Arkansas

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The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
0.24%
Change from
2013 to 2014
2,966,369
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.65%
Change from
2013 to 2014
264,645
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.9%
Change from
2013 to 2014
77,360
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.49%
Change from
2013 to 2014
29.23%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
73.83%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 2,949,131 2,959,373 2,966,369
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,318 269,016 264,645
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,174 75,892 77,360
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,093,039 1,084,506 1,105,602
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.42% 28.21% 29.23%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.72% 72.74% 73.83%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.60% 7.40% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.70% 24.00% 24.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.70% 18.80% 17.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 238,272 246,048 239,388
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 236,170 249,954 254,012
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 376,626 396,118 395,131
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 76,415 78,688 77,040
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 13,154 12,953 11,024
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,496 4,042 4,142
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,172 2,377 1,965
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 1,540
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,723 10,904 10,554
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,010 3,824 3,028

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,024 4,002 4,022
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80% 3.70% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,597 140,953 140,453

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 8,277 6,728 6,420
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 29,918 24,031 21,474
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 39,056 34,126 31,785
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 21.20% 19.70% 20.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.10% 0.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.00% 3.20% 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00% 1.20% 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A 0.60% N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 103 24 53
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 809 768 785
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 267 283 307
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A 138 N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,016 3,018 2,753
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 8 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 6 5 8
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. 75.00% 63.00% 80.00%
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. 0.20 0.17 0.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,917
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 2 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 257 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 40 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 90 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 34 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 41.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,296 3,220
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 202,148 201,311
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 50 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 54 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.26% 52.88% 52.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.52% 13.18% 13.39%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.70% 2.57% 2.37%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.51% 89.07% 98.58%
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). 15.88% 18.42% 18.17%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 42.95% 43.88% 52.19%
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). 55.92% 58.13% 54.64%
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). 27.07% 25.46% 34.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 65 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 443
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,445
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,412

 


Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Community First Choice Development and Implementation Council - 04/07/2016

To help make sure the CFCO program is put together in the best way possible, DHS established an 18-member advisory group, called the Community First Choice Council.  It is made up of people who use services, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are aging, and people who represent people with disabilities and people who are aging… The Council will:

•          Provide input regarding the design and implementation of the CFCO and the array of services that will best meet the needs of individuals.

•          Provide input for the development of the consumer-directed components of the CFC.

•          Assist the State with identifying and addressing issues related to helping move services for individuals currently receiving other home and community-based services to the CFCO program to assure a seamless transition and continuity of service.

•          Advise the State on strategies to ensure high quality of services that incorporates a continuous quality improvement design.

•          Provide ongoing input into the operations of the CFCO during the implementation phase

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

“The Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) has funds available to support customized employment efforts that would promote employment opportunities and trainings for at least 15 individuals with ID/DD, broaden job choices with independence, productivity, and integration into the community and encourage the business communities to offer employment opportunities for individuals with ID/DD which will assist with developing and strengthening relationships with members of the business communities.”

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

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Department of Human Services “Supported Employment”

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Support Employment program is available to persons with most severe disabilities. It has the goal of assisting them in getting competitive employment in an integrated setting and earnings that are equal or greater than the minimum wage. Providers refer people Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and all referrals for supported employment services are through that agency. Supported Employment Services include: • Job development with placement in competitive and integrated employment • Job Coach negotiates job accommodations and essential job duties to be performed • Job Coach provides on-the-job training until person can perform all required job duties • Job Coach fades as person uses natural supports • Long term support for duration of employment via transition from ARS services to DDS services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Working Disabled Program"

This program supports individuals with disabilities to work in the public sector while maintaining benefits.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors (VRTC) will be assigned to work in the high schools. The VRTC will also work to identify the family and community resources necessary to help the students gain the training and educational experiences they need to improve their transition outcomes as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Your In-School Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor (VRTC) will be available to:

·         Work with the student to discover their interests and life goals

·         Work with the school to Discover the student’s strengths and weaknesses in an effort develop the student’s strengths.

·         Work with the family to Discover untapped resources that can be utilized to help facilitate training and development.

·         Work with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development.

·         Work with businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to discover job training opportunities.

