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State VR Rates and Services

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

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2015 State Population.
0.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
39,144,818
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,017,962
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
682,393
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.82%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.13%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 38,332,521 38,802,500 39,144,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,986,776 2,010,783 2,017,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 648,972 669,206 682,393
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 15,628,461 16,063,918 16,406,161
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.66% 33.28% 33.82%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.07% 72.19% 73.13%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.90% 7.50% 6.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.80% 21.70% 20.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.30% 15.90% 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,909,790 1,932,270 1,977,622
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 2,110,092 2,118,361 2,119,272
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,704,629 2,705,896 2,726,001
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 330,911 329,510 329,300
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,159,538 1,182,279 1,206,749
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 45,532 45,379 47,104
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 411,684 418,164 439,378
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 15,331 13,609 15,036
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 153,027 164,216 163,388
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 358,768 373,857 376,687

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 38,821 39,924 41,044
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10% 4.20% 4.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 711,206 709,509 699,241

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,197 17,766 18,061
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,724 43,426 44,818
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 154,346 225,908 217,367
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 9.20% 7.90% 8.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.10% 0.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.30% 0.30%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.50% 1.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 10.70% 10.20% 9.60%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 893 419 516
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,360 1,079 1,260
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,227 5,665 6,282
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 40,616 39,165 35,624

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 36,836 42,724 46,021
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,968 2,153 2,125
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 921 1,127 1,102
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. 47.00% 52.00% 0.52%
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. 2.42 2.94 2.82

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
21,401
26,902
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1,358 1,572 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,507 1,887 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,694 4,666 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 8,641 10,407 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 5,067 6,555 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,134 1,815 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 25,308 24,121 25,118
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 1,265,531 1,258,695 1,247,320
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 1,496 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $86,214,000 $87,718,000 $90,753,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $56,326,000 $57,097,000 $57,360,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $699,663,000 $753,849,000 $806,409,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 12.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 56,617 59,661 62,857
Number of people served in facility based work. 10,292 10,242 10,036
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 0 N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.10 25.90 26.00

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.60% 56.38% 53.38%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.10% 23.60% 22.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.00% 3.92% 3.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.80% 93.49% 99.41%
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). 32.80% 52.33% 50.41%
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). 41.30% 72.41% 72.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education 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). 80.50% 81.00% 82.17%
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). 8.58% 20.08% 21.97%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 10,193,235
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 12,148
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 123,357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,322,464
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 4,445,821
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 180
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,641
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,821
AbilityOne wages (products). $583,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $61,505,189

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 13 13 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 59 41 36
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 141 135 89
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 8 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 197 137
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 27 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 3,288 2,927
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 22,639 13,278
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 744 486
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 26,698 16,731

 


Assembly Bill No. 107 CHAPTER 18 - 06/27/2017

~~“Existing law requires the regional center contracts described above to include, among other things, annual performance objectives, as specified. Existing law also establishes the Employment First Policy, which is the policy that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.

This bill would require the annual performance objectives included in regional center contracts to measure progress, and report outcomes, in implementing the Employment First Policy, as specified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4869 - 06/03/2017

~~“In furtherance of the purposes of this division to make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California ABLE Legislation (AB 1553) - 06/22/2016

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified…   This bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to enter into a multistate contract with an account servicer in order to implement these provisions and to enter into a long-term contract with an account servicer, as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California Employment of Persons with Disabilities (AB 925) - 02/01/2016

"This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment.”

 

“The bill would also require the committee, to the extent that funds are available, to make grants to counties and local workforce investment boards in order to develop local strategies for enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and to fund comprehensive local and regional benefits planning and outreach programs to assist persons with disabilities in removing barriers to work.”

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

California ABLE Legislation (AB 449) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act)…encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill would…conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Corporation Tax Law, as provided. The bill would also establish in state government the ABLE program trust for purposes of implementing the federal ABLE Act. The bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to adopt regulations to implement the program. The bill would create the program fund, a continuously appropriated fund, thereby making an appropriation, and the administrative fund, as specified. The bill would require the board to  Administer the program in compliance with the requirements of the federal ABLE Act.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California ABLE Legislation (SB 324) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill…would conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Personal Income Tax Law, as provided. The bill would create the ABLE Act Board and would require the board provide an annual listing of distributions to individuals that have an interest in an ABLE account to the Franchise Tax Board,as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 287) - 10/02/2015

Signed into law in October 2009, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act establishes an Employment First Committee and calls for the establishment of an Employment First Policy.   This Act “grants persons with developmental disabilities the right to receive services and supports to meet their needs. Existing law requires that the State Department of Developmental Services contract with private nonprofit corporations for the operation of regional centers to obtain services and supports for an individual with a developmental disability in accordance with his or her individual program plan (IPP).”   “This bill would require the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to form a standing Employment First Committee, as specified, to implement an Employment First Policy by July 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, report to the Legislature and the Governor describing the committee’s work and recommendations.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4850.3 - 01/01/2015

·         “The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.”  This section remains in effect only until Jan. 1, 2025.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 1041) - 10/09/2013

“The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”   “This bill would define competitive employment, microenterprises, and self-employment for these purposes. The bill would additionally require the Employment First Committee to identify existing sources of consumer data that can be matched with employment data, as specified, and to recommend goals for measuring employment participation and outcomes for various consumers within the developmental services system. … This bill would require each regional center planning team, when developing an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult, to consider a specified Employment First Policy.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2008 California Legislative Session - 01/01/2009

This is a report on the changes made to AB 5, AB 1183, SB 1175, and SB 1774 and their impact on services for people with developmental disabilities.

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

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4646.5

Addresses the requirements behind creating an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult with developmental disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4868 et seq.

Establishes an Employment First Committee under the authority of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. It pledges to “make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

California Executive Order S-4-05 - 11/28/2005

“ …WHEREAS, State Government has an opportunity and a responsibility to lead by example, ensuring individuals with disabilities have an open door to the many opportunities in public service;… NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately: 1. All state agencies, departments, boards and commissions shall utilize best efforts with respect to recruitment, hiring, advancement, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and issue clear, written directives to their managers and supervisors prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. 2. Each state agency shall comply with existing law and annually review its hiring practices to identify any barriers to employment of individuals with disabilities, and, in consultation with their disability advisory committee, take appropriate action to eliminate any non job-related barriers to the integration of individuals with disabilities into the workforce. 3. All state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions shall utilize the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) lists in filling vacancies. LEAP lists provide a ready pool of qualified candidates, who happen to have a disability, for a variety of jobs. 4. The State Personnel Board shall provide statewide leadership, in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation, to coordinate and provide technical guidance to fulfill the intent of this executive order…”

 

 

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

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Disability Employment Accelerator PY 2016-17“AWARD LIST AND PROJECT SUMMARIES” - 06/19/2017

~~“On June 19, 2017, $2 million of WIOA, Governor’s Discretionary 15 percent funds were awarded to seven workforce development agencies under the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) for Program Year (PY) 2016-17 Solicitation for Proposals. Awardee project list and project summaries are listed below. Funding decisions are final.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

2017-18 State Budget Briefing - 06/15/2017

~~“Employment First Policies for Individual with Disabilities:  Adopts trailer bill language that requires that performance objectives included in regional center contracts measure progress and outcomes in implementing the Employment First policy.  Updates the rate paid for vouchered community-based training services and specified supportive employment services to $14.99 per hour and $36.57 per hour, respectively, to reflect the rate increases provided in 2016 enacted legislation, Assembly Bill X2 1 (Thurmond), Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016”.

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

California Department of Developmental Services “2014-2015 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 05/17/2017

~~“This report summarizes economic and employment outcomes for DDS consumers with ID/DD.  Consumer information is used to develop program evaluation processes, project growth in costs, and develop future outcome-based program changes. Age group reports, such as a report showing data for 22-31 year olds, provide a look at how education is preparing young adults who are transitioning from school to work and day programs.

The DDS Employment and Day Program Annual Report includes community caseloads, age of individuals served by DDS, purchase of service (POS) dollars expended by service type, percentage of consumers employed by year, statewide counts of persons receiving services, per person costs, and percentage of consumers staying in the same service type year to year. The report includes data aggregated by the following services and/or categories:• Supported Employment Program (SEP) Individual• SEP Group• Work Activity Programs (WAP)• Day Programs• Look Alike Day Programs• Combination of two or more programs• Not In Day Programs or Work Programs”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

WIOA Local Workforce Plan 2017-2020 - 05/10/2017

~~“The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board’s Local Plan outlines the vision of its workforce development system to prepare and place individuals into self-sufficient employment, focuses on career pathway employment opportunities, and emphasizes strategies for system collaboration. The three pillars of the Local Plan are: improving the skills (up-skilling) of the workforce; employer engagement focused on sectors; and system building through collaboration. The strategies include:• Focusing on education and training for all job seekers (adults, youth, dislocated and incumbent) by emphasizing credentials and high school graduation attainment.• Engaging employers and industry groups to develop strong sector pathways to address the evolving demands of the economy and the required workplace skills.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

State Council on Developmental Disabilities. (2015). Employment First Committee annual report. - 04/28/2017

~~• ‘Since the national recession, California’s economy has strengthened, especially over the last few years. However, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are not benefiting from one of the strongest economies in the world. However, there is some good news. There are major policy changes underway designed to improve employment for people with I/DD. Well-meaning practices have typically placed people into segregated settings, often receiving subminimum wages.• • These programs are often leave participants less prepared to enter traditional employment than if they had never participated in the program.• • California’s Employment First Policy paired with local projects and national efforts, like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and changes in the Home and Community Based Services waiver program, should begin to improve employment for people with I/DD.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Youth And Subminimum Wage Employment” - 02/16/2017

~~“The foundation of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is the principle that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving high quality Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) when provided the necessary services and supports. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) ensures all individuals with disabilities are provided the necessary services and supports to achieve CIE. This is especially true for youth 24 years of age or younger, as the WIOA emphasizes that youth with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to receive the services they need to achieve employment outcomes in CIE.

The WIOA further reinforces the congressional intent that CIE is the preferred employment outcome by placing limitations on the use of subminimum wage (SMW), especially for youth. The limitations include prescriptive timelines for the transmission of documentation from the school to the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The DOR requires that any youth seeking SMW employment is provided mandatory services and documentation prior to working at SMW. Mandatory services include multiple opportunities to discuss and explore CIE in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“For Employers” on 14(c) subminimum wages - 01/25/2017

~~“Section 511 prohibits employers from paying a subminimum wage to individuals with disabilities unless each individual is provided career counseling and information and referral services (CC&IR) at required intervals. Employers must also provide the individual with information about self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer mentoring training opportunities in the community. WIOA also requires 14(c) certificate holders to maintain documentation that individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, receive CC&IR services at least once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. For individuals hired at subminimum wage on or after July 22, 2016, CC&IR services must be provided every six months for the first year of employment and annually thereafter.

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is available to provide federally required CC&IR services for your employees receiving subminimum wage. Included in the career counseling, employees will learn about federal and state programs and local resources that offer employment-related services and supports designed to enable the individual to explore, experience, and attain competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition Planning” - 01/01/2017

~~• “This Web page offers resources and guidelines for assisting educators, parents, and agency partners to improve compliance with state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to transition age youth and improve post-high school outcomes. These resources supplement the California Transition Alliance’s document, Transition Planning: The Basics. Resources are organized into five categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living, Compliance, and the Guideposts for Success document.”

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

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2017-2021 State Plan - 08/04/2016

~~“Goal 2: Employment Californians with I/DD and their families reflecting the diversity of the state will have increased information to obtain competitive, integrated employment. 1. The Council will increase and promote culturally competent strategies and resources that facilitate competitive, integrated employment (CIE) of people with I/DD. 2. The Council, in consultation with its federal partners, will increase identification, advocacy and/or sponsorship of legislative, regulatory, policy, procedure and/or practice changes to increase CIE for people with I/DD.”

Systems
  • Other

California Department of Developmental Services “Supported Employment Program – Individual Forms” - 07/20/2016

These forms are to be used by work service (formerly Habilitation) providers and regional centers to process This page has links to forms for the Supported Employment Program both for individuals and groups, Work Services information, and Vocational Rehabilitation for such things as service plans, monthly reports, referrals, program changes The Excel forms can be downloaded and completed using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. The PDF instructions can be downloaded and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. For further information, please read the instructions accompanying each form.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

California Department of Developmental Services “2013-2014 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 07/12/2016

• The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to providing leadership resulting in quality services to the people of California with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and assuring the opportunity for individuals to exercise their right to make choices. This includes supporting individuals with ID/DD to achieve competitive integrated employment. This report summarizes employment-related data compiled from a variety of sources, including California state agencies and national sources. This report • describes the types of day and employment services provided to adults with ID/DD, the comparative costs of those services, and the earnings. In addition, this report provides a breakdown of services by a variety of demographic information such as age, gender and ethnicity. • Background: DDS is one of 12 departments and 1 board comprising the California Health and Human Services Agency. DDS through • The Work Services Section, oversees and • administers services provided by 21 regional centers (RC) and three developmental centers • (DC), (Lanterman the fourth DC, transitioned the last resident into the community December 2014, the Outpatient Clinic closed June 30, 2015) to address employment needs of people with ID/DD.

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

California Department of Rehabilitation State Plan And Triennial Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) - 04/21/2016

“The Department of Rehabilitation prepares a State Plan annually that describes how California provides rehabilitation services. You may review the recent State Plans below. In addition, the Department of Rehabilitation conducts a comprehensive statewide assessment of the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities in California. The CSNA Final Report includes the results and recommendations identified from the federally required needs assessment conducted during each triennial period."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

California Fair Employment and Housing Regulations - 04/01/2016

Reasonable Accommodations -The interactive process requires an individualized assessment of (1) the job requirements and (2) the specific limitations of the individual that are directly related to the need for accommodation (§ 11064(b).) - It is unlawful to discriminate or retaliate against a person for requesting reasonable accommodation based on mental or physical disability. (§ 11068(k).) (enacted April 1, 2016)

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2011-2016 State Plan: 2013-14 Program Performance Report - 03/02/2015

The annual report of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: current policy and grants, progress toward meeting their goals for servicing people with disabilities, as well as advice for improving their services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) - 01/08/2014

 “Required by Government Code Sections 19240-19233, the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is an alternate examination and appointment process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities into California civil service employment. LEAP provides an alternative way to demonstrate qualifications for employment than the transitional state civil service examination process. LEAP candidates must be certified by the Department of Rehabilitation and have their LEAP certificate information entered into CalHR's database by the Examination Services Program prior to admittance into the LEAP exam process. Once a candidate is approved for LEAP exams, he/she may take LEAP exams as well as traditional civil service exams to obtain list eligibility. List eligibility allows for the candidate to apply for any LEAP exams.”

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

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (2012) Employment First Committee Annual Report - 01/16/2013

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NTAR Issue Brief: States as Model Employers - Strategies for Moving People with Disabilities into Careers in State Government - 01/01/2011

“California’s SAME initiative, backed by the 2002 Workforce Inclusion Act and Executive Order S-4-05, directs state agencies to improve hiring practices for people with disabilities. The executive order calls for parity between the percentage of Californians with disabilities in the general population and those employed by the state government. It also allows agencies to use the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) database when hiring people with disabilities. LEAP is an alternate process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities through a readiness evaluation and job examination period. Once applicants successfully complete the readiness evaluation, they are added to an eligible referral list that state departments can consult when hiring.   “Interagency collaboration is an important part of the California SAME initiative, as evidenced by the diverse membership of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The SAME initiative is a specific goal of the California Comprehensive Strategy for the Employment of People with Disabilities, developed by the Governor’s Committee.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services “Regional and Local Planning Guidance for PY 2017-2020”

Local workforce development plans are required to ensure a baseline level of WIOA core program alignment compliant with federal regulations at the local level, in and through AJCCs (the state’s One-Stop system) so that core program and mandated services are coordinated, and when appropriate, integrated to make accessible a menu of customizable services available to customers on the basis of their needs (e.g., programs should be accessible to individuals with disabilities and those that are limited English proficient and, in general, should be customer-centered such that customers can access the relevant services for which they are eligible).

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Department of Education “Mentoring Frequently Asked Questions”

• Q: Who issues work permits? • A: Work permits are required in California for any minor student who has not yet graduated and who would like to work. School districts and county offices of education designate their own work permit officials. • • Q: How much student information should an employer receive? A: Student information is confidential. Programs must have written permission from a parent or guardian or, if the student is eighteen years or older, from the student before discussing a student’s situation with employers. Employers should receive enough information that they can assist the student with his or her needs on the job.

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

California Department of Education “Waivers”

• Waiver Process for the California State Board of Education • • The purpose of a waiver is to provide flexibility in a school district or county office of education without undermining the basic intent of the law. The governing board of a school district or county office of education may request a waiver of parts of the California Education Code and regulations. The State Board of Education (SBE) may approve such waivers under the non waivable general waiver authority, sections 33050-33053. Some statutes are excluded from the general waiver authority. • Specific waivers are granted under the authority given to the SBE in various specific Education Code sections and are generally more limited in scope. The specific authority most commonly used is Education Code Section 56101 for students with disabilities. In addition to school districts and county office governing boards, Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA's) may request this waiver for students with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Education

California WorkFirst Military & Veterans Services

~~WorkFirst, a division of Easter Seals Southern California, is our employment service. WorkFirst assists individuals to get and keep paid work.  This service also helps individuals to develop and operate their own business. Learn more here.WorkFirst also provides employment services, resources and other services to assist returning military service members, veterans and their families to secure career opportunities or start their own business through the Bob Hope Veterans Employment Program. 

