Colorado

States - Big Screen

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

2014 State Population.
1.63%
Change from
2013 to 2014
5,355,866
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
300,186
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.79%
Change from
2013 to 2014
125,014
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
41.65%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.2%
Change from
2013 to 2014
79.08%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 5,187,582 5,268,367 5,355,866
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 276,771 303,621 300,186
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 111,570 128,502 125,014
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,307,963 2,321,121 2,416,850
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.31% 42.32% 41.65%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.10% 77.34% 79.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.80% 5.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.60% 18.30% 18.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.00% 12.40% 11.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 250,316 283,609 286,138
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 262,222 276,628 275,914
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 435,447 477,533 479,193
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 22,614 23,423 22,720
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 99,915 103,792 104,757
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 7,331 6,659 6,976
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 8,609 10,846 11,221
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 559 553
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 18,230 17,481 19,106
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 20,055 23,736 22,283

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,502 3,567 3,628
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.60% 5.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 103,473 105,715 107,158

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,084 14,277 17,425
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,602 36,829 46,291
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,832 63,935 65,855
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.20% 22.30% 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.90% 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.80% 0.40% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.20% 6.60% 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 8.50% 7.90% 10.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 890 1,001 1,286
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 420 202 294
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,182 3,514 4,409
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,365 4,176 6,148

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 22,450 21,326 18,923
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 85 92 99
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 62 60 67
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. 73.00% 65.00% 68.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.21 1.16 1.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,403
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 204 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 864 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 758 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,411 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 848 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 318 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 42.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,547 2,543
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 153,600 155,171
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 434 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 432 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,284,000 $8,890,000 $11,125,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A N/A $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,634,000 $39,671,000 $28,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $33,992,000 $35,003,000 $35,232,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 24.00% 27.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,824 5,804 5,731
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,151 4,912 4,188
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 34.90 35.00 39.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.10% 72.30% 72.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.40% 7.20% 7.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.00% 3.10% 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.20% 90.00% 92.41%
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). 28.00% 26.40% 27.18%
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). 71.00% 50.90% 74.21%
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). 81.00% 56.60% 83.33%
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). 43.00% 24.50% 47.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 21
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,877
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,902

 


Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan 2017-2021

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is in the process of developing our new five year State Plan. This plan will be in effect for federal fiscal years October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2021. It will be submitted to our federal oversight agency, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, on August 15, 2016. The Council does not provide direct services; instead we identify areas of need across Colorado. Then we work within the mandate from the Developmental Disabilities Act to improve those areas of need by developing leaders, improving policy and practice, and educating stakeholders.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alliance Colorado: Alliance public policy priorities.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Colorado Department of Health Care and Policy Financing Day Habilitation Services and Supports

Day Habilitation Services and Supports provide training, support and supervision activities which maximize functional abilities and skills necessary to enable adults to access the community and/or provide the basis for building skills which will assist individuals to access the community.   1. Day Habilitation Services and Supports are to be provided outside of the person's living environment, unless otherwise indicated by the person's needs, through meaningful employment, activities and community participation. If services cannot be provided outside of the living environment due to a person's medical or safety needs, this shall be documented.   2. Integrated employment should be considered as the primary option for all persons receiving Day Habilitation Services and Supports  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alliance Colorado Public Policy Recommendations

Alliance Colorado is “an association dedicated to strengthening community services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by collaboratively advancing innovative policies and practices.” In their Public Policy Priorities report they communicate a number of public policy recommendations to further Employment First in Colorado.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

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

Colorado Ticket to Work Program

The goals of the Colorado Ticket to Work program are to lower the barriers to employment for people who receive SSI and SSDI, encourage beneficiaries to access vocational services to assist them to work and achieve self-sufficiency, provide more vocational options for beneficiaries, and create a comprehensive set of supports for employing people with disabilities.