·         Work with all identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

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

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Balancing Incentive Program - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

[Ticket to Work] of the Social Security Administration is designed as an incentive to encourage SSI/SSDI claimants to find ways to return to work, if possible...As the primary point of contact for the Division of Rehabilitation Services' Ticket to Work matters, the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) Ticket to Work Center works directly with ARS offices to facilitate assignment of the Consumer's Ticket to the Agency...Consumers (SSI/SSDI claimants) often call the center after receiving a TTW for advice and information regarding how to use their ticket appropriately. The TTW Center encourages them to contact the ARS field counselor in their area to explore possible return-to-work strategies and may also refer them to other agencies for specialized assistance. The TTW Center has a direct and positive working relationship with Maximus, the contract agency for SSA/TTW.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program .  

 

 

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

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

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's Family Leadership Project

 

Conducted annually by the DD Council, the Family Leadership Project is designed to educate and inform parents, guardians and individuals with developmental disabilities. The program’s primary purpose is to assist graduates in effectively participating in the development of policies, programs services and supports that directly impact their lives and the lives of family members.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the 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)

Arkansas Community First Choice

The Community First Choice Option is a Medicaid-funded program that will provide a broad range of home and community-based services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, age-related disabilities and behavioral health needs.  It is specifically intended for those individuals who, without services and supports, would be unable to care for themselves at home and would need to enter a nursing home or other institutional setting. The program will be available to all who are eligible – no more long waiting lists of people who need help.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
0.24%
Change from
2013 to 2014
2,966,369
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.65%
Change from
2013 to 2014
264,645
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.9%
Change from
2013 to 2014
77,360
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.49%
Change from
2013 to 2014
29.23%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
73.83%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 2,949,131 2,959,373 2,966,369
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,318 269,016 264,645
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,174 75,892 77,360
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,093,039 1,084,506 1,105,602
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.42% 28.21% 29.23%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.72% 72.74% 73.83%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.60% 7.40% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.70% 24.00% 24.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.70% 18.80% 17.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 238,272 246,048 239,388
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 236,170 249,954 254,012
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 376,626 396,118 395,131
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 76,415 78,688 77,040
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 13,154 12,953 11,024
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,496 4,042 4,142
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,172 2,377 1,965
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 1,540
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,723 10,904 10,554
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,010 3,824 3,028

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,024 4,002 4,022
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80% 3.70% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,597 140,953 140,453

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 8,277 6,728 6,420
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 29,918 24,031 21,474
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 39,056 34,126 31,785
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 21.20% 19.70% 20.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.10% 0.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.00% 3.20% 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00% 1.20% 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A 0.60% N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 103 24 53
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 809 768 785
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 267 283 307
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A 138 N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,016 3,018 2,753
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 8 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 6 5 8
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. 75.00% 63.00% 80.00%
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. 0.20 0.17 0.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,917
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 2 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 257 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 40 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 90 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 34 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 41.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,296 3,220
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 202,148 201,311
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 50 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 54 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.26% 52.88% 52.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.52% 13.18% 13.39%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.70% 2.57% 2.37%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.51% 89.07% 98.58%
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). 15.88% 18.42% 18.17%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 42.95% 43.88% 52.19%
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). 55.92% 58.13% 54.64%
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). 27.07% 25.46% 34.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 65 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 443
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,445
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,412

 

Legislation


Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Executive Orders


Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Community First Choice Development and Implementation Council - 04/07/2016

To help make sure the CFCO program is put together in the best way possible, DHS established an 18-member advisory group, called the Community First Choice Council.  It is made up of people who use services, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are aging, and people who represent people with disabilities and people who are aging… The Council will:

•          Provide input regarding the design and implementation of the CFCO and the array of services that will best meet the needs of individuals.

•          Provide input for the development of the consumer-directed components of the CFC.

•          Assist the State with identifying and addressing issues related to helping move services for individuals currently receiving other home and community-based services to the CFCO program to assure a seamless transition and continuity of service.

•          Advise the State on strategies to ensure high quality of services that incorporates a continuous quality improvement design.

•          Provide ongoing input into the operations of the CFCO during the implementation phase

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

“The Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) has funds available to support customized employment efforts that would promote employment opportunities and trainings for at least 15 individuals with ID/DD, broaden job choices with independence, productivity, and integration into the community and encourage the business communities to offer employment opportunities for individuals with ID/DD which will assist with developing and strengthening relationships with members of the business communities.”

