Connecticut

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State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Connecticut’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,590,886
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
190,691
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-13.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
67,517
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-13.44%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.68%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,596,080 3,596,677 3,590,886
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 181,420 191,185 190,691
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 75,529 76,791 67,517
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,569,417 1,590,993 1,606,605
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.98% 40.17% 35.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.40% 77.89% 78.68%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.70% 6.60% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.40% 18.70% 18.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.90% 9.80% 9.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 174,833 178,033 185,838
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 203,411 211,219 203,852
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 307,134 309,144 306,452
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 36,499 43,272 41,668
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 50,522 53,912 52,535
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,029 1,670 1,358
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,270 8,016 8,041
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,179 7,717 12,490
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 17,133 19,233 19,638

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,897 4,020 4,082
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.90% 7.00% 7.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 81,570 81,799 81,784

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,995 9,829 10,377
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 15,227 20,128 20,043
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 33,940 43,118 43,772
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.60% 22.80% 23.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30% 7.10% 7.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90% 3.00% 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70% 0.70% 0.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,885 2,840 2,666
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,126 1,194 1,261
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 265 274 275
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,420 2,994 2,367
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 33 26 27
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20 12 18
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. 61.00% 46.00% 67.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.56 0.33 0.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,290
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 8 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 795 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 299 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 465 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 658 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 65 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 38.90% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,966 2,113 2,211
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 123,392 124,361 125,226
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 61 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $57,141,000 $61,308,000 $74,928,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,320,000 $6,380,000 $5,613,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $124,431,000 $126,697,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $130,809,000 $8,507,000 $10,202,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 50.00% 49.00% 47.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,818 603 723
Number of people served in facility based work. 496 413 344
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 4,413 4,571
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 131.60 132.00 131.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.40% 68.07% 68.67%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.70% 5.91% 5.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.20% 7.40% 8.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98% 99.71% 99.92%
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). 51.80% 49.12% 49.73%
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). 67.40% 63.27% 73.57%
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). 83.00% 77.69% 86.51%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 15.60% 14.15% 23.84%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,354,163
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,584
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 46,321
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 621,956
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 668,277
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 837
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,082
AbilityOne wages (products). $158,294
AbilityOne wages (services). $9,751,263

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 15 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 63 46 54
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 64 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 3 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 135 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,983 3,814
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 116 116
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,237 3,933

 


Senate Bill No. 502 May Special Session, Public Act No. 16-3AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE AND OTHER ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. - 07/01/2016

“Sec. 60. Subsection (a) of section 17b-666 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016): (a) The Department of Rehabilitation Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Developmental Services, Social Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.”

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

Connecticut HB 6738 - 06/03/2015

"The State Treasurer shall establish a qualified ABLE program pursuant to the federal ABLE Act and sections 1 to 8, inclusive, of this act. Under the program: (A) The State Treasurer shall administer individual ABLE accounts to encourage and assist eligible individuals and their families in saving private funds to provide support for eligible individuals, and (B) a person may make contributions to an individual ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

CT General Statutes within the Jurisdiction of the CT Department of Labor

Updated through 2012 June Spec. Sess. These General Statues are applicable to the performance of the Connecticut Department of Labor. They define the various types of services that will be available through the state Department of Labor, and the American Job Centers. Under the section on the "Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program," Customized Employment is listed as a service to be provided: "The WorkPlace, Inc. and Capital Workforce Partners shall manage such teams. The teams, in cooperation with the regional workforce development boards and the one-stop centers, shall ensure the provision of rapid, customized employment services, job training, repair training and job placement assistance to borrowers who are unemployed, underemployed or in need of a second job. The WorkPlace, Inc. shall arrange for the provision of financial literacy and credit counseling for participants in the program with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Connecticut Small Contractor Set Aside Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann 4a-60g)

Statute requiring state agencies and political subdivisions of the state to set aside at least 25 percent of their budgets each fiscal year for small contractors.  This requirement is limited to those agencies and subdivisions that have annual contracting budgets of more than $10,000.  Of this set-aside, 25 percent must be reserved for awards to minority business enterprises, including disability-owned businesses. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


“Employment and Other Day Service Options” - 04/11/2017

~~“DDS Funded Day Services:SUPP0RTED EMPLOYMENT - These include supports to help individuals work as a paid employee in work settings that also employ people without disabilities. These services assist individuals find and apply for jobs, and offer job coaching support to people once work is secured. This service includes individual and group supported employment. This service is designed to provide support and supervision but is not intended to provide ongoing long term 1:1 support to help a person complete their work activities.GROUP EMPLOYMENT - These include sheltered workshops and day support options. These services are provided in a facility-based program that focuses on developing meaningful skills in the area of work, socialization and community participation.INDIVIDUAL DAY - This waiver service includes individually tailored supports that help consumers gain or maintain skills to participate more fully and productively in work, leisure or community activities. This may include the development of independent functioning skills, relationship skills, exploring job interests or retirement programs. It can also provide funds for staff supports for individuals who have their own businesses.” 

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

Connecticut State Department of Education “Transition Bill of Rights” - 05/04/2016

“This Transition Bill of Rights for parents of students receiving special education will help parents and students understand a student’s rights related to getting an education and other important issues regarding the transition to life after high school. School districts will provide this document annually at a planning and placement team meeting to all parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of students who are receiving special education services in Grades 6-12 as well as to students who are 18 years of age or older.”

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

IEP Manual and Forms - 12/01/2015

~~“The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has advised states that all IEPs written on or after July 1, 2005, must comply with the requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The position of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, is that the January 2006 and February 2009 revised IEP forms serve a number of purposes. The first purpose is to help insure compliance with the statutory requirements of IDEA and State law. In addition, these forms assist as a data collection and student educational program-planning tool. Therefore, the State Department of Education has directed that all IEPs written for students in the State of Connecticut be completed on these forms.”

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Employment First Initiative - 04/13/2011

“In order for individuals with an intellectual disability to achieve full citizenship, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings are the first priority. This shall be the first option explored in the service planning for working age adults. This process will begin during the child’s school aged years and may even begin prior to school.

  “While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of outcomes for individuals.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Connecticut Unified State Plan 2017 –Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion

Goal 1: To implement the provisions of WIOA specific to the VR program. Priority areas: • pre-employment transition services • employer services • service delivery • performance accountability measures • subminimum wage

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Employment Services Employment Services are integral to the DMHAS’ goal of offering a recovery-oriented system of care for persons in recovery who experience behavioral health conditions. One of the first significant steps to be taken in this direction is to ensure that all DMHAS consumers have both the necessary opportunities and supports to become involved in meaningful activities of their choice as well as to contribute to the broader community. Individuals with behavioral health conditions consistently express their desire for employment. From the recovery perspective, meaningful employment has been shown to promote recovery from psychiatric and addiction disorders and to facilitate improvements in diverse domains from symptom relief to successful community integration. Currently, DMHAS funds 36 agencies across Connecticut to provide a broad menu of employment and education services. While employment strategies must be tailored to meet individual needs, agencies generally offer a range of services including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching, and career advancement services. Over 4000 persons per year are assisted in finding and keeping employment through the DMHAS system

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Employment First Overview”

We Believe... -Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and persistent in providing supports that help people with intellectual disabilities to find, get and keep real pay. -Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. -People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. -Communities embrace people who contribute. -Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. -People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. -True employment is not a social service. -Employment is a win/win for everybody.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Southwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board: 2012-2016 Local Plan

"The WorkPlace helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. We are a progressive, socially enterprising operation that is driven by innovation an entrepreneurial spirit. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, we administer workforce development funds and coordinate providers of job training and education programs that meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

The WorkPlace administers job training and preparation funds allocated by state and federal agencies. We operate CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Stamford and Derby, CT. These centers provide programs and services to job seekers including career counseling, job search assistance, skills assessment and occupational training. Customers using the centers have access to computers, internet, telephones, copy machines as well as printed materials to help them search for a job."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Connecticut Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) - 09/04/2014

“The Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) has been actively involved in cooperative working relationships with other public and private agencies for many years with regard to supported employment and extended services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors identify individuals who have a significant disability along with legal blindness who can benefit from long-term supports through supported employment.”

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

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities - 02/05/1991

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities...GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

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

Role of the Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

“The Governor’s Committee shall be composed of people with disabilities; agency representatives, including a representative of the State Job Service, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Veterans Employment and training Service and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; representatives of employers, representatives of organized labor and other interested persons.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

The Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities.”   GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.

“The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.”

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

Connecticut Business Leadership Network

“The Connecticut Business Leadership Network is a coalition of over 250 members/businesses who strive to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities by working with other businesses, governmental organizations and community service agencies.”   “Our mission is to improve recruitment and retention of qualified persons with disabilities, establish an inclusive work culture and promote the adoption of best practices initiatives.   “We change attitudes, we improve workplaces and we change lives by bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities. We combine our professionalism with our passion to fulfill the dream that disability will no longer be a barrier to employment and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality.   “CTBLN works to achieve these goals by disseminating best practices for the hiring of people with disabilities and reaching out to the disability community to find qualified candidates who will help us reach our goal of bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services Employer Partnerships

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services partners with employers of all sizes and across industries. These partnership arrangements include qualified candidate referrals and individualized on-the-job trainings as well as more formalized training and placement programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

 

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

Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)

“Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)  tuition-based workforce development programs designed to provide job seekers with disabilities the skills necessary for employment in a particular profession or type of business. In order to be most effective, ISTPPs are developed to address the employment needs within a local market or area and are reliant on essential partnerships with community/educational organizations and the targeted industry.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Connecticut Community First Choice - 07/01/2016

“Community First Choice (CFC) is a new program in Connecticut offered to active Medicaid members as part of the Affordable Care Act. This program allows individuals to receive supports and services in their home. These services can include—but are not limited to—help preparing meals and doing household chores, and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.). Educational services will be available to help you increase your independence, and learn how to manage your in-home staff. Who is eligible? CFC is open to any Medicaid member that can self-direct services and meets Institutional Level of Care. Institutional Level of Care means you would likely need to be in an institution, such as a nursing home, if you did not have home and community based services. This program allows an eligible person to have care and support in their home.”

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

Connecticut Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

"The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011.

The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by:

Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment Improving quality measurement & oversight

The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202)."

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

Connecticut Medicaid Infrastructure Grant: Local Level Pilot Initiative Evaluation - 10/01/2000

“The statewide Connect-Ability (C-A) Strategic Planning Local Level Pilot (LLP) Initiative was created to develop and implement innovative strategic plans locally to bring about change, improve access, build broad-based constituency, and increase employment for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut SAMHSA/CMHS Employment Development Initiative: Fiscal Year 2011 & 2012 Projects

This initiative provided training and technical assistance for entrepreneurs with psychiatric disorders to start a small business. “This project demonstrated that entrepreneurship is indeed a viable option for persons in recovery. The Business Advisors from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) observed that the business plans submitted by the individuals in this program were stronger and demonstrated more commitment than those of the general population. All of the persons receiving mini-grants as well as the majority of persons who were not were encouraged by their Business Advisors to continue working on their business plans, which the Advisors felt had real potential to succeed with additional effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Disability Employment Initiative (Round 4)

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Connecticut was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Connecticut Ticket to Work Program

“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration incentive program to help people with disabilities find jobs if they want to go to work.  SSA has contracted with a private company, MAXIMUS, to perform the day-to- day administration of the Ticket to Work Program.  Most Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries will receive a "ticket" they may use to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment or other support services from an approved provider of their choice.”

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

Connecticut Connect-Ability

“Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. This five-year, multimillion dollar 'systems change grant' involved a detailed look at the State's employment and disability services infrastructure in order to identify problem areas and implement lasting solutions.

