the opportunity to participate in a structured program of services which integrates vocational rehabilitation services into the classroom environment. These services are provided by both the local PEA staff and VR staff. Involvement in these enhanced services are intended to allow the student to learn skills necessary to ameliorate disability related barriers to achieving their postsecondary goals. PEA and VR staff will continue to develop and coordinate new transition services and expand or modify existing services to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. (Page 221)
 

Data Collection

~~The list is a resource to be used by participants in the Adult or Dislocated Worker Programs to select a training provider once an assessment has identified a need for training in order for the individual to become employable. Additionally Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) also utilize the ETPL. Many WIOA participants have barriers to employment, and local areas are successful at matching the individuals to suitable training. However, up to this point, Arizona has not been emphasizing the need to have providers that serve individuals with a disability. Core partners will need to ensure that rural areas have adequate access to providers, reviewing the availability of computer/Internet-based training. There are reciprocal agreements with Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah and their ETPL providers, and Arizona plans to add more reciprocal agreements with other states to increase training options. Among the issues that need to be addressed are the development of a comprehensive monitoring process and improved performance data collection. (Page 44)
• Arizona Job Connection System. Both the Workforce Development (Title I–B) and Employment Service (Title III) partners use the Arizona Job Connection (AJC), a comprehensive workforce case management and reporting system managed by America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA). AJC will provide case management, data collection and reporting capabilities for U.S. DOL programs to include: Veterans, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Re–employment, Trade Assistance, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit. There is flexibility to include other workforce–related programs such as the Jobs Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNA E&T). In addition, AJC will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DES and local ARIZONA@WORK Job Center partners in managing the activities of program participants. AJC consists of a comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL under the reporting requirements. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. (Page 51)
The DES Data Security Unit has developed a designated and secure e-mail address for the Unemployment Insurance Program, which Employment Service staff use to notify them of potential issues that may require adjudication by Unemployment Insurance staff. Employment Service staff are trained to identify all potential issues that may affect a claimant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits (Page 162)
This strategy will support the customer-centric goal of Arizona’s workforce system by facilitating coordination of services and preventing service duplication. Partners intend for the data sharing agreements to include access to unemployment insurance wage record information as authorized by state law. The use of cross-system data matches, or data linking across core programs, will provide the data required to establish a workforce system informed by a data-driven decision making model. For example, data matches can identify successful programs in terms of placement, retention or wage growth. These successful programs can be targeted for growth and development. Underlying components of all strategies concerning data include the identification and maintenance for secure process for data collections, storage, transmission, and evaluation, along with adherence to all security protocols. (Page 86)
AJC is the comprehensive Internet-based workforce data system used by DES/DERS for WIOA Title I and Title III for case management, job bank, training provider listing, data collection, and reporting. Through data sharing agreements, AJC allows communication and efficiencies between DES and LWDA staff and providers in managing activities of workforce participants.
AJC features comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. Further, AJC will:
• Meet the service, tracking, reporting and follow-up requirements under the U.S. DOL’s performance measures for the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser Act and/or their successors; (Page 105)
Local adult education providers input program and participant data according to policy and have full access to their own data and reports for program improvement purposes. State staff can access all data at both the statewide and provider level to assist in desk monitoring efforts and to inform professional development needs across the State. In addition to adult education data collection, the Benchmark system manages high school equivalency testing records from 1942 to the present, collaborates with high school equivalency testing vendors for real-time access to score reports, provides data matching of secondary diploma receipt to the educational database, issues diplomas and transcripts to high school equivalency testing candidates, and provides access to transcript verification for third-parties through a secured web-based portal upon request by the high school equivalency testing candidate. Additional features provided by Benchmark Integrated Technology Services include: (Page 106)
• Option 1 - Develop a web-based system that leverages the existing data management systems of the state for maximum secure data sharing with minimal new cost investment. A web-based system meets the unique and combined needs of the core partners by facilitating client identification, streamlined access to participant information, and data collection across core programs. (Page 126)
At this time, real-time reporting is not possible due to multiple data systems and, lack of participant identifiers. Until system interoperability is fully realized, the core partners will create a work plan identifying required data elements, timelines for transmission, and responsible parties for all partners to meet WIOA reporting requirements. All partners will submit data to DERS for data collection and submission of combined reports. (Page 128)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

~~Workgroups were formed across task forces to address priority issues, and WIOA Resources and Planning Tools have been posted on the DES/DERS website at https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/az_wioa_implementation_report_012315.pdf. Workgroup members developed strategies and related action steps in the areas of communication, data, career pathways, sector strategies and common processes for core partners. (Page 8)
During the WIOA Transition Year, Arizona Adult Education implemented activities to address the intent of WIOA reauthorization, including assisting adults in obtaining employability skills such as critical thinking and communication; the integration of workforce preparation into literacy activities; career pathways and postsecondary bridge program models; the expansion of distance and hybrid learning services to extend learning beyond the classroom; and the improvement of instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math and English language acquisition. Arizona Adult Education programs are currently funded to provide the following services to adult learners:
• Adult Basic Education (ABE), including instruction in reading, writing, and math up to the 8th grade level;
• Adult Secondary Education (ASE), including preparation for testing leading to a high school equivalency diploma; (Page 46)
Goal 1. Create Partnerships and Strengthen Communication Strategy
1.  Raise Awareness and Build a Comprehensive Network of Partners Strategy
2.  Formalize Communication Between Economic and Workforce Development Partners at the Statewide and Local Levels Strategy
3.  Align Policies and Procedures Across Core Partners, Facilitating Collaboration, Data Sharing, and Alignment of Services
Goal 2. Promote a Customer-Centric System Strategy
4.  Develop a Workforce System and Services Accessible to All Employers and Jobseekers, Including Individuals with Barriers Strategy
5.  Integrate Standard and Consistent Processes Across Core Partners to Facilitate a Seamless Delivery of Services Strategy 6. Implement Consistent, High-Quality Staff Training Across Core Partners
Goal 3. Grow and Develop a Skilled Workforce Strategy
7.  Identify and Respond to High-Demand and Growing Industry/Employment Sectors at Local and Statewide Levels Strategy
8.  Establish Model Career Pathways, Including Portable and Stackable Credentials and Soft-Skills Training, for Designated Industry Sectors Strategy
9.  Implement Increased Opportunities for Alternative Training and Education, Including Work-Based Training and Registered Apprenticeships
Goal 4. Strengthen Data Utility and Reporting Strategy
10.  Establish Process of Data Linking Across Core Programs to Ensure Core Programs Are Able to Share Key Data Elements for Shared Clients Strategy
11.  Promote Evidence-Based and Data-Driven Decision Making Strategy
12.  Identify and Document Obstacles and Establish Continuous Improvement Through Outcomes Analysis and Reporting (Page 68)
 