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

Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

SELN “Report of State Initiatives and Activities to Improve Integrated Employment Outcomes"

Colorado DIDD staff conducted a round of online training titled “Case Management Training: Case Managers’ Role in Creating Pathways for Employment.” Sixty individual case managers and case management directors participated in the event. The training focused on why employment is important for people with disabilities, the role of VR and the process for accessing VR services, the role of the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCB) waiver in supporting employment goals, the process for accessing supported employment services, and how VR and waiver services work together. DIDD plans to provide the training twice a year to address turnover concerns around the state.

Systems
  • Other

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

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

Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other

Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

2014 State Population.
1.63%
Change from
2013 to 2014
5,355,866
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
300,186
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.79%
Change from
2013 to 2014
125,014
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
41.65%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.2%
Change from
2013 to 2014
79.08%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 5,187,582 5,268,367 5,355,866
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 276,771 303,621 300,186
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 111,570 128,502 125,014
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,307,963 2,321,121 2,416,850
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.31% 42.32% 41.65%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.10% 77.34% 79.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.80% 5.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.60% 18.30% 18.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.00% 12.40% 11.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 250,316 283,609 286,138
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 262,222 276,628 275,914
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 435,447 477,533 479,193
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 22,614 23,423 22,720
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 99,915 103,792 104,757
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 7,331 6,659 6,976
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 8,609 10,846 11,221
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 559 553
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 18,230 17,481 19,106
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 20,055 23,736 22,283

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,502 3,567 3,628
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.60% 5.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 103,473 105,715 107,158

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,084 14,277 17,425
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,602 36,829 46,291
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,832 63,935 65,855
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.20% 22.30% 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.90% 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.80% 0.40% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.20% 6.60% 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 8.50% 7.90% 10.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 890 1,001 1,286
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 420 202 294
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,182 3,514 4,409
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,365 4,176 6,148

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 22,450 21,326 18,923
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 85 92 99
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 62 60 67
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. 73.00% 65.00% 68.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.21 1.16 1.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,403
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 204 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 864 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 758 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,411 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 848 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 318 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 42.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,547 2,543
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 153,600 155,171
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 434 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 432 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,284,000 $8,890,000 $11,125,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A N/A $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,634,000 $39,671,000 $28,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $33,992,000 $35,003,000 $35,232,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 24.00% 27.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,824 5,804 5,731
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,151 4,912 4,188
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 34.90 35.00 39.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.10% 72.30% 72.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.40% 7.20% 7.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.00% 3.10% 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.20% 90.00% 92.41%
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). 28.00% 26.40% 27.18%
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). 71.00% 50.90% 74.21%
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). 81.00% 56.60% 83.33%
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). 43.00% 24.50% 47.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 21
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,877
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,902

 

Legislation


Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan 2017-2021

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is in the process of developing our new five year State Plan. This plan will be in effect for federal fiscal years October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2021. It will be submitted to our federal oversight agency, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, on August 15, 2016. The Council does not provide direct services; instead we identify areas of need across Colorado. Then we work within the mandate from the Developmental Disabilities Act to improve those areas of need by developing leaders, improving policy and practice, and educating stakeholders.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alliance Colorado: Alliance public policy priorities.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Colorado Department of Health Care and Policy Financing Day Habilitation Services and Supports

Day Habilitation Services and Supports provide training, support and supervision activities which maximize functional abilities and skills necessary to enable adults to access the community and/or provide the basis for building skills which will assist individuals to access the community.   1. Day Habilitation Services and Supports are to be provided outside of the person's living environment, unless otherwise indicated by the person's needs, through meaningful employment, activities and community participation. If services cannot be provided outside of the living environment due to a person's medical or safety needs, this shall be documented.   2. Integrated employment should be considered as the primary option for all persons receiving Day Habilitation Services and Supports  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alliance Colorado Public Policy Recommendations

Alliance Colorado is “an association dedicated to strengthening community services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by collaboratively advancing innovative policies and practices.” In their Public Policy Priorities report they communicate a number of public policy recommendations to further Employment First in Colorado.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