“orkFirst offers employment services in the San Diego area to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans.  Veterans do not need to have a disability to use this service.   Our employment service is individually tailored, one-on-one, customized support for veterans transitioning out of the military, and for a veteran’s spouse/registered domestic partner who has a disability that prevents them from working.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

California Work Activity Program & Supported Employment Programs Service Codes & Hourly Rates

This document states the service codes and hourly rates for the WAP and SEPs in California.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

California Government Code §§12803.6

Requires the California Department of Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create “a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment,” including ensuring that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Unemployment Insurance Code §§18000 et seq.

Requires each local workforce investment board to establish at least one comprehensive one-stop career center that includes accessible services for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. Policy-related responsibilities of the committee were first defined in the Workforce Inclusion Act (Aroner, Statutes of 2002) and amended as part of the Budget Act of 2011, under Assembly Bill 119. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to: 1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population. 2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals. 3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants .”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Project (Draft)

The departments agree that all working age youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities will have the choice and opportunity to prepare for, or work in jobs that are integrated within the general workforce and work side-by-side with co-workers with and without disabilities, earning benefits and competitive wages or income from self-employment or microenterprise, and have the opportunity to prepare for or achieve professional and career advancement.”

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

Blueprint for Reform for Individuals with Disabilities

“The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Department of Education (CDE), and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State's ‘Employment First’ policy and other laws to make employment in an integrated setting, at competitive wage, for individuals with Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.   “DOR, CDE, and DDS, in conjunction with Disability Rights California will meet with stakeholders to make recommendations on a plan to identify changes in policies, practices, statutes, or regulations in order to improve integrated, competitive employment outcomes for individuals with ID/DD.”  

 

 

 

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

“Local Partnership Agreement Template" - 06/17/2017

~~“The California Department of Education (CDE), the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seek to foster an environment of collaboration to increase competitive integrated employment (CIE) opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Competitive Integrated Employment is described in plain language by the motto: “Real Work for Real Pay in the Real World.” The term means working for pay (at least minimum wage) in the community alongside people without disabilities. Work can be full-time (up to 40 hours per week) or part-time with the same level of benefits and opportunities for advancement as other employees.

The CIE Blueprint outlines the collaborative efforts between the three departments on a statewide level. A Local Partnership Agreement (LPA) identifies the ways in which partners will work together on a local level. Each agreement is built around the core partners of one or more local educational agencies (LEA), one or more DOR district, and one or more regional centers, and can include any number of additional local community partners.”

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

San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Client Advisory Committee - 05/10/2016

The Client Advisory Commettee members continued their discussion regarding the Employment First Policy. The first step in the implementation plan will be to conduct regional meetings for SDRC Service Coordinators to discuss the Employment First Policy and what it means for service coordinators and clients A power point has been developed and resource information It will be developed and distributed during the trainings. It is anticipated that these trainings will occur during June and July 2016. CAC members will be encouraged to participate at each SDRC location. Other steps included in the Implementation Plan include training for clients and families, integration with our community partners and outreach with employers in the community Addendum: August 2016 Consistent with the Employment First Policy, that the Board passed on March 8, 2016, SDRC will increase the number of people with developmental disabilities that we employ from four to seven (an additional three positions). “Client Advisory Committee, in conjunction with SDRC staff , are developing a presentation regarding the Employment First Policy to be provided to service coordinators

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

CA Employment First Memorandum of Understanding - 12/12/2014

This project will use a multi-faceted approach to apply key elements from high performing states in integrated competitive employment and principles of Collaborative Leadership. A unified value, vision, and expectation for competitive integrated employment will be established and will serve as the basis for the strategies used for stimulating policy to practice, training, technical assistance, and a shared method for monitoring progress through available state and local employment data.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First Committee Annual Report (Partnerships) - 01/16/2013

The Council participates in the Alliance for Full Participation California team. The AFP is a collaboration of major national organizations (including the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) serving or advocating for improved employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The California team is facilitated by the Arc of California. The Council has also started coordinating with the California Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, established by statute to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Additionally, members of the Employment First Committee continue to actively work with key groups throughout the state to promote Employment First. 

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence - 07/02/2007

Project Overview: Grant number, name and location: Customized Employment - 01, San Diego, CA, E-9-4-1-0081 Grant recipient: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc. Project Lead: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

Subcontractors: Five One-Stop Centers; Access Center (an assistive technology technical assistance resource center); and the University Center on Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) at San Diego University.

  Early on, the grantee subcontracted most of its activities to Community Service Providers (Goodwill and Able/Disabled primarily), but radically changed its structure after two years to internalize the activities of the grant in its own system.   Key Lessons/Accomplishments Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and WIB administrative agencies are key players in workforce policy issues, if they choose to take a strong role Performance measures are a manageable challenge when treated constructively by the WIB Lack of experience is a key barrier to customized business-outreach efforts Grant structure (and overuse of subcontractors) severely hinders the capacity for systems and policy change.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY)

CECY (pronounced SEE-SEE) is a “collaboration of 45+ representatives of 23 state agencies, centers, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities.”   Their mission is to, “stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in integrated competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Breaking Barriers San Diego - 01/07/2016

“A new program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD), assists individuals with disabilities with finding permanent part-time or full-time jobs of their choice.   The network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites, funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership, will offer customized job placement support based on individuals’ strengths, preferences and skills and an emphasis on starting the job search quickly.   BBSD serves adults with physical and mental disabilities or significant barriers to employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 5) - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

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

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 2) - 10/01/2014

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2011, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

When this grant ended a Round 5 grant was awarded.  Round 5 began in 2014 and will end in 2017.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

College to Career (C2C) - 01/16/2013

"College to Career (C2C) is a collaborative effort of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), and the UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD. This collaboration broke new ground in establishing five, 3-year community college programs that provide youth with intellectual disabilities with education and vocational preparation that will lead to integrated competitive employment".

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence Grantee - Accomplishments and Findings - 07/01/2007

This article summarizes the findings and accomplishments from San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Customized Employment grant.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Grants Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (10/2003) - 10/01/2003

Along with a number of other states, California received funding for multiple grants related to promoting competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. The grants included the Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing Cooperative Agreements, the Innovative State Alignment Grants for Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities through the Use of Intermediaries, and the Intermediary Grants for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities.

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

San Diego State University Interwork Institute’s Creative Support Alternative - Take Charge: Leading the Transition to Adulthood

“The goal of Take Charge is to offer person-driven planning (PDP) to transitioning youth and their families as a strategy to offer skills and experiences resulting in inclusive employment and inclusive lives facilitated by San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) graduate students. In addition, the project will provide educational presentations for students, families, transition teachers, adult service providers, and SDRC staff on the use of PDP to support young adults with developmental disabilities to pursue inclusive employment, including innovative options like micro- enterprise ownership.” Awarded in San Diego County.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

NOCCCD School of Continuing Education - Hands on Job Training Project

“The goal of the Hand –on Job Training project is to empower up to sixteen students who have developmental disabilities to reach their maximum employment potential. Each student will be supported by a Job Coach to learn and practice vital job skills.” Awarded in Orange County.

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

Self-Advocacy for Youth (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This Self-Advocacy for Youth project goal is to promote self-advocacy and leadership of young adults with developmental disabilities by utilizing person centered planning through trainings and group facilitation of consumers and their advocacy support networks.” Awarded in Fresno County.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This project equips young adults with developmental disabilities and their families with the social emotional tools and skill sets necessary for successful transition to adult life. Outfits adult people with developmental disabilities with the social – emotional tools and skill sets necessary to enter and succeed in gainful work opportunities and increase their self-sufficiency.” Awarded in Multiple Counties.

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

Transition2Life Project (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“The Transition2Life Project will provide direct, hands-on training and learning opportunities focusing on effective transitions to inclusive adult lives for young adults with developmental disabilities living in Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties.” 

 

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

The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

The goal of this project is to implement a “Get a Competitive Edge” Work Safe & Self-Advocacy program for consumers and employees with disabilities as part of The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Progressive Employment Concepts (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

 “This project will provide hands on training to staff and clients in the discovery and customized employment process leading to a customized employment outcome for a minimum of two individuals. This project will allow Progressive Employment Concepts to gain the tools needed to have continued success in finding jobs for the individuals we serve, especially those with higher support needs.” Awarded in  Sacramento and Placer Counties.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

California Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (CaPROMISE) Initiative

“The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve the provision and coordination of services for child SSI recipients and their families. The services help child recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. As a result, these child SSI recipients can achieve long-term reductions in reliance on SSI.”

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

CA State Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Committee Annual Report

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Program

Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working toward becoming self-sufficient.   Work Incentives are SSA rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving SSDI and SSI to explore work options and reach their work goals without losing their benefits prematurely. Social Security Work Incentives help beneficiaries remove barriers to work by offering support services and providing a safety net to assist beneficiaries in finding meaningful employment and succeeding in the workplace.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California Employment Consortium for Youth

“California Employment Consortium for Youth: California was awarded a federal 5-year employment systems change grant by The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities in integrated competitive employment (ICE). The State Council is a lead agency along with the Departments of Rehabilitation, Developmental Services and Education. The California Employment Consortium for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY) is a 30 member highly knowledgeable and experienced employment work group comprised of the aforementioned lead state agencies, Youth Self-Advocates, Disability Rights California, the Family Resource Center Network of California, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, California Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, Community of Practice-Secondary Transition, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Tarjan Center UCEDD.

 

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

“$2 million to assist Californians with disabilities in job searches” - 06/19/2017

~~“People with disabilities in 13 counties will get additional help in landing employment with $2 million in grants announced by the California Employment Development Department today. The Disability Employment Accelerator grants assist people with disabilities obtain skills needed for employment in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, transportation, and healthcare.The disability employment assistance funds will help prepare job seekers with skills and training needed for careers and then connect them with hiring businesses. The organizations receiving the grants will use “earn-and-learn” strategies that empower people with disabilities to earn incomes while they learn new skills that will help them progress into high-growth industries” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

“Workforce Development: What's in it For You” - 05/10/2017

~~“Workforce Development (WDS), "What's in it for Your Business?" is a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) employer outreach program designed to build collaborative partnerships that create staffing solutions for California businesses. The Workforce Development Section (WDS) develops and coordinates linkages with the business community in order to increase meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) - 03/12/2017

~~“The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to:1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population.2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals.3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities.4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants.

The CCEPD supports an annual event for youth with disabilities. In September of 2015, the CCEPD voted to adopt the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) as the youth event for the years 2016-2018.”

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

CA Employment First: Braiding Day and Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives - 04/09/2015

This Employment First training presentation focuses on different approaches to promoting Employment First and encouraging integrated, community-based employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Some of the strategies include using Discovery and customized employment with Medicaid waiver day services participants through a braided funding approach including Vocational Rehabilitation. This presentation also provides a number of example case studies.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

The California DEI: Effective Practices in Building an Inclusive Workforce

This presentation summarizes California’s experience with the DEI grant as of 2015. It addresses the history of DEI in the state, the objectives, the strategic service delivery components, the promising practices and the hopes for sustainability after the grant.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

California Customized Employment for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

This web page discusses Customized Employment as a “Promising Practice for Supporting Employees with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” particularly in the context of US Service Members and Veterans.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

California Department of Education Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (COP) is located within the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and was formed and funded by the DOE to help improve transition and employment outcomes. This is a voluntary group of educational professionals.   The COP seeks to ensure the seamless transition of services for  youth, ages 16 –22, which will lead to positive post-school outcomes. They carry out their work through a statewide community of practice and a statewide list serve,which disseminates compliance information, resources and evidence-based practices and statewide technical assistance through webinars and conference calls.  Their key goal, with respect to employment ,is integrated ,competitive employment in any area of interest for each individual youth, ages 16-22.  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California Training Initiatives

“Association of Regional Center Agencies – New day Conference. ARCA sponsored the New Day Conference in Pasadena in September 2012. Over 400 attendees participated in sessions focused on innovations in employment and housing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.” “Four- part employment webinar series aimed to create awareness about employment and to provide a discussion forum for families, individual organizations and professionals.” “Working Conference - Driving Forces Behind Successful Postsecondary Education and Employment for Young Adults with ID and Autism held in Sacramento, CA and sponsored by Think College and California Consortium on Postsecondary Educations and the Center for Disability Studies, University of Hawaii. The conference content addressed significant changes in public policy, insight for promoting inclusive strategies through person-centered protocol and interagency team building to support youth success. … Over 100 families, K-12, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and higher education professionals, and students with developmental disabilities attended.” “Three-Part webinar series in Triangulating Postsecondary Education Goals for transition specialists and educators. The series aims at identifying postsecondary goals and aligning them with academic and industry standards. This webinar series was hosted by Community of Practice in Secondary Education (CoP).”  

 

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


California Department of Developmental Services “Amendments to Home and Community Based Services Waiver and 1915(i) plan - 07/01/2016

It is the Department of Developmental Services' intent to amend both the HCBS Waiver and the 1915(i) State Plan in order to obtain federal approval for changes to provider payment rates as a result of the passages of both the State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) which provide for several rate changes and/or increases for some service providers effective July 1, 2016. As required by the federal government, notice must be issued prior to the effective date of the rate changes. The State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) provide for a number of rate changes and/or increases for some service providers. The rate increases, effective July 1, 2016, are only applicable for providers with rates set by the Department (including rates set in statute or regulation), or providers with rates set through negotiation between regional centers and the provider. The rate increases do not apply for providers with usual and customary rates or rates that are set by other entities.

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

California HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has developed a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 14, 2015.  The STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) setting requirements that became effective March 17, 2014.  These regulations are CMS 2249-F and CMS 2296-F, which affect 1915(c) and 1915(i) HCB services waivers and State Plan programs.  

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

CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD (0336.R03.00) - 03/29/2012

"This waiver "provides behavioral intervention, community living arrangements, day service, home health aide, homemaker, prevocational services, respite care, supported employment (enhanced habilitation), chore, communication aides, community-based training, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, FMS, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, optometric/optician services, PERS, prescription lenses and frames, psychology services, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized therapeutic services, speech/hearing and language services, transition/set up expenses, vehicle mods and adaptations for individuals w/autism, DD, IID"

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

California Medicaid State Plan Amendments

The website includes amendments to the California State Plan that were recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Stakeholders can update their copies by following the links and instructions attached to the documents. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

California Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is based on the requirements set forth in Title XIX of the Social Security Act and is a comprehensive written document created by the State of California that describes the nature and scope of its Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program.  It serves as a contractual agreement between the State of California and the federal government and must be administered in conformity with specific requirements of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and regulations outlined in Chapter IV of the Code of Federal Regulations.   The State Plan contains all information necessary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine if the State can receive Federal Financial Participation (FFP).

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

California Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

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

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

CA San Francisco Community Living Support Benefit (0855.R00.00)

Provides care coordination, community living support benefit in licensed settings, behavior assessment and planning, community living support benefit in housing sites, enhanced care coordination, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 21-64

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

California Community Transitions (CCT) (Money Follows the Person)

“In January 2007, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was awarded special federal grant number 1LICMS30149 to implement a Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, “California Community Transitions” (CCT). CCT demonstration services are available through September 30, 2016.   “Lead Organizations employ or contract with transition coordinators who work directly with willing and eligible individuals, support networks, and providers to facilitate and monitor their transition from facilities to community settings. Eligible individuals of all ages with physical and mental disabilities have an opportunity to participate in CCT.”    
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California for Community First Choice

On December 1, 2011, the California Department of Health Care Services submitted the first state plan amendment to implement Section 2401 (the Community First Choice Option) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), providing the provision of medical assistance for home and community-based attendant services including Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and health-related tasks, teaching and demonstration for ADLs, IADLs, and other health -related tasks, back-up systems to ensure the continuity of services, and training on the hiring and maintenance of attendants. California has developed a quality assurance plan to monitor the implementation and efficacy of the Community First Choice Option at the county- and state-levels.   .