Employment Networks

~~• Insufficient Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation. As of the end of FFY 2015, 4,171 persons with disabilities are waiting for VR to receive additional funding so they can begin services to circumvent or ameliorate their disability–related barriers to employment and get back to work. Since 2009, the VR program has only been able to serve individuals with the most significant disability–related needs (Priority Category One). As all funding is limited, the VR program must rely on Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCAs), Interagency Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding with public, non–profit agencies to supplement 50 percent of the non–federal dollars needed just to continue serving the individuals in Priority Category One. Information and referral services are provided to individuals who are eligible but placed on a waitlist. Clients are given information about local community resources where they may be able to obtain employment related assistance. Clients who are eligible but placed on a waitlist for services are contacted via mail every six months in order to determine if they are still interested in VR services and want to remain on the wait list, no longer want or need VR services, or believe that there has been a change in their disability and would like to discuss options with their counselor. VR staff is tasked to follow up with any client who requests to speak with program staff about their disability. Referral information to the ARIZONA@WORK Job Centers and Employment Networks is provided in this communication to the client as well. (Page 54)
DES/Rehabilitation Services has five active Partnership Plus agreements with Employment Networks (ENs) within the context of the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work (TTW) program. These agreements are designed to establish an understanding of the reciprocal referral process flow between agencies for individuals who have a TTW. DES/Rehabilitation Services is promoting the use of these agreements to the CRP providers who function as ENs, encouraging involvement in the provision of extended supports to clients after they have met a successful employment outcome with VR. (Page 223)
Collaboration with Employment Networks
DES/Rehabilitation Services has established five Memorandum of Understanding agreements with local providers for the provision of ongoing Partnership Plus services. Dedicated Rehabilitation Services staff continues to encourage provider agencies to become Employment Networks through the Social Security Ticket to Work program. Provider agencies will then provide extended supports following the successful conclusion of VR services to clients who are Ticket to Work participants. (Page 224)
• The overall fiscal constraints of being in an Order of Selection and serving only those individuals with the most significant disabilities hampered the ability to serve a greater number of individuals.
• Lack of active and local Employment Networks in Arizona.
• Inability to hire an additional Employer Coordinator to replace Pima County coordinator (Page 259)
Financial resources include long term supports provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Behavioral Health System. Additional sources such as a Plan to Achieve Self–Sufficiency (PASS) or Impairment Work Related Expense (IRWE) plan is available to individuals who receive Social Security award monies. Arizona holds agreements with five Employment Networks who may support individuals in employment after case closure from VR. Through collaboration with the Councils of Governments (COGs), Social Security Block Grant dollars are also utilized to provide extended support services after closure from VR. Natural supports in an employment setting can be developed while the client is receiving VR supported services. VR staff may also provide training to managers, supervisors, and coworkers in order to develop natural supports within the competitive and integrated employment setting. (Page 262)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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

“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

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 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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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

~~“With over 1.6 million Arizonans enrolled in AHCCCS, Medicaid has a far greater responsibility for impacting population health. Despite past innovation, we have an opportunity and obligation to do more. The goals of Modernizing Arizona Medicaid are to: (1) Engage Arizonans to take charge of their health; (2) Make Medicaid a temporary option; and (3) Promote a quality product at the most affordable price.AHCCCS will seek waiver authority to implement new programs and processes to carry this momentum forward to meet future challenges and respond to current economic realities through the AHCCCS CARE plan.”. 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 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

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

~~Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SMI): An Intergovernmental Agreement between DES/Rehabilitation Services and the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services exists to coordinate services to mutual clients. VR counselors are assigned to work with behavioral health clinical teams throughout the state in order to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction in the provision of customized employment and vocational services.
Native Americans: Memorandums of Understanding with the American Indian VR Programs of the Navajo, Tohono O’odham, White Mountain Apache, Fort Mojave, Hopi, and Salt River Pima nations have been developed for the purpose of coordinating services to American Indians with disabilities that reside both on and off the reservation as well as provide technical assistance in areas of mutual interest.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 217)
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 218)
• Provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized employment and supported employment.
Increased access to supported employment and customized employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, receiving services under the State VR and Supported Employment programs.
• Integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system. (Page 233)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~To remove barriers across programs, the programs will work together to create one common menu of options for determining how skill gains will be measured that is based on each individual participant’s starting point, not their funding source. Creating a common menu of options, rather than using separate definitions, will encourage co-enrollment across the core programs for youth and adults, as well as create opportunities for contextualized learning. For example, a common menu could support increased use of contextualized education and training, blending WIOA Title I funds for occupational training and WIOA Title II funds for contextualized basic skills education bridge programs. If separate definitions were used for these two funding streams, each participant in such a program would have to demonstrate measurable skill gains in two different ways, creating barriers to working across programs rather than breaking them down. (Page 65)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
One-Stop Center offices are overseen by DES specifically monitored annually to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The State is committed to making all services, facilities and information accessible for individuals with disabilities. This applies to all programs, activities, and services provided by or made available to potential employees, volunteers, contractors, service providers, licensees, clients, and potential clients within the One-Stop system. To reinforce this commitment, all recipients and service providers are required to provide written assurance in their agreements, grants and contracts that they are committed to and will comply with the requirements of the Workforce Innovative & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 188, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and with 29 CFR Part 32 and Part 38. (Page 138)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• Expanded involvement in Council of State Administrators for VR (CSAVR) National Employment Team.
• Targeted outreach to employers, Chambers of Commerce, and employer organizations statewide.
• Increased activity with community rehabilitation programs.
• Providing disability awareness trainings to employers.
• Piloting Job Readiness Handbooks in offices.
• Implementation of job clubs in VR offices. (Page 258)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