“Connect-Ability has two primary customers:

Employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers People with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

“The Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts on 403,370 adults and children with Disabilities in Connecticut” - 05/15/2017

~~“We build capacity: Through our Customized Employment project, we are training provider organizations the skills to identify and develop jobs for people with disabilities. Customized employment training is a defined rubric that has been shown to lead to real jobs for hard to place individuals. Working with Connecticut Legal Services, our Parents with Cognitive Limitations initiative has funded training for parents and court personnel, including judges, to address the unique issues that arise when these parents are involved with the courts. In addition, training was provided to DDS staff, self-advocates and medical personnel, including doctors. In all 330 people were trained in person, and additional individuals received training online.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment Resources for Adult Services Providers - 05/11/2017

~~“Successful job development is often a complex set of strategies that requires skill and commitment on the part of the individual seeking a job, their support staff and members of their team.  Successful job developers use person-centered career planning to get to know their job seekers. They are knowledgeable about community resources and are also adept at recognizing and utilizing personal networks.  Customized Employment is a job development process that is a flexible blend of strategies, services and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with more complex needs.  Customized Employment is the voluntary negotiation of a personalized employment relationship between an individual and an employer that fulfills the business needs of the employer. This approach may include job carving, job creation, job sharing, self-employment and other types of entrepreneurial approaches.  Customized employment gives an advantage to the job seeker since that person will drive the employment process and uniquely fit a job position that meets their individual needs and interests.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

25th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“The Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

Conference GoalTo share current knowledge and strategies and to provide answers, direction, and support to:•Adult education teachers•Workforce Practitioners•Employers•Counselors•Families, friends, and colleagues of individuals with disabilities”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) “Level Up” Training - 07/01/2016

“At a DORS Level Up Prep Rally, you’ll spend the day with other students learning about various work settings from those who are already working. Participants will learn how to create a professional résumé, practice interview skills in mock job interviews and talk with potential employers. This full day event, during which lunch is provided, will offer students the tools they need when looking for, applying to and starting awesome jobs and careers!”

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

Child and Family Agency and CT Strong’s Job Fair - 05/08/2016

11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. The workshops will include resume building, dress for success, and interview tips,

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

Department of Social Services “Programs A-Z: Connect to Work Program”

~~“Connect to Work ProgramThe Connect to Work Center provides individualized benefits planning and counseling for people on public benefits. Our job is to help you understand how work will affect your benefits. The Center’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs), formally called Benefits Specialists, can provide information, problem-solving and follow-up services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)” 

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Time for Transition” Guide

Charting the LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet: Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals Throughout our lives, we face questions and search for answers that will help us on our journey to a full and meaningful life. This is true for everyone, especially when you or someone you care about experiences a disability or special health care need. Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help you think about the questions to ask as well as the choices, options and life experiences to consider as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life. It is intended to be a starting point no matter where you are in your life journey. We hope this LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet helps you realize that even when your child is very young, and wherever you are on the journey as he or she ages and grows into adulthood, their life experiences and environment can shape how they will live life in the future Booklet: http://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/family/ct_lc_experiences_booklet.pdf

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


“Community Options” Connecticut Department of Social Services - 03/10/2017

~~“The State of Connecticut offers a variety of services to help eligible individuals who need support to live at home or to return to community living.  Many of the programs are administered under a Medicaid ‘waiver,’ meaning that Connecticut has received federal approval to waive certain Medicaid requirements to meet the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in the community.  We hope this website section about these home and community-based services will be helpful to you and your family.  The Department of Social Services’ Division of Health Services administers Medicaid waiver and related services.  Specifically, the DSS Community Options Unit (formerly the Alternate Care Unit) and the Money Follows the Person Unit are responsible for managing multiple waiver programs and related services in support of Connecticut citizens with disabilities of all ages.” 

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

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for Alignment with HCBS - 08/19/2016

“This version of the STP has been updated in response to the second round of CMS comments, received April 2016... In response to CMS comments, it is important to emphasize the following: • Prior to implementation of the HCBS final rule, DSS and DDS began a systemic review of the Connecticut HCBS delivery system. The activities outlined in the STP are an extension of these initial activities. • For all applicable settings, multiple levels of assessment will be implemented prior to making a final decision regarding compliance with the HCB settings requirements.”

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “Mental Health Waiver” - 07/15/2016

“The waiver program, authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allows the State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutional care. Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports that families and communities provide. The Waiver will serve individuals who are currently in nursing facilities or who are at risk for this level of care. The Waiver is operated by the DMHAS with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS).”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. Connecticut has developed this Statewide Transition Plan to determine compliance with the HCB settings rule and describe how the State will comply with the new requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

CT Comprehensive Supports Waiver (0437.R02.00) - 10/01/2013

This waiver "Provides adult day health, community companion homes/community living arrangements, group day supports, live-in caregiver, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, adult companion, assisted living, behavioral support, continuous residential supports, environmental mods, health care coordination, individual goods and services, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for DD 18 yrs - no max age & for IID 3 yrs - no max age."

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

CT Individual and Family Support (0426.R02.00) - 02/01/2013

This waiver "provides adult day health, community companion homes (formerly community training homes), group day supports, individual supported employment (formerly supported employment), live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, behavioral support, companion supports (formerly adult companion), continuous residential supports, environmental mods, group supported employment (formerly supported employment), health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age, and IID ages 3 - no max age."

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

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project - 10/31/2012

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Mental Health Waiver (0653.R01.00) - 04/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day health, community support, supported employment, assisted living, brief episodic stabilization, community living support, home accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, overnight recovery assistant, peer supports, PERS, recovery assistant, specialized medical equipment, transitional case management for individuals w/mental illness ages 22 and older."

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

CT Acquired Brain Injury Waiver (0302.R03.00) - 01/10/2012

Provides case management, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, ABI group day, chore, cognitive behavioral programs, community living support, companion, environmental accessibility adaptation, home delivered meals, independent living skill training, PERS, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance abuse programs, transitional living, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals with brain injury ages 18 - no max age.

Expires 12/31/2016.

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

CT Employment and Day Supports (0881.R00.00) - 04/01/2011

Provides adult day health, community based day support options, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, behavioral support, individual goods and services, individualized day support, interpreter, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age and ID ages 3 - no max age.

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

Connecticut Medicaid State Plan Amendments

A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs…When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information   This webpage includes Medicaid State Plan amendments for the state of Connecticut  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Connecticut Medicaid State Plans

The Connecticut Medicaid state plan is an agreement between the state and the Federal government describing how Connecticut administers its Medicaid program. The plan details how the state will follow Federal rules and guidelines.  It also gives details on how the state may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  This page includes links and details to approved, pending and archived Connecticut Medicaid state plans.

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

CT Money Follows the Person

“In order to enable more Medicaid recipients living in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, move back to their communities, the Connecticut Department of Social Services applied to participate in the National Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration. The application was successful and in January 2007, Connecticut was awarded with the opportunity to participate in the Demonstration.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

People know what constitutes great employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in the Constitution State of Connecticut.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Connecticut’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,590,886
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
190,691
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-13.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
67,517
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-13.44%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.68%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,596,080 3,596,677 3,590,886
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 181,420 191,185 190,691
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 75,529 76,791 67,517
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,569,417 1,590,993 1,606,605
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.98% 40.17% 35.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.40% 77.89% 78.68%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.70% 6.60% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.40% 18.70% 18.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.90% 9.80% 9.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 174,833 178,033 185,838
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 203,411 211,219 203,852
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 307,134 309,144 306,452
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 36,499 43,272 41,668
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 50,522 53,912 52,535
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,029 1,670 1,358
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,270 8,016 8,041
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,179 7,717 12,490
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 17,133 19,233 19,638

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,897 4,020 4,082
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.90% 7.00% 7.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 81,570 81,799 81,784

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,995 9,829 10,377
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 15,227 20,128 20,043
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 33,940 43,118 43,772
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.60% 22.80% 23.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30% 7.10% 7.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90% 3.00% 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70% 0.70% 0.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,885 2,840 2,666
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,126 1,194 1,261
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 265 274 275
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,420 2,994 2,367
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 33 26 27
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20 12 18
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. 61.00% 46.00% 67.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.56 0.33 0.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,290
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 8 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 795 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 299 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 465 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 658 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 65 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 38.90% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,966 2,113 2,211
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 123,392 124,361 125,226
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 61 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $57,141,000 $61,308,000 $74,928,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,320,000 $6,380,000 $5,613,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $124,431,000 $126,697,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $130,809,000 $8,507,000 $10,202,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 50.00% 49.00% 47.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,818 603 723
Number of people served in facility based work. 496 413 344
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 4,413 4,571
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 131.60 132.00 131.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.40% 68.07% 68.67%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.70% 5.91% 5.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.20% 7.40% 8.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98% 99.71% 99.92%
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). 51.80% 49.12% 49.73%
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). 67.40% 63.27% 73.57%
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). 83.00% 77.69% 86.51%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 15.60% 14.15% 23.84%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,354,163
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,584
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 46,321
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 621,956
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 668,277
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 837
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,082
AbilityOne wages (products). $158,294
AbilityOne wages (services). $9,751,263

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 15 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 63 46 54
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 64 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 3 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 135 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,983 3,814
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 116 116
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,237 3,933

 

Legislation


Senate Bill No. 502 May Special Session, Public Act No. 16-3AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE AND OTHER ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. - 07/01/2016

“Sec. 60. Subsection (a) of section 17b-666 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016): (a) The Department of Rehabilitation Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Developmental Services, Social Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.”

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

Connecticut HB 6738 - 06/03/2015

"The State Treasurer shall establish a qualified ABLE program pursuant to the federal ABLE Act and sections 1 to 8, inclusive, of this act. Under the program: (A) The State Treasurer shall administer individual ABLE accounts to encourage and assist eligible individuals and their families in saving private funds to provide support for eligible individuals, and (B) a person may make contributions to an individual ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

CT General Statutes within the Jurisdiction of the CT Department of Labor

Updated through 2012 June Spec. Sess. These General Statues are applicable to the performance of the Connecticut Department of Labor. They define the various types of services that will be available through the state Department of Labor, and the American Job Centers. Under the section on the "Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program," Customized Employment is listed as a service to be provided: "The WorkPlace, Inc. and Capital Workforce Partners shall manage such teams. The teams, in cooperation with the regional workforce development boards and the one-stop centers, shall ensure the provision of rapid, customized employment services, job training, repair training and job placement assistance to borrowers who are unemployed, underemployed or in need of a second job. The WorkPlace, Inc. shall arrange for the provision of financial literacy and credit counseling for participants in the program with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Connecticut Small Contractor Set Aside Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann 4a-60g)

Statute requiring state agencies and political subdivisions of the state to set aside at least 25 percent of their budgets each fiscal year for small contractors.  This requirement is limited to those agencies and subdivisions that have annual contracting budgets of more than $10,000.  Of this set-aside, 25 percent must be reserved for awards to minority business enterprises, including disability-owned businesses. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Employment and Other Day Service Options” - 04/11/2017

~~“DDS Funded Day Services:SUPP0RTED EMPLOYMENT - These include supports to help individuals work as a paid employee in work settings that also employ people without disabilities. These services assist individuals find and apply for jobs, and offer job coaching support to people once work is secured. This service includes individual and group supported employment. This service is designed to provide support and supervision but is not intended to provide ongoing long term 1:1 support to help a person complete their work activities.GROUP EMPLOYMENT - These include sheltered workshops and day support options. These services are provided in a facility-based program that focuses on developing meaningful skills in the area of work, socialization and community participation.INDIVIDUAL DAY - This waiver service includes individually tailored supports that help consumers gain or maintain skills to participate more fully and productively in work, leisure or community activities. This may include the development of independent functioning skills, relationship skills, exploring job interests or retirement programs. It can also provide funds for staff supports for individuals who have their own businesses.” 