 

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

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Snapshot

The Golden State is a place where you can "Find Yourself" through a rewarding career, including those with disabilities who are ready to live the California Dream.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon California's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
39,144,818
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,017,962
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
682,393
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.82%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.13%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 38,332,521 38,802,500 39,144,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,986,776 2,010,783 2,017,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 648,972 669,206 682,393
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 15,628,461 16,063,918 16,406,161
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.66% 33.28% 33.82%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.07% 72.19% 73.13%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.90% 7.50% 6.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.80% 21.70% 20.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.30% 15.90% 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,909,790 1,932,270 1,977,622
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 2,110,092 2,118,361 2,119,272
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,704,629 2,705,896 2,726,001
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 330,911 329,510 329,300
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,159,538 1,182,279 1,206,749
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 45,532 45,379 47,104
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 411,684 418,164 439,378
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 15,331 13,609 15,036
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 153,027 164,216 163,388
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 358,768 373,857 376,687

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 38,821 39,924 41,044
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10% 4.20% 4.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 711,206 709,509 699,241

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,197 17,766 18,061
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,724 43,426 44,818
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 154,346 225,908 217,367
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 9.20% 7.90% 8.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.10% 0.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.30% 0.30%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.50% 1.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 10.70% 10.20% 9.60%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 893 419 516
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,360 1,079 1,260
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,227 5,665 6,282
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 40,616 39,165 35,624

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 36,836 42,724 46,021
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,968 2,153 2,125
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 921 1,127 1,102
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. 47.00% 52.00% 0.52%
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. 2.42 2.94 2.82

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
21,401
26,902
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1,358 1,572 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,507 1,887 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,694 4,666 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 8,641 10,407 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 5,067 6,555 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,134 1,815 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 25,308 24,121 25,118
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 1,265,531 1,258,695 1,247,320
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 1,496 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $86,214,000 $87,718,000 $90,753,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $56,326,000 $57,097,000 $57,360,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $699,663,000 $753,849,000 $806,409,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 12.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 56,617 59,661 62,857
Number of people served in facility based work. 10,292 10,242 10,036
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 0 N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.10 25.90 26.00

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.60% 56.38% 53.38%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.10% 23.60% 22.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.00% 3.92% 3.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.80% 93.49% 99.41%
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). 32.80% 52.33% 50.41%
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). 41.30% 72.41% 72.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education 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). 80.50% 81.00% 82.17%
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). 8.58% 20.08% 21.97%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 10,193,235
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 12,148
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 123,357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,322,464
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 4,445,821
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 180
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,641
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,821
AbilityOne wages (products). $583,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $61,505,189

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 13 13 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 59 41 36
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 141 135 89
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 8 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 197 137
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 27 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 3,288 2,927
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 22,639 13,278
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 744 486
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 26,698 16,731

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill No. 107 CHAPTER 18 - 06/27/2017

~~“Existing law requires the regional center contracts described above to include, among other things, annual performance objectives, as specified. Existing law also establishes the Employment First Policy, which is the policy that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.

This bill would require the annual performance objectives included in regional center contracts to measure progress, and report outcomes, in implementing the Employment First Policy, as specified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4869 - 06/03/2017

~~“In furtherance of the purposes of this division to make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California ABLE Legislation (AB 1553) - 06/22/2016

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified…   This bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to enter into a multistate contract with an account servicer in order to implement these provisions and to enter into a long-term contract with an account servicer, as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California Employment of Persons with Disabilities (AB 925) - 02/01/2016

"This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment.”

 

“The bill would also require the committee, to the extent that funds are available, to make grants to counties and local workforce investment boards in order to develop local strategies for enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and to fund comprehensive local and regional benefits planning and outreach programs to assist persons with disabilities in removing barriers to work.”

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

California ABLE Legislation (AB 449) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act)…encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill would…conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Corporation Tax Law, as provided. The bill would also establish in state government the ABLE program trust for purposes of implementing the federal ABLE Act. The bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to adopt regulations to implement the program. The bill would create the program fund, a continuously appropriated fund, thereby making an appropriation, and the administrative fund, as specified. The bill would require the board to  Administer the program in compliance with the requirements of the federal ABLE Act.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California ABLE Legislation (SB 324) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill…would conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Personal Income Tax Law, as provided. The bill would create the ABLE Act Board and would require the board provide an annual listing of distributions to individuals that have an interest in an ABLE account to the Franchise Tax Board,as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 287) - 10/02/2015

Signed into law in October 2009, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act establishes an Employment First Committee and calls for the establishment of an Employment First Policy.   This Act “grants persons with developmental disabilities the right to receive services and supports to meet their needs. Existing law requires that the State Department of Developmental Services contract with private nonprofit corporations for the operation of regional centers to obtain services and supports for an individual with a developmental disability in accordance with his or her individual program plan (IPP).”   “This bill would require the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to form a standing Employment First Committee, as specified, to implement an Employment First Policy by July 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, report to the Legislature and the Governor describing the committee’s work and recommendations.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4850.3 - 01/01/2015

·         “The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.”  This section remains in effect only until Jan. 1, 2025.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 1041) - 10/09/2013

“The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”   “This bill would define competitive employment, microenterprises, and self-employment for these purposes. The bill would additionally require the Employment First Committee to identify existing sources of consumer data that can be matched with employment data, as specified, and to recommend goals for measuring employment participation and outcomes for various consumers within the developmental services system. … This bill would require each regional center planning team, when developing an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult, to consider a specified Employment First Policy.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2008 California Legislative Session - 01/01/2009

This is a report on the changes made to AB 5, AB 1183, SB 1175, and SB 1774 and their impact on services for people with developmental disabilities.

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

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4646.5

Addresses the requirements behind creating an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult with developmental disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4868 et seq.

Establishes an Employment First Committee under the authority of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. It pledges to “make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders


California Executive Order S-4-05 - 11/28/2005

“ …WHEREAS, State Government has an opportunity and a responsibility to lead by example, ensuring individuals with disabilities have an open door to the many opportunities in public service;… NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately: 1. All state agencies, departments, boards and commissions shall utilize best efforts with respect to recruitment, hiring, advancement, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and issue clear, written directives to their managers and supervisors prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. 2. Each state agency shall comply with existing law and annually review its hiring practices to identify any barriers to employment of individuals with disabilities, and, in consultation with their disability advisory committee, take appropriate action to eliminate any non job-related barriers to the integration of individuals with disabilities into the workforce. 3. All state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions shall utilize the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) lists in filling vacancies. LEAP lists provide a ready pool of qualified candidates, who happen to have a disability, for a variety of jobs. 4. The State Personnel Board shall provide statewide leadership, in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation, to coordinate and provide technical guidance to fulfill the intent of this executive order…”

 

 

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

Policy


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Disability Employment Accelerator PY 2016-17“AWARD LIST AND PROJECT SUMMARIES” - 06/19/2017

~~“On June 19, 2017, $2 million of WIOA, Governor’s Discretionary 15 percent funds were awarded to seven workforce development agencies under the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) for Program Year (PY) 2016-17 Solicitation for Proposals. Awardee project list and project summaries are listed below. Funding decisions are final.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

2017-18 State Budget Briefing - 06/15/2017

~~“Employment First Policies for Individual with Disabilities:  Adopts trailer bill language that requires that performance objectives included in regional center contracts measure progress and outcomes in implementing the Employment First policy.  Updates the rate paid for vouchered community-based training services and specified supportive employment services to $14.99 per hour and $36.57 per hour, respectively, to reflect the rate increases provided in 2016 enacted legislation, Assembly Bill X2 1 (Thurmond), Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016”.

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

California Department of Developmental Services “2014-2015 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 05/17/2017

~~“This report summarizes economic and employment outcomes for DDS consumers with ID/DD.  Consumer information is used to develop program evaluation processes, project growth in costs, and develop future outcome-based program changes. Age group reports, such as a report showing data for 22-31 year olds, provide a look at how education is preparing young adults who are transitioning from school to work and day programs.

The DDS Employment and Day Program Annual Report includes community caseloads, age of individuals served by DDS, purchase of service (POS) dollars expended by service type, percentage of consumers employed by year, statewide counts of persons receiving services, per person costs, and percentage of consumers staying in the same service type year to year. The report includes data aggregated by the following services and/or categories:• Supported Employment Program (SEP) Individual• SEP Group• Work Activity Programs (WAP)• Day Programs• Look Alike Day Programs• Combination of two or more programs• Not In Day Programs or Work Programs”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

WIOA Local Workforce Plan 2017-2020 - 05/10/2017

~~“The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board’s Local Plan outlines the vision of its workforce development system to prepare and place individuals into self-sufficient employment, focuses on career pathway employment opportunities, and emphasizes strategies for system collaboration. The three pillars of the Local Plan are: improving the skills (up-skilling) of the workforce; employer engagement focused on sectors; and system building through collaboration. The strategies include:• Focusing on education and training for all job seekers (adults, youth, dislocated and incumbent) by emphasizing credentials and high school graduation attainment.• Engaging employers and industry groups to develop strong sector pathways to address the evolving demands of the economy and the required workplace skills.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

State Council on Developmental Disabilities. (2015). Employment First Committee annual report. - 04/28/2017

~~• ‘Since the national recession, California’s economy has strengthened, especially over the last few years. However, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are not benefiting from one of the strongest economies in the world. However, there is some good news. There are major policy changes underway designed to improve employment for people with I/DD. Well-meaning practices have typically placed people into segregated settings, often receiving subminimum wages.• • These programs are often leave participants less prepared to enter traditional employment than if they had never participated in the program.• • California’s Employment First Policy paired with local projects and national efforts, like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and changes in the Home and Community Based Services waiver program, should begin to improve employment for people with I/DD.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Youth And Subminimum Wage Employment” - 02/16/2017

~~“The foundation of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is the principle that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving high quality Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) when provided the necessary services and supports. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) ensures all individuals with disabilities are provided the necessary services and supports to achieve CIE. This is especially true for youth 24 years of age or younger, as the WIOA emphasizes that youth with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to receive the services they need to achieve employment outcomes in CIE.

The WIOA further reinforces the congressional intent that CIE is the preferred employment outcome by placing limitations on the use of subminimum wage (SMW), especially for youth. The limitations include prescriptive timelines for the transmission of documentation from the school to the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The DOR requires that any youth seeking SMW employment is provided mandatory services and documentation prior to working at SMW. Mandatory services include multiple opportunities to discuss and explore CIE in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“For Employers” on 14(c) subminimum wages - 01/25/2017

~~“Section 511 prohibits employers from paying a subminimum wage to individuals with disabilities unless each individual is provided career counseling and information and referral services (CC&IR) at required intervals. Employers must also provide the individual with information about self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer mentoring training opportunities in the community. WIOA also requires 14(c) certificate holders to maintain documentation that individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, receive CC&IR services at least once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. For individuals hired at subminimum wage on or after July 22, 2016, CC&IR services must be provided every six months for the first year of employment and annually thereafter.

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is available to provide federally required CC&IR services for your employees receiving subminimum wage. Included in the career counseling, employees will learn about federal and state programs and local resources that offer employment-related services and supports designed to enable the individual to explore, experience, and attain competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition Planning” - 01/01/2017

~~• “This Web page offers resources and guidelines for assisting educators, parents, and agency partners to improve compliance with state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to transition age youth and improve post-high school outcomes. These resources supplement the California Transition Alliance’s document, Transition Planning: The Basics. Resources are organized into five categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living, Compliance, and the Guideposts for Success document.”

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

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2017-2021 State Plan - 08/04/2016

~~“Goal 2: Employment Californians with I/DD and their families reflecting the diversity of the state will have increased information to obtain competitive, integrated employment. 1. The Council will increase and promote culturally competent strategies and resources that facilitate competitive, integrated employment (CIE) of people with I/DD. 2. The Council, in consultation with its federal partners, will increase identification, advocacy and/or sponsorship of legislative, regulatory, policy, procedure and/or practice changes to increase CIE for people with I/DD.”

Systems
  • Other

California Department of Developmental Services “Supported Employment Program – Individual Forms” - 07/20/2016

These forms are to be used by work service (formerly Habilitation) providers and regional centers to process This page has links to forms for the Supported Employment Program both for individuals and groups, Work Services information, and Vocational Rehabilitation for such things as service plans, monthly reports, referrals, program changes The Excel forms can be downloaded and completed using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. The PDF instructions can be downloaded and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. For further information, please read the instructions accompanying each form.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

California Department of Developmental Services “2013-2014 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 07/12/2016

• The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to providing leadership resulting in quality services to the people of California with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and assuring the opportunity for individuals to exercise their right to make choices. This includes supporting individuals with ID/DD to achieve competitive integrated employment. This report summarizes employment-related data compiled from a variety of sources, including California state agencies and national sources. This report • describes the types of day and employment services provided to adults with ID/DD, the comparative costs of those services, and the earnings. In addition, this report provides a breakdown of services by a variety of demographic information such as age, gender and ethnicity. • Background: DDS is one of 12 departments and 1 board comprising the California Health and Human Services Agency. DDS through • The Work Services Section, oversees and • administers services provided by 21 regional centers (RC) and three developmental centers • (DC), (Lanterman the fourth DC, transitioned the last resident into the community December 2014, the Outpatient Clinic closed June 30, 2015) to address employment needs of people with ID/DD.

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

California Department of Rehabilitation State Plan And Triennial Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) - 04/21/2016

“The Department of Rehabilitation prepares a State Plan annually that describes how California provides rehabilitation services. You may review the recent State Plans below. In addition, the Department of Rehabilitation conducts a comprehensive statewide assessment of the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities in California. The CSNA Final Report includes the results and recommendations identified from the federally required needs assessment conducted during each triennial period."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

California Fair Employment and Housing Regulations - 04/01/2016

Reasonable Accommodations -The interactive process requires an individualized assessment of (1) the job requirements and (2) the specific limitations of the individual that are directly related to the need for accommodation (§ 11064(b).) - It is unlawful to discriminate or retaliate against a person for requesting reasonable accommodation based on mental or physical disability. (§ 11068(k).) (enacted April 1, 2016)

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2011-2016 State Plan: 2013-14 Program Performance Report - 03/02/2015

The annual report of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: current policy and grants, progress toward meeting their goals for servicing people with disabilities, as well as advice for improving their services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) - 01/08/2014

 “Required by Government Code Sections 19240-19233, the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is an alternate examination and appointment process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities into California civil service employment. LEAP provides an alternative way to demonstrate qualifications for employment than the transitional state civil service examination process. LEAP candidates must be certified by the Department of Rehabilitation and have their LEAP certificate information entered into CalHR's database by the Examination Services Program prior to admittance into the LEAP exam process. Once a candidate is approved for LEAP exams, he/she may take LEAP exams as well as traditional civil service exams to obtain list eligibility. List eligibility allows for the candidate to apply for any LEAP exams.”

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

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (2012) Employment First Committee Annual Report - 01/16/2013

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NTAR Issue Brief: States as Model Employers - Strategies for Moving People with Disabilities into Careers in State Government - 01/01/2011

“California’s SAME initiative, backed by the 2002 Workforce Inclusion Act and Executive Order S-4-05, directs state agencies to improve hiring practices for people with disabilities. The executive order calls for parity between the percentage of Californians with disabilities in the general population and those employed by the state government. It also allows agencies to use the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) database when hiring people with disabilities. LEAP is an alternate process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities through a readiness evaluation and job examination period. Once applicants successfully complete the readiness evaluation, they are added to an eligible referral list that state departments can consult when hiring.   “Interagency collaboration is an important part of the California SAME initiative, as evidenced by the diverse membership of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The SAME initiative is a specific goal of the California Comprehensive Strategy for the Employment of People with Disabilities, developed by the Governor’s Committee.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services “Regional and Local Planning Guidance for PY 2017-2020”

Local workforce development plans are required to ensure a baseline level of WIOA core program alignment compliant with federal regulations at the local level, in and through AJCCs (the state’s One-Stop system) so that core program and mandated services are coordinated, and when appropriate, integrated to make accessible a menu of customizable services available to customers on the basis of their needs (e.g., programs should be accessible to individuals with disabilities and those that are limited English proficient and, in general, should be customer-centered such that customers can access the relevant services for which they are eligible).

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Department of Education “Mentoring Frequently Asked Questions”

• Q: Who issues work permits? • A: Work permits are required in California for any minor student who has not yet graduated and who would like to work. School districts and county offices of education designate their own work permit officials. • • Q: How much student information should an employer receive? A: Student information is confidential. Programs must have written permission from a parent or guardian or, if the student is eighteen years or older, from the student before discussing a student’s situation with employers. Employers should receive enough information that they can assist the student with his or her needs on the job.

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

California Department of Education “Waivers”

• Waiver Process for the California State Board of Education • • The purpose of a waiver is to provide flexibility in a school district or county office of education without undermining the basic intent of the law. The governing board of a school district or county office of education may request a waiver of parts of the California Education Code and regulations. The State Board of Education (SBE) may approve such waivers under the non waivable general waiver authority, sections 33050-33053. Some statutes are excluded from the general waiver authority. • Specific waivers are granted under the authority given to the SBE in various specific Education Code sections and are generally more limited in scope. The specific authority most commonly used is Education Code Section 56101 for students with disabilities. In addition to school districts and county office governing boards, Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA's) may request this waiver for students with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Education

California WorkFirst Military & Veterans Services

~~WorkFirst, a division of Easter Seals Southern California, is our employment service. WorkFirst assists individuals to get and keep paid work.  This service also helps individuals to develop and operate their own business. Learn more here.WorkFirst also provides employment services, resources and other services to assist returning military service members, veterans and their families to secure career opportunities or start their own business through the Bob Hope Veterans Employment Program. 