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

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Department of Human Services “Supported Employment”

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Support Employment program is available to persons with most severe disabilities. It has the goal of assisting them in getting competitive employment in an integrated setting and earnings that are equal or greater than the minimum wage. Providers refer people Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and all referrals for supported employment services are through that agency. Supported Employment Services include: • Job development with placement in competitive and integrated employment • Job Coach negotiates job accommodations and essential job duties to be performed • Job Coach provides on-the-job training until person can perform all required job duties • Job Coach fades as person uses natural supports • Long term support for duration of employment via transition from ARS services to DDS services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Working Disabled Program"

This program supports individuals with disabilities to work in the public sector while maintaining benefits.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors (VRTC) will be assigned to work in the high schools. The VRTC will also work to identify the family and community resources necessary to help the students gain the training and educational experiences they need to improve their transition outcomes as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Your In-School Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor (VRTC) will be available to:

·         Work with the student to discover their interests and life goals

·         Work with the school to Discover the student’s strengths and weaknesses in an effort develop the student’s strengths.

·         Work with the family to Discover untapped resources that can be utilized to help facilitate training and development.

·         Work with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development.

·         Work with businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to discover job training opportunities.

·         Work with all identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

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

Partnerships


Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Arkansas Balancing Incentive Program - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

[Ticket to Work] of the Social Security Administration is designed as an incentive to encourage SSI/SSDI claimants to find ways to return to work, if possible...As the primary point of contact for the Division of Rehabilitation Services' Ticket to Work matters, the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) Ticket to Work Center works directly with ARS offices to facilitate assignment of the Consumer's Ticket to the Agency...Consumers (SSI/SSDI claimants) often call the center after receiving a TTW for advice and information regarding how to use their ticket appropriately. The TTW Center encourages them to contact the ARS field counselor in their area to explore possible return-to-work strategies and may also refer them to other agencies for specialized assistance. The TTW Center has a direct and positive working relationship with Maximus, the contract agency for SSA/TTW.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program .  

 

 

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's Family Leadership Project

 

Conducted annually by the DD Council, the Family Leadership Project is designed to educate and inform parents, guardians and individuals with developmental disabilities. The program’s primary purpose is to assist graduates in effectively participating in the development of policies, programs services and supports that directly impact their lives and the lives of family members.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the 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)

Arkansas Community First Choice

The Community First Choice Option is a Medicaid-funded program that will provide a broad range of home and community-based services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, age-related disabilities and behavioral health needs.  It is specifically intended for those individuals who, without services and supports, would be unable to care for themselves at home and would need to enter a nursing home or other institutional setting. The program will be available to all who are eligible – no more long waiting lists of people who need help.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
0.24%
Change from
2013 to 2014
2,966,369
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.65%
Change from
2013 to 2014
264,645
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.9%
Change from
2013 to 2014
77,360
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.49%
Change from
2013 to 2014
29.23%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
73.83%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 2,949,131 2,959,373 2,966,369
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 258,318 269,016 264,645
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,174 75,892 77,360
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,093,039 1,084,506 1,105,602
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.42% 28.21% 29.23%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.72% 72.74% 73.83%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.60% 7.40% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 25.70% 24.00% 24.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.70% 18.80% 17.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 238,272 246,048 239,388
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 236,170 249,954 254,012
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 376,626 396,118 395,131
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 76,415 78,688 77,040
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 13,154 12,953 11,024
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,496 4,042 4,142
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,172 2,377 1,965
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 1,540
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,723 10,904 10,554
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,010 3,824 3,028

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,024 4,002 4,022
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80% 3.70% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,597 140,953 140,453

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 8,277 6,728 6,420
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 29,918 24,031 21,474
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 39,056 34,126 31,785
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 21.20% 19.70% 20.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.10% 0.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.00% 3.20% 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00% 1.20% 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A 0.60% N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 103 24 53
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 809 768 785
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 267 283 307
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A 138 N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,016 3,018 2,753
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 8 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 6 5 8
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. 75.00% 63.00% 80.00%
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. 0.20 0.17 0.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,917
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 2 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 257 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 40 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 90 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 34 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 41.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 3,296 3,220
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 202,148 201,311
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 50 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 54 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.26% 52.88% 52.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.52% 13.18% 13.39%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.70% 2.57% 2.37%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.51% 89.07% 98.58%
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). 15.88% 18.42% 18.17%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 42.95% 43.88% 52.19%
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). 55.92% 58.13% 54.64%
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). 27.07% 25.46% 34.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 65 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 443
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,445
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,412

 

Legislation


Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Executive Orders


Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Community First Choice Development and Implementation Council - 04/07/2016

To help make sure the CFCO program is put together in the best way possible, DHS established an 18-member advisory group, called the Community First Choice Council.  It is made up of people who use services, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are aging, and people who represent people with disabilities and people who are aging… The Council will:

•          Provide input regarding the design and implementation of the CFCO and the array of services that will best meet the needs of individuals.