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

Connecticut State Department of Education “Transition Bill of Rights” - 05/04/2016

“This Transition Bill of Rights for parents of students receiving special education will help parents and students understand a student’s rights related to getting an education and other important issues regarding the transition to life after high school. School districts will provide this document annually at a planning and placement team meeting to all parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of students who are receiving special education services in Grades 6-12 as well as to students who are 18 years of age or older.”

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

IEP Manual and Forms - 12/01/2015

~~“The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has advised states that all IEPs written on or after July 1, 2005, must comply with the requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The position of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, is that the January 2006 and February 2009 revised IEP forms serve a number of purposes. The first purpose is to help insure compliance with the statutory requirements of IDEA and State law. In addition, these forms assist as a data collection and student educational program-planning tool. Therefore, the State Department of Education has directed that all IEPs written for students in the State of Connecticut be completed on these forms.”

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Employment First Initiative - 04/13/2011

“In order for individuals with an intellectual disability to achieve full citizenship, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings are the first priority. This shall be the first option explored in the service planning for working age adults. This process will begin during the child’s school aged years and may even begin prior to school.

  “While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of outcomes for individuals.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Connecticut Unified State Plan 2017 –Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion

Goal 1: To implement the provisions of WIOA specific to the VR program. Priority areas: • pre-employment transition services • employer services • service delivery • performance accountability measures • subminimum wage

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Employment Services Employment Services are integral to the DMHAS’ goal of offering a recovery-oriented system of care for persons in recovery who experience behavioral health conditions. One of the first significant steps to be taken in this direction is to ensure that all DMHAS consumers have both the necessary opportunities and supports to become involved in meaningful activities of their choice as well as to contribute to the broader community. Individuals with behavioral health conditions consistently express their desire for employment. From the recovery perspective, meaningful employment has been shown to promote recovery from psychiatric and addiction disorders and to facilitate improvements in diverse domains from symptom relief to successful community integration. Currently, DMHAS funds 36 agencies across Connecticut to provide a broad menu of employment and education services. While employment strategies must be tailored to meet individual needs, agencies generally offer a range of services including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching, and career advancement services. Over 4000 persons per year are assisted in finding and keeping employment through the DMHAS system

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Employment First Overview”

We Believe... -Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and persistent in providing supports that help people with intellectual disabilities to find, get and keep real pay. -Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. -People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. -Communities embrace people who contribute. -Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. -People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. -True employment is not a social service. -Employment is a win/win for everybody.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Southwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board: 2012-2016 Local Plan

"The WorkPlace helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. We are a progressive, socially enterprising operation that is driven by innovation an entrepreneurial spirit. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, we administer workforce development funds and coordinate providers of job training and education programs that meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

The WorkPlace administers job training and preparation funds allocated by state and federal agencies. We operate CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Stamford and Derby, CT. These centers provide programs and services to job seekers including career counseling, job search assistance, skills assessment and occupational training. Customers using the centers have access to computers, internet, telephones, copy machines as well as printed materials to help them search for a job."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Partnerships


Connecticut Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) - 09/04/2014

“The Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) has been actively involved in cooperative working relationships with other public and private agencies for many years with regard to supported employment and extended services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors identify individuals who have a significant disability along with legal blindness who can benefit from long-term supports through supported employment.”

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

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities - 02/05/1991

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities...GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

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

Role of the Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

“The Governor’s Committee shall be composed of people with disabilities; agency representatives, including a representative of the State Job Service, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Veterans Employment and training Service and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; representatives of employers, representatives of organized labor and other interested persons.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

The Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities.”   GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.

“The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.”

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

Connecticut Business Leadership Network

“The Connecticut Business Leadership Network is a coalition of over 250 members/businesses who strive to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities by working with other businesses, governmental organizations and community service agencies.”   “Our mission is to improve recruitment and retention of qualified persons with disabilities, establish an inclusive work culture and promote the adoption of best practices initiatives.   “We change attitudes, we improve workplaces and we change lives by bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities. We combine our professionalism with our passion to fulfill the dream that disability will no longer be a barrier to employment and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality.   “CTBLN works to achieve these goals by disseminating best practices for the hiring of people with disabilities and reaching out to the disability community to find qualified candidates who will help us reach our goal of bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services Employer Partnerships

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services partners with employers of all sizes and across industries. These partnership arrangements include qualified candidate referrals and individualized on-the-job trainings as well as more formalized training and placement programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

 

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

Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)

“Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)  tuition-based workforce development programs designed to provide job seekers with disabilities the skills necessary for employment in a particular profession or type of business. In order to be most effective, ISTPPs are developed to address the employment needs within a local market or area and are reliant on essential partnerships with community/educational organizations and the targeted industry.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Connecticut Community First Choice - 07/01/2016

“Community First Choice (CFC) is a new program in Connecticut offered to active Medicaid members as part of the Affordable Care Act. This program allows individuals to receive supports and services in their home. These services can include—but are not limited to—help preparing meals and doing household chores, and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.). Educational services will be available to help you increase your independence, and learn how to manage your in-home staff. Who is eligible? CFC is open to any Medicaid member that can self-direct services and meets Institutional Level of Care. Institutional Level of Care means you would likely need to be in an institution, such as a nursing home, if you did not have home and community based services. This program allows an eligible person to have care and support in their home.”

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

Connecticut Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

"The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011.

The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by:

Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment Improving quality measurement & oversight

The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202)."

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

Connecticut Medicaid Infrastructure Grant: Local Level Pilot Initiative Evaluation - 10/01/2000

“The statewide Connect-Ability (C-A) Strategic Planning Local Level Pilot (LLP) Initiative was created to develop and implement innovative strategic plans locally to bring about change, improve access, build broad-based constituency, and increase employment for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut SAMHSA/CMHS Employment Development Initiative: Fiscal Year 2011 & 2012 Projects

This initiative provided training and technical assistance for entrepreneurs with psychiatric disorders to start a small business. “This project demonstrated that entrepreneurship is indeed a viable option for persons in recovery. The Business Advisors from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) observed that the business plans submitted by the individuals in this program were stronger and demonstrated more commitment than those of the general population. All of the persons receiving mini-grants as well as the majority of persons who were not were encouraged by their Business Advisors to continue working on their business plans, which the Advisors felt had real potential to succeed with additional effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Disability Employment Initiative (Round 4)

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Connecticut was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Connecticut Ticket to Work Program

“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration incentive program to help people with disabilities find jobs if they want to go to work.  SSA has contracted with a private company, MAXIMUS, to perform the day-to- day administration of the Ticket to Work Program.  Most Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries will receive a "ticket" they may use to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment or other support services from an approved provider of their choice.”

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

Connecticut Connect-Ability

“Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. This five-year, multimillion dollar 'systems change grant' involved a detailed look at the State's employment and disability services infrastructure in order to identify problem areas and implement lasting solutions.

“Connect-Ability has two primary customers:

Employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers People with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


“The Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts on 403,370 adults and children with Disabilities in Connecticut” - 05/15/2017

~~“We build capacity: Through our Customized Employment project, we are training provider organizations the skills to identify and develop jobs for people with disabilities. Customized employment training is a defined rubric that has been shown to lead to real jobs for hard to place individuals. Working with Connecticut Legal Services, our Parents with Cognitive Limitations initiative has funded training for parents and court personnel, including judges, to address the unique issues that arise when these parents are involved with the courts. In addition, training was provided to DDS staff, self-advocates and medical personnel, including doctors. In all 330 people were trained in person, and additional individuals received training online.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment Resources for Adult Services Providers - 05/11/2017

~~“Successful job development is often a complex set of strategies that requires skill and commitment on the part of the individual seeking a job, their support staff and members of their team.  Successful job developers use person-centered career planning to get to know their job seekers. They are knowledgeable about community resources and are also adept at recognizing and utilizing personal networks.  Customized Employment is a job development process that is a flexible blend of strategies, services and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with more complex needs.  Customized Employment is the voluntary negotiation of a personalized employment relationship between an individual and an employer that fulfills the business needs of the employer. This approach may include job carving, job creation, job sharing, self-employment and other types of entrepreneurial approaches.  Customized employment gives an advantage to the job seeker since that person will drive the employment process and uniquely fit a job position that meets their individual needs and interests.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

25th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“The Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

Conference GoalTo share current knowledge and strategies and to provide answers, direction, and support to:•Adult education teachers•Workforce Practitioners•Employers•Counselors•Families, friends, and colleagues of individuals with disabilities”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) “Level Up” Training - 07/01/2016

“At a DORS Level Up Prep Rally, you’ll spend the day with other students learning about various work settings from those who are already working. Participants will learn how to create a professional résumé, practice interview skills in mock job interviews and talk with potential employers. This full day event, during which lunch is provided, will offer students the tools they need when looking for, applying to and starting awesome jobs and careers!”

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

Child and Family Agency and CT Strong’s Job Fair - 05/08/2016

11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. The workshops will include resume building, dress for success, and interview tips,

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

Department of Social Services “Programs A-Z: Connect to Work Program”

~~“Connect to Work ProgramThe Connect to Work Center provides individualized benefits planning and counseling for people on public benefits. Our job is to help you understand how work will affect your benefits. The Center’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs), formally called Benefits Specialists, can provide information, problem-solving and follow-up services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)” 

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Time for Transition” Guide

Charting the LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet: Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals Throughout our lives, we face questions and search for answers that will help us on our journey to a full and meaningful life. This is true for everyone, especially when you or someone you care about experiences a disability or special health care need. Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help you think about the questions to ask as well as the choices, options and life experiences to consider as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life. It is intended to be a starting point no matter where you are in your life journey. We hope this LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet helps you realize that even when your child is very young, and wherever you are on the journey as he or she ages and grows into adulthood, their life experiences and environment can shape how they will live life in the future Booklet: http://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/family/ct_lc_experiences_booklet.pdf

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Community Options” Connecticut Department of Social Services - 03/10/2017

~~“The State of Connecticut offers a variety of services to help eligible individuals who need support to live at home or to return to community living.  Many of the programs are administered under a Medicaid ‘waiver,’ meaning that Connecticut has received federal approval to waive certain Medicaid requirements to meet the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in the community.  We hope this website section about these home and community-based services will be helpful to you and your family.  The Department of Social Services’ Division of Health Services administers Medicaid waiver and related services.  Specifically, the DSS Community Options Unit (formerly the Alternate Care Unit) and the Money Follows the Person Unit are responsible for managing multiple waiver programs and related services in support of Connecticut citizens with disabilities of all ages.” 

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

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for Alignment with HCBS - 08/19/2016

“This version of the STP has been updated in response to the second round of CMS comments, received April 2016... In response to CMS comments, it is important to emphasize the following: • Prior to implementation of the HCBS final rule, DSS and DDS began a systemic review of the Connecticut HCBS delivery system. The activities outlined in the STP are an extension of these initial activities. • For all applicable settings, multiple levels of assessment will be implemented prior to making a final decision regarding compliance with the HCB settings requirements.”

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “Mental Health Waiver” - 07/15/2016

“The waiver program, authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allows the State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutional care. Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports that families and communities provide. The Waiver will serve individuals who are currently in nursing facilities or who are at risk for this level of care. The Waiver is operated by the DMHAS with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS).”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. Connecticut has developed this Statewide Transition Plan to determine compliance with the HCB settings rule and describe how the State will comply with the new requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

CT Comprehensive Supports Waiver (0437.R02.00) - 10/01/2013

This waiver "Provides adult day health, community companion homes/community living arrangements, group day supports, live-in caregiver, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, adult companion, assisted living, behavioral support, continuous residential supports, environmental mods, health care coordination, individual goods and services, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for DD 18 yrs - no max age & for IID 3 yrs - no max age."

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

CT Individual and Family Support (0426.R02.00) - 02/01/2013

This waiver "provides adult day health, community companion homes (formerly community training homes), group day supports, individual supported employment (formerly supported employment), live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, behavioral support, companion supports (formerly adult companion), continuous residential supports, environmental mods, group supported employment (formerly supported employment), health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age, and IID ages 3 - no max age."