~~Underlying the State Strategies is the guiding vision of an educated and skilled workforce which drives economic success in Arizona. This vision establishes the fundamentally interdependent relationship between the state’s advancement in business and industry and its systemic plan for producing a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the needs of a burgeoning job market within each designated industry sector. Recent efforts established in concert with the previous workforce law, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), have paved the way for an increasingly deliberate collaborative endeavor under WIOA. To realize the full mutual benefits of economic and workforce development throughout the State, Arizona has selected the following strategies, explained in detail in the table below: (Page 68)
The Workforce Administration has a primary focus on engaging and readying all jobseekers for employment and will work toward aligning workforce programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in-demand jobs, and supporting equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner-Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 78)
DES is responsible for the administration and financial oversight for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Family Assistance Administration (FAA), within the DES Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility, determines eligibility for applicants to receive SNAP, TANF and medical benefits. Individuals that are subject to federal work provisions, and who do not meet a qualifying exemption, are referred to the TANF Jobs Program or the SNA E&T Program respectively, both of which are administered by DES/DERS. (Page 87)
Expected from each of the partner groups. During these sessions the emphasis is on how TAA, WIOA Title I-B and Wagner Peyser staff will be working together as a team to offer the customer individualized comprehensive re-employment benefits and services.
Whenever possible after a lay-off occurs, Intake/Orientation sessions for the TAA and WIOA Title I-B programs are co-led and combined so the customer is being co-enrolled and observes firsthand the service integration between the two programs.
• As soon as a petition is certified, the TAA Coordinator works with the employer to get a list and contact information of all affected workers. The TAA Region office notifies all workers of their potential benefits and services available, provides program information and an application to be completed and sent back, in order to determine individual eligibility. Urgency is stressed as there are deadlines for certain benefits under the TAA program. Once an application is received, the Determination of Eligibility is completed and sent to the individual, along with the contact information for the TAA Counselors.
• The TAA Coordinator shares information with the Rapid Response Coordinator regarding the TAA petition. Rapid Response funds are used for these activities. (Page 148)
To ensure high quality training for both the participant and the employer, priority consideration will be given to training programs that are related to an in-demand occupation, aligned with career pathways and industry sectors and result in a recognized postsecondary credential. LWDAs are required to collect performance data on work-based training programs. LWDAs must not continue to contract with employers who fail to provide participants long term employment opportunities, with wages and benefits, and working conditions comparable to other employees who have worked a similar amount of time, doing the same type of work. (Page 149)
• Fair and equitable pay that includes health benefits. This is a necessity for the laborers, as well as for the safety of our nation’s food supply, and for reducing health and public assistance cost; and

• Pesticide and heat stress prevention training. Barriers that confront farm workers include, but are not limited to the following:

• Decreased demand for a farm worker labor force due to innovations in automated farming, agricultural technology, and application of chemical herbicides;

• Urban sprawl resulting in farm worker job displacement without corresponding assistance for reemployment;

• Lack of timely, reliable data and information pertinent to intrastate and interstate job openings and supportive services; (Page 171)
Programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in–demand jobs, and support equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner–Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 257)
D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
F.   COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE PROVISIONS OF INFORMED CHOICE FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(D) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 271)

School to Work Transition

~~Under the umbrella of the IGA, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides coordinated transition services to 22 schools throughout the state. DES/Rehabilitation Services has 22 Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA) with PEAs to provide enhanced transition services. The TPCAs are commonly known as Transition from School to Work (TSW) programs.
DES/Rehabilitation Services works to engage students as early as possible within their high school experience for the purpose of developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before the student exits school. To assist in the identification of an employment goal and completion of the IPE, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides opportunities for students to engage in pre–employment transition activities. These activities can include career shadowing and exploration, work adjustment trainings, disability adjustment services, and exploration of postsecondary education and training options while in high school. Services are provided help to prepare the student to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or training if appropriate, and competitive, integrated employment. (Page 219)
Students who are able to participate in the Transition School to Work (TSW) program through a Third Party Cooperative Agreement (TPCA) are afforded the opportunity to participate in a structured program of services which integrates vocational rehabilitation services into the classroom environment. These services are provided by both the local PEA staff and VR staff. Involvement in these enhanced services are intended to allow the student to learn skills necessary to ameliorate disability related barriers to achieving their postsecondary goals. PEA and VR staff will continue to develop and coordinate new transition services and expand or modify existing services to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. (Page 221)
 