•          Provide input for the development of the consumer-directed components of the CFC.

•          Assist the State with identifying and addressing issues related to helping move services for individuals currently receiving other home and community-based services to the CFCO program to assure a seamless transition and continuity of service.

•          Advise the State on strategies to ensure high quality of services that incorporates a continuous quality improvement design.

•          Provide ongoing input into the operations of the CFCO during the implementation phase

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

“The Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) has funds available to support customized employment efforts that would promote employment opportunities and trainings for at least 15 individuals with ID/DD, broaden job choices with independence, productivity, and integration into the community and encourage the business communities to offer employment opportunities for individuals with ID/DD which will assist with developing and strengthening relationships with members of the business communities.”

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

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Department of Human Services “Supported Employment”

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Support Employment program is available to persons with most severe disabilities. It has the goal of assisting them in getting competitive employment in an integrated setting and earnings that are equal or greater than the minimum wage. Providers refer people Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and all referrals for supported employment services are through that agency. Supported Employment Services include: • Job development with placement in competitive and integrated employment • Job Coach negotiates job accommodations and essential job duties to be performed • Job Coach provides on-the-job training until person can perform all required job duties • Job Coach fades as person uses natural supports • Long term support for duration of employment via transition from ARS services to DDS services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Working Disabled Program"

This program supports individuals with disabilities to work in the public sector while maintaining benefits.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors (VRTC) will be assigned to work in the high schools. The VRTC will also work to identify the family and community resources necessary to help the students gain the training and educational experiences they need to improve their transition outcomes as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Your In-School Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor (VRTC) will be available to:

·         Work with the student to discover their interests and life goals

·         Work with the school to Discover the student’s strengths and weaknesses in an effort develop the student’s strengths.

·         Work with the family to Discover untapped resources that can be utilized to help facilitate training and development.

·         Work with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development.

·         Work with businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to discover job training opportunities.

·         Work with all identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

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

Partnerships


Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Arkansas Balancing Incentive Program - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

[Ticket to Work] of the Social Security Administration is designed as an incentive to encourage SSI/SSDI claimants to find ways to return to work, if possible...As the primary point of contact for the Division of Rehabilitation Services' Ticket to Work matters, the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) Ticket to Work Center works directly with ARS offices to facilitate assignment of the Consumer's Ticket to the Agency...Consumers (SSI/SSDI claimants) often call the center after receiving a TTW for advice and information regarding how to use their ticket appropriately. The TTW Center encourages them to contact the ARS field counselor in their area to explore possible return-to-work strategies and may also refer them to other agencies for specialized assistance. The TTW Center has a direct and positive working relationship with Maximus, the contract agency for SSA/TTW.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program .  

 

 

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's Family Leadership Project

 

Conducted annually by the DD Council, the Family Leadership Project is designed to educate and inform parents, guardians and individuals with developmental disabilities. The program’s primary purpose is to assist graduates in effectively participating in the development of policies, programs services and supports that directly impact their lives and the lives of family members.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the 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)

Arkansas Community First Choice

The Community First Choice Option is a Medicaid-funded program that will provide a broad range of home and community-based services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, age-related disabilities and behavioral health needs.  It is specifically intended for those individuals who, without services and supports, would be unable to care for themselves at home and would need to enter a nursing home or other institutional setting. The program will be available to all who are eligible – no more long waiting lists of people who need help.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
0.24%
Change from
2013 to 2014
2,966,369
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.65%
Change from
2013 to 2014
264,645
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.9%
Change from
2013 to 2014
77,360
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.49%
Change from
2013 to 2014
29.23%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
73.83%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 2,966,369
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 264,645
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 77,360
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,105,602
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 29.23%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.83%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 239,388
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 254,012
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 395,131
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 77,040
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,024
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,142
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,965
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,540
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,554
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,028

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,022
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,453

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,420
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 21,474
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 31,785
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 53
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 785
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 307
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,753
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
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. 80.00%
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. 0.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,220
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 201,311
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

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.39%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.37%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.58%
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). 18.17%
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). 52.19%
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). 54.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 34.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 443
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,445
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,412

 

Legislation


Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Executive Orders


Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Community First Choice Development and Implementation Council - 04/07/2016

To help make sure the CFCO program is put together in the best way possible, DHS established an 18-member advisory group, called the Community First Choice Council.  It is made up of people who use services, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are aging, and people who represent people with disabilities and people who are aging… The Council will:

•          Provide input regarding the design and implementation of the CFCO and the array of services that will best meet the needs of individuals.