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

Systems-Change Funding


Colorado Ticket to Work Program

The goals of the Colorado Ticket to Work program are to lower the barriers to employment for people who receive SSI and SSDI, encourage beneficiaries to access vocational services to assist them to work and achieve self-sufficiency, provide more vocational options for beneficiaries, and create a comprehensive set of supports for employing people with disabilities.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

SELN “Report of State Initiatives and Activities to Improve Integrated Employment Outcomes"

Colorado DIDD staff conducted a round of online training titled “Case Management Training: Case Managers’ Role in Creating Pathways for Employment.” Sixty individual case managers and case management directors participated in the event. The training focused on why employment is important for people with disabilities, the role of VR and the process for accessing VR services, the role of the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCB) waiver in supporting employment goals, the process for accessing supported employment services, and how VR and waiver services work together. DIDD plans to provide the training twice a year to address turnover concerns around the state.

Systems
  • Other

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

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

Enforcement


Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

2014 State Population.
1.63%
Change from
2013 to 2014
5,355,866
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
300,186
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.79%
Change from
2013 to 2014
125,014
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
41.65%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.2%
Change from
2013 to 2014
79.08%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 5,187,582 5,268,367 5,355,866
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 276,771 303,621 300,186
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 111,570 128,502 125,014
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,307,963 2,321,121 2,416,850
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.31% 42.32% 41.65%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.10% 77.34% 79.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.80% 6.80% 5.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.60% 18.30% 18.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.00% 12.40% 11.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 250,316 283,609 286,138
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 262,222 276,628 275,914
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 435,447 477,533 479,193
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 22,614 23,423 22,720
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 99,915 103,792 104,757
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 7,331 6,659 6,976
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 8,609 10,846 11,221
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 559 553
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 18,230 17,481 19,106
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 20,055 23,736 22,283

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,502 3,567 3,628
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.60% 5.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 103,473 105,715 107,158

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,084 14,277 17,425
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 33,602 36,829 46,291
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,832 63,935 65,855
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.20% 22.30% 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.90% 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.80% 0.40% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.20% 6.60% 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 8.50% 7.90% 10.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 890 1,001 1,286
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 420 202 294
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,182 3,514 4,409
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,365 4,176 6,148

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 22,450 21,326 18,923
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 85 92 99
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 62 60 67
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. 73.00% 65.00% 68.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.21 1.16 1.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,403
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 204 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 864 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 758 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,411 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 848 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 318 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 42.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,547 2,543
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 153,600 155,171
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 434 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 432 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,284,000 $8,890,000 $11,125,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A N/A $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,634,000 $39,671,000 $28,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $33,992,000 $35,003,000 $35,232,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 24.00% 27.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,824 5,804 5,731
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 5,151 4,912 4,188
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 34.90 35.00 39.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.10% 72.30% 72.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.40% 7.20% 7.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.00% 3.10% 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 86.20% 90.00% 92.41%
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). 28.00% 26.40% 27.18%
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). 71.00% 50.90% 74.21%
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). 81.00% 56.60% 83.33%
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). 43.00% 24.50% 47.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 21
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,877
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,902

 

Legislation


Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan 2017-2021

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is in the process of developing our new five year State Plan. This plan will be in effect for federal fiscal years October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2021. It will be submitted to our federal oversight agency, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, on August 15, 2016. The Council does not provide direct services; instead we identify areas of need across Colorado. Then we work within the mandate from the Developmental Disabilities Act to improve those areas of need by developing leaders, improving policy and practice, and educating stakeholders.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alliance Colorado: Alliance public policy priorities.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Colorado Department of Health Care and Policy Financing Day Habilitation Services and Supports

Day Habilitation Services and Supports provide training, support and supervision activities which maximize functional abilities and skills necessary to enable adults to access the community and/or provide the basis for building skills which will assist individuals to access the community.   1. Day Habilitation Services and Supports are to be provided outside of the person's living environment, unless otherwise indicated by the person's needs, through meaningful employment, activities and community participation. If services cannot be provided outside of the living environment due to a person's medical or safety needs, this shall be documented.   2. Integrated employment should be considered as the primary option for all persons receiving Day Habilitation Services and Supports  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alliance Colorado Public Policy Recommendations