“orkFirst offers employment services in the San Diego area to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans.  Veterans do not need to have a disability to use this service.   Our employment service is individually tailored, one-on-one, customized support for veterans transitioning out of the military, and for a veteran’s spouse/registered domestic partner who has a disability that prevents them from working.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

California Work Activity Program & Supported Employment Programs Service Codes & Hourly Rates

This document states the service codes and hourly rates for the WAP and SEPs in California.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

California Government Code §§12803.6

Requires the California Department of Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create “a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment,” including ensuring that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Unemployment Insurance Code §§18000 et seq.

Requires each local workforce investment board to establish at least one comprehensive one-stop career center that includes accessible services for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. Policy-related responsibilities of the committee were first defined in the Workforce Inclusion Act (Aroner, Statutes of 2002) and amended as part of the Budget Act of 2011, under Assembly Bill 119. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to: 1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population. 2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals. 3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants .”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Project (Draft)

The departments agree that all working age youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities will have the choice and opportunity to prepare for, or work in jobs that are integrated within the general workforce and work side-by-side with co-workers with and without disabilities, earning benefits and competitive wages or income from self-employment or microenterprise, and have the opportunity to prepare for or achieve professional and career advancement.”

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

Blueprint for Reform for Individuals with Disabilities

“The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Department of Education (CDE), and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State's ‘Employment First’ policy and other laws to make employment in an integrated setting, at competitive wage, for individuals with Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.   “DOR, CDE, and DDS, in conjunction with Disability Rights California will meet with stakeholders to make recommendations on a plan to identify changes in policies, practices, statutes, or regulations in order to improve integrated, competitive employment outcomes for individuals with ID/DD.”  

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


“Local Partnership Agreement Template" - 06/17/2017

~~“The California Department of Education (CDE), the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seek to foster an environment of collaboration to increase competitive integrated employment (CIE) opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Competitive Integrated Employment is described in plain language by the motto: “Real Work for Real Pay in the Real World.” The term means working for pay (at least minimum wage) in the community alongside people without disabilities. Work can be full-time (up to 40 hours per week) or part-time with the same level of benefits and opportunities for advancement as other employees.

The CIE Blueprint outlines the collaborative efforts between the three departments on a statewide level. A Local Partnership Agreement (LPA) identifies the ways in which partners will work together on a local level. Each agreement is built around the core partners of one or more local educational agencies (LEA), one or more DOR district, and one or more regional centers, and can include any number of additional local community partners.”

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

San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Client Advisory Committee - 05/10/2016

The Client Advisory Commettee members continued their discussion regarding the Employment First Policy. The first step in the implementation plan will be to conduct regional meetings for SDRC Service Coordinators to discuss the Employment First Policy and what it means for service coordinators and clients A power point has been developed and resource information It will be developed and distributed during the trainings. It is anticipated that these trainings will occur during June and July 2016. CAC members will be encouraged to participate at each SDRC location. Other steps included in the Implementation Plan include training for clients and families, integration with our community partners and outreach with employers in the community Addendum: August 2016 Consistent with the Employment First Policy, that the Board passed on March 8, 2016, SDRC will increase the number of people with developmental disabilities that we employ from four to seven (an additional three positions). “Client Advisory Committee, in conjunction with SDRC staff , are developing a presentation regarding the Employment First Policy to be provided to service coordinators

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

CA Employment First Memorandum of Understanding - 12/12/2014

This project will use a multi-faceted approach to apply key elements from high performing states in integrated competitive employment and principles of Collaborative Leadership. A unified value, vision, and expectation for competitive integrated employment will be established and will serve as the basis for the strategies used for stimulating policy to practice, training, technical assistance, and a shared method for monitoring progress through available state and local employment data.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First Committee Annual Report (Partnerships) - 01/16/2013

The Council participates in the Alliance for Full Participation California team. The AFP is a collaboration of major national organizations (including the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) serving or advocating for improved employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The California team is facilitated by the Arc of California. The Council has also started coordinating with the California Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, established by statute to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Additionally, members of the Employment First Committee continue to actively work with key groups throughout the state to promote Employment First. 

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence - 07/02/2007

Project Overview: Grant number, name and location: Customized Employment - 01, San Diego, CA, E-9-4-1-0081 Grant recipient: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc. Project Lead: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

Subcontractors: Five One-Stop Centers; Access Center (an assistive technology technical assistance resource center); and the University Center on Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) at San Diego University.

  Early on, the grantee subcontracted most of its activities to Community Service Providers (Goodwill and Able/Disabled primarily), but radically changed its structure after two years to internalize the activities of the grant in its own system.   Key Lessons/Accomplishments Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and WIB administrative agencies are key players in workforce policy issues, if they choose to take a strong role Performance measures are a manageable challenge when treated constructively by the WIB Lack of experience is a key barrier to customized business-outreach efforts Grant structure (and overuse of subcontractors) severely hinders the capacity for systems and policy change.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY)

CECY (pronounced SEE-SEE) is a “collaboration of 45+ representatives of 23 state agencies, centers, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities.”   Their mission is to, “stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in integrated competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Breaking Barriers San Diego - 01/07/2016

“A new program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD), assists individuals with disabilities with finding permanent part-time or full-time jobs of their choice.   The network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites, funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership, will offer customized job placement support based on individuals’ strengths, preferences and skills and an emphasis on starting the job search quickly.   BBSD serves adults with physical and mental disabilities or significant barriers to employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 5) - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

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

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 2) - 10/01/2014

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2011, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

When this grant ended a Round 5 grant was awarded.  Round 5 began in 2014 and will end in 2017.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

College to Career (C2C) - 01/16/2013

"College to Career (C2C) is a collaborative effort of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), and the UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD. This collaboration broke new ground in establishing five, 3-year community college programs that provide youth with intellectual disabilities with education and vocational preparation that will lead to integrated competitive employment".

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence Grantee - Accomplishments and Findings - 07/01/2007

This article summarizes the findings and accomplishments from San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Customized Employment grant.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Grants Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (10/2003) - 10/01/2003

Along with a number of other states, California received funding for multiple grants related to promoting competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. The grants included the Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing Cooperative Agreements, the Innovative State Alignment Grants for Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities through the Use of Intermediaries, and the Intermediary Grants for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities.

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

San Diego State University Interwork Institute’s Creative Support Alternative - Take Charge: Leading the Transition to Adulthood

“The goal of Take Charge is to offer person-driven planning (PDP) to transitioning youth and their families as a strategy to offer skills and experiences resulting in inclusive employment and inclusive lives facilitated by San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) graduate students. In addition, the project will provide educational presentations for students, families, transition teachers, adult service providers, and SDRC staff on the use of PDP to support young adults with developmental disabilities to pursue inclusive employment, including innovative options like micro- enterprise ownership.” Awarded in San Diego County.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

NOCCCD School of Continuing Education - Hands on Job Training Project

“The goal of the Hand –on Job Training project is to empower up to sixteen students who have developmental disabilities to reach their maximum employment potential. Each student will be supported by a Job Coach to learn and practice vital job skills.” Awarded in Orange County.

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

Self-Advocacy for Youth (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This Self-Advocacy for Youth project goal is to promote self-advocacy and leadership of young adults with developmental disabilities by utilizing person centered planning through trainings and group facilitation of consumers and their advocacy support networks.” Awarded in Fresno County.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This project equips young adults with developmental disabilities and their families with the social emotional tools and skill sets necessary for successful transition to adult life. Outfits adult people with developmental disabilities with the social – emotional tools and skill sets necessary to enter and succeed in gainful work opportunities and increase their self-sufficiency.” Awarded in Multiple Counties.

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

Transition2Life Project (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“The Transition2Life Project will provide direct, hands-on training and learning opportunities focusing on effective transitions to inclusive adult lives for young adults with developmental disabilities living in Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties.” 

 

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

The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

The goal of this project is to implement a “Get a Competitive Edge” Work Safe & Self-Advocacy program for consumers and employees with disabilities as part of The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Progressive Employment Concepts (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

 “This project will provide hands on training to staff and clients in the discovery and customized employment process leading to a customized employment outcome for a minimum of two individuals. This project will allow Progressive Employment Concepts to gain the tools needed to have continued success in finding jobs for the individuals we serve, especially those with higher support needs.” Awarded in  Sacramento and Placer Counties.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

California Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (CaPROMISE) Initiative

“The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve the provision and coordination of services for child SSI recipients and their families. The services help child recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. As a result, these child SSI recipients can achieve long-term reductions in reliance on SSI.”

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

CA State Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Committee Annual Report

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Program

Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working toward becoming self-sufficient.   Work Incentives are SSA rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving SSDI and SSI to explore work options and reach their work goals without losing their benefits prematurely. Social Security Work Incentives help beneficiaries remove barriers to work by offering support services and providing a safety net to assist beneficiaries in finding meaningful employment and succeeding in the workplace.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California Employment Consortium for Youth

“California Employment Consortium for Youth: California was awarded a federal 5-year employment systems change grant by The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities in integrated competitive employment (ICE). The State Council is a lead agency along with the Departments of Rehabilitation, Developmental Services and Education. The California Employment Consortium for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY) is a 30 member highly knowledgeable and experienced employment work group comprised of the aforementioned lead state agencies, Youth Self-Advocates, Disability Rights California, the Family Resource Center Network of California, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, California Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, Community of Practice-Secondary Transition, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Tarjan Center UCEDD.

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


“$2 million to assist Californians with disabilities in job searches” - 06/19/2017

~~“People with disabilities in 13 counties will get additional help in landing employment with $2 million in grants announced by the California Employment Development Department today. The Disability Employment Accelerator grants assist people with disabilities obtain skills needed for employment in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, transportation, and healthcare.The disability employment assistance funds will help prepare job seekers with skills and training needed for careers and then connect them with hiring businesses. The organizations receiving the grants will use “earn-and-learn” strategies that empower people with disabilities to earn incomes while they learn new skills that will help them progress into high-growth industries” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

“Workforce Development: What's in it For You” - 05/10/2017

~~“Workforce Development (WDS), "What's in it for Your Business?" is a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) employer outreach program designed to build collaborative partnerships that create staffing solutions for California businesses. The Workforce Development Section (WDS) develops and coordinates linkages with the business community in order to increase meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) - 03/12/2017

~~“The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to:1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population.2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals.3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities.4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants.

The CCEPD supports an annual event for youth with disabilities. In September of 2015, the CCEPD voted to adopt the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) as the youth event for the years 2016-2018.”

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

CA Employment First: Braiding Day and Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives - 04/09/2015

This Employment First training presentation focuses on different approaches to promoting Employment First and encouraging integrated, community-based employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Some of the strategies include using Discovery and customized employment with Medicaid waiver day services participants through a braided funding approach including Vocational Rehabilitation. This presentation also provides a number of example case studies.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

The California DEI: Effective Practices in Building an Inclusive Workforce

This presentation summarizes California’s experience with the DEI grant as of 2015. It addresses the history of DEI in the state, the objectives, the strategic service delivery components, the promising practices and the hopes for sustainability after the grant.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

California Customized Employment for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

This web page discusses Customized Employment as a “Promising Practice for Supporting Employees with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” particularly in the context of US Service Members and Veterans.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

California Department of Education Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (COP) is located within the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and was formed and funded by the DOE to help improve transition and employment outcomes. This is a voluntary group of educational professionals.   The COP seeks to ensure the seamless transition of services for  youth, ages 16 –22, which will lead to positive post-school outcomes. They carry out their work through a statewide community of practice and a statewide list serve,which disseminates compliance information, resources and evidence-based practices and statewide technical assistance through webinars and conference calls.  Their key goal, with respect to employment ,is integrated ,competitive employment in any area of interest for each individual youth, ages 16-22.  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California Training Initiatives

“Association of Regional Center Agencies – New day Conference. ARCA sponsored the New Day Conference in Pasadena in September 2012. Over 400 attendees participated in sessions focused on innovations in employment and housing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.” “Four- part employment webinar series aimed to create awareness about employment and to provide a discussion forum for families, individual organizations and professionals.” “Working Conference - Driving Forces Behind Successful Postsecondary Education and Employment for Young Adults with ID and Autism held in Sacramento, CA and sponsored by Think College and California Consortium on Postsecondary Educations and the Center for Disability Studies, University of Hawaii. The conference content addressed significant changes in public policy, insight for promoting inclusive strategies through person-centered protocol and interagency team building to support youth success. … Over 100 families, K-12, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and higher education professionals, and students with developmental disabilities attended.” “Three-Part webinar series in Triangulating Postsecondary Education Goals for transition specialists and educators. The series aims at identifying postsecondary goals and aligning them with academic and industry standards. This webinar series was hosted by Community of Practice in Secondary Education (CoP).”  

 

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


California Department of Developmental Services “Amendments to Home and Community Based Services Waiver and 1915(i) plan - 07/01/2016

It is the Department of Developmental Services' intent to amend both the HCBS Waiver and the 1915(i) State Plan in order to obtain federal approval for changes to provider payment rates as a result of the passages of both the State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) which provide for several rate changes and/or increases for some service providers effective July 1, 2016. As required by the federal government, notice must be issued prior to the effective date of the rate changes. The State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) provide for a number of rate changes and/or increases for some service providers. The rate increases, effective July 1, 2016, are only applicable for providers with rates set by the Department (including rates set in statute or regulation), or providers with rates set through negotiation between regional centers and the provider. The rate increases do not apply for providers with usual and customary rates or rates that are set by other entities.

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

California HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has developed a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 14, 2015.  The STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) setting requirements that became effective March 17, 2014.  These regulations are CMS 2249-F and CMS 2296-F, which affect 1915(c) and 1915(i) HCB services waivers and State Plan programs.  

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

CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD (0336.R03.00) - 03/29/2012

"This waiver "provides behavioral intervention, community living arrangements, day service, home health aide, homemaker, prevocational services, respite care, supported employment (enhanced habilitation), chore, communication aides, community-based training, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, FMS, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, optometric/optician services, PERS, prescription lenses and frames, psychology services, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized therapeutic services, speech/hearing and language services, transition/set up expenses, vehicle mods and adaptations for individuals w/autism, DD, IID"

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

California Medicaid State Plan Amendments

The website includes amendments to the California State Plan that were recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Stakeholders can update their copies by following the links and instructions attached to the documents. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

California Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is based on the requirements set forth in Title XIX of the Social Security Act and is a comprehensive written document created by the State of California that describes the nature and scope of its Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program.  It serves as a contractual agreement between the State of California and the federal government and must be administered in conformity with specific requirements of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and regulations outlined in Chapter IV of the Code of Federal Regulations.   The State Plan contains all information necessary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine if the State can receive Federal Financial Participation (FFP).

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

California Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

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

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

CA San Francisco Community Living Support Benefit (0855.R00.00)

Provides care coordination, community living support benefit in licensed settings, behavior assessment and planning, community living support benefit in housing sites, enhanced care coordination, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 21-64

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

California Community Transitions (CCT) (Money Follows the Person)

“In January 2007, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was awarded special federal grant number 1LICMS30149 to implement a Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, “California Community Transitions” (CCT). CCT demonstration services are available through September 30, 2016.   “Lead Organizations employ or contract with transition coordinators who work directly with willing and eligible individuals, support networks, and providers to facilitate and monitor their transition from facilities to community settings. Eligible individuals of all ages with physical and mental disabilities have an opportunity to participate in CCT.”    
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California for Community First Choice

On December 1, 2011, the California Department of Health Care Services submitted the first state plan amendment to implement Section 2401 (the Community First Choice Option) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), providing the provision of medical assistance for home and community-based attendant services including Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and health-related tasks, teaching and demonstration for ADLs, IADLs, and other health -related tasks, back-up systems to ensure the continuity of services, and training on the hiring and maintenance of attendants. California has developed a quality assurance plan to monitor the implementation and efficacy of the Community First Choice Option at the county- and state-levels.   .