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

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project - 10/31/2012

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Mental Health Waiver (0653.R01.00) - 04/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day health, community support, supported employment, assisted living, brief episodic stabilization, community living support, home accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, overnight recovery assistant, peer supports, PERS, recovery assistant, specialized medical equipment, transitional case management for individuals w/mental illness ages 22 and older."

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

CT Acquired Brain Injury Waiver (0302.R03.00) - 01/10/2012

Provides case management, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, ABI group day, chore, cognitive behavioral programs, community living support, companion, environmental accessibility adaptation, home delivered meals, independent living skill training, PERS, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance abuse programs, transitional living, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals with brain injury ages 18 - no max age.

Expires 12/31/2016.

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

CT Employment and Day Supports (0881.R00.00) - 04/01/2011

Provides adult day health, community based day support options, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, behavioral support, individual goods and services, individualized day support, interpreter, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age and ID ages 3 - no max age.

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

Connecticut Medicaid State Plan Amendments

A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs…When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information   This webpage includes Medicaid State Plan amendments for the state of Connecticut  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Connecticut Medicaid State Plans

The Connecticut Medicaid state plan is an agreement between the state and the Federal government describing how Connecticut administers its Medicaid program. The plan details how the state will follow Federal rules and guidelines.  It also gives details on how the state may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  This page includes links and details to approved, pending and archived Connecticut Medicaid state plans.

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

CT Money Follows the Person

“In order to enable more Medicaid recipients living in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, move back to their communities, the Connecticut Department of Social Services applied to participate in the National Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration. The application was successful and in January 2007, Connecticut was awarded with the opportunity to participate in the Demonstration.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

People know what constitutes great employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in the Constitution State of Connecticut.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Connecticut’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,590,886
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
190,691
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-13.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
67,517
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-13.44%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.68%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 3,596,080 3,596,677 3,590,886
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 181,420 191,185 190,691
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 75,529 76,791 67,517
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,569,417 1,590,993 1,606,605
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.98% 40.17% 35.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.40% 77.89% 78.68%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.70% 6.60% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.40% 18.70% 18.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.90% 9.80% 9.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 174,833 178,033 185,838
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 203,411 211,219 203,852
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 307,134 309,144 306,452
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 36,499 43,272 41,668
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 50,522 53,912 52,535
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,029 1,670 1,358
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 6,270 8,016 8,041
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,179 7,717 12,490
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 17,133 19,233 19,638

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,897 4,020 4,082
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.90% 7.00% 7.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 81,570 81,799 81,784

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,995 9,829 10,377
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 15,227 20,128 20,043
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 33,940 43,118 43,772
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.60% 22.80% 23.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30% 7.10% 7.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90% 3.00% 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70% 0.70% 0.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,885 2,840 2,666
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,126 1,194 1,261
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 265 274 275
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,420 2,994 2,367
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 33 26 27
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20 12 18
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. 61.00% 46.00% 67.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.56 0.33 0.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,290
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 8 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 795 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 299 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 465 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 658 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 65 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 38.90% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,966 2,113 2,211
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 123,392 124,361 125,226
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 61 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $57,141,000 $61,308,000 $74,928,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,320,000 $6,380,000 $5,613,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $124,431,000 $126,697,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $130,809,000 $8,507,000 $10,202,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 50.00% 49.00% 47.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,818 603 723
Number of people served in facility based work. 496 413 344
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0 4,413 4,571
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 131.60 132.00 131.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 69.40% 68.07% 68.67%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.70% 5.91% 5.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 7.20% 7.40% 8.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98% 99.71% 99.92%
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). 51.80% 49.12% 49.73%
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). 67.40% 63.27% 73.57%
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). 83.00% 77.69% 86.51%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 15.60% 14.15% 23.84%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,354,163
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,584
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 46,321
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 621,956
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 668,277
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 837
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,082
AbilityOne wages (products). $158,294
AbilityOne wages (services). $9,751,263

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3 2 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 15 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 63 46 54
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 64 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 3 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 135 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,983 3,814
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 116 116
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,237 3,933

 

Legislation


Senate Bill No. 502 May Special Session, Public Act No. 16-3AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE AND OTHER ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. - 07/01/2016

“Sec. 60. Subsection (a) of section 17b-666 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016): (a) The Department of Rehabilitation Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Developmental Services, Social Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.”

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

Connecticut HB 6738 - 06/03/2015

"The State Treasurer shall establish a qualified ABLE program pursuant to the federal ABLE Act and sections 1 to 8, inclusive, of this act. Under the program: (A) The State Treasurer shall administer individual ABLE accounts to encourage and assist eligible individuals and their families in saving private funds to provide support for eligible individuals, and (B) a person may make contributions to an individual ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

CT General Statutes within the Jurisdiction of the CT Department of Labor

Updated through 2012 June Spec. Sess. These General Statues are applicable to the performance of the Connecticut Department of Labor. They define the various types of services that will be available through the state Department of Labor, and the American Job Centers. Under the section on the "Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program," Customized Employment is listed as a service to be provided: "The WorkPlace, Inc. and Capital Workforce Partners shall manage such teams. The teams, in cooperation with the regional workforce development boards and the one-stop centers, shall ensure the provision of rapid, customized employment services, job training, repair training and job placement assistance to borrowers who are unemployed, underemployed or in need of a second job. The WorkPlace, Inc. shall arrange for the provision of financial literacy and credit counseling for participants in the program with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Connecticut Small Contractor Set Aside Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann 4a-60g)

Statute requiring state agencies and political subdivisions of the state to set aside at least 25 percent of their budgets each fiscal year for small contractors.  This requirement is limited to those agencies and subdivisions that have annual contracting budgets of more than $10,000.  Of this set-aside, 25 percent must be reserved for awards to minority business enterprises, including disability-owned businesses. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Employment and Other Day Service Options” - 04/11/2017

~~“DDS Funded Day Services:SUPP0RTED EMPLOYMENT - These include supports to help individuals work as a paid employee in work settings that also employ people without disabilities. These services assist individuals find and apply for jobs, and offer job coaching support to people once work is secured. This service includes individual and group supported employment. This service is designed to provide support and supervision but is not intended to provide ongoing long term 1:1 support to help a person complete their work activities.GROUP EMPLOYMENT - These include sheltered workshops and day support options. These services are provided in a facility-based program that focuses on developing meaningful skills in the area of work, socialization and community participation.INDIVIDUAL DAY - This waiver service includes individually tailored supports that help consumers gain or maintain skills to participate more fully and productively in work, leisure or community activities. This may include the development of independent functioning skills, relationship skills, exploring job interests or retirement programs. It can also provide funds for staff supports for individuals who have their own businesses.” 

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

Connecticut State Department of Education “Transition Bill of Rights” - 05/04/2016

“This Transition Bill of Rights for parents of students receiving special education will help parents and students understand a student’s rights related to getting an education and other important issues regarding the transition to life after high school. School districts will provide this document annually at a planning and placement team meeting to all parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of students who are receiving special education services in Grades 6-12 as well as to students who are 18 years of age or older.”

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

IEP Manual and Forms - 12/01/2015

~~“The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has advised states that all IEPs written on or after July 1, 2005, must comply with the requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The position of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, is that the January 2006 and February 2009 revised IEP forms serve a number of purposes. The first purpose is to help insure compliance with the statutory requirements of IDEA and State law. In addition, these forms assist as a data collection and student educational program-planning tool. Therefore, the State Department of Education has directed that all IEPs written for students in the State of Connecticut be completed on these forms.”

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Employment First Initiative - 04/13/2011

“In order for individuals with an intellectual disability to achieve full citizenship, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings are the first priority. This shall be the first option explored in the service planning for working age adults. This process will begin during the child’s school aged years and may even begin prior to school.

  “While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of outcomes for individuals.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Connecticut Unified State Plan 2017 –Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion

Goal 1: To implement the provisions of WIOA specific to the VR program. Priority areas: • pre-employment transition services • employer services • service delivery • performance accountability measures • subminimum wage

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Employment Services Employment Services are integral to the DMHAS’ goal of offering a recovery-oriented system of care for persons in recovery who experience behavioral health conditions. One of the first significant steps to be taken in this direction is to ensure that all DMHAS consumers have both the necessary opportunities and supports to become involved in meaningful activities of their choice as well as to contribute to the broader community. Individuals with behavioral health conditions consistently express their desire for employment. From the recovery perspective, meaningful employment has been shown to promote recovery from psychiatric and addiction disorders and to facilitate improvements in diverse domains from symptom relief to successful community integration. Currently, DMHAS funds 36 agencies across Connecticut to provide a broad menu of employment and education services. While employment strategies must be tailored to meet individual needs, agencies generally offer a range of services including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching, and career advancement services. Over 4000 persons per year are assisted in finding and keeping employment through the DMHAS system

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Employment First Overview”

We Believe... -Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and persistent in providing supports that help people with intellectual disabilities to find, get and keep real pay. -Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. -People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. -Communities embrace people who contribute. -Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. -People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. -True employment is not a social service. -Employment is a win/win for everybody.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Southwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board: 2012-2016 Local Plan

"The WorkPlace helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. We are a progressive, socially enterprising operation that is driven by innovation an entrepreneurial spirit. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, we administer workforce development funds and coordinate providers of job training and education programs that meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

The WorkPlace administers job training and preparation funds allocated by state and federal agencies. We operate CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Stamford and Derby, CT. These centers provide programs and services to job seekers including career counseling, job search assistance, skills assessment and occupational training. Customers using the centers have access to computers, internet, telephones, copy machines as well as printed materials to help them search for a job."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Partnerships


Connecticut Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) - 09/04/2014

“The Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) has been actively involved in cooperative working relationships with other public and private agencies for many years with regard to supported employment and extended services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors identify individuals who have a significant disability along with legal blindness who can benefit from long-term supports through supported employment.”

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

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities - 02/05/1991

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities...GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

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

Role of the Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

“The Governor’s Committee shall be composed of people with disabilities; agency representatives, including a representative of the State Job Service, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Veterans Employment and training Service and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; representatives of employers, representatives of organized labor and other interested persons.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

The Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities.”   GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.

“The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.”

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

Connecticut Business Leadership Network

“The Connecticut Business Leadership Network is a coalition of over 250 members/businesses who strive to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities by working with other businesses, governmental organizations and community service agencies.”   “Our mission is to improve recruitment and retention of qualified persons with disabilities, establish an inclusive work culture and promote the adoption of best practices initiatives.   “We change attitudes, we improve workplaces and we change lives by bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities. We combine our professionalism with our passion to fulfill the dream that disability will no longer be a barrier to employment and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality.   “CTBLN works to achieve these goals by disseminating best practices for the hiring of people with disabilities and reaching out to the disability community to find qualified candidates who will help us reach our goal of bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services Employer Partnerships

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services partners with employers of all sizes and across industries. These partnership arrangements include qualified candidate referrals and individualized on-the-job trainings as well as more formalized training and placement programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

 

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

Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)

“Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)  tuition-based workforce development programs designed to provide job seekers with disabilities the skills necessary for employment in a particular profession or type of business. In order to be most effective, ISTPPs are developed to address the employment needs within a local market or area and are reliant on essential partnerships with community/educational organizations and the targeted industry.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Connecticut Community First Choice - 07/01/2016

“Community First Choice (CFC) is a new program in Connecticut offered to active Medicaid members as part of the Affordable Care Act. This program allows individuals to receive supports and services in their home. These services can include—but are not limited to—help preparing meals and doing household chores, and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.). Educational services will be available to help you increase your independence, and learn how to manage your in-home staff. Who is eligible? CFC is open to any Medicaid member that can self-direct services and meets Institutional Level of Care. Institutional Level of Care means you would likely need to be in an institution, such as a nursing home, if you did not have home and community based services. This program allows an eligible person to have care and support in their home.”