Alliance Colorado is “an association dedicated to strengthening community services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by collaboratively advancing innovative policies and practices.” In their Public Policy Priorities report they communicate a number of public policy recommendations to further Employment First in Colorado.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

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

Systems-Change Funding


Colorado Ticket to Work Program

The goals of the Colorado Ticket to Work program are to lower the barriers to employment for people who receive SSI and SSDI, encourage beneficiaries to access vocational services to assist them to work and achieve self-sufficiency, provide more vocational options for beneficiaries, and create a comprehensive set of supports for employing people with disabilities.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

SELN “Report of State Initiatives and Activities to Improve Integrated Employment Outcomes"

Colorado DIDD staff conducted a round of online training titled “Case Management Training: Case Managers’ Role in Creating Pathways for Employment.” Sixty individual case managers and case management directors participated in the event. The training focused on why employment is important for people with disabilities, the role of VR and the process for accessing VR services, the role of the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCB) waiver in supporting employment goals, the process for accessing supported employment services, and how VR and waiver services work together. DIDD plans to provide the training twice a year to address turnover concerns around the state.

Systems
  • Other

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

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

Enforcement


Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

2014 State Population.
1.63%
Change from
2013 to 2014
5,355,866
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
300,186
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.79%
Change from
2013 to 2014
125,014
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
41.65%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.2%
Change from
2013 to 2014
79.08%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 5,355,866
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 300,186
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 125,014
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,416,850
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 41.65%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 286,138
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 275,914
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 479,193
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 22,720
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 104,757
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 6,976
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 11,221
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 553
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,106
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 22,283

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,628
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 107,158

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,425
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 46,291
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 65,855
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 10.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,286
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 294
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 4,409
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 6,148

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 18,923
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 99
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 67
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. 68.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,543
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 155,171
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,125,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $28,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,232,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 27.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,188
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 39.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 92.41%
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). 27.18%
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). 74.21%
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). 83.33%
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). 47.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 21
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,877
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,902

 

Legislation


Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan 2017-2021

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is in the process of developing our new five year State Plan. This plan will be in effect for federal fiscal years October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2021. It will be submitted to our federal oversight agency, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, on August 15, 2016. The Council does not provide direct services; instead we identify areas of need across Colorado. Then we work within the mandate from the Developmental Disabilities Act to improve those areas of need by developing leaders, improving policy and practice, and educating stakeholders.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alliance Colorado: Alliance public policy priorities.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Colorado Department of Health Care and Policy Financing Day Habilitation Services and Supports

Day Habilitation Services and Supports provide training, support and supervision activities which maximize functional abilities and skills necessary to enable adults to access the community and/or provide the basis for building skills which will assist individuals to access the community.   1. Day Habilitation Services and Supports are to be provided outside of the person's living environment, unless otherwise indicated by the person's needs, through meaningful employment, activities and community participation. If services cannot be provided outside of the living environment due to a person's medical or safety needs, this shall be documented.   2. Integrated employment should be considered as the primary option for all persons receiving Day Habilitation Services and Supports  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alliance Colorado Public Policy Recommendations

Alliance Colorado is “an association dedicated to strengthening community services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by collaboratively advancing innovative policies and practices.” In their Public Policy Priorities report they communicate a number of public policy recommendations to further Employment First in Colorado.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

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

Systems-Change Funding


Colorado Ticket to Work Program

The goals of the Colorado Ticket to Work program are to lower the barriers to employment for people who receive SSI and SSDI, encourage beneficiaries to access vocational services to assist them to work and achieve self-sufficiency, provide more vocational options for beneficiaries, and create a comprehensive set of supports for employing people with disabilities.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

SELN “Report of State Initiatives and Activities to Improve Integrated Employment Outcomes"

Colorado DIDD staff conducted a round of online training titled “Case Management Training: Case Managers’ Role in Creating Pathways for Employment.” Sixty individual case managers and case management directors participated in the event. The training focused on why employment is important for people with disabilities, the role of VR and the process for accessing VR services, the role of the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCB) waiver in supporting employment goals, the process for accessing supported employment services, and how VR and waiver services work together. DIDD plans to provide the training twice a year to address turnover concerns around the state.