 

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Golden State is a place where you can "Find Yourself" through a rewarding career, including those with disabilities who are ready to live the California Dream.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon California's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
39,144,818
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,017,962
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
682,393
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.82%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.13%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 38,332,521 38,802,500 39,144,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,986,776 2,010,783 2,017,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 648,972 669,206 682,393
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 15,628,461 16,063,918 16,406,161
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 32.66% 33.28% 33.82%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.07% 72.19% 73.13%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.90% 7.50% 6.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.80% 21.70% 20.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.30% 15.90% 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,909,790 1,932,270 1,977,622
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 2,110,092 2,118,361 2,119,272
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,704,629 2,705,896 2,726,001
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 330,911 329,510 329,300
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,159,538 1,182,279 1,206,749
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 45,532 45,379 47,104
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 411,684 418,164 439,378
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 15,331 13,609 15,036
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 153,027 164,216 163,388
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 358,768 373,857 376,687

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 38,821 39,924 41,044
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10% 4.20% 4.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 711,206 709,509 699,241

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,197 17,766 18,061
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,724 43,426 44,818
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 154,346 225,908 217,367
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 9.20% 7.90% 8.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.10% 0.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.30% 0.30%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.50% 1.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 10.70% 10.20% 9.60%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 893 419 516
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,360 1,079 1,260
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,227 5,665 6,282
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 40,616 39,165 35,624

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 36,836 42,724 46,021
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 1,968 2,153 2,125
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 921 1,127 1,102
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. 47.00% 52.00% 0.52%
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. 2.42 2.94 2.82

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
21,401
26,902
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1,358 1,572 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,507 1,887 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,694 4,666 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 8,641 10,407 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 5,067 6,555 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,134 1,815 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 25,308 24,121 25,118
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 1,265,531 1,258,695 1,247,320
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 1,496 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $86,214,000 $87,718,000 $90,753,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $56,326,000 $57,097,000 $57,360,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $699,663,000 $753,849,000 $806,409,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 12.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 56,617 59,661 62,857
Number of people served in facility based work. 10,292 10,242 10,036
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 0 N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.10 25.90 26.00

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.60% 56.38% 53.38%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.10% 23.60% 22.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.00% 3.92% 3.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.80% 93.49% 99.41%
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). 32.80% 52.33% 50.41%
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). 41.30% 72.41% 72.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education 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). 80.50% 81.00% 82.17%
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). 8.58% 20.08% 21.97%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 10,193,235
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 12,148
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 123,357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,322,464
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 4,445,821
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 180
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,641
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,821
AbilityOne wages (products). $583,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $61,505,189

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 13 13 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 59 41 36
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 141 135 89
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 8 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 197 137
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 27 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 3,288 2,927
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 22,639 13,278
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 744 486
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 26,698 16,731

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill No. 107 CHAPTER 18 - 06/27/2017

~~“Existing law requires the regional center contracts described above to include, among other things, annual performance objectives, as specified. Existing law also establishes the Employment First Policy, which is the policy that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.

This bill would require the annual performance objectives included in regional center contracts to measure progress, and report outcomes, in implementing the Employment First Policy, as specified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4869 - 06/03/2017

~~“In furtherance of the purposes of this division to make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California ABLE Legislation (AB 1553) - 06/22/2016

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified…   This bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to enter into a multistate contract with an account servicer in order to implement these provisions and to enter into a long-term contract with an account servicer, as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California Employment of Persons with Disabilities (AB 925) - 02/01/2016

"This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment.”

 

“The bill would also require the committee, to the extent that funds are available, to make grants to counties and local workforce investment boards in order to develop local strategies for enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and to fund comprehensive local and regional benefits planning and outreach programs to assist persons with disabilities in removing barriers to work.”

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

California ABLE Legislation (AB 449) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act)…encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill would…conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Corporation Tax Law, as provided. The bill would also establish in state government the ABLE program trust for purposes of implementing the federal ABLE Act. The bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to adopt regulations to implement the program. The bill would create the program fund, a continuously appropriated fund, thereby making an appropriation, and the administrative fund, as specified. The bill would require the board to  Administer the program in compliance with the requirements of the federal ABLE Act.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California ABLE Legislation (SB 324) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill…would conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Personal Income Tax Law, as provided. The bill would create the ABLE Act Board and would require the board provide an annual listing of distributions to individuals that have an interest in an ABLE account to the Franchise Tax Board,as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 287) - 10/02/2015

Signed into law in October 2009, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act establishes an Employment First Committee and calls for the establishment of an Employment First Policy.   This Act “grants persons with developmental disabilities the right to receive services and supports to meet their needs. Existing law requires that the State Department of Developmental Services contract with private nonprofit corporations for the operation of regional centers to obtain services and supports for an individual with a developmental disability in accordance with his or her individual program plan (IPP).”   “This bill would require the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to form a standing Employment First Committee, as specified, to implement an Employment First Policy by July 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, report to the Legislature and the Governor describing the committee’s work and recommendations.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4850.3 - 01/01/2015

·         “The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.”  This section remains in effect only until Jan. 1, 2025.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 1041) - 10/09/2013

“The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”   “This bill would define competitive employment, microenterprises, and self-employment for these purposes. The bill would additionally require the Employment First Committee to identify existing sources of consumer data that can be matched with employment data, as specified, and to recommend goals for measuring employment participation and outcomes for various consumers within the developmental services system. … This bill would require each regional center planning team, when developing an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult, to consider a specified Employment First Policy.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2008 California Legislative Session - 01/01/2009

This is a report on the changes made to AB 5, AB 1183, SB 1175, and SB 1774 and their impact on services for people with developmental disabilities.

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

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4646.5

Addresses the requirements behind creating an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult with developmental disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4868 et seq.

Establishes an Employment First Committee under the authority of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. It pledges to “make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders


California Executive Order S-4-05 - 11/28/2005

“ …WHEREAS, State Government has an opportunity and a responsibility to lead by example, ensuring individuals with disabilities have an open door to the many opportunities in public service;… NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately: 1. All state agencies, departments, boards and commissions shall utilize best efforts with respect to recruitment, hiring, advancement, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and issue clear, written directives to their managers and supervisors prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. 2. Each state agency shall comply with existing law and annually review its hiring practices to identify any barriers to employment of individuals with disabilities, and, in consultation with their disability advisory committee, take appropriate action to eliminate any non job-related barriers to the integration of individuals with disabilities into the workforce. 3. All state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions shall utilize the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) lists in filling vacancies. LEAP lists provide a ready pool of qualified candidates, who happen to have a disability, for a variety of jobs. 4. The State Personnel Board shall provide statewide leadership, in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation, to coordinate and provide technical guidance to fulfill the intent of this executive order…”

 

 

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

Policy


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Disability Employment Accelerator PY 2016-17“AWARD LIST AND PROJECT SUMMARIES” - 06/19/2017

~~“On June 19, 2017, $2 million of WIOA, Governor’s Discretionary 15 percent funds were awarded to seven workforce development agencies under the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) for Program Year (PY) 2016-17 Solicitation for Proposals. Awardee project list and project summaries are listed below. Funding decisions are final.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

2017-18 State Budget Briefing - 06/15/2017

~~“Employment First Policies for Individual with Disabilities:  Adopts trailer bill language that requires that performance objectives included in regional center contracts measure progress and outcomes in implementing the Employment First policy.  Updates the rate paid for vouchered community-based training services and specified supportive employment services to $14.99 per hour and $36.57 per hour, respectively, to reflect the rate increases provided in 2016 enacted legislation, Assembly Bill X2 1 (Thurmond), Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016”.

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

California Department of Developmental Services “2014-2015 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 05/17/2017

~~“This report summarizes economic and employment outcomes for DDS consumers with ID/DD.  Consumer information is used to develop program evaluation processes, project growth in costs, and develop future outcome-based program changes. Age group reports, such as a report showing data for 22-31 year olds, provide a look at how education is preparing young adults who are transitioning from school to work and day programs.

The DDS Employment and Day Program Annual Report includes community caseloads, age of individuals served by DDS, purchase of service (POS) dollars expended by service type, percentage of consumers employed by year, statewide counts of persons receiving services, per person costs, and percentage of consumers staying in the same service type year to year. The report includes data aggregated by the following services and/or categories:• Supported Employment Program (SEP) Individual• SEP Group• Work Activity Programs (WAP)• Day Programs• Look Alike Day Programs• Combination of two or more programs• Not In Day Programs or Work Programs”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

WIOA Local Workforce Plan 2017-2020 - 05/10/2017

~~“The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board’s Local Plan outlines the vision of its workforce development system to prepare and place individuals into self-sufficient employment, focuses on career pathway employment opportunities, and emphasizes strategies for system collaboration. The three pillars of the Local Plan are: improving the skills (up-skilling) of the workforce; employer engagement focused on sectors; and system building through collaboration. The strategies include:• Focusing on education and training for all job seekers (adults, youth, dislocated and incumbent) by emphasizing credentials and high school graduation attainment.• Engaging employers and industry groups to develop strong sector pathways to address the evolving demands of the economy and the required workplace skills.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

State Council on Developmental Disabilities. (2015). Employment First Committee annual report. - 04/28/2017

~~• ‘Since the national recession, California’s economy has strengthened, especially over the last few years. However, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are not benefiting from one of the strongest economies in the world. However, there is some good news. There are major policy changes underway designed to improve employment for people with I/DD. Well-meaning practices have typically placed people into segregated settings, often receiving subminimum wages.• • These programs are often leave participants less prepared to enter traditional employment than if they had never participated in the program.• • California’s Employment First Policy paired with local projects and national efforts, like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and changes in the Home and Community Based Services waiver program, should begin to improve employment for people with I/DD.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Youth And Subminimum Wage Employment” - 02/16/2017

~~“The foundation of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is the principle that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving high quality Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) when provided the necessary services and supports. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) ensures all individuals with disabilities are provided the necessary services and supports to achieve CIE. This is especially true for youth 24 years of age or younger, as the WIOA emphasizes that youth with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to receive the services they need to achieve employment outcomes in CIE.

The WIOA further reinforces the congressional intent that CIE is the preferred employment outcome by placing limitations on the use of subminimum wage (SMW), especially for youth. The limitations include prescriptive timelines for the transmission of documentation from the school to the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The DOR requires that any youth seeking SMW employment is provided mandatory services and documentation prior to working at SMW. Mandatory services include multiple opportunities to discuss and explore CIE in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“For Employers” on 14(c) subminimum wages - 01/25/2017

~~“Section 511 prohibits employers from paying a subminimum wage to individuals with disabilities unless each individual is provided career counseling and information and referral services (CC&IR) at required intervals. Employers must also provide the individual with information about self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer mentoring training opportunities in the community. WIOA also requires 14(c) certificate holders to maintain documentation that individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, receive CC&IR services at least once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. For individuals hired at subminimum wage on or after July 22, 2016, CC&IR services must be provided every six months for the first year of employment and annually thereafter.

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is available to provide federally required CC&IR services for your employees receiving subminimum wage. Included in the career counseling, employees will learn about federal and state programs and local resources that offer employment-related services and supports designed to enable the individual to explore, experience, and attain competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition Planning” - 01/01/2017

~~• “This Web page offers resources and guidelines for assisting educators, parents, and agency partners to improve compliance with state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to transition age youth and improve post-high school outcomes. These resources supplement the California Transition Alliance’s document, Transition Planning: The Basics. Resources are organized into five categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living, Compliance, and the Guideposts for Success document.”

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

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2017-2021 State Plan - 08/04/2016

~~“Goal 2: Employment Californians with I/DD and their families reflecting the diversity of the state will have increased information to obtain competitive, integrated employment. 1. The Council will increase and promote culturally competent strategies and resources that facilitate competitive, integrated employment (CIE) of people with I/DD. 2. The Council, in consultation with its federal partners, will increase identification, advocacy and/or sponsorship of legislative, regulatory, policy, procedure and/or practice changes to increase CIE for people with I/DD.”

Systems
  • Other

California Department of Developmental Services “Supported Employment Program – Individual Forms” - 07/20/2016

These forms are to be used by work service (formerly Habilitation) providers and regional centers to process This page has links to forms for the Supported Employment Program both for individuals and groups, Work Services information, and Vocational Rehabilitation for such things as service plans, monthly reports, referrals, program changes The Excel forms can be downloaded and completed using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. The PDF instructions can be downloaded and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. For further information, please read the instructions accompanying each form.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

California Department of Developmental Services “2013-2014 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 07/12/2016

• The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to providing leadership resulting in quality services to the people of California with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and assuring the opportunity for individuals to exercise their right to make choices. This includes supporting individuals with ID/DD to achieve competitive integrated employment. This report summarizes employment-related data compiled from a variety of sources, including California state agencies and national sources. This report • describes the types of day and employment services provided to adults with ID/DD, the comparative costs of those services, and the earnings. In addition, this report provides a breakdown of services by a variety of demographic information such as age, gender and ethnicity. • Background: DDS is one of 12 departments and 1 board comprising the California Health and Human Services Agency. DDS through • The Work Services Section, oversees and • administers services provided by 21 regional centers (RC) and three developmental centers • (DC), (Lanterman the fourth DC, transitioned the last resident into the community December 2014, the Outpatient Clinic closed June 30, 2015) to address employment needs of people with ID/DD.

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

California Department of Rehabilitation State Plan And Triennial Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) - 04/21/2016

“The Department of Rehabilitation prepares a State Plan annually that describes how California provides rehabilitation services. You may review the recent State Plans below. In addition, the Department of Rehabilitation conducts a comprehensive statewide assessment of the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities in California. The CSNA Final Report includes the results and recommendations identified from the federally required needs assessment conducted during each triennial period."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

California Fair Employment and Housing Regulations - 04/01/2016

Reasonable Accommodations -The interactive process requires an individualized assessment of (1) the job requirements and (2) the specific limitations of the individual that are directly related to the need for accommodation (§ 11064(b).) - It is unlawful to discriminate or retaliate against a person for requesting reasonable accommodation based on mental or physical disability. (§ 11068(k).) (enacted April 1, 2016)

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2011-2016 State Plan: 2013-14 Program Performance Report - 03/02/2015

The annual report of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: current policy and grants, progress toward meeting their goals for servicing people with disabilities, as well as advice for improving their services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) - 01/08/2014

 “Required by Government Code Sections 19240-19233, the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is an alternate examination and appointment process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities into California civil service employment. LEAP provides an alternative way to demonstrate qualifications for employment than the transitional state civil service examination process. LEAP candidates must be certified by the Department of Rehabilitation and have their LEAP certificate information entered into CalHR's database by the Examination Services Program prior to admittance into the LEAP exam process. Once a candidate is approved for LEAP exams, he/she may take LEAP exams as well as traditional civil service exams to obtain list eligibility. List eligibility allows for the candidate to apply for any LEAP exams.”

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

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (2012) Employment First Committee Annual Report - 01/16/2013

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NTAR Issue Brief: States as Model Employers - Strategies for Moving People with Disabilities into Careers in State Government - 01/01/2011

“California’s SAME initiative, backed by the 2002 Workforce Inclusion Act and Executive Order S-4-05, directs state agencies to improve hiring practices for people with disabilities. The executive order calls for parity between the percentage of Californians with disabilities in the general population and those employed by the state government. It also allows agencies to use the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) database when hiring people with disabilities. LEAP is an alternate process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities through a readiness evaluation and job examination period. Once applicants successfully complete the readiness evaluation, they are added to an eligible referral list that state departments can consult when hiring.   “Interagency collaboration is an important part of the California SAME initiative, as evidenced by the diverse membership of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The SAME initiative is a specific goal of the California Comprehensive Strategy for the Employment of People with Disabilities, developed by the Governor’s Committee.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services “Regional and Local Planning Guidance for PY 2017-2020”

Local workforce development plans are required to ensure a baseline level of WIOA core program alignment compliant with federal regulations at the local level, in and through AJCCs (the state’s One-Stop system) so that core program and mandated services are coordinated, and when appropriate, integrated to make accessible a menu of customizable services available to customers on the basis of their needs (e.g., programs should be accessible to individuals with disabilities and those that are limited English proficient and, in general, should be customer-centered such that customers can access the relevant services for which they are eligible).

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Department of Education “Mentoring Frequently Asked Questions”

• Q: Who issues work permits? • A: Work permits are required in California for any minor student who has not yet graduated and who would like to work. School districts and county offices of education designate their own work permit officials. • • Q: How much student information should an employer receive? A: Student information is confidential. Programs must have written permission from a parent or guardian or, if the student is eighteen years or older, from the student before discussing a student’s situation with employers. Employers should receive enough information that they can assist the student with his or her needs on the job.

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

California Department of Education “Waivers”

• Waiver Process for the California State Board of Education • • The purpose of a waiver is to provide flexibility in a school district or county office of education without undermining the basic intent of the law. The governing board of a school district or county office of education may request a waiver of parts of the California Education Code and regulations. The State Board of Education (SBE) may approve such waivers under the non waivable general waiver authority, sections 33050-33053. Some statutes are excluded from the general waiver authority. • Specific waivers are granted under the authority given to the SBE in various specific Education Code sections and are generally more limited in scope. The specific authority most commonly used is Education Code Section 56101 for students with disabilities. In addition to school districts and county office governing boards, Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA's) may request this waiver for students with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Education

California WorkFirst Military & Veterans Services

~~WorkFirst, a division of Easter Seals Southern California, is our employment service. WorkFirst assists individuals to get and keep paid work.  This service also helps individuals to develop and operate their own business. Learn more here.WorkFirst also provides employment services, resources and other services to assist returning military service members, veterans and their families to secure career opportunities or start their own business through the Bob Hope Veterans Employment Program. 

“orkFirst offers employment services in the San Diego area to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans.  Veterans do not need to have a disability to use this service.   Our employment service is individually tailored, one-on-one, customized support for veterans transitioning out of the military, and for a veteran’s spouse/registered domestic partner who has a disability that prevents them from working.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

California Work Activity Program & Supported Employment Programs Service Codes & Hourly Rates

This document states the service codes and hourly rates for the WAP and SEPs in California.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

California Government Code §§12803.6

Requires the California Department of Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create “a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment,” including ensuring that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Unemployment Insurance Code §§18000 et seq.

Requires each local workforce investment board to establish at least one comprehensive one-stop career center that includes accessible services for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. Policy-related responsibilities of the committee were first defined in the Workforce Inclusion Act (Aroner, Statutes of 2002) and amended as part of the Budget Act of 2011, under Assembly Bill 119. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to: 1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population. 2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals. 3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants .”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Project (Draft)

The departments agree that all working age youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities will have the choice and opportunity to prepare for, or work in jobs that are integrated within the general workforce and work side-by-side with co-workers with and without disabilities, earning benefits and competitive wages or income from self-employment or microenterprise, and have the opportunity to prepare for or achieve professional and career advancement.”