Data Collection

~~The list is a resource to be used by participants in the Adult or Dislocated Worker Programs to select a training provider once an assessment has identified a need for training in order for the individual to become employable. Additionally Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) also utilize the ETPL. Many WIOA participants have barriers to employment, and local areas are successful at matching the individuals to suitable training. However, up to this point, Arizona has not been emphasizing the need to have providers that serve individuals with a disability. Core partners will need to ensure that rural areas have adequate access to providers, reviewing the availability of computer/Internet-based training. There are reciprocal agreements with Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah and their ETPL providers, and Arizona plans to add more reciprocal agreements with other states to increase training options. Among the issues that need to be addressed are the development of a comprehensive monitoring process and improved performance data collection. (Page 44)
• Arizona Job Connection System. Both the Workforce Development (Title I–B) and Employment Service (Title III) partners use the Arizona Job Connection (AJC), a comprehensive workforce case management and reporting system managed by America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA). AJC will provide case management, data collection and reporting capabilities for U.S. DOL programs to include: Veterans, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Re–employment, Trade Assistance, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit. There is flexibility to include other workforce–related programs such as the Jobs Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNA E&T). In addition, AJC will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DES and local ARIZONA@WORK Job Center partners in managing the activities of program participants. AJC consists of a comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL under the reporting requirements. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. (Page 51)
The DES Data Security Unit has developed a designated and secure e-mail address for the Unemployment Insurance Program, which Employment Service staff use to notify them of potential issues that may require adjudication by Unemployment Insurance staff. Employment Service staff are trained to identify all potential issues that may affect a claimant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits (Page 162)
This strategy will support the customer-centric goal of Arizona’s workforce system by facilitating coordination of services and preventing service duplication. Partners intend for the data sharing agreements to include access to unemployment insurance wage record information as authorized by state law. The use of cross-system data matches, or data linking across core programs, will provide the data required to establish a workforce system informed by a data-driven decision making model. For example, data matches can identify successful programs in terms of placement, retention or wage growth. These successful programs can be targeted for growth and development. Underlying components of all strategies concerning data include the identification and maintenance for secure process for data collections, storage, transmission, and evaluation, along with adherence to all security protocols. (Page 86)
AJC is the comprehensive Internet-based workforce data system used by DES/DERS for WIOA Title I and Title III for case management, job bank, training provider listing, data collection, and reporting. Through data sharing agreements, AJC allows communication and efficiencies between DES and LWDA staff and providers in managing activities of workforce participants.
AJC features comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. Further, AJC will:
• Meet the service, tracking, reporting and follow-up requirements under the U.S. DOL’s performance measures for the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser Act and/or their successors; (Page 105)
Local adult education providers input program and participant data according to policy and have full access to their own data and reports for program improvement purposes. State staff can access all data at both the statewide and provider level to assist in desk monitoring efforts and to inform professional development needs across the State. In addition to adult education data collection, the Benchmark system manages high school equivalency testing records from 1942 to the present, collaborates with high school equivalency testing vendors for real-time access to score reports, provides data matching of secondary diploma receipt to the educational database, issues diplomas and transcripts to high school equivalency testing candidates, and provides access to transcript verification for third-parties through a secured web-based portal upon request by the high school equivalency testing candidate. Additional features provided by Benchmark Integrated Technology Services include: (Page 106)
• Option 1 - Develop a web-based system that leverages the existing data management systems of the state for maximum secure data sharing with minimal new cost investment. A web-based system meets the unique and combined needs of the core partners by facilitating client identification, streamlined access to participant information, and data collection across core programs. (Page 126)
At this time, real-time reporting is not possible due to multiple data systems and, lack of participant identifiers. Until system interoperability is fully realized, the core partners will create a work plan identifying required data elements, timelines for transmission, and responsible parties for all partners to meet WIOA reporting requirements. All partners will submit data to DERS for data collection and submission of combined reports. (Page 128)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

~~Workgroups were formed across task forces to address priority issues, and WIOA Resources and Planning Tools have been posted on the DES/DERS website at https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/az_wioa_implementation_report_012315.pdf. Workgroup members developed strategies and related action steps in the areas of communication, data, career pathways, sector strategies and common processes for core partners. (Page 8)
During the WIOA Transition Year, Arizona Adult Education implemented activities to address the intent of WIOA reauthorization, including assisting adults in obtaining employability skills such as critical thinking and communication; the integration of workforce preparation into literacy activities; career pathways and postsecondary bridge program models; the expansion of distance and hybrid learning services to extend learning beyond the classroom; and the improvement of instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math and English language acquisition. Arizona Adult Education programs are currently funded to provide the following services to adult learners:
• Adult Basic Education (ABE), including instruction in reading, writing, and math up to the 8th grade level;
• Adult Secondary Education (ASE), including preparation for testing leading to a high school equivalency diploma; (Page 46)
Goal 1. Create Partnerships and Strengthen Communication Strategy
1.  Raise Awareness and Build a Comprehensive Network of Partners Strategy
2.  Formalize Communication Between Economic and Workforce Development Partners at the Statewide and Local Levels Strategy
3.  Align Policies and Procedures Across Core Partners, Facilitating Collaboration, Data Sharing, and Alignment of Services
Goal 2. Promote a Customer-Centric System Strategy
4.  Develop a Workforce System and Services Accessible to All Employers and Jobseekers, Including Individuals with Barriers Strategy
5.  Integrate Standard and Consistent Processes Across Core Partners to Facilitate a Seamless Delivery of Services Strategy 6. Implement Consistent, High-Quality Staff Training Across Core Partners
Goal 3. Grow and Develop a Skilled Workforce Strategy
7.  Identify and Respond to High-Demand and Growing Industry/Employment Sectors at Local and Statewide Levels Strategy
8.  Establish Model Career Pathways, Including Portable and Stackable Credentials and Soft-Skills Training, for Designated Industry Sectors Strategy
9.  Implement Increased Opportunities for Alternative Training and Education, Including Work-Based Training and Registered Apprenticeships
Goal 4. Strengthen Data Utility and Reporting Strategy
10.  Establish Process of Data Linking Across Core Programs to Ensure Core Programs Are Able to Share Key Data Elements for Shared Clients Strategy
11.  Promote Evidence-Based and Data-Driven Decision Making Strategy
12.  Identify and Document Obstacles and Establish Continuous Improvement Through Outcomes Analysis and Reporting (Page 68)
 