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

Connecticut Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

"The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011.

The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by:

Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment Improving quality measurement & oversight

The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202)."

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

Connecticut Medicaid Infrastructure Grant: Local Level Pilot Initiative Evaluation - 10/01/2000

“The statewide Connect-Ability (C-A) Strategic Planning Local Level Pilot (LLP) Initiative was created to develop and implement innovative strategic plans locally to bring about change, improve access, build broad-based constituency, and increase employment for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut SAMHSA/CMHS Employment Development Initiative: Fiscal Year 2011 & 2012 Projects

This initiative provided training and technical assistance for entrepreneurs with psychiatric disorders to start a small business. “This project demonstrated that entrepreneurship is indeed a viable option for persons in recovery. The Business Advisors from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) observed that the business plans submitted by the individuals in this program were stronger and demonstrated more commitment than those of the general population. All of the persons receiving mini-grants as well as the majority of persons who were not were encouraged by their Business Advisors to continue working on their business plans, which the Advisors felt had real potential to succeed with additional effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Disability Employment Initiative (Round 4)

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Connecticut was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Connecticut Ticket to Work Program

“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration incentive program to help people with disabilities find jobs if they want to go to work.  SSA has contracted with a private company, MAXIMUS, to perform the day-to- day administration of the Ticket to Work Program.  Most Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries will receive a "ticket" they may use to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment or other support services from an approved provider of their choice.”

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

Connecticut Connect-Ability

“Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. This five-year, multimillion dollar 'systems change grant' involved a detailed look at the State's employment and disability services infrastructure in order to identify problem areas and implement lasting solutions.

“Connect-Ability has two primary customers:

Employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers People with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


“The Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts on 403,370 adults and children with Disabilities in Connecticut” - 05/15/2017

~~“We build capacity: Through our Customized Employment project, we are training provider organizations the skills to identify and develop jobs for people with disabilities. Customized employment training is a defined rubric that has been shown to lead to real jobs for hard to place individuals. Working with Connecticut Legal Services, our Parents with Cognitive Limitations initiative has funded training for parents and court personnel, including judges, to address the unique issues that arise when these parents are involved with the courts. In addition, training was provided to DDS staff, self-advocates and medical personnel, including doctors. In all 330 people were trained in person, and additional individuals received training online.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment Resources for Adult Services Providers - 05/11/2017

~~“Successful job development is often a complex set of strategies that requires skill and commitment on the part of the individual seeking a job, their support staff and members of their team.  Successful job developers use person-centered career planning to get to know their job seekers. They are knowledgeable about community resources and are also adept at recognizing and utilizing personal networks.  Customized Employment is a job development process that is a flexible blend of strategies, services and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with more complex needs.  Customized Employment is the voluntary negotiation of a personalized employment relationship between an individual and an employer that fulfills the business needs of the employer. This approach may include job carving, job creation, job sharing, self-employment and other types of entrepreneurial approaches.  Customized employment gives an advantage to the job seeker since that person will drive the employment process and uniquely fit a job position that meets their individual needs and interests.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

25th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“The Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

Conference GoalTo share current knowledge and strategies and to provide answers, direction, and support to:•Adult education teachers•Workforce Practitioners•Employers•Counselors•Families, friends, and colleagues of individuals with disabilities”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) “Level Up” Training - 07/01/2016

“At a DORS Level Up Prep Rally, you’ll spend the day with other students learning about various work settings from those who are already working. Participants will learn how to create a professional résumé, practice interview skills in mock job interviews and talk with potential employers. This full day event, during which lunch is provided, will offer students the tools they need when looking for, applying to and starting awesome jobs and careers!”

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

Child and Family Agency and CT Strong’s Job Fair - 05/08/2016

11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. The workshops will include resume building, dress for success, and interview tips,

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

Department of Social Services “Programs A-Z: Connect to Work Program”

~~“Connect to Work ProgramThe Connect to Work Center provides individualized benefits planning and counseling for people on public benefits. Our job is to help you understand how work will affect your benefits. The Center’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs), formally called Benefits Specialists, can provide information, problem-solving and follow-up services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)” 

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Time for Transition” Guide

Charting the LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet: Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals Throughout our lives, we face questions and search for answers that will help us on our journey to a full and meaningful life. This is true for everyone, especially when you or someone you care about experiences a disability or special health care need. Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help you think about the questions to ask as well as the choices, options and life experiences to consider as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life. It is intended to be a starting point no matter where you are in your life journey. We hope this LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet helps you realize that even when your child is very young, and wherever you are on the journey as he or she ages and grows into adulthood, their life experiences and environment can shape how they will live life in the future Booklet: http://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/family/ct_lc_experiences_booklet.pdf

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Community Options” Connecticut Department of Social Services - 03/10/2017

~~“The State of Connecticut offers a variety of services to help eligible individuals who need support to live at home or to return to community living.  Many of the programs are administered under a Medicaid ‘waiver,’ meaning that Connecticut has received federal approval to waive certain Medicaid requirements to meet the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in the community.  We hope this website section about these home and community-based services will be helpful to you and your family.  The Department of Social Services’ Division of Health Services administers Medicaid waiver and related services.  Specifically, the DSS Community Options Unit (formerly the Alternate Care Unit) and the Money Follows the Person Unit are responsible for managing multiple waiver programs and related services in support of Connecticut citizens with disabilities of all ages.” 

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

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for Alignment with HCBS - 08/19/2016

“This version of the STP has been updated in response to the second round of CMS comments, received April 2016... In response to CMS comments, it is important to emphasize the following: • Prior to implementation of the HCBS final rule, DSS and DDS began a systemic review of the Connecticut HCBS delivery system. The activities outlined in the STP are an extension of these initial activities. • For all applicable settings, multiple levels of assessment will be implemented prior to making a final decision regarding compliance with the HCB settings requirements.”

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “Mental Health Waiver” - 07/15/2016

“The waiver program, authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allows the State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutional care. Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports that families and communities provide. The Waiver will serve individuals who are currently in nursing facilities or who are at risk for this level of care. The Waiver is operated by the DMHAS with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS).”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. Connecticut has developed this Statewide Transition Plan to determine compliance with the HCB settings rule and describe how the State will comply with the new requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

CT Comprehensive Supports Waiver (0437.R02.00) - 10/01/2013

This waiver "Provides adult day health, community companion homes/community living arrangements, group day supports, live-in caregiver, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, adult companion, assisted living, behavioral support, continuous residential supports, environmental mods, health care coordination, individual goods and services, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for DD 18 yrs - no max age & for IID 3 yrs - no max age."

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

CT Individual and Family Support (0426.R02.00) - 02/01/2013

This waiver "provides adult day health, community companion homes (formerly community training homes), group day supports, individual supported employment (formerly supported employment), live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, behavioral support, companion supports (formerly adult companion), continuous residential supports, environmental mods, group supported employment (formerly supported employment), health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age, and IID ages 3 - no max age."

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

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project - 10/31/2012

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Mental Health Waiver (0653.R01.00) - 04/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day health, community support, supported employment, assisted living, brief episodic stabilization, community living support, home accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, overnight recovery assistant, peer supports, PERS, recovery assistant, specialized medical equipment, transitional case management for individuals w/mental illness ages 22 and older."

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

CT Acquired Brain Injury Waiver (0302.R03.00) - 01/10/2012

Provides case management, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, ABI group day, chore, cognitive behavioral programs, community living support, companion, environmental accessibility adaptation, home delivered meals, independent living skill training, PERS, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance abuse programs, transitional living, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals with brain injury ages 18 - no max age.

Expires 12/31/2016.

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

CT Employment and Day Supports (0881.R00.00) - 04/01/2011

Provides adult day health, community based day support options, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, behavioral support, individual goods and services, individualized day support, interpreter, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age and ID ages 3 - no max age.

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

Connecticut Medicaid State Plan Amendments

A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs…When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information   This webpage includes Medicaid State Plan amendments for the state of Connecticut  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Connecticut Medicaid State Plans

The Connecticut Medicaid state plan is an agreement between the state and the Federal government describing how Connecticut administers its Medicaid program. The plan details how the state will follow Federal rules and guidelines.  It also gives details on how the state may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  This page includes links and details to approved, pending and archived Connecticut Medicaid state plans.

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

CT Money Follows the Person

“In order to enable more Medicaid recipients living in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, move back to their communities, the Connecticut Department of Social Services applied to participate in the National Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration. The application was successful and in January 2007, Connecticut was awarded with the opportunity to participate in the Demonstration.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

People know what constitutes great employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in the Constitution State of Connecticut.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Connecticut’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,590,886
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
190,691
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-13.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
67,517
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-13.44%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.68%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 3,590,886
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 190,691
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 67,517
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,606,605
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.68%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 185,838
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 203,852
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 306,452
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 41,668
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 52,535
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,358
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 8,041
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,490
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 19,638

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,082
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 7.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 81,784

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 10,377
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 20,043
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 43,772
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 23.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,666
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,261
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 275
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,367
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 27
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 18
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. 67.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,211
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 125,226
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $74,928,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,613,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $126,697,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $10,202,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 47.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 723
Number of people served in facility based work. 344
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,571
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 131.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.67%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 8.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.92%
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). 49.73%
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). 73.57%
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). 86.51%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 23.84%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,354,163
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,584
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 46,321
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 621,956
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 668,277
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 837
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,082
AbilityOne wages (products). $158,294
AbilityOne wages (services). $9,751,263

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 54
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,814
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 116
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,933

 

Legislation


Senate Bill No. 502 May Special Session, Public Act No. 16-3AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE AND OTHER ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. - 07/01/2016

“Sec. 60. Subsection (a) of section 17b-666 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016): (a) The Department of Rehabilitation Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Developmental Services, Social Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.”

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

Connecticut HB 6738 - 06/03/2015

"The State Treasurer shall establish a qualified ABLE program pursuant to the federal ABLE Act and sections 1 to 8, inclusive, of this act. Under the program: (A) The State Treasurer shall administer individual ABLE accounts to encourage and assist eligible individuals and their families in saving private funds to provide support for eligible individuals, and (B) a person may make contributions to an individual ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

CT General Statutes within the Jurisdiction of the CT Department of Labor

Updated through 2012 June Spec. Sess. These General Statues are applicable to the performance of the Connecticut Department of Labor. They define the various types of services that will be available through the state Department of Labor, and the American Job Centers. Under the section on the "Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program," Customized Employment is listed as a service to be provided: "The WorkPlace, Inc. and Capital Workforce Partners shall manage such teams. The teams, in cooperation with the regional workforce development boards and the one-stop centers, shall ensure the provision of rapid, customized employment services, job training, repair training and job placement assistance to borrowers who are unemployed, underemployed or in need of a second job. The WorkPlace, Inc. shall arrange for the provision of financial literacy and credit counseling for participants in the program with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Connecticut Small Contractor Set Aside Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann 4a-60g)

Statute requiring state agencies and political subdivisions of the state to set aside at least 25 percent of their budgets each fiscal year for small contractors.  This requirement is limited to those agencies and subdivisions that have annual contracting budgets of more than $10,000.  Of this set-aside, 25 percent must be reserved for awards to minority business enterprises, including disability-owned businesses. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Employment and Other Day Service Options” - 04/11/2017

~~“DDS Funded Day Services:SUPP0RTED EMPLOYMENT - These include supports to help individuals work as a paid employee in work settings that also employ people without disabilities. These services assist individuals find and apply for jobs, and offer job coaching support to people once work is secured. This service includes individual and group supported employment. This service is designed to provide support and supervision but is not intended to provide ongoing long term 1:1 support to help a person complete their work activities.GROUP EMPLOYMENT - These include sheltered workshops and day support options. These services are provided in a facility-based program that focuses on developing meaningful skills in the area of work, socialization and community participation.INDIVIDUAL DAY - This waiver service includes individually tailored supports that help consumers gain or maintain skills to participate more fully and productively in work, leisure or community activities. This may include the development of independent functioning skills, relationship skills, exploring job interests or retirement programs. It can also provide funds for staff supports for individuals who have their own businesses.” 