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

Blueprint for Reform for Individuals with Disabilities

“The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Department of Education (CDE), and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State's ‘Employment First’ policy and other laws to make employment in an integrated setting, at competitive wage, for individuals with Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.   “DOR, CDE, and DDS, in conjunction with Disability Rights California will meet with stakeholders to make recommendations on a plan to identify changes in policies, practices, statutes, or regulations in order to improve integrated, competitive employment outcomes for individuals with ID/DD.”  

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


“Local Partnership Agreement Template" - 06/17/2017

~~“The California Department of Education (CDE), the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seek to foster an environment of collaboration to increase competitive integrated employment (CIE) opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Competitive Integrated Employment is described in plain language by the motto: “Real Work for Real Pay in the Real World.” The term means working for pay (at least minimum wage) in the community alongside people without disabilities. Work can be full-time (up to 40 hours per week) or part-time with the same level of benefits and opportunities for advancement as other employees.

The CIE Blueprint outlines the collaborative efforts between the three departments on a statewide level. A Local Partnership Agreement (LPA) identifies the ways in which partners will work together on a local level. Each agreement is built around the core partners of one or more local educational agencies (LEA), one or more DOR district, and one or more regional centers, and can include any number of additional local community partners.”

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

San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Client Advisory Committee - 05/10/2016

The Client Advisory Commettee members continued their discussion regarding the Employment First Policy. The first step in the implementation plan will be to conduct regional meetings for SDRC Service Coordinators to discuss the Employment First Policy and what it means for service coordinators and clients A power point has been developed and resource information It will be developed and distributed during the trainings. It is anticipated that these trainings will occur during June and July 2016. CAC members will be encouraged to participate at each SDRC location. Other steps included in the Implementation Plan include training for clients and families, integration with our community partners and outreach with employers in the community Addendum: August 2016 Consistent with the Employment First Policy, that the Board passed on March 8, 2016, SDRC will increase the number of people with developmental disabilities that we employ from four to seven (an additional three positions). “Client Advisory Committee, in conjunction with SDRC staff , are developing a presentation regarding the Employment First Policy to be provided to service coordinators

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

CA Employment First Memorandum of Understanding - 12/12/2014

This project will use a multi-faceted approach to apply key elements from high performing states in integrated competitive employment and principles of Collaborative Leadership. A unified value, vision, and expectation for competitive integrated employment will be established and will serve as the basis for the strategies used for stimulating policy to practice, training, technical assistance, and a shared method for monitoring progress through available state and local employment data.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First Committee Annual Report (Partnerships) - 01/16/2013

The Council participates in the Alliance for Full Participation California team. The AFP is a collaboration of major national organizations (including the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) serving or advocating for improved employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The California team is facilitated by the Arc of California. The Council has also started coordinating with the California Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, established by statute to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Additionally, members of the Employment First Committee continue to actively work with key groups throughout the state to promote Employment First. 

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence - 07/02/2007

Project Overview: Grant number, name and location: Customized Employment - 01, San Diego, CA, E-9-4-1-0081 Grant recipient: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc. Project Lead: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

Subcontractors: Five One-Stop Centers; Access Center (an assistive technology technical assistance resource center); and the University Center on Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) at San Diego University.

  Early on, the grantee subcontracted most of its activities to Community Service Providers (Goodwill and Able/Disabled primarily), but radically changed its structure after two years to internalize the activities of the grant in its own system.   Key Lessons/Accomplishments Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and WIB administrative agencies are key players in workforce policy issues, if they choose to take a strong role Performance measures are a manageable challenge when treated constructively by the WIB Lack of experience is a key barrier to customized business-outreach efforts Grant structure (and overuse of subcontractors) severely hinders the capacity for systems and policy change.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY)

CECY (pronounced SEE-SEE) is a “collaboration of 45+ representatives of 23 state agencies, centers, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities.”   Their mission is to, “stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in integrated competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Breaking Barriers San Diego - 01/07/2016

“A new program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD), assists individuals with disabilities with finding permanent part-time or full-time jobs of their choice.   The network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites, funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership, will offer customized job placement support based on individuals’ strengths, preferences and skills and an emphasis on starting the job search quickly.   BBSD serves adults with physical and mental disabilities or significant barriers to employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 5) - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

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

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 2) - 10/01/2014

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2011, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

When this grant ended a Round 5 grant was awarded.  Round 5 began in 2014 and will end in 2017.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

College to Career (C2C) - 01/16/2013

"College to Career (C2C) is a collaborative effort of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), and the UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD. This collaboration broke new ground in establishing five, 3-year community college programs that provide youth with intellectual disabilities with education and vocational preparation that will lead to integrated competitive employment".

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence Grantee - Accomplishments and Findings - 07/01/2007

This article summarizes the findings and accomplishments from San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Customized Employment grant.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Grants Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (10/2003) - 10/01/2003

Along with a number of other states, California received funding for multiple grants related to promoting competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. The grants included the Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing Cooperative Agreements, the Innovative State Alignment Grants for Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities through the Use of Intermediaries, and the Intermediary Grants for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities.

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

San Diego State University Interwork Institute’s Creative Support Alternative - Take Charge: Leading the Transition to Adulthood

“The goal of Take Charge is to offer person-driven planning (PDP) to transitioning youth and their families as a strategy to offer skills and experiences resulting in inclusive employment and inclusive lives facilitated by San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) graduate students. In addition, the project will provide educational presentations for students, families, transition teachers, adult service providers, and SDRC staff on the use of PDP to support young adults with developmental disabilities to pursue inclusive employment, including innovative options like micro- enterprise ownership.” Awarded in San Diego County.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

NOCCCD School of Continuing Education - Hands on Job Training Project

“The goal of the Hand –on Job Training project is to empower up to sixteen students who have developmental disabilities to reach their maximum employment potential. Each student will be supported by a Job Coach to learn and practice vital job skills.” Awarded in Orange County.

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

Self-Advocacy for Youth (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This Self-Advocacy for Youth project goal is to promote self-advocacy and leadership of young adults with developmental disabilities by utilizing person centered planning through trainings and group facilitation of consumers and their advocacy support networks.” Awarded in Fresno County.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This project equips young adults with developmental disabilities and their families with the social emotional tools and skill sets necessary for successful transition to adult life. Outfits adult people with developmental disabilities with the social – emotional tools and skill sets necessary to enter and succeed in gainful work opportunities and increase their self-sufficiency.” Awarded in Multiple Counties.

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

Transition2Life Project (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“The Transition2Life Project will provide direct, hands-on training and learning opportunities focusing on effective transitions to inclusive adult lives for young adults with developmental disabilities living in Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties.” 

 

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

The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

The goal of this project is to implement a “Get a Competitive Edge” Work Safe & Self-Advocacy program for consumers and employees with disabilities as part of The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Progressive Employment Concepts (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

 “This project will provide hands on training to staff and clients in the discovery and customized employment process leading to a customized employment outcome for a minimum of two individuals. This project will allow Progressive Employment Concepts to gain the tools needed to have continued success in finding jobs for the individuals we serve, especially those with higher support needs.” Awarded in  Sacramento and Placer Counties.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

California Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (CaPROMISE) Initiative

“The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve the provision and coordination of services for child SSI recipients and their families. The services help child recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. As a result, these child SSI recipients can achieve long-term reductions in reliance on SSI.”

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

CA State Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Committee Annual Report

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Program

Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working toward becoming self-sufficient.   Work Incentives are SSA rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving SSDI and SSI to explore work options and reach their work goals without losing their benefits prematurely. Social Security Work Incentives help beneficiaries remove barriers to work by offering support services and providing a safety net to assist beneficiaries in finding meaningful employment and succeeding in the workplace.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California Employment Consortium for Youth

“California Employment Consortium for Youth: California was awarded a federal 5-year employment systems change grant by The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities in integrated competitive employment (ICE). The State Council is a lead agency along with the Departments of Rehabilitation, Developmental Services and Education. The California Employment Consortium for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY) is a 30 member highly knowledgeable and experienced employment work group comprised of the aforementioned lead state agencies, Youth Self-Advocates, Disability Rights California, the Family Resource Center Network of California, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, California Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, Community of Practice-Secondary Transition, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Tarjan Center UCEDD.

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


“$2 million to assist Californians with disabilities in job searches” - 06/19/2017

~~“People with disabilities in 13 counties will get additional help in landing employment with $2 million in grants announced by the California Employment Development Department today. The Disability Employment Accelerator grants assist people with disabilities obtain skills needed for employment in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, transportation, and healthcare.The disability employment assistance funds will help prepare job seekers with skills and training needed for careers and then connect them with hiring businesses. The organizations receiving the grants will use “earn-and-learn” strategies that empower people with disabilities to earn incomes while they learn new skills that will help them progress into high-growth industries” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

“Workforce Development: What's in it For You” - 05/10/2017

~~“Workforce Development (WDS), "What's in it for Your Business?" is a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) employer outreach program designed to build collaborative partnerships that create staffing solutions for California businesses. The Workforce Development Section (WDS) develops and coordinates linkages with the business community in order to increase meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) - 03/12/2017

~~“The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to:1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population.2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals.3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities.4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants.

The CCEPD supports an annual event for youth with disabilities. In September of 2015, the CCEPD voted to adopt the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) as the youth event for the years 2016-2018.”

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

CA Employment First: Braiding Day and Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives - 04/09/2015

This Employment First training presentation focuses on different approaches to promoting Employment First and encouraging integrated, community-based employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Some of the strategies include using Discovery and customized employment with Medicaid waiver day services participants through a braided funding approach including Vocational Rehabilitation. This presentation also provides a number of example case studies.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

The California DEI: Effective Practices in Building an Inclusive Workforce

This presentation summarizes California’s experience with the DEI grant as of 2015. It addresses the history of DEI in the state, the objectives, the strategic service delivery components, the promising practices and the hopes for sustainability after the grant.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

California Customized Employment for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

This web page discusses Customized Employment as a “Promising Practice for Supporting Employees with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” particularly in the context of US Service Members and Veterans.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

California Department of Education Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (COP) is located within the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and was formed and funded by the DOE to help improve transition and employment outcomes. This is a voluntary group of educational professionals.   The COP seeks to ensure the seamless transition of services for  youth, ages 16 –22, which will lead to positive post-school outcomes. They carry out their work through a statewide community of practice and a statewide list serve,which disseminates compliance information, resources and evidence-based practices and statewide technical assistance through webinars and conference calls.  Their key goal, with respect to employment ,is integrated ,competitive employment in any area of interest for each individual youth, ages 16-22.  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California Training Initiatives

“Association of Regional Center Agencies – New day Conference. ARCA sponsored the New Day Conference in Pasadena in September 2012. Over 400 attendees participated in sessions focused on innovations in employment and housing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.” “Four- part employment webinar series aimed to create awareness about employment and to provide a discussion forum for families, individual organizations and professionals.” “Working Conference - Driving Forces Behind Successful Postsecondary Education and Employment for Young Adults with ID and Autism held in Sacramento, CA and sponsored by Think College and California Consortium on Postsecondary Educations and the Center for Disability Studies, University of Hawaii. The conference content addressed significant changes in public policy, insight for promoting inclusive strategies through person-centered protocol and interagency team building to support youth success. … Over 100 families, K-12, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and higher education professionals, and students with developmental disabilities attended.” “Three-Part webinar series in Triangulating Postsecondary Education Goals for transition specialists and educators. The series aims at identifying postsecondary goals and aligning them with academic and industry standards. This webinar series was hosted by Community of Practice in Secondary Education (CoP).”  

 

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


California Department of Developmental Services “Amendments to Home and Community Based Services Waiver and 1915(i) plan - 07/01/2016

It is the Department of Developmental Services' intent to amend both the HCBS Waiver and the 1915(i) State Plan in order to obtain federal approval for changes to provider payment rates as a result of the passages of both the State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) which provide for several rate changes and/or increases for some service providers effective July 1, 2016. As required by the federal government, notice must be issued prior to the effective date of the rate changes. The State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) provide for a number of rate changes and/or increases for some service providers. The rate increases, effective July 1, 2016, are only applicable for providers with rates set by the Department (including rates set in statute or regulation), or providers with rates set through negotiation between regional centers and the provider. The rate increases do not apply for providers with usual and customary rates or rates that are set by other entities.

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

California HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has developed a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 14, 2015.  The STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) setting requirements that became effective March 17, 2014.  These regulations are CMS 2249-F and CMS 2296-F, which affect 1915(c) and 1915(i) HCB services waivers and State Plan programs.  

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

CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD (0336.R03.00) - 03/29/2012

"This waiver "provides behavioral intervention, community living arrangements, day service, home health aide, homemaker, prevocational services, respite care, supported employment (enhanced habilitation), chore, communication aides, community-based training, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, FMS, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, optometric/optician services, PERS, prescription lenses and frames, psychology services, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized therapeutic services, speech/hearing and language services, transition/set up expenses, vehicle mods and adaptations for individuals w/autism, DD, IID"

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

California Medicaid State Plan Amendments

The website includes amendments to the California State Plan that were recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Stakeholders can update their copies by following the links and instructions attached to the documents. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

California Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is based on the requirements set forth in Title XIX of the Social Security Act and is a comprehensive written document created by the State of California that describes the nature and scope of its Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program.  It serves as a contractual agreement between the State of California and the federal government and must be administered in conformity with specific requirements of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and regulations outlined in Chapter IV of the Code of Federal Regulations.   The State Plan contains all information necessary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine if the State can receive Federal Financial Participation (FFP).

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

California Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

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

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

CA San Francisco Community Living Support Benefit (0855.R00.00)

Provides care coordination, community living support benefit in licensed settings, behavior assessment and planning, community living support benefit in housing sites, enhanced care coordination, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 21-64

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

California Community Transitions (CCT) (Money Follows the Person)

“In January 2007, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was awarded special federal grant number 1LICMS30149 to implement a Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, “California Community Transitions” (CCT). CCT demonstration services are available through September 30, 2016.   “Lead Organizations employ or contract with transition coordinators who work directly with willing and eligible individuals, support networks, and providers to facilitate and monitor their transition from facilities to community settings. Eligible individuals of all ages with physical and mental disabilities have an opportunity to participate in CCT.”    
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California for Community First Choice

On December 1, 2011, the California Department of Health Care Services submitted the first state plan amendment to implement Section 2401 (the Community First Choice Option) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), providing the provision of medical assistance for home and community-based attendant services including Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and health-related tasks, teaching and demonstration for ADLs, IADLs, and other health -related tasks, back-up systems to ensure the continuity of services, and training on the hiring and maintenance of attendants. California has developed a quality assurance plan to monitor the implementation and efficacy of the Community First Choice Option at the county- and state-levels.   .

 

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Golden State is a place where you can "Find Yourself" through a rewarding career, including those with disabilities who are ready to live the California Dream.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon California's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
39,144,818
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,017,962
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
682,393
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.82%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.13%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 39,144,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 2,017,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 682,393
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 16,406,161
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.82%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.13%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,977,622
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 2,119,272
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,726,001
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 329,300
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,206,749
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 47,104
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 439,378
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 15,036
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 163,388
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 376,687

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 41,044
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 699,241

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 18,061
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 44,818
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 217,367
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 9.60%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 516
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,260
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,282
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 35,624

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 46,021
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 2,125
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,102
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. 0.52%
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. 2.82

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 25,118
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 1,247,320
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $90,753,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $57,360,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $806,409,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 62,857
Number of people served in facility based work. 10,036
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.00

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.38%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.41%
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). 50.41%
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). 72.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education 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). 82.17%
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). 21.97%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 10,193,235
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 12,148
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 123,357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 4,322,464
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 4,445,821
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 180
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,641
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,821
AbilityOne wages (products). $583,952
AbilityOne wages (services). $61,505,189

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 36
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 89
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 137
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 40
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2,927
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 13,278
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 486
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 16,731

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill No. 107 CHAPTER 18 - 06/27/2017

~~“Existing law requires the regional center contracts described above to include, among other things, annual performance objectives, as specified. Existing law also establishes the Employment First Policy, which is the policy that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.

This bill would require the annual performance objectives included in regional center contracts to measure progress, and report outcomes, in implementing the Employment First Policy, as specified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4869 - 06/03/2017

~~“In furtherance of the purposes of this division to make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California ABLE Legislation (AB 1553) - 06/22/2016

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified…   This bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to enter into a multistate contract with an account servicer in order to implement these provisions and to enter into a long-term contract with an account servicer, as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California Employment of Persons with Disabilities (AB 925) - 02/01/2016

"This bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment.”

 

“The bill would also require the committee, to the extent that funds are available, to make grants to counties and local workforce investment boards in order to develop local strategies for enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and to fund comprehensive local and regional benefits planning and outreach programs to assist persons with disabilities in removing barriers to work.”