Employment Networks

~~• Insufficient Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation. As of the end of FFY 2015, 4,171 persons with disabilities are waiting for VR to receive additional funding so they can begin services to circumvent or ameliorate their disability–related barriers to employment and get back to work. Since 2009, the VR program has only been able to serve individuals with the most significant disability–related needs (Priority Category One). As all funding is limited, the VR program must rely on Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCAs), Interagency Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding with public, non–profit agencies to supplement 50 percent of the non–federal dollars needed just to continue serving the individuals in Priority Category One. Information and referral services are provided to individuals who are eligible but placed on a waitlist. Clients are given information about local community resources where they may be able to obtain employment related assistance. Clients who are eligible but placed on a waitlist for services are contacted via mail every six months in order to determine if they are still interested in VR services and want to remain on the wait list, no longer want or need VR services, or believe that there has been a change in their disability and would like to discuss options with their counselor. VR staff is tasked to follow up with any client who requests to speak with program staff about their disability. Referral information to the ARIZONA@WORK Job Centers and Employment Networks is provided in this communication to the client as well. (Page 54)
DES/Rehabilitation Services has five active Partnership Plus agreements with Employment Networks (ENs) within the context of the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work (TTW) program. These agreements are designed to establish an understanding of the reciprocal referral process flow between agencies for individuals who have a TTW. DES/Rehabilitation Services is promoting the use of these agreements to the CRP providers who function as ENs, encouraging involvement in the provision of extended supports to clients after they have met a successful employment outcome with VR. (Page 223)
Collaboration with Employment Networks
DES/Rehabilitation Services has established five Memorandum of Understanding agreements with local providers for the provision of ongoing Partnership Plus services. Dedicated Rehabilitation Services staff continues to encourage provider agencies to become Employment Networks through the Social Security Ticket to Work program. Provider agencies will then provide extended supports following the successful conclusion of VR services to clients who are Ticket to Work participants. (Page 224)
• The overall fiscal constraints of being in an Order of Selection and serving only those individuals with the most significant disabilities hampered the ability to serve a greater number of individuals.
• Lack of active and local Employment Networks in Arizona.
• Inability to hire an additional Employer Coordinator to replace Pima County coordinator (Page 259)
Financial resources include long term supports provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Behavioral Health System. Additional sources such as a Plan to Achieve Self–Sufficiency (PASS) or Impairment Work Related Expense (IRWE) plan is available to individuals who receive Social Security award monies. Arizona holds agreements with five Employment Networks who may support individuals in employment after case closure from VR. Through collaboration with the Councils of Governments (COGs), Social Security Block Grant dollars are also utilized to provide extended support services after closure from VR. Natural supports in an employment setting can be developed while the client is receiving VR supported services. VR staff may also provide training to managers, supervisors, and coworkers in order to develop natural supports within the competitive and integrated employment setting. (Page 262)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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

“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

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 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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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
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“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
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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
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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
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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
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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

~~“With over 1.6 million Arizonans enrolled in AHCCCS, Medicaid has a far greater responsibility for impacting population health. Despite past innovation, we have an opportunity and obligation to do more. The goals of Modernizing Arizona Medicaid are to: (1) Engage Arizonans to take charge of their health; (2) Make Medicaid a temporary option; and (3) Promote a quality product at the most affordable price.AHCCCS will seek waiver authority to implement new programs and processes to carry this momentum forward to meet future challenges and respond to current economic realities through the AHCCCS CARE plan.”. 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 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

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~No specific disability related information found.

Customized Employment

~~Persons with Serious Mental Illness (SMI): An Intergovernmental Agreement between DES/Rehabilitation Services and the Arizona Department of Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services exists to coordinate services to mutual clients. VR counselors are assigned to work with behavioral health clinical teams throughout the state in order to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction in the provision of customized employment and vocational services.
Native Americans: Memorandums of Understanding with the American Indian VR Programs of the Navajo, Tohono O’odham, White Mountain Apache, Fort Mojave, Hopi, and Salt River Pima nations have been developed for the purpose of coordinating services to American Indians with disabilities that reside both on and off the reservation as well as provide technical assistance in areas of mutual interest.
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 217)
Persons with Developmental Disabilities within the Foster Care System: Rehabilitation Services and DDD have a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance program delivery methods and provide customized employment services to mutual clients within the foster care system. Coordination, cooperation and collaboration between agencies will be facilitated by dedicated staff positions in an effort to provide and expand a continuum of comprehensive vocational services to the identified population.  (Page 218)
• Provision of resources and strategies to help individuals with disabilities achieve competitive integrated employment, including customized employment and supported employment.
Increased access to supported employment and customized employment services for individuals with the most significant disabilities, including youth with the most significant disabilities, receiving services under the State VR and Supported Employment programs.
• Integration of the State VR program into the workforce development system. (Page 233)
 