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

Connecticut State Department of Education “Transition Bill of Rights” - 05/04/2016

“This Transition Bill of Rights for parents of students receiving special education will help parents and students understand a student’s rights related to getting an education and other important issues regarding the transition to life after high school. School districts will provide this document annually at a planning and placement team meeting to all parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of students who are receiving special education services in Grades 6-12 as well as to students who are 18 years of age or older.”

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

IEP Manual and Forms - 12/01/2015

~~“The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has advised states that all IEPs written on or after July 1, 2005, must comply with the requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The position of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, is that the January 2006 and February 2009 revised IEP forms serve a number of purposes. The first purpose is to help insure compliance with the statutory requirements of IDEA and State law. In addition, these forms assist as a data collection and student educational program-planning tool. Therefore, the State Department of Education has directed that all IEPs written for students in the State of Connecticut be completed on these forms.”

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Employment First Initiative - 04/13/2011

“In order for individuals with an intellectual disability to achieve full citizenship, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings are the first priority. This shall be the first option explored in the service planning for working age adults. This process will begin during the child’s school aged years and may even begin prior to school.

  “While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of outcomes for individuals.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Connecticut Unified State Plan 2017 –Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion

Goal 1: To implement the provisions of WIOA specific to the VR program. Priority areas: • pre-employment transition services • employer services • service delivery • performance accountability measures • subminimum wage

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Employment Services Employment Services are integral to the DMHAS’ goal of offering a recovery-oriented system of care for persons in recovery who experience behavioral health conditions. One of the first significant steps to be taken in this direction is to ensure that all DMHAS consumers have both the necessary opportunities and supports to become involved in meaningful activities of their choice as well as to contribute to the broader community. Individuals with behavioral health conditions consistently express their desire for employment. From the recovery perspective, meaningful employment has been shown to promote recovery from psychiatric and addiction disorders and to facilitate improvements in diverse domains from symptom relief to successful community integration. Currently, DMHAS funds 36 agencies across Connecticut to provide a broad menu of employment and education services. While employment strategies must be tailored to meet individual needs, agencies generally offer a range of services including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching, and career advancement services. Over 4000 persons per year are assisted in finding and keeping employment through the DMHAS system

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Employment First Overview”

We Believe... -Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and persistent in providing supports that help people with intellectual disabilities to find, get and keep real pay. -Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. -People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. -Communities embrace people who contribute. -Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. -People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. -True employment is not a social service. -Employment is a win/win for everybody.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Southwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board: 2012-2016 Local Plan

"The WorkPlace helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. We are a progressive, socially enterprising operation that is driven by innovation an entrepreneurial spirit. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, we administer workforce development funds and coordinate providers of job training and education programs that meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

The WorkPlace administers job training and preparation funds allocated by state and federal agencies. We operate CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Stamford and Derby, CT. These centers provide programs and services to job seekers including career counseling, job search assistance, skills assessment and occupational training. Customers using the centers have access to computers, internet, telephones, copy machines as well as printed materials to help them search for a job."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Partnerships


Connecticut Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) - 09/04/2014

“The Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) has been actively involved in cooperative working relationships with other public and private agencies for many years with regard to supported employment and extended services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors identify individuals who have a significant disability along with legal blindness who can benefit from long-term supports through supported employment.”

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

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities - 02/05/1991

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities...GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

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

Role of the Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

“The Governor’s Committee shall be composed of people with disabilities; agency representatives, including a representative of the State Job Service, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Veterans Employment and training Service and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; representatives of employers, representatives of organized labor and other interested persons.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

The Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities.”   GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.

“The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.”

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

Connecticut Business Leadership Network

“The Connecticut Business Leadership Network is a coalition of over 250 members/businesses who strive to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities by working with other businesses, governmental organizations and community service agencies.”   “Our mission is to improve recruitment and retention of qualified persons with disabilities, establish an inclusive work culture and promote the adoption of best practices initiatives.   “We change attitudes, we improve workplaces and we change lives by bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities. We combine our professionalism with our passion to fulfill the dream that disability will no longer be a barrier to employment and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality.   “CTBLN works to achieve these goals by disseminating best practices for the hiring of people with disabilities and reaching out to the disability community to find qualified candidates who will help us reach our goal of bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services Employer Partnerships

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services partners with employers of all sizes and across industries. These partnership arrangements include qualified candidate referrals and individualized on-the-job trainings as well as more formalized training and placement programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

 

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

Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)

“Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)  tuition-based workforce development programs designed to provide job seekers with disabilities the skills necessary for employment in a particular profession or type of business. In order to be most effective, ISTPPs are developed to address the employment needs within a local market or area and are reliant on essential partnerships with community/educational organizations and the targeted industry.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Connecticut Community First Choice - 07/01/2016

“Community First Choice (CFC) is a new program in Connecticut offered to active Medicaid members as part of the Affordable Care Act. This program allows individuals to receive supports and services in their home. These services can include—but are not limited to—help preparing meals and doing household chores, and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.). Educational services will be available to help you increase your independence, and learn how to manage your in-home staff. Who is eligible? CFC is open to any Medicaid member that can self-direct services and meets Institutional Level of Care. Institutional Level of Care means you would likely need to be in an institution, such as a nursing home, if you did not have home and community based services. This program allows an eligible person to have care and support in their home.”

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

Connecticut Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

"The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011.

The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by:

Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment Improving quality measurement & oversight

The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202)."

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

Connecticut Medicaid Infrastructure Grant: Local Level Pilot Initiative Evaluation - 10/01/2000

“The statewide Connect-Ability (C-A) Strategic Planning Local Level Pilot (LLP) Initiative was created to develop and implement innovative strategic plans locally to bring about change, improve access, build broad-based constituency, and increase employment for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut SAMHSA/CMHS Employment Development Initiative: Fiscal Year 2011 & 2012 Projects

This initiative provided training and technical assistance for entrepreneurs with psychiatric disorders to start a small business. “This project demonstrated that entrepreneurship is indeed a viable option for persons in recovery. The Business Advisors from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) observed that the business plans submitted by the individuals in this program were stronger and demonstrated more commitment than those of the general population. All of the persons receiving mini-grants as well as the majority of persons who were not were encouraged by their Business Advisors to continue working on their business plans, which the Advisors felt had real potential to succeed with additional effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Disability Employment Initiative (Round 4)

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Connecticut was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Connecticut Ticket to Work Program

“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration incentive program to help people with disabilities find jobs if they want to go to work.  SSA has contracted with a private company, MAXIMUS, to perform the day-to- day administration of the Ticket to Work Program.  Most Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries will receive a "ticket" they may use to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment or other support services from an approved provider of their choice.”

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

Connecticut Connect-Ability

“Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. This five-year, multimillion dollar 'systems change grant' involved a detailed look at the State's employment and disability services infrastructure in order to identify problem areas and implement lasting solutions.

“Connect-Ability has two primary customers:

Employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers People with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


“The Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts on 403,370 adults and children with Disabilities in Connecticut” - 05/15/2017

~~“We build capacity: Through our Customized Employment project, we are training provider organizations the skills to identify and develop jobs for people with disabilities. Customized employment training is a defined rubric that has been shown to lead to real jobs for hard to place individuals. Working with Connecticut Legal Services, our Parents with Cognitive Limitations initiative has funded training for parents and court personnel, including judges, to address the unique issues that arise when these parents are involved with the courts. In addition, training was provided to DDS staff, self-advocates and medical personnel, including doctors. In all 330 people were trained in person, and additional individuals received training online.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment Resources for Adult Services Providers - 05/11/2017

~~“Successful job development is often a complex set of strategies that requires skill and commitment on the part of the individual seeking a job, their support staff and members of their team.  Successful job developers use person-centered career planning to get to know their job seekers. They are knowledgeable about community resources and are also adept at recognizing and utilizing personal networks.  Customized Employment is a job development process that is a flexible blend of strategies, services and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with more complex needs.  Customized Employment is the voluntary negotiation of a personalized employment relationship between an individual and an employer that fulfills the business needs of the employer. This approach may include job carving, job creation, job sharing, self-employment and other types of entrepreneurial approaches.  Customized employment gives an advantage to the job seeker since that person will drive the employment process and uniquely fit a job position that meets their individual needs and interests.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

25th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“The Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

Conference GoalTo share current knowledge and strategies and to provide answers, direction, and support to:•Adult education teachers•Workforce Practitioners•Employers•Counselors•Families, friends, and colleagues of individuals with disabilities”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) “Level Up” Training - 07/01/2016

“At a DORS Level Up Prep Rally, you’ll spend the day with other students learning about various work settings from those who are already working. Participants will learn how to create a professional résumé, practice interview skills in mock job interviews and talk with potential employers. This full day event, during which lunch is provided, will offer students the tools they need when looking for, applying to and starting awesome jobs and careers!”

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

Child and Family Agency and CT Strong’s Job Fair - 05/08/2016

11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. The workshops will include resume building, dress for success, and interview tips,

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

Department of Social Services “Programs A-Z: Connect to Work Program”

~~“Connect to Work ProgramThe Connect to Work Center provides individualized benefits planning and counseling for people on public benefits. Our job is to help you understand how work will affect your benefits. The Center’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs), formally called Benefits Specialists, can provide information, problem-solving and follow-up services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)” 

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Time for Transition” Guide

Charting the LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet: Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals Throughout our lives, we face questions and search for answers that will help us on our journey to a full and meaningful life. This is true for everyone, especially when you or someone you care about experiences a disability or special health care need. Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help you think about the questions to ask as well as the choices, options and life experiences to consider as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life. It is intended to be a starting point no matter where you are in your life journey. We hope this LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet helps you realize that even when your child is very young, and wherever you are on the journey as he or she ages and grows into adulthood, their life experiences and environment can shape how they will live life in the future Booklet: http://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/family/ct_lc_experiences_booklet.pdf

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Community Options” Connecticut Department of Social Services - 03/10/2017

~~“The State of Connecticut offers a variety of services to help eligible individuals who need support to live at home or to return to community living.  Many of the programs are administered under a Medicaid ‘waiver,’ meaning that Connecticut has received federal approval to waive certain Medicaid requirements to meet the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in the community.  We hope this website section about these home and community-based services will be helpful to you and your family.  The Department of Social Services’ Division of Health Services administers Medicaid waiver and related services.  Specifically, the DSS Community Options Unit (formerly the Alternate Care Unit) and the Money Follows the Person Unit are responsible for managing multiple waiver programs and related services in support of Connecticut citizens with disabilities of all ages.” 

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

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for Alignment with HCBS - 08/19/2016

“This version of the STP has been updated in response to the second round of CMS comments, received April 2016... In response to CMS comments, it is important to emphasize the following: • Prior to implementation of the HCBS final rule, DSS and DDS began a systemic review of the Connecticut HCBS delivery system. The activities outlined in the STP are an extension of these initial activities. • For all applicable settings, multiple levels of assessment will be implemented prior to making a final decision regarding compliance with the HCB settings requirements.”

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “Mental Health Waiver” - 07/15/2016

“The waiver program, authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allows the State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutional care. Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports that families and communities provide. The Waiver will serve individuals who are currently in nursing facilities or who are at risk for this level of care. The Waiver is operated by the DMHAS with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS).”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. Connecticut has developed this Statewide Transition Plan to determine compliance with the HCB settings rule and describe how the State will comply with the new requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

CT Comprehensive Supports Waiver (0437.R02.00) - 10/01/2013

This waiver "Provides adult day health, community companion homes/community living arrangements, group day supports, live-in caregiver, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, adult companion, assisted living, behavioral support, continuous residential supports, environmental mods, health care coordination, individual goods and services, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for DD 18 yrs - no max age & for IID 3 yrs - no max age."