Systems
  • Other

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

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

Enforcement


Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

2014 State Population.
1.63%
Change from
2013 to 2014
5,355,866
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
300,186
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.79%
Change from
2013 to 2014
125,014
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
41.65%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.2%
Change from
2013 to 2014
79.08%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 5,355,866
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 300,186
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 125,014
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,416,850
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 41.65%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 286,138
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 275,914
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 479,193
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 22,720
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 104,757
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 6,976
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 11,221
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 553
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 19,106
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 22,283

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,628
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 107,158

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,425
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 46,291
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 65,855
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.10%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 10.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,286
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 294
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 4,409
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 6,148

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 18,923
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 99
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 67
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. 68.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.27

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,543
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 155,171
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $11,125,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $28,677,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,232,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 27.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,188
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 39.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.19%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 92.41%
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). 27.18%
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). 74.21%
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). 83.33%
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). 47.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 33
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 21
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,877
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,902

 

Legislation


Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan 2017-2021

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is in the process of developing our new five year State Plan. This plan will be in effect for federal fiscal years October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2021. It will be submitted to our federal oversight agency, the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, on August 15, 2016. The Council does not provide direct services; instead we identify areas of need across Colorado. Then we work within the mandate from the Developmental Disabilities Act to improve those areas of need by developing leaders, improving policy and practice, and educating stakeholders.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alliance Colorado: Alliance public policy priorities.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Colorado Department of Health Care and Policy Financing Day Habilitation Services and Supports

Day Habilitation Services and Supports provide training, support and supervision activities which maximize functional abilities and skills necessary to enable adults to access the community and/or provide the basis for building skills which will assist individuals to access the community.   1. Day Habilitation Services and Supports are to be provided outside of the person's living environment, unless otherwise indicated by the person's needs, through meaningful employment, activities and community participation. If services cannot be provided outside of the living environment due to a person's medical or safety needs, this shall be documented.   2. Integrated employment should be considered as the primary option for all persons receiving Day Habilitation Services and Supports  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alliance Colorado Public Policy Recommendations

Alliance Colorado is “an association dedicated to strengthening community services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by collaboratively advancing innovative policies and practices.” In their Public Policy Priorities report they communicate a number of public policy recommendations to further Employment First in Colorado.

“Employment is the primary way that most of us engage with our communities, through both relationship-building and wages that support active community life. Colorado must advance Employment First strategies, policies, and practices that target integrated employment at minimum or prevailing wages or above for all individuals with IDD. These strategies must include incentives for employers or other solutions that will expand work opportunities for individuals with IDD in competitive, integrated jobs. Colorado should expand the Medicaid Buy-In program to encourage higher wages for people with IDD and increase resources for supported employment, workforce development programs, transition programs, and model program development.”

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

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

Systems-Change Funding


Colorado Ticket to Work Program

The goals of the Colorado Ticket to Work program are to lower the barriers to employment for people who receive SSI and SSDI, encourage beneficiaries to access vocational services to assist them to work and achieve self-sufficiency, provide more vocational options for beneficiaries, and create a comprehensive set of supports for employing people with disabilities.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

SELN “Report of State Initiatives and Activities to Improve Integrated Employment Outcomes"

Colorado DIDD staff conducted a round of online training titled “Case Management Training: Case Managers’ Role in Creating Pathways for Employment.” Sixty individual case managers and case management directors participated in the event. The training focused on why employment is important for people with disabilities, the role of VR and the process for accessing VR services, the role of the Medicaid Home and Community Based (HCB) waiver in supporting employment goals, the process for accessing supported employment services, and how VR and waiver services work together. DIDD plans to provide the training twice a year to address turnover concerns around the state.

Systems
  • Other

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

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

Enforcement


Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

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

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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