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~To remove barriers across programs, the programs will work together to create one common menu of options for determining how skill gains will be measured that is based on each individual participant’s starting point, not their funding source. Creating a common menu of options, rather than using separate definitions, will encourage co-enrollment across the core programs for youth and adults, as well as create opportunities for contextualized learning. For example, a common menu could support increased use of contextualized education and training, blending WIOA Title I funds for occupational training and WIOA Title II funds for contextualized basic skills education bridge programs. If separate definitions were used for these two funding streams, each participant in such a program would have to demonstrate measurable skill gains in two different ways, creating barriers to working across programs rather than breaking them down. (Page 65)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria.
One-Stop Center offices are overseen by DES specifically monitored annually to ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. The State is committed to making all services, facilities and information accessible for individuals with disabilities. This applies to all programs, activities, and services provided by or made available to potential employees, volunteers, contractors, service providers, licensees, clients, and potential clients within the One-Stop system. To reinforce this commitment, all recipients and service providers are required to provide written assurance in their agreements, grants and contracts that they are committed to and will comply with the requirements of the Workforce Innovative & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 188, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and with 29 CFR Part 32 and Part 38. (Page 138)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No specific disability related information found.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~• Expanded involvement in Council of State Administrators for VR (CSAVR) National Employment Team.
• Targeted outreach to employers, Chambers of Commerce, and employer organizations statewide.
• Increased activity with community rehabilitation programs.
• Providing disability awareness trainings to employers.
• Piloting Job Readiness Handbooks in offices.
• Implementation of job clubs in VR offices. (Page 258)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

Benefits

~~Underlying the State Strategies is the guiding vision of an educated and skilled workforce which drives economic success in Arizona. This vision establishes the fundamentally interdependent relationship between the state’s advancement in business and industry and its systemic plan for producing a pipeline of qualified workers to meet the needs of a burgeoning job market within each designated industry sector. Recent efforts established in concert with the previous workforce law, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), have paved the way for an increasingly deliberate collaborative endeavor under WIOA. To realize the full mutual benefits of economic and workforce development throughout the State, Arizona has selected the following strategies, explained in detail in the table below: (Page 68)
The Workforce Administration has a primary focus on engaging and readying all jobseekers for employment and will work toward aligning workforce programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in-demand jobs, and supporting equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner-Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 78)
DES is responsible for the administration and financial oversight for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Family Assistance Administration (FAA), within the DES Division of Benefits and Medical Eligibility, determines eligibility for applicants to receive SNAP, TANF and medical benefits. Individuals that are subject to federal work provisions, and who do not meet a qualifying exemption, are referred to the TANF Jobs Program or the SNA E&T Program respectively, both of which are administered by DES/DERS. (Page 87)
Expected from each of the partner groups. During these sessions the emphasis is on how TAA, WIOA Title I-B and Wagner Peyser staff will be working together as a team to offer the customer individualized comprehensive re-employment benefits and services.
Whenever possible after a lay-off occurs, Intake/Orientation sessions for the TAA and WIOA Title I-B programs are co-led and combined so the customer is being co-enrolled and observes firsthand the service integration between the two programs.
• As soon as a petition is certified, the TAA Coordinator works with the employer to get a list and contact information of all affected workers. The TAA Region office notifies all workers of their potential benefits and services available, provides program information and an application to be completed and sent back, in order to determine individual eligibility. Urgency is stressed as there are deadlines for certain benefits under the TAA program. Once an application is received, the Determination of Eligibility is completed and sent to the individual, along with the contact information for the TAA Counselors.
• The TAA Coordinator shares information with the Rapid Response Coordinator regarding the TAA petition. Rapid Response funds are used for these activities. (Page 148)
To ensure high quality training for both the participant and the employer, priority consideration will be given to training programs that are related to an in-demand occupation, aligned with career pathways and industry sectors and result in a recognized postsecondary credential. LWDAs are required to collect performance data on work-based training programs. LWDAs must not continue to contract with employers who fail to provide participants long term employment opportunities, with wages and benefits, and working conditions comparable to other employees who have worked a similar amount of time, doing the same type of work. (Page 149)
• Fair and equitable pay that includes health benefits. This is a necessity for the laborers, as well as for the safety of our nation’s food supply, and for reducing health and public assistance cost; and

• Pesticide and heat stress prevention training. Barriers that confront farm workers include, but are not limited to the following:

• Decreased demand for a farm worker labor force due to innovations in automated farming, agricultural technology, and application of chemical herbicides;

• Urban sprawl resulting in farm worker job displacement without corresponding assistance for reemployment;

• Lack of timely, reliable data and information pertinent to intrastate and interstate job openings and supportive services; (Page 171)
Programs for a seamless and accessible workforce system that is inclusive of all jobseekers, connecting jobseekers with in–demand jobs, and support equal access to services and employment opportunities for all jobseekers, including those with barriers and disabilities. Active and strategic engagement and partnerships with educational partners and institutions in coordination with economic development agencies will further support positive outcomes for the employer and the jobseeker. Unemployment Benefits, VR and associated programs and many of the Wagner–Peyser and workforce programs will be housed within the DERS Workforce Administration. (Page 257)
D.   DETERMINE WHETHER COMPARABLE SERVICES AND BENEFITS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE INDIVIDUAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 101(A)(8) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
E.   COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN FOR EMPLOYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(B) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT.
F.   COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS REGARDING THE PROVISIONS OF INFORMED CHOICE FOR ALL APPLICANTS AND ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 102(D) OF THE REHABILITATION ACT. (Page 271)