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

CT Individual and Family Support (0426.R02.00) - 02/01/2013

This waiver "provides adult day health, community companion homes (formerly community training homes), group day supports, individual supported employment (formerly supported employment), live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, behavioral support, companion supports (formerly adult companion), continuous residential supports, environmental mods, group supported employment (formerly supported employment), health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age, and IID ages 3 - no max age."

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

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project - 10/31/2012

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Mental Health Waiver (0653.R01.00) - 04/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day health, community support, supported employment, assisted living, brief episodic stabilization, community living support, home accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, overnight recovery assistant, peer supports, PERS, recovery assistant, specialized medical equipment, transitional case management for individuals w/mental illness ages 22 and older."

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

CT Acquired Brain Injury Waiver (0302.R03.00) - 01/10/2012

Provides case management, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, ABI group day, chore, cognitive behavioral programs, community living support, companion, environmental accessibility adaptation, home delivered meals, independent living skill training, PERS, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance abuse programs, transitional living, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals with brain injury ages 18 - no max age.

Expires 12/31/2016.

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

CT Employment and Day Supports (0881.R00.00) - 04/01/2011

Provides adult day health, community based day support options, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, behavioral support, individual goods and services, individualized day support, interpreter, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age and ID ages 3 - no max age.

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

Connecticut Medicaid State Plan Amendments

A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs…When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information   This webpage includes Medicaid State Plan amendments for the state of Connecticut  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Connecticut Medicaid State Plans

The Connecticut Medicaid state plan is an agreement between the state and the Federal government describing how Connecticut administers its Medicaid program. The plan details how the state will follow Federal rules and guidelines.  It also gives details on how the state may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  This page includes links and details to approved, pending and archived Connecticut Medicaid state plans.

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

CT Money Follows the Person

“In order to enable more Medicaid recipients living in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, move back to their communities, the Connecticut Department of Social Services applied to participate in the National Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration. The application was successful and in January 2007, Connecticut was awarded with the opportunity to participate in the Demonstration.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

People know what constitutes great employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in the Constitution State of Connecticut.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Connecticut’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
3,590,886
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.26%
Change from
2014 to 2015
190,691
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-13.74%
Change from
2014 to 2015
67,517
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-13.44%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.68%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 3,590,886
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 190,691
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 67,517
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,606,605
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.68%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.20%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 9.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 185,838
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 203,852
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 306,452
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 41,668
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 52,535
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,358
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 8,041
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,490
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 19,638

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,082
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 7.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 81,784

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 10,377
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 20,043
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 43,772
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 23.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.20%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,666
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 1,261
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 275
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,367
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 27
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 18
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. 67.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.50

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,211
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 125,226
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $74,928,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $5,613,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $126,697,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $10,202,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 47.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 723
Number of people served in facility based work. 344
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,571
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 131.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 68.67%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 8.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.92%
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). 49.73%
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). 73.57%
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). 86.51%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 23.84%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,354,163
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,584
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 46,321
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 621,956
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 668,277
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 837
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,082
AbilityOne wages (products). $158,294
AbilityOne wages (services). $9,751,263

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 54
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 58
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 3
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,814
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 116
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,933

 

Legislation


Senate Bill No. 502 May Special Session, Public Act No. 16-3AN ACT CONCERNING REVENUE AND OTHER ITEMS TO IMPLEMENT THE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017. - 07/01/2016

“Sec. 60. Subsection (a) of section 17b-666 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016): (a) The Department of Rehabilitation Services may receive state and federal funds to administer, within available appropriations, an employment opportunities program to serve individuals with the most significant disabilities who do not meet the eligibility requirements of supported employment programs administered by the Departments of Developmental Services, Social Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services. For the purposes of this section, "individuals with the most significant disabilities" means those individuals who (1) have serious employment limitations in a total of three or more functional areas including, but not limited to, mobility, communication, self-care, interpersonal skills, work tolerance or work skills, or (2) will require significant ongoing disability-related services on the job in order to maintain employment.”

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

Connecticut HB 6738 - 06/03/2015

"The State Treasurer shall establish a qualified ABLE program pursuant to the federal ABLE Act and sections 1 to 8, inclusive, of this act. Under the program: (A) The State Treasurer shall administer individual ABLE accounts to encourage and assist eligible individuals and their families in saving private funds to provide support for eligible individuals, and (B) a person may make contributions to an individual ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

CT General Statutes within the Jurisdiction of the CT Department of Labor

Updated through 2012 June Spec. Sess. These General Statues are applicable to the performance of the Connecticut Department of Labor. They define the various types of services that will be available through the state Department of Labor, and the American Job Centers. Under the section on the "Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program," Customized Employment is listed as a service to be provided: "The WorkPlace, Inc. and Capital Workforce Partners shall manage such teams. The teams, in cooperation with the regional workforce development boards and the one-stop centers, shall ensure the provision of rapid, customized employment services, job training, repair training and job placement assistance to borrowers who are unemployed, underemployed or in need of a second job. The WorkPlace, Inc. shall arrange for the provision of financial literacy and credit counseling for participants in the program with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Connecticut Small Contractor Set Aside Program (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann 4a-60g)

Statute requiring state agencies and political subdivisions of the state to set aside at least 25 percent of their budgets each fiscal year for small contractors.  This requirement is limited to those agencies and subdivisions that have annual contracting budgets of more than $10,000.  Of this set-aside, 25 percent must be reserved for awards to minority business enterprises, including disability-owned businesses. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Employment and Other Day Service Options” - 04/11/2017

~~“DDS Funded Day Services:SUPP0RTED EMPLOYMENT - These include supports to help individuals work as a paid employee in work settings that also employ people without disabilities. These services assist individuals find and apply for jobs, and offer job coaching support to people once work is secured. This service includes individual and group supported employment. This service is designed to provide support and supervision but is not intended to provide ongoing long term 1:1 support to help a person complete their work activities.GROUP EMPLOYMENT - These include sheltered workshops and day support options. These services are provided in a facility-based program that focuses on developing meaningful skills in the area of work, socialization and community participation.INDIVIDUAL DAY - This waiver service includes individually tailored supports that help consumers gain or maintain skills to participate more fully and productively in work, leisure or community activities. This may include the development of independent functioning skills, relationship skills, exploring job interests or retirement programs. It can also provide funds for staff supports for individuals who have their own businesses.” 

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

Connecticut State Department of Education “Transition Bill of Rights” - 05/04/2016

“This Transition Bill of Rights for parents of students receiving special education will help parents and students understand a student’s rights related to getting an education and other important issues regarding the transition to life after high school. School districts will provide this document annually at a planning and placement team meeting to all parents, guardians, and surrogate parents of students who are receiving special education services in Grades 6-12 as well as to students who are 18 years of age or older.”

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

IEP Manual and Forms - 12/01/2015

~~“The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has advised states that all IEPs written on or after July 1, 2005, must comply with the requirements of the 2004 Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The position of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, is that the January 2006 and February 2009 revised IEP forms serve a number of purposes. The first purpose is to help insure compliance with the statutory requirements of IDEA and State law. In addition, these forms assist as a data collection and student educational program-planning tool. Therefore, the State Department of Education has directed that all IEPs written for students in the State of Connecticut be completed on these forms.”

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services Employment First Initiative - 04/13/2011

“In order for individuals with an intellectual disability to achieve full citizenship, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings are the first priority. This shall be the first option explored in the service planning for working age adults. This process will begin during the child’s school aged years and may even begin prior to school.

  “While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of outcomes for individuals.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Connecticut Unified State Plan 2017 –Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Portion

Goal 1: To implement the provisions of WIOA specific to the VR program. Priority areas: • pre-employment transition services • employer services • service delivery • performance accountability measures • subminimum wage

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Employment Services Employment Services are integral to the DMHAS’ goal of offering a recovery-oriented system of care for persons in recovery who experience behavioral health conditions. One of the first significant steps to be taken in this direction is to ensure that all DMHAS consumers have both the necessary opportunities and supports to become involved in meaningful activities of their choice as well as to contribute to the broader community. Individuals with behavioral health conditions consistently express their desire for employment. From the recovery perspective, meaningful employment has been shown to promote recovery from psychiatric and addiction disorders and to facilitate improvements in diverse domains from symptom relief to successful community integration. Currently, DMHAS funds 36 agencies across Connecticut to provide a broad menu of employment and education services. While employment strategies must be tailored to meet individual needs, agencies generally offer a range of services including career planning, job search assistance, job placement, on- and off-the-job coaching, and career advancement services. Over 4000 persons per year are assisted in finding and keeping employment through the DMHAS system

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Employment First Overview”

We Believe... -Everyone can work and there is a job for everyone. Our job is to be creative and persistent in providing supports that help people with intellectual disabilities to find, get and keep real pay. -Not working should be the exception. All individuals, schools, families and businesses must raise their expectations. -People will be hired because of their ability not because they have a disability. -Communities embrace people who contribute. -Everyone has something to contribute and needs to contribute. -People are healthier, safer and happiest with meaningful work. -True employment is not a social service. -Employment is a win/win for everybody.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Southwest Connecticut Workforce Investment Board: 2012-2016 Local Plan

"The WorkPlace helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. We are a progressive, socially enterprising operation that is driven by innovation an entrepreneurial spirit. As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, we administer workforce development funds and coordinate providers of job training and education programs that meet the needs of residents and employers in the Southwestern Connecticut Region.

The WorkPlace administers job training and preparation funds allocated by state and federal agencies. We operate CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Stamford and Derby, CT. These centers provide programs and services to job seekers including career counseling, job search assistance, skills assessment and occupational training. Customers using the centers have access to computers, internet, telephones, copy machines as well as printed materials to help them search for a job."  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Partnerships


Connecticut Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) - 09/04/2014

“The Services for the Blind Program (BESB Program) has been actively involved in cooperative working relationships with other public and private agencies for many years with regard to supported employment and extended services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors identify individuals who have a significant disability along with legal blindness who can benefit from long-term supports through supported employment.”

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

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities - 02/05/1991

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities...GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

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

Role of the Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

“The Governor’s Committee shall be composed of people with disabilities; agency representatives, including a representative of the State Job Service, the Division of Rehabilitation Services, the Veterans Employment and training Service and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; representatives of employers, representatives of organized labor and other interested persons.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

The Connecticut Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities’ (GCEPD) mission is to “promote the employment of people with disabilities; produce and provide an environment that strives to include and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce; [and] promote and establish initiatives designed to highlight the benefits of employing people with disabilities.”   GCEPD’s initiatives include “[providing] education and awareness on the benefits of hiring qualified candidates with disabilities; [promoting and supporting] the activities of local communities throughout the state to enhance the employment of persons with disabilities; [and maintaining] a website of disability resources for both employers and job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Youth Leadership Project, Inc.

“The Connecticut Youth Leadership Program (CTYLP) provides youth and young adults with disabilities with opportunities for self-discovery, the development of self-advocacy, decision making, and problem-solving skills to maximize their leadership potential.”

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

Connecticut Business Leadership Network

“The Connecticut Business Leadership Network is a coalition of over 250 members/businesses who strive to maximize employment opportunities for people with disabilities by working with other businesses, governmental organizations and community service agencies.”   “Our mission is to improve recruitment and retention of qualified persons with disabilities, establish an inclusive work culture and promote the adoption of best practices initiatives.   “We change attitudes, we improve workplaces and we change lives by bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities. We combine our professionalism with our passion to fulfill the dream that disability will no longer be a barrier to employment and we are willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality.   “CTBLN works to achieve these goals by disseminating best practices for the hiring of people with disabilities and reaching out to the disability community to find qualified candidates who will help us reach our goal of bringing diversity full circle to include people with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services Employer Partnerships

“The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services partners with employers of all sizes and across industries. These partnership arrangements include qualified candidate referrals and individualized on-the-job trainings as well as more formalized training and placement programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

“The State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is an important partner with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) to help improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. BRS administers the Title I Vocational Rehabilitation and Title VI Supported Employment programs of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, that mandates employment services for people with disabilities. This act is the federal law that requires each designated state agency (BRS in Connecticut) to work closely with its SRC in developing the State Plan, strategic plans, reports, and state goals and priorities and in conducting needs assessment and evaluations.”