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

California ABLE Legislation (AB 449) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act)…encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill would…conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Corporation Tax Law, as provided. The bill would also establish in state government the ABLE program trust for purposes of implementing the federal ABLE Act. The bill would authorize the ABLE Act Board to adopt regulations to implement the program. The bill would create the program fund, a continuously appropriated fund, thereby making an appropriation, and the administrative fund, as specified. The bill would require the board to  Administer the program in compliance with the requirements of the federal ABLE Act.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

California ABLE Legislation (SB 324) - 10/11/2015

Existing federal law, the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act… encourages and assists individuals and families to save private funds for the purpose of supporting persons with disabilities to maintain their health, independence, and quality of life by excluding from gross income distributions used for qualified disability expenses by a beneficiary of a Qualified ABLE Program established and maintained by a state, as specified.   This bill…would conform to these federal income tax law provisions relating to the ABLE Act under the Personal Income Tax Law, as provided. The bill would create the ABLE Act Board and would require the board provide an annual listing of distributions to individuals that have an interest in an ABLE account to the Franchise Tax Board,as provided.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 287) - 10/02/2015

Signed into law in October 2009, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act establishes an Employment First Committee and calls for the establishment of an Employment First Policy.   This Act “grants persons with developmental disabilities the right to receive services and supports to meet their needs. Existing law requires that the State Department of Developmental Services contract with private nonprofit corporations for the operation of regional centers to obtain services and supports for an individual with a developmental disability in accordance with his or her individual program plan (IPP).”   “This bill would require the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to form a standing Employment First Committee, as specified, to implement an Employment First Policy by July 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, report to the Legislature and the Governor describing the committee’s work and recommendations.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4850.3 - 01/01/2015

·         “The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and support to individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism.”  This section remains in effect only until Jan. 1, 2025.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (AB 1041) - 10/09/2013

“The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act authorizes the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide support and services to individuals with developmental disabilities.”   “This bill would define competitive employment, microenterprises, and self-employment for these purposes. The bill would additionally require the Employment First Committee to identify existing sources of consumer data that can be matched with employment data, as specified, and to recommend goals for measuring employment participation and outcomes for various consumers within the developmental services system. … This bill would require each regional center planning team, when developing an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult, to consider a specified Employment First Policy.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

2008 California Legislative Session - 01/01/2009

This is a report on the changes made to AB 5, AB 1183, SB 1175, and SB 1774 and their impact on services for people with developmental disabilities.

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

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §4646.5

Addresses the requirements behind creating an individual program plan for a transition age youth or working age adult with developmental disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Cal. Welfare and Institutions Code §§4868 et seq.

Establishes an Employment First Committee under the authority of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. It pledges to “make services and supports available to enable persons with developmental disabilities to approximate the pattern of everyday living available to people without disabilities of the same age, to support the integration of persons with developmental disabilities into the mainstream life of the community, and to bring about more independent, productive, and normal lives for the persons served, it is the policy of the state that opportunities for integrated, competitive employment shall be given the highest priority for working age individuals with developmental disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disabilities. This policy shall be known as the Employment First Policy.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders


California Executive Order S-4-05 - 11/28/2005

“ …WHEREAS, State Government has an opportunity and a responsibility to lead by example, ensuring individuals with disabilities have an open door to the many opportunities in public service;… NOW, THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of California do hereby issue this order to become effective immediately: 1. All state agencies, departments, boards and commissions shall utilize best efforts with respect to recruitment, hiring, advancement, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and issue clear, written directives to their managers and supervisors prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. 2. Each state agency shall comply with existing law and annually review its hiring practices to identify any barriers to employment of individuals with disabilities, and, in consultation with their disability advisory committee, take appropriate action to eliminate any non job-related barriers to the integration of individuals with disabilities into the workforce. 3. All state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions shall utilize the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) lists in filling vacancies. LEAP lists provide a ready pool of qualified candidates, who happen to have a disability, for a variety of jobs. 4. The State Personnel Board shall provide statewide leadership, in partnership with the Department of Rehabilitation, to coordinate and provide technical guidance to fulfill the intent of this executive order…”

 

 

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

Policy


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Disability Employment Accelerator PY 2016-17“AWARD LIST AND PROJECT SUMMARIES” - 06/19/2017

~~“On June 19, 2017, $2 million of WIOA, Governor’s Discretionary 15 percent funds were awarded to seven workforce development agencies under the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) for Program Year (PY) 2016-17 Solicitation for Proposals. Awardee project list and project summaries are listed below. Funding decisions are final.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

2017-18 State Budget Briefing - 06/15/2017

~~“Employment First Policies for Individual with Disabilities:  Adopts trailer bill language that requires that performance objectives included in regional center contracts measure progress and outcomes in implementing the Employment First policy.  Updates the rate paid for vouchered community-based training services and specified supportive employment services to $14.99 per hour and $36.57 per hour, respectively, to reflect the rate increases provided in 2016 enacted legislation, Assembly Bill X2 1 (Thurmond), Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016”.

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

California Department of Developmental Services “2014-2015 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 05/17/2017

~~“This report summarizes economic and employment outcomes for DDS consumers with ID/DD.  Consumer information is used to develop program evaluation processes, project growth in costs, and develop future outcome-based program changes. Age group reports, such as a report showing data for 22-31 year olds, provide a look at how education is preparing young adults who are transitioning from school to work and day programs.

The DDS Employment and Day Program Annual Report includes community caseloads, age of individuals served by DDS, purchase of service (POS) dollars expended by service type, percentage of consumers employed by year, statewide counts of persons receiving services, per person costs, and percentage of consumers staying in the same service type year to year. The report includes data aggregated by the following services and/or categories:• Supported Employment Program (SEP) Individual• SEP Group• Work Activity Programs (WAP)• Day Programs• Look Alike Day Programs• Combination of two or more programs• Not In Day Programs or Work Programs”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

WIOA Local Workforce Plan 2017-2020 - 05/10/2017

~~“The City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board’s Local Plan outlines the vision of its workforce development system to prepare and place individuals into self-sufficient employment, focuses on career pathway employment opportunities, and emphasizes strategies for system collaboration. The three pillars of the Local Plan are: improving the skills (up-skilling) of the workforce; employer engagement focused on sectors; and system building through collaboration. The strategies include:• Focusing on education and training for all job seekers (adults, youth, dislocated and incumbent) by emphasizing credentials and high school graduation attainment.• Engaging employers and industry groups to develop strong sector pathways to address the evolving demands of the economy and the required workplace skills.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

State Council on Developmental Disabilities. (2015). Employment First Committee annual report. - 04/28/2017

~~• ‘Since the national recession, California’s economy has strengthened, especially over the last few years. However, many people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are not benefiting from one of the strongest economies in the world. However, there is some good news. There are major policy changes underway designed to improve employment for people with I/DD. Well-meaning practices have typically placed people into segregated settings, often receiving subminimum wages.• • These programs are often leave participants less prepared to enter traditional employment than if they had never participated in the program.• • California’s Employment First Policy paired with local projects and national efforts, like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and changes in the Home and Community Based Services waiver program, should begin to improve employment for people with I/DD.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Youth And Subminimum Wage Employment” - 02/16/2017

~~“The foundation of the Vocational Rehabilitation program is the principle that individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, are capable of achieving high quality Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) when provided the necessary services and supports. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) ensures all individuals with disabilities are provided the necessary services and supports to achieve CIE. This is especially true for youth 24 years of age or younger, as the WIOA emphasizes that youth with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to receive the services they need to achieve employment outcomes in CIE.

The WIOA further reinforces the congressional intent that CIE is the preferred employment outcome by placing limitations on the use of subminimum wage (SMW), especially for youth. The limitations include prescriptive timelines for the transmission of documentation from the school to the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The DOR requires that any youth seeking SMW employment is provided mandatory services and documentation prior to working at SMW. Mandatory services include multiple opportunities to discuss and explore CIE in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“For Employers” on 14(c) subminimum wages - 01/25/2017

~~“Section 511 prohibits employers from paying a subminimum wage to individuals with disabilities unless each individual is provided career counseling and information and referral services (CC&IR) at required intervals. Employers must also provide the individual with information about self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer mentoring training opportunities in the community. WIOA also requires 14(c) certificate holders to maintain documentation that individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, receive CC&IR services at least once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. For individuals hired at subminimum wage on or after July 22, 2016, CC&IR services must be provided every six months for the first year of employment and annually thereafter.

The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is available to provide federally required CC&IR services for your employees receiving subminimum wage. Included in the career counseling, employees will learn about federal and state programs and local resources that offer employment-related services and supports designed to enable the individual to explore, experience, and attain competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Secondary Transition Planning” - 01/01/2017

~~• “This Web page offers resources and guidelines for assisting educators, parents, and agency partners to improve compliance with state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to transition age youth and improve post-high school outcomes. These resources supplement the California Transition Alliance’s document, Transition Planning: The Basics. Resources are organized into five categories: Employment, Education and Training, Independent Living, Compliance, and the Guideposts for Success document.”

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

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2017-2021 State Plan - 08/04/2016

~~“Goal 2: Employment Californians with I/DD and their families reflecting the diversity of the state will have increased information to obtain competitive, integrated employment. 1. The Council will increase and promote culturally competent strategies and resources that facilitate competitive, integrated employment (CIE) of people with I/DD. 2. The Council, in consultation with its federal partners, will increase identification, advocacy and/or sponsorship of legislative, regulatory, policy, procedure and/or practice changes to increase CIE for people with I/DD.”

Systems
  • Other

California Department of Developmental Services “Supported Employment Program – Individual Forms” - 07/20/2016

These forms are to be used by work service (formerly Habilitation) providers and regional centers to process This page has links to forms for the Supported Employment Program both for individuals and groups, Work Services information, and Vocational Rehabilitation for such things as service plans, monthly reports, referrals, program changes The Excel forms can be downloaded and completed using the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program. The PDF instructions can be downloaded and printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. For further information, please read the instructions accompanying each form.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

California Department of Developmental Services “2013-2014 Annual Report Employment and Day Services” - 07/12/2016

• The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is committed to providing leadership resulting in quality services to the people of California with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and assuring the opportunity for individuals to exercise their right to make choices. This includes supporting individuals with ID/DD to achieve competitive integrated employment. This report summarizes employment-related data compiled from a variety of sources, including California state agencies and national sources. This report • describes the types of day and employment services provided to adults with ID/DD, the comparative costs of those services, and the earnings. In addition, this report provides a breakdown of services by a variety of demographic information such as age, gender and ethnicity. • Background: DDS is one of 12 departments and 1 board comprising the California Health and Human Services Agency. DDS through • The Work Services Section, oversees and • administers services provided by 21 regional centers (RC) and three developmental centers • (DC), (Lanterman the fourth DC, transitioned the last resident into the community December 2014, the Outpatient Clinic closed June 30, 2015) to address employment needs of people with ID/DD.

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

California Department of Rehabilitation State Plan And Triennial Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) - 04/21/2016

“The Department of Rehabilitation prepares a State Plan annually that describes how California provides rehabilitation services. You may review the recent State Plans below. In addition, the Department of Rehabilitation conducts a comprehensive statewide assessment of the rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities in California. The CSNA Final Report includes the results and recommendations identified from the federally required needs assessment conducted during each triennial period."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

California Fair Employment and Housing Regulations - 04/01/2016

Reasonable Accommodations -The interactive process requires an individualized assessment of (1) the job requirements and (2) the specific limitations of the individual that are directly related to the need for accommodation (§ 11064(b).) - It is unlawful to discriminate or retaliate against a person for requesting reasonable accommodation based on mental or physical disability. (§ 11068(k).) (enacted April 1, 2016)

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

California Council on Developmental Disabilities 2011-2016 State Plan: 2013-14 Program Performance Report - 03/02/2015

The annual report of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: current policy and grants, progress toward meeting their goals for servicing people with disabilities, as well as advice for improving their services.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) - 01/08/2014

 “Required by Government Code Sections 19240-19233, the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) is an alternate examination and appointment process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities into California civil service employment. LEAP provides an alternative way to demonstrate qualifications for employment than the transitional state civil service examination process. LEAP candidates must be certified by the Department of Rehabilitation and have their LEAP certificate information entered into CalHR's database by the Examination Services Program prior to admittance into the LEAP exam process. Once a candidate is approved for LEAP exams, he/she may take LEAP exams as well as traditional civil service exams to obtain list eligibility. List eligibility allows for the candidate to apply for any LEAP exams.”

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

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (2012) Employment First Committee Annual Report - 01/16/2013

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NTAR Issue Brief: States as Model Employers - Strategies for Moving People with Disabilities into Careers in State Government - 01/01/2011

“California’s SAME initiative, backed by the 2002 Workforce Inclusion Act and Executive Order S-4-05, directs state agencies to improve hiring practices for people with disabilities. The executive order calls for parity between the percentage of Californians with disabilities in the general population and those employed by the state government. It also allows agencies to use the Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP) database when hiring people with disabilities. LEAP is an alternate process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities through a readiness evaluation and job examination period. Once applicants successfully complete the readiness evaluation, they are added to an eligible referral list that state departments can consult when hiring.   “Interagency collaboration is an important part of the California SAME initiative, as evidenced by the diverse membership of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The SAME initiative is a specific goal of the California Comprehensive Strategy for the Employment of People with Disabilities, developed by the Governor’s Committee.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State of California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services “Regional and Local Planning Guidance for PY 2017-2020”

Local workforce development plans are required to ensure a baseline level of WIOA core program alignment compliant with federal regulations at the local level, in and through AJCCs (the state’s One-Stop system) so that core program and mandated services are coordinated, and when appropriate, integrated to make accessible a menu of customizable services available to customers on the basis of their needs (e.g., programs should be accessible to individuals with disabilities and those that are limited English proficient and, in general, should be customer-centered such that customers can access the relevant services for which they are eligible).

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Department of Education “Mentoring Frequently Asked Questions”

• Q: Who issues work permits? • A: Work permits are required in California for any minor student who has not yet graduated and who would like to work. School districts and county offices of education designate their own work permit officials. • • Q: How much student information should an employer receive? A: Student information is confidential. Programs must have written permission from a parent or guardian or, if the student is eighteen years or older, from the student before discussing a student’s situation with employers. Employers should receive enough information that they can assist the student with his or her needs on the job.

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

California Department of Education “Waivers”

• Waiver Process for the California State Board of Education • • The purpose of a waiver is to provide flexibility in a school district or county office of education without undermining the basic intent of the law. The governing board of a school district or county office of education may request a waiver of parts of the California Education Code and regulations. The State Board of Education (SBE) may approve such waivers under the non waivable general waiver authority, sections 33050-33053. Some statutes are excluded from the general waiver authority. • Specific waivers are granted under the authority given to the SBE in various specific Education Code sections and are generally more limited in scope. The specific authority most commonly used is Education Code Section 56101 for students with disabilities. In addition to school districts and county office governing boards, Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA's) may request this waiver for students with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Education

California WorkFirst Military & Veterans Services

~~WorkFirst, a division of Easter Seals Southern California, is our employment service. WorkFirst assists individuals to get and keep paid work.  This service also helps individuals to develop and operate their own business. Learn more here.WorkFirst also provides employment services, resources and other services to assist returning military service members, veterans and their families to secure career opportunities or start their own business through the Bob Hope Veterans Employment Program. 

“orkFirst offers employment services in the San Diego area to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans.  Veterans do not need to have a disability to use this service.   Our employment service is individually tailored, one-on-one, customized support for veterans transitioning out of the military, and for a veteran’s spouse/registered domestic partner who has a disability that prevents them from working.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
Citations

California Work Activity Program & Supported Employment Programs Service Codes & Hourly Rates

This document states the service codes and hourly rates for the WAP and SEPs in California.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

California Government Code §§12803.6

Requires the California Department of Health and Human Services Agency and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, using existing resources, to create “a sustainable, comprehensive strategy to accomplish various goals aimed at bringing persons with disabilities into employment,” including ensuring that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

California Unemployment Insurance Code §§18000 et seq.

Requires each local workforce investment board to establish at least one comprehensive one-stop career center that includes accessible services for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. Policy-related responsibilities of the committee were first defined in the Workforce Inclusion Act (Aroner, Statutes of 2002) and amended as part of the Budget Act of 2011, under Assembly Bill 119. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to: 1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population. 2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals. 3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities. 4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants .”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
  • Data Sharing

California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Project (Draft)

The departments agree that all working age youth and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities will have the choice and opportunity to prepare for, or work in jobs that are integrated within the general workforce and work side-by-side with co-workers with and without disabilities, earning benefits and competitive wages or income from self-employment or microenterprise, and have the opportunity to prepare for or achieve professional and career advancement.”

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

Blueprint for Reform for Individuals with Disabilities

“The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Department of Education (CDE), and California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) have entered into a new agreement consistent with the State's ‘Employment First’ policy and other laws to make employment in an integrated setting, at competitive wage, for individuals with Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.   “DOR, CDE, and DDS, in conjunction with Disability Rights California will meet with stakeholders to make recommendations on a plan to identify changes in policies, practices, statutes, or regulations in order to improve integrated, competitive employment outcomes for individuals with ID/DD.”  