School to Work Transition

~~Under the umbrella of the IGA, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides coordinated transition services to 22 schools throughout the state. DES/Rehabilitation Services has 22 Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCA) with PEAs to provide enhanced transition services. The TPCAs are commonly known as Transition from School to Work (TSW) programs.
DES/Rehabilitation Services works to engage students as early as possible within their high school experience for the purpose of developing an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) before the student exits school. To assist in the identification of an employment goal and completion of the IPE, DES/Rehabilitation Services provides opportunities for students to engage in pre–employment transition activities. These activities can include career shadowing and exploration, work adjustment trainings, disability adjustment services, and exploration of postsecondary education and training options while in high school. Services are provided help to prepare the student to successfully transition from high school to postsecondary education or training if appropriate, and competitive, integrated employment. (Page 219)
Students who are able to participate in the Transition School to Work (TSW) program through a Third Party Cooperative Agreement (TPCA) are afforded the opportunity to participate in a structured program of services which integrates vocational rehabilitation services into the classroom environment. These services are provided by both the local PEA staff and VR staff. Involvement in these enhanced services are intended to allow the student to learn skills necessary to ameliorate disability related barriers to achieving their postsecondary goals. PEA and VR staff will continue to develop and coordinate new transition services and expand or modify existing services to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. (Page 221)
 

Data Collection

~~The list is a resource to be used by participants in the Adult or Dislocated Worker Programs to select a training provider once an assessment has identified a need for training in order for the individual to become employable. Additionally Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) also utilize the ETPL. Many WIOA participants have barriers to employment, and local areas are successful at matching the individuals to suitable training. However, up to this point, Arizona has not been emphasizing the need to have providers that serve individuals with a disability. Core partners will need to ensure that rural areas have adequate access to providers, reviewing the availability of computer/Internet-based training. There are reciprocal agreements with Montana, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah and their ETPL providers, and Arizona plans to add more reciprocal agreements with other states to increase training options. Among the issues that need to be addressed are the development of a comprehensive monitoring process and improved performance data collection. (Page 44)
• Arizona Job Connection System. Both the Workforce Development (Title I–B) and Employment Service (Title III) partners use the Arizona Job Connection (AJC), a comprehensive workforce case management and reporting system managed by America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA). AJC will provide case management, data collection and reporting capabilities for U.S. DOL programs to include: Veterans, Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers, Re–employment, Trade Assistance, and Work Opportunity Tax Credit. There is flexibility to include other workforce–related programs such as the Jobs Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment and Training (SNA E&T). In addition, AJC will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DES and local ARIZONA@WORK Job Center partners in managing the activities of program participants. AJC consists of a comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL under the reporting requirements. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. (Page 51)
The DES Data Security Unit has developed a designated and secure e-mail address for the Unemployment Insurance Program, which Employment Service staff use to notify them of potential issues that may require adjudication by Unemployment Insurance staff. Employment Service staff are trained to identify all potential issues that may affect a claimant’s eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits (Page 162)
This strategy will support the customer-centric goal of Arizona’s workforce system by facilitating coordination of services and preventing service duplication. Partners intend for the data sharing agreements to include access to unemployment insurance wage record information as authorized by state law. The use of cross-system data matches, or data linking across core programs, will provide the data required to establish a workforce system informed by a data-driven decision making model. For example, data matches can identify successful programs in terms of placement, retention or wage growth. These successful programs can be targeted for growth and development. Underlying components of all strategies concerning data include the identification and maintenance for secure process for data collections, storage, transmission, and evaluation, along with adherence to all security protocols. (Page 86)
AJC is the comprehensive Internet-based workforce data system used by DES/DERS for WIOA Title I and Title III for case management, job bank, training provider listing, data collection, and reporting. Through data sharing agreements, AJC allows communication and efficiencies between DES and LWDA staff and providers in managing activities of workforce participants.
AJC features comprehensive software system capable of reporting all required data to the U.S. DOL. The system requires minimal interaction to ensure data accuracy and timely reporting. Further, AJC will:
• Meet the service, tracking, reporting and follow-up requirements under the U.S. DOL’s performance measures for the WIOA, Wagner-Peyser Act and/or their successors; (Page 105)
Local adult education providers input program and participant data according to policy and have full access to their own data and reports for program improvement purposes. State staff can access all data at both the statewide and provider level to assist in desk monitoring efforts and to inform professional development needs across the State. In addition to adult education data collection, the Benchmark system manages high school equivalency testing records from 1942 to the present, collaborates with high school equivalency testing vendors for real-time access to score reports, provides data matching of secondary diploma receipt to the educational database, issues diplomas and transcripts to high school equivalency testing candidates, and provides access to transcript verification for third-parties through a secured web-based portal upon request by the high school equivalency testing candidate. Additional features provided by Benchmark Integrated Technology Services include: (Page 106)
• Option 1 - Develop a web-based system that leverages the existing data management systems of the state for maximum secure data sharing with minimal new cost investment. A web-based system meets the unique and combined needs of the core partners by facilitating client identification, streamlined access to participant information, and data collection across core programs. (Page 126)
At this time, real-time reporting is not possible due to multiple data systems and, lack of participant identifiers. Until system interoperability is fully realized, the core partners will create a work plan identifying required data elements, timelines for transmission, and responsible parties for all partners to meet WIOA reporting requirements. All partners will submit data to DERS for data collection and submission of combined reports. (Page 128)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