 

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

Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)

“Industry Specific Training and Placement Programs (ISTPP)  tuition-based workforce development programs designed to provide job seekers with disabilities the skills necessary for employment in a particular profession or type of business. In order to be most effective, ISTPPs are developed to address the employment needs within a local market or area and are reliant on essential partnerships with community/educational organizations and the targeted industry.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Systems-Change Funding


Connecticut Community First Choice - 07/01/2016

“Community First Choice (CFC) is a new program in Connecticut offered to active Medicaid members as part of the Affordable Care Act. This program allows individuals to receive supports and services in their home. These services can include—but are not limited to—help preparing meals and doing household chores, and assistance with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, transferring, etc.). Educational services will be available to help you increase your independence, and learn how to manage your in-home staff. Who is eligible? CFC is open to any Medicaid member that can self-direct services and meets Institutional Level of Care. Institutional Level of Care means you would likely need to be in an institution, such as a nursing home, if you did not have home and community based services. This program allows an eligible person to have care and support in their home.”

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

Connecticut Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

"The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) as of October 1, 2011.

The Balancing Incentive Program will help States transform their long-term care systems by:

Lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency Creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment Improving quality measurement & oversight

The Balancing Incentive Program also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision. The Balancing Incentive Program was created by the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Section 10202)."

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

Connecticut Medicaid Infrastructure Grant: Local Level Pilot Initiative Evaluation - 10/01/2000

“The statewide Connect-Ability (C-A) Strategic Planning Local Level Pilot (LLP) Initiative was created to develop and implement innovative strategic plans locally to bring about change, improve access, build broad-based constituency, and increase employment for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Connecticut SAMHSA/CMHS Employment Development Initiative: Fiscal Year 2011 & 2012 Projects

This initiative provided training and technical assistance for entrepreneurs with psychiatric disorders to start a small business. “This project demonstrated that entrepreneurship is indeed a viable option for persons in recovery. The Business Advisors from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) observed that the business plans submitted by the individuals in this program were stronger and demonstrated more commitment than those of the general population. All of the persons receiving mini-grants as well as the majority of persons who were not were encouraged by their Business Advisors to continue working on their business plans, which the Advisors felt had real potential to succeed with additional effort.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Disability Employment Initiative (Round 4)

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Connecticut was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Connecticut Ticket to Work Program

“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration incentive program to help people with disabilities find jobs if they want to go to work.  SSA has contracted with a private company, MAXIMUS, to perform the day-to- day administration of the Ticket to Work Program.  Most Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability beneficiaries will receive a "ticket" they may use to obtain vocational rehabilitation, employment or other support services from an approved provider of their choice.”

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

Connecticut Connect-Ability

“Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. This five-year, multimillion dollar 'systems change grant' involved a detailed look at the State's employment and disability services infrastructure in order to identify problem areas and implement lasting solutions.

“Connect-Ability has two primary customers:

Employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers People with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


“The Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts on 403,370 adults and children with Disabilities in Connecticut” - 05/15/2017

~~“We build capacity: Through our Customized Employment project, we are training provider organizations the skills to identify and develop jobs for people with disabilities. Customized employment training is a defined rubric that has been shown to lead to real jobs for hard to place individuals. Working with Connecticut Legal Services, our Parents with Cognitive Limitations initiative has funded training for parents and court personnel, including judges, to address the unique issues that arise when these parents are involved with the courts. In addition, training was provided to DDS staff, self-advocates and medical personnel, including doctors. In all 330 people were trained in person, and additional individuals received training online.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Employment Resources for Adult Services Providers - 05/11/2017

~~“Successful job development is often a complex set of strategies that requires skill and commitment on the part of the individual seeking a job, their support staff and members of their team.  Successful job developers use person-centered career planning to get to know their job seekers. They are knowledgeable about community resources and are also adept at recognizing and utilizing personal networks.  Customized Employment is a job development process that is a flexible blend of strategies, services and supports designed to increase employment options for job seekers with more complex needs.  Customized Employment is the voluntary negotiation of a personalized employment relationship between an individual and an employer that fulfills the business needs of the employer. This approach may include job carving, job creation, job sharing, self-employment and other types of entrepreneurial approaches.  Customized employment gives an advantage to the job seeker since that person will drive the employment process and uniquely fit a job position that meets their individual needs and interests.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

25th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“The Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities.

Conference GoalTo share current knowledge and strategies and to provide answers, direction, and support to:•Adult education teachers•Workforce Practitioners•Employers•Counselors•Families, friends, and colleagues of individuals with disabilities”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) “Level Up” Training - 07/01/2016

“At a DORS Level Up Prep Rally, you’ll spend the day with other students learning about various work settings from those who are already working. Participants will learn how to create a professional résumé, practice interview skills in mock job interviews and talk with potential employers. This full day event, during which lunch is provided, will offer students the tools they need when looking for, applying to and starting awesome jobs and careers!”

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

Child and Family Agency and CT Strong’s Job Fair - 05/08/2016

11am-2pm and 3pm-6pm. The workshops will include resume building, dress for success, and interview tips,

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

Department of Social Services “Programs A-Z: Connect to Work Program”

~~“Connect to Work ProgramThe Connect to Work Center provides individualized benefits planning and counseling for people on public benefits. Our job is to help you understand how work will affect your benefits. The Center’s Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICs), formally called Benefits Specialists, can provide information, problem-solving and follow-up services. (Please note this is an external website not maintained by the Department of Social Services)” 

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

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services “Time for Transition” Guide

Charting the LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet: Guide for Individuals, Families, and Professionals Throughout our lives, we face questions and search for answers that will help us on our journey to a full and meaningful life. This is true for everyone, especially when you or someone you care about experiences a disability or special health care need. Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help you think about the questions to ask as well as the choices, options and life experiences to consider as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life. It is intended to be a starting point no matter where you are in your life journey. We hope this LifeCourse Experiences and Questions Booklet helps you realize that even when your child is very young, and wherever you are on the journey as he or she ages and grows into adulthood, their life experiences and environment can shape how they will live life in the future Booklet: http://www.ct.gov/dds/lib/dds/family/ct_lc_experiences_booklet.pdf

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Community Options” Connecticut Department of Social Services - 03/10/2017

~~“The State of Connecticut offers a variety of services to help eligible individuals who need support to live at home or to return to community living.  Many of the programs are administered under a Medicaid ‘waiver,’ meaning that Connecticut has received federal approval to waive certain Medicaid requirements to meet the service needs of older adults and adults with disabilities in the community.  We hope this website section about these home and community-based services will be helpful to you and your family.  The Department of Social Services’ Division of Health Services administers Medicaid waiver and related services.  Specifically, the DSS Community Options Unit (formerly the Alternate Care Unit) and the Money Follows the Person Unit are responsible for managing multiple waiver programs and related services in support of Connecticut citizens with disabilities of all ages.” 

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

Updated Statewide Transition Plan for Alignment with HCBS - 08/19/2016

“This version of the STP has been updated in response to the second round of CMS comments, received April 2016... In response to CMS comments, it is important to emphasize the following: • Prior to implementation of the HCBS final rule, DSS and DDS began a systemic review of the Connecticut HCBS delivery system. The activities outlined in the STP are an extension of these initial activities. • For all applicable settings, multiple levels of assessment will be implemented prior to making a final decision regarding compliance with the HCB settings requirements.”

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

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services “Mental Health Waiver” - 07/15/2016

“The waiver program, authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act, allows the State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutional care. Waiver services complement and/or supplement services available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as natural supports that families and communities provide. The Waiver will serve individuals who are currently in nursing facilities or who are at risk for this level of care. The Waiver is operated by the DMHAS with oversight by the Department of Social Services (DSS).”

Systems
  • Other

Connecticut HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. Connecticut has developed this Statewide Transition Plan to determine compliance with the HCB settings rule and describe how the State will comply with the new requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

CT Comprehensive Supports Waiver (0437.R02.00) - 10/01/2013

This waiver "Provides adult day health, community companion homes/community living arrangements, group day supports, live-in caregiver, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, adult companion, assisted living, behavioral support, continuous residential supports, environmental mods, health care coordination, individual goods and services, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for DD 18 yrs - no max age & for IID 3 yrs - no max age."

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

CT Individual and Family Support (0426.R02.00) - 02/01/2013

This waiver "provides adult day health, community companion homes (formerly community training homes), group day supports, individual supported employment (formerly supported employment), live-in companion, prevocational services, respite, independent support broker, behavioral support, companion supports (formerly adult companion), continuous residential supports, environmental mods, group supported employment (formerly supported employment), health care coordination, individualized day supports, individualized home supports, individually directed goods and services, interpreter, nutrition, parenting support, PERS, personal support, senior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age, and IID ages 3 - no max age."

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

CT Balancing Incentive Payment Project - 10/31/2012

“The State of Connecticut’s Department of Social Services, Division of Health Services (DHS), with the Legislative and stakeholder support, seeks approval for application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for participation in the Balancing Incentive Payment Program (BIP). The $72,780,505 enhanced federal medical assistance received will be used to expand community long-term services and supports (LTSS) and develop infrastructure necessary to support uniform access and a more streamlined process for persons seeking community LTSS. Ultimately, the goal of Connecticut’s BIP project is to remove policy, procedure and access barriers that prevent persons from receiving equitable community LTSS and that lead to unnecessary institutionalization."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

CT Mental Health Waiver (0653.R01.00) - 04/01/2012

This waiver "provides adult day health, community support, supported employment, assisted living, brief episodic stabilization, community living support, home accessibility adaptations, home delivered meals, non-medical transportation, overnight recovery assistant, peer supports, PERS, recovery assistant, specialized medical equipment, transitional case management for individuals w/mental illness ages 22 and older."

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

CT Acquired Brain Injury Waiver (0302.R03.00) - 01/10/2012

Provides case management, homemaker, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, ABI group day, chore, cognitive behavioral programs, community living support, companion, environmental accessibility adaptation, home delivered meals, independent living skill training, PERS, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance abuse programs, transitional living, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals with brain injury ages 18 - no max age.

Expires 12/31/2016.

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

CT Employment and Day Supports (0881.R00.00) - 04/01/2011

Provides adult day health, community based day support options, respite, supported employment, independent support broker, behavioral support, individual goods and services, individualized day support, interpreter, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age and ID ages 3 - no max age.

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

Connecticut Medicaid State Plan Amendments

A Medicaid and CHIP state plan is an agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs…When a state is planning to make a change to its program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. States also submit SPAs to request permissible program changes, make corrections, or update their Medicaid or CHIP state plan with new information   This webpage includes Medicaid State Plan amendments for the state of Connecticut  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Connecticut Medicaid State Plans

The Connecticut Medicaid state plan is an agreement between the state and the Federal government describing how Connecticut administers its Medicaid program. The plan details how the state will follow Federal rules and guidelines.  It also gives details on how the state may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  This page includes links and details to approved, pending and archived Connecticut Medicaid state plans.

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

CT Money Follows the Person

“In order to enable more Medicaid recipients living in long term care facilities, such as nursing homes, move back to their communities, the Connecticut Department of Social Services applied to participate in the National Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration. The application was successful and in January 2007, Connecticut was awarded with the opportunity to participate in the Demonstration.”

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