•          Provide input for the development of the consumer-directed components of the CFC.

•          Assist the State with identifying and addressing issues related to helping move services for individuals currently receiving other home and community-based services to the CFCO program to assure a seamless transition and continuity of service.

•          Advise the State on strategies to ensure high quality of services that incorporates a continuous quality improvement design.

•          Provide ongoing input into the operations of the CFCO during the implementation phase

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

“The Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) has funds available to support customized employment efforts that would promote employment opportunities and trainings for at least 15 individuals with ID/DD, broaden job choices with independence, productivity, and integration into the community and encourage the business communities to offer employment opportunities for individuals with ID/DD which will assist with developing and strengthening relationships with members of the business communities.”

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

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Department of Human Services “Supported Employment”

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Support Employment program is available to persons with most severe disabilities. It has the goal of assisting them in getting competitive employment in an integrated setting and earnings that are equal or greater than the minimum wage. Providers refer people Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and all referrals for supported employment services are through that agency. Supported Employment Services include: • Job development with placement in competitive and integrated employment • Job Coach negotiates job accommodations and essential job duties to be performed • Job Coach provides on-the-job training until person can perform all required job duties • Job Coach fades as person uses natural supports • Long term support for duration of employment via transition from ARS services to DDS services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Working Disabled Program"

This program supports individuals with disabilities to work in the public sector while maintaining benefits.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors (VRTC) will be assigned to work in the high schools. The VRTC will also work to identify the family and community resources necessary to help the students gain the training and educational experiences they need to improve their transition outcomes as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Your In-School Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor (VRTC) will be available to:

·         Work with the student to discover their interests and life goals

·         Work with the school to Discover the student’s strengths and weaknesses in an effort develop the student’s strengths.

·         Work with the family to Discover untapped resources that can be utilized to help facilitate training and development.

·         Work with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development.

·         Work with businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to discover job training opportunities.

·         Work with all identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

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

Partnerships


Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Arkansas Balancing Incentive Program - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

[Ticket to Work] of the Social Security Administration is designed as an incentive to encourage SSI/SSDI claimants to find ways to return to work, if possible...As the primary point of contact for the Division of Rehabilitation Services' Ticket to Work matters, the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) Ticket to Work Center works directly with ARS offices to facilitate assignment of the Consumer's Ticket to the Agency...Consumers (SSI/SSDI claimants) often call the center after receiving a TTW for advice and information regarding how to use their ticket appropriately. The TTW Center encourages them to contact the ARS field counselor in their area to explore possible return-to-work strategies and may also refer them to other agencies for specialized assistance. The TTW Center has a direct and positive working relationship with Maximus, the contract agency for SSA/TTW.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program .  

 

 

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's Family Leadership Project

 

Conducted annually by the DD Council, the Family Leadership Project is designed to educate and inform parents, guardians and individuals with developmental disabilities. The program’s primary purpose is to assist graduates in effectively participating in the development of policies, programs services and supports that directly impact their lives and the lives of family members.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the 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)

Arkansas Community First Choice

The Community First Choice Option is a Medicaid-funded program that will provide a broad range of home and community-based services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, age-related disabilities and behavioral health needs.  It is specifically intended for those individuals who, without services and supports, would be unable to care for themselves at home and would need to enter a nursing home or other institutional setting. The program will be available to all who are eligible – no more long waiting lists of people who need help.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers with disabilities.