~~Workgroups were formed across task forces to address priority issues, and WIOA Resources and Planning Tools have been posted on the DES/DERS website at https://des.az.gov/sites/default/files/az_wioa_implementation_report_012315.pdf. Workgroup members developed strategies and related action steps in the areas of communication, data, career pathways, sector strategies and common processes for core partners. (Page 8)
During the WIOA Transition Year, Arizona Adult Education implemented activities to address the intent of WIOA reauthorization, including assisting adults in obtaining employability skills such as critical thinking and communication; the integration of workforce preparation into literacy activities; career pathways and postsecondary bridge program models; the expansion of distance and hybrid learning services to extend learning beyond the classroom; and the improvement of instruction in the areas of reading, writing, math and English language acquisition. Arizona Adult Education programs are currently funded to provide the following services to adult learners:
• Adult Basic Education (ABE), including instruction in reading, writing, and math up to the 8th grade level;
• Adult Secondary Education (ASE), including preparation for testing leading to a high school equivalency diploma; (Page 46)
Goal 1. Create Partnerships and Strengthen Communication Strategy
1.  Raise Awareness and Build a Comprehensive Network of Partners Strategy
2.  Formalize Communication Between Economic and Workforce Development Partners at the Statewide and Local Levels Strategy
3.  Align Policies and Procedures Across Core Partners, Facilitating Collaboration, Data Sharing, and Alignment of Services
Goal 2. Promote a Customer-Centric System Strategy
4.  Develop a Workforce System and Services Accessible to All Employers and Jobseekers, Including Individuals with Barriers Strategy
5.  Integrate Standard and Consistent Processes Across Core Partners to Facilitate a Seamless Delivery of Services Strategy 6. Implement Consistent, High-Quality Staff Training Across Core Partners
Goal 3. Grow and Develop a Skilled Workforce Strategy
7.  Identify and Respond to High-Demand and Growing Industry/Employment Sectors at Local and Statewide Levels Strategy
8.  Establish Model Career Pathways, Including Portable and Stackable Credentials and Soft-Skills Training, for Designated Industry Sectors Strategy
9.  Implement Increased Opportunities for Alternative Training and Education, Including Work-Based Training and Registered Apprenticeships
Goal 4. Strengthen Data Utility and Reporting Strategy
10.  Establish Process of Data Linking Across Core Programs to Ensure Core Programs Are Able to Share Key Data Elements for Shared Clients Strategy
11.  Promote Evidence-Based and Data-Driven Decision Making Strategy
12.  Identify and Document Obstacles and Establish Continuous Improvement Through Outcomes Analysis and Reporting (Page 68)
 

Employment Networks

~~• Insufficient Resources for Vocational Rehabilitation. As of the end of FFY 2015, 4,171 persons with disabilities are waiting for VR to receive additional funding so they can begin services to circumvent or ameliorate their disability–related barriers to employment and get back to work. Since 2009, the VR program has only been able to serve individuals with the most significant disability–related needs (Priority Category One). As all funding is limited, the VR program must rely on Third Party Cooperative Arrangements (TPCAs), Interagency Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding with public, non–profit agencies to supplement 50 percent of the non–federal dollars needed just to continue serving the individuals in Priority Category One. Information and referral services are provided to individuals who are eligible but placed on a waitlist. Clients are given information about local community resources where they may be able to obtain employment related assistance. Clients who are eligible but placed on a waitlist for services are contacted via mail every six months in order to determine if they are still interested in VR services and want to remain on the wait list, no longer want or need VR services, or believe that there has been a change in their disability and would like to discuss options with their counselor. VR staff is tasked to follow up with any client who requests to speak with program staff about their disability. Referral information to the ARIZONA@WORK Job Centers and Employment Networks is provided in this communication to the client as well. (Page 54)
DES/Rehabilitation Services has five active Partnership Plus agreements with Employment Networks (ENs) within the context of the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work (TTW) program. These agreements are designed to establish an understanding of the reciprocal referral process flow between agencies for individuals who have a TTW. DES/Rehabilitation Services is promoting the use of these agreements to the CRP providers who function as ENs, encouraging involvement in the provision of extended supports to clients after they have met a successful employment outcome with VR. (Page 223)
Collaboration with Employment Networks
DES/Rehabilitation Services has established five Memorandum of Understanding agreements with local providers for the provision of ongoing Partnership Plus services. Dedicated Rehabilitation Services staff continues to encourage provider agencies to become Employment Networks through the Social Security Ticket to Work program. Provider agencies will then provide extended supports following the successful conclusion of VR services to clients who are Ticket to Work participants. (Page 224)
• The overall fiscal constraints of being in an Order of Selection and serving only those individuals with the most significant disabilities hampered the ability to serve a greater number of individuals.
• Lack of active and local Employment Networks in Arizona.
• Inability to hire an additional Employer Coordinator to replace Pima County coordinator (Page 259)
Financial resources include long term supports provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities or the Behavioral Health System. Additional sources such as a Plan to Achieve Self–Sufficiency (PASS) or Impairment Work Related Expense (IRWE) plan is available to individuals who receive Social Security award monies. Arizona holds agreements with five Employment Networks who may support individuals in employment after case closure from VR. Through collaboration with the Councils of Governments (COGs), Social Security Block Grant dollars are also utilized to provide extended support services after closure from VR. Natural supports in an employment setting can be developed while the client is receiving VR supported services. VR staff may also provide training to managers, supervisors, and coworkers in order to develop natural supports within the competitive and integrated employment setting. (Page 262)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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

“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

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 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 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 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 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
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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
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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
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“Employment and Mental Illness” - 05/24/2017

~~“The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program has resources to help individuals living with mental illness thrive in school and the workplace, and live independently. DERS also provides services to individuals dealing with serious mental illness (SMI) who utilize the resources of many behavioral health clinics throughout the state.”

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

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
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“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
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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
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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
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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.

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  • Other
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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

~~“With over 1.6 million Arizonans enrolled in AHCCCS, Medicaid has a far greater responsibility for impacting population health. Despite past innovation, we have an opportunity and obligation to do more. The goals of Modernizing Arizona Medicaid are to: (1) Engage Arizonans to take charge of their health; (2) Make Medicaid a temporary option; and (3) Promote a quality product at the most affordable price.AHCCCS will seek waiver authority to implement new programs and processes to carry this momentum forward to meet future challenges and respond to current economic realities through the AHCCCS CARE plan.”. 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)