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


“Local Partnership Agreement Template" - 06/17/2017

~~“The California Department of Education (CDE), the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) seek to foster an environment of collaboration to increase competitive integrated employment (CIE) opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities (ID/DD).

Competitive Integrated Employment is described in plain language by the motto: “Real Work for Real Pay in the Real World.” The term means working for pay (at least minimum wage) in the community alongside people without disabilities. Work can be full-time (up to 40 hours per week) or part-time with the same level of benefits and opportunities for advancement as other employees.

The CIE Blueprint outlines the collaborative efforts between the three departments on a statewide level. A Local Partnership Agreement (LPA) identifies the ways in which partners will work together on a local level. Each agreement is built around the core partners of one or more local educational agencies (LEA), one or more DOR district, and one or more regional centers, and can include any number of additional local community partners.”

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

San Diego-Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. Client Advisory Committee - 05/10/2016

The Client Advisory Commettee members continued their discussion regarding the Employment First Policy. The first step in the implementation plan will be to conduct regional meetings for SDRC Service Coordinators to discuss the Employment First Policy and what it means for service coordinators and clients A power point has been developed and resource information It will be developed and distributed during the trainings. It is anticipated that these trainings will occur during June and July 2016. CAC members will be encouraged to participate at each SDRC location. Other steps included in the Implementation Plan include training for clients and families, integration with our community partners and outreach with employers in the community Addendum: August 2016 Consistent with the Employment First Policy, that the Board passed on March 8, 2016, SDRC will increase the number of people with developmental disabilities that we employ from four to seven (an additional three positions). “Client Advisory Committee, in conjunction with SDRC staff , are developing a presentation regarding the Employment First Policy to be provided to service coordinators

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

CA Employment First Memorandum of Understanding - 12/12/2014

This project will use a multi-faceted approach to apply key elements from high performing states in integrated competitive employment and principles of Collaborative Leadership. A unified value, vision, and expectation for competitive integrated employment will be established and will serve as the basis for the strategies used for stimulating policy to practice, training, technical assistance, and a shared method for monitoring progress through available state and local employment data.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Employment First Committee Annual Report (Partnerships) - 01/16/2013

The Council participates in the Alliance for Full Participation California team. The AFP is a collaboration of major national organizations (including the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities) serving or advocating for improved employment outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The California team is facilitated by the Arc of California. The Council has also started coordinating with the California Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, established by statute to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Additionally, members of the Employment First Committee continue to actively work with key groups throughout the state to promote Employment First. 

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence - 07/02/2007

Project Overview: Grant number, name and location: Customized Employment - 01, San Diego, CA, E-9-4-1-0081 Grant recipient: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc. Project Lead: San Diego Workforce Partnership, Inc.

Subcontractors: Five One-Stop Centers; Access Center (an assistive technology technical assistance resource center); and the University Center on Excellence on Disabilities (UCED) at San Diego University.

  Early on, the grantee subcontracted most of its activities to Community Service Providers (Goodwill and Able/Disabled primarily), but radically changed its structure after two years to internalize the activities of the grant in its own system.   Key Lessons/Accomplishments Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and WIB administrative agencies are key players in workforce policy issues, if they choose to take a strong role Performance measures are a manageable challenge when treated constructively by the WIB Lack of experience is a key barrier to customized business-outreach efforts Grant structure (and overuse of subcontractors) severely hinders the capacity for systems and policy change.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY)

CECY (pronounced SEE-SEE) is a “collaboration of 45+ representatives of 23 state agencies, centers, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities.”   Their mission is to, “stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in integrated competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Breaking Barriers San Diego - 01/07/2016

“A new program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, Breaking Barriers San Diego (BBSD), assists individuals with disabilities with finding permanent part-time or full-time jobs of their choice.   The network of America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) sites, funded by San Diego Workforce Partnership, will offer customized job placement support based on individuals’ strengths, preferences and skills and an emphasis on starting the job search quickly.   BBSD serves adults with physical and mental disabilities or significant barriers to employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 5) - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2014, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

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

DEI Grantee Abstracts (CA Round 2) - 10/01/2014

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2011, California Employment Development Department, Workforce Services Branch was awarded a Round 2 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

When this grant ended a Round 5 grant was awarded.  Round 5 began in 2014 and will end in 2017.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

College to Career (C2C) - 01/16/2013

"College to Career (C2C) is a collaborative effort of the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), and the UCLA Tarjan Center UCEDD. This collaboration broke new ground in establishing five, 3-year community college programs that provide youth with intellectual disabilities with education and vocational preparation that will lead to integrated competitive employment".

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

San Diego Workforce Partnership: Policy and Systemic Influence Grantee - Accomplishments and Findings - 07/01/2007

This article summarizes the findings and accomplishments from San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Customized Employment grant.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Grants Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor (10/2003) - 10/01/2003

Along with a number of other states, California received funding for multiple grants related to promoting competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities. The grants included the Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing Cooperative Agreements, the Innovative State Alignment Grants for Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities through the Use of Intermediaries, and the Intermediary Grants for Mentoring Youth with Disabilities.

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

San Diego State University Interwork Institute’s Creative Support Alternative - Take Charge: Leading the Transition to Adulthood

“The goal of Take Charge is to offer person-driven planning (PDP) to transitioning youth and their families as a strategy to offer skills and experiences resulting in inclusive employment and inclusive lives facilitated by San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) graduate students. In addition, the project will provide educational presentations for students, families, transition teachers, adult service providers, and SDRC staff on the use of PDP to support young adults with developmental disabilities to pursue inclusive employment, including innovative options like micro- enterprise ownership.” Awarded in San Diego County.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

NOCCCD School of Continuing Education - Hands on Job Training Project

“The goal of the Hand –on Job Training project is to empower up to sixteen students who have developmental disabilities to reach their maximum employment potential. Each student will be supported by a Job Coach to learn and practice vital job skills.” Awarded in Orange County.

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

Self-Advocacy for Youth (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This Self-Advocacy for Youth project goal is to promote self-advocacy and leadership of young adults with developmental disabilities by utilizing person centered planning through trainings and group facilitation of consumers and their advocacy support networks.” Awarded in Fresno County.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“This project equips young adults with developmental disabilities and their families with the social emotional tools and skill sets necessary for successful transition to adult life. Outfits adult people with developmental disabilities with the social – emotional tools and skill sets necessary to enter and succeed in gainful work opportunities and increase their self-sufficiency.” Awarded in Multiple Counties.

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

Transition2Life Project (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

“The Transition2Life Project will provide direct, hands-on training and learning opportunities focusing on effective transitions to inclusive adult lives for young adults with developmental disabilities living in Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties.” 

 

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

The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

The goal of this project is to implement a “Get a Competitive Edge” Work Safe & Self-Advocacy program for consumers and employees with disabilities as part of The Rusty Wagon Adult Vocational Program.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Progressive Employment Concepts (CA State Council on DD Community Development Grants)

 “This project will provide hands on training to staff and clients in the discovery and customized employment process leading to a customized employment outcome for a minimum of two individuals. This project will allow Progressive Employment Concepts to gain the tools needed to have continued success in finding jobs for the individuals we serve, especially those with higher support needs.” Awarded in  Sacramento and Placer Counties.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

California Readiness Of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (CaPROMISE) Initiative

“The PROMISE initiative is intended to improve the provision and coordination of services for child SSI recipients and their families. The services help child recipients achieve better outcomes, including graduating from high school ready for college and a career, completing postsecondary education and job training, and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting. As a result, these child SSI recipients can achieve long-term reductions in reliance on SSI.”

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

CA State Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Committee Annual Report

The second annual report of the Employment First Committee (EFC) of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities includes: priorities adopted by the State Council as recommended by the EFC; second-year work of the EFC, interagency activities, and policy activities; the current status of the employment of individuals with developmental disabilities; and next steps for the EFC.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

California Ticket to Work/Work Incentives Program

Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working toward becoming self-sufficient.   Work Incentives are SSA rules that make it possible for people with disabilities receiving SSDI and SSI to explore work options and reach their work goals without losing their benefits prematurely. Social Security Work Incentives help beneficiaries remove barriers to work by offering support services and providing a safety net to assist beneficiaries in finding meaningful employment and succeeding in the workplace.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California Employment Consortium for Youth

“California Employment Consortium for Youth: California was awarded a federal 5-year employment systems change grant by The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual disabilities in integrated competitive employment (ICE). The State Council is a lead agency along with the Departments of Rehabilitation, Developmental Services and Education. The California Employment Consortium for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (CECY) is a 30 member highly knowledgeable and experienced employment work group comprised of the aforementioned lead state agencies, Youth Self-Advocates, Disability Rights California, the Family Resource Center Network of California, the Association of Regional Center Agencies, California Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, Community of Practice-Secondary Transition, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the Tarjan Center UCEDD.

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


“$2 million to assist Californians with disabilities in job searches” - 06/19/2017

~~“People with disabilities in 13 counties will get additional help in landing employment with $2 million in grants announced by the California Employment Development Department today. The Disability Employment Accelerator grants assist people with disabilities obtain skills needed for employment in growing industries such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, transportation, and healthcare.The disability employment assistance funds will help prepare job seekers with skills and training needed for careers and then connect them with hiring businesses. The organizations receiving the grants will use “earn-and-learn” strategies that empower people with disabilities to earn incomes while they learn new skills that will help them progress into high-growth industries” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • WIOA

“Workforce Development: What's in it For You” - 05/10/2017

~~“Workforce Development (WDS), "What's in it for Your Business?" is a Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) employer outreach program designed to build collaborative partnerships that create staffing solutions for California businesses. The Workforce Development Section (WDS) develops and coordinates linkages with the business community in order to increase meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • WIOA

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) - 03/12/2017

~~“The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) was established to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. The primary function of the CCEPD is to consult with and advise the Secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency on all issues related to full inclusion in the workforce of persons with disabilities, in order to:1. Bring individuals with disabilities into gainful employment at a rate that is as close as possible to that of the general population.2. Support the goals of equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for these individuals.3. Ensure that state government is a model employer of individuals with disabilities.4. Support state coordination with, and participation in, benefits planning training and information dissemination projects supported by private foundations and federal grants.

The CCEPD supports an annual event for youth with disabilities. In September of 2015, the CCEPD voted to adopt the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) as the youth event for the years 2016-2018.”

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

CA Employment First: Braiding Day and Employment Services to Build Meaningful Lives - 04/09/2015

This Employment First training presentation focuses on different approaches to promoting Employment First and encouraging integrated, community-based employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Some of the strategies include using Discovery and customized employment with Medicaid waiver day services participants through a braided funding approach including Vocational Rehabilitation. This presentation also provides a number of example case studies.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

The California DEI: Effective Practices in Building an Inclusive Workforce

This presentation summarizes California’s experience with the DEI grant as of 2015. It addresses the history of DEI in the state, the objectives, the strategic service delivery components, the promising practices and the hopes for sustainability after the grant.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

California Customized Employment for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families

This web page discusses Customized Employment as a “Promising Practice for Supporting Employees with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” particularly in the context of US Service Members and Veterans.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

California Department of Education Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (COP) is located within the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and was formed and funded by the DOE to help improve transition and employment outcomes. This is a voluntary group of educational professionals.   The COP seeks to ensure the seamless transition of services for  youth, ages 16 –22, which will lead to positive post-school outcomes. They carry out their work through a statewide community of practice and a statewide list serve,which disseminates compliance information, resources and evidence-based practices and statewide technical assistance through webinars and conference calls.  Their key goal, with respect to employment ,is integrated ,competitive employment in any area of interest for each individual youth, ages 16-22.  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

California Training Initiatives

“Association of Regional Center Agencies – New day Conference. ARCA sponsored the New Day Conference in Pasadena in September 2012. Over 400 attendees participated in sessions focused on innovations in employment and housing services for individuals with developmental disabilities.” “Four- part employment webinar series aimed to create awareness about employment and to provide a discussion forum for families, individual organizations and professionals.” “Working Conference - Driving Forces Behind Successful Postsecondary Education and Employment for Young Adults with ID and Autism held in Sacramento, CA and sponsored by Think College and California Consortium on Postsecondary Educations and the Center for Disability Studies, University of Hawaii. The conference content addressed significant changes in public policy, insight for promoting inclusive strategies through person-centered protocol and interagency team building to support youth success. … Over 100 families, K-12, rehabilitation, developmental disabilities and higher education professionals, and students with developmental disabilities attended.” “Three-Part webinar series in Triangulating Postsecondary Education Goals for transition specialists and educators. The series aims at identifying postsecondary goals and aligning them with academic and industry standards. This webinar series was hosted by Community of Practice in Secondary Education (CoP).”  

 

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


California Department of Developmental Services “Amendments to Home and Community Based Services Waiver and 1915(i) plan - 07/01/2016

It is the Department of Developmental Services' intent to amend both the HCBS Waiver and the 1915(i) State Plan in order to obtain federal approval for changes to provider payment rates as a result of the passages of both the State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) which provide for several rate changes and/or increases for some service providers effective July 1, 2016. As required by the federal government, notice must be issued prior to the effective date of the rate changes. The State budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, and Assembly Bill (AB) X2-1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) provide for a number of rate changes and/or increases for some service providers. The rate increases, effective July 1, 2016, are only applicable for providers with rates set by the Department (including rates set in statute or regulation), or providers with rates set through negotiation between regional centers and the provider. The rate increases do not apply for providers with usual and customary rates or rates that are set by other entities.

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

California HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has developed a Statewide Transition Plan (STP) submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 14, 2015.  The STP describes how the State will come into compliance with new Federal Home and Community-Based (HCB) setting requirements that became effective March 17, 2014.  These regulations are CMS 2249-F and CMS 2296-F, which affect 1915(c) and 1915(i) HCB services waivers and State Plan programs.  

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

CA HCBS Waiver for Californians w/DD (0336.R03.00) - 03/29/2012

"This waiver "provides behavioral intervention, community living arrangements, day service, home health aide, homemaker, prevocational services, respite care, supported employment (enhanced habilitation), chore, communication aides, community-based training, dental, environmental accessibility adaptations, FMS, non-medical transportation, nutritional consultation, optometric/optician services, PERS, prescription lenses and frames, psychology services, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized therapeutic services, speech/hearing and language services, transition/set up expenses, vehicle mods and adaptations for individuals w/autism, DD, IID"

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

California Medicaid State Plan Amendments

The website includes amendments to the California State Plan that were recently approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Stakeholders can update their copies by following the links and instructions attached to the documents. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

California Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is based on the requirements set forth in Title XIX of the Social Security Act and is a comprehensive written document created by the State of California that describes the nature and scope of its Medicaid (Medi-Cal) program.  It serves as a contractual agreement between the State of California and the federal government and must be administered in conformity with specific requirements of Title XIX of the Social Security Act and regulations outlined in Chapter IV of the Code of Federal Regulations.   The State Plan contains all information necessary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine if the State can receive Federal Financial Participation (FFP).

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

California Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

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

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

CA San Francisco Community Living Support Benefit (0855.R00.00)

Provides care coordination, community living support benefit in licensed settings, behavior assessment and planning, community living support benefit in housing sites, enhanced care coordination, environmental accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age, physical and other disabilities ages 21-64

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

California Community Transitions (CCT) (Money Follows the Person)

“In January 2007, the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) was awarded special federal grant number 1LICMS30149 to implement a Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration, “California Community Transitions” (CCT). CCT demonstration services are available through September 30, 2016.   “Lead Organizations employ or contract with transition coordinators who work directly with willing and eligible individuals, support networks, and providers to facilitate and monitor their transition from facilities to community settings. Eligible individuals of all ages with physical and mental disabilities have an opportunity to participate in CCT.”    
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

California for Community First Choice

On December 1, 2011, the California Department of Health Care Services submitted the first state plan amendment to implement Section 2401 (the Community First Choice Option) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), providing the provision of medical assistance for home and community-based attendant services including Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs), and health-related tasks, teaching and demonstration for ADLs, IADLs, and other health -related tasks, back-up systems to ensure the continuity of services, and training on the hiring and maintenance of attendants. California has developed a quality assurance plan to monitor the implementation and efficacy of the Community First Choice Option at the county- and state-levels.   .

 

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Golden State is a place where you can "Find Yourself" through a rewarding career, including those with disabilities who are ready to live the California Dream.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon California's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
39,144,818
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.36%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,017,962
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
682,393
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
33.82%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.29%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.13%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 39,144,818
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 2,017,962
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 682,393
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 16,406,161
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.82%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.13%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,977,622
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 2,119,272
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,726,001
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 329,300
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 1,206,749
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 47,104
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 439,378
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 15,036
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 163,388
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 376,687

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 41,044
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 699,241

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 18,061
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 44,818
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 217,367
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 9.60%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 516
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,260
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,282
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 35,624

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 46,021
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 2,125
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1,102
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. 0.52%
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. 2.82

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 25,118
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 1,247,320
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $90,753,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $57,360,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $806,409,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 62,857
Number of people served in facility based work. 10,036
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.00

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 53.38%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.31%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.41%
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). 50.41%
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). 72.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education 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). 82.17%
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). 21.97%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 10,193,235
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 12,148
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 123,357