2014 State Population.
0.24%
Change from
2013 to 2014
2,966,369
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.65%
Change from
2013 to 2014
264,645
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.9%
Change from
2013 to 2014
77,360
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.49%
Change from
2013 to 2014
29.23%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
73.83%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 2,966,369
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 264,645
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 77,360
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,105,602
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 29.23%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.83%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 239,388
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 254,012
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 395,131
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 77,040
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,024
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,142
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,965
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,540
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,554
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,028

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,022
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,453

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,420
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 21,474
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 31,785
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 53
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 785
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 307
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,753
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8
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. 80.00%
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. 0.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,220
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 201,311
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

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.90%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.39%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.37%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.58%
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). 18.17%
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). 52.19%
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). 54.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 34.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 443
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,445
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,412

 

Legislation


Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Executive Orders


Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Community First Choice Development and Implementation Council - 04/07/2016

To help make sure the CFCO program is put together in the best way possible, DHS established an 18-member advisory group, called the Community First Choice Council.  It is made up of people who use services, individuals with disabilities, individuals who are aging, and people who represent people with disabilities and people who are aging… The Council will:

•          Provide input regarding the design and implementation of the CFCO and the array of services that will best meet the needs of individuals.

•          Provide input for the development of the consumer-directed components of the CFC.

•          Assist the State with identifying and addressing issues related to helping move services for individuals currently receiving other home and community-based services to the CFCO program to assure a seamless transition and continuity of service.

•          Advise the State on strategies to ensure high quality of services that incorporates a continuous quality improvement design.

•          Provide ongoing input into the operations of the CFCO during the implementation phase

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

“The Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC) has funds available to support customized employment efforts that would promote employment opportunities and trainings for at least 15 individuals with ID/DD, broaden job choices with independence, productivity, and integration into the community and encourage the business communities to offer employment opportunities for individuals with ID/DD which will assist with developing and strengthening relationships with members of the business communities.”

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

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Department of Human Services “Supported Employment”

The Arkansas Department of Human Services Support Employment program is available to persons with most severe disabilities. It has the goal of assisting them in getting competitive employment in an integrated setting and earnings that are equal or greater than the minimum wage. Providers refer people Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and all referrals for supported employment services are through that agency. Supported Employment Services include: • Job development with placement in competitive and integrated employment • Job Coach negotiates job accommodations and essential job duties to be performed • Job Coach provides on-the-job training until person can perform all required job duties • Job Coach fades as person uses natural supports • Long term support for duration of employment via transition from ARS services to DDS services

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Working Disabled Program"

This program supports individuals with disabilities to work in the public sector while maintaining benefits.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselors (VRTC) will be assigned to work in the high schools. The VRTC will also work to identify the family and community resources necessary to help the students gain the training and educational experiences they need to improve their transition outcomes as they prepare for life beyond high school.

Your In-School Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Counselor (VRTC) will be available to:

·         Work with the student to discover their interests and life goals

·         Work with the school to Discover the student’s strengths and weaknesses in an effort develop the student’s strengths.

·         Work with the family to Discover untapped resources that can be utilized to help facilitate training and development.

·         Work with the community to discover resources to support the student in their training and development.

·         Work with businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to discover job training opportunities.

·         Work with all identifiable resources necessary to help the student make a successful transition from high school to adult life.

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

Partnerships


Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Arkansas Balancing Incentive Program - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

[Ticket to Work] of the Social Security Administration is designed as an incentive to encourage SSI/SSDI claimants to find ways to return to work, if possible...As the primary point of contact for the Division of Rehabilitation Services' Ticket to Work matters, the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) Ticket to Work Center works directly with ARS offices to facilitate assignment of the Consumer's Ticket to the Agency...Consumers (SSI/SSDI claimants) often call the center after receiving a TTW for advice and information regarding how to use their ticket appropriately. The TTW Center encourages them to contact the ARS field counselor in their area to explore possible return-to-work strategies and may also refer them to other agencies for specialized assistance. The TTW Center has a direct and positive working relationship with Maximus, the contract agency for SSA/TTW.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a good job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 through 64 probably already qualify for the program .  

 

 

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's Family Leadership Project

 

Conducted annually by the DD Council, the Family Leadership Project is designed to educate and inform parents, guardians and individuals with developmental disabilities. The program’s primary purpose is to assist graduates in effectively participating in the development of policies, programs services and supports that directly impact their lives and the lives of family members.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the 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)

Arkansas Community First Choice

The Community First Choice Option is a Medicaid-funded program that will provide a broad range of home and community-based services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, age-related disabilities and behavioral health needs.  It is specifically intended for those individuals who, without services and supports, would be unable to care for themselves at home and would need to enter a nursing home or other institutional setting. The program will be available to all who are eligible – no more long waiting lists of people who need help.

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)