Delaware

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The First State of Delaware knows the value of Employment First for workers with disabilities to succeed at their careers and live independently in their communities.

2014 State Population.
1.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
935,614
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.94%
Change from
2013 to 2014
55,633
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-9.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,823
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
35.63%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.62%
Change from
2013 to 2014
76.33%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 917,092 925,749 935,614
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 56,402 59,493 55,633
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,489 21,634 19,823
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 379,282 379,668 390,939
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.55% 36.36% 35.63%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.13% 75.09% 76.33%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.20% 6.70% 5.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.30% 16.30% 17.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.50% 11.80% 11.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 48,911 52,291 52,271
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 59,236 62,405 57,492
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 81,200 85,022 82,187
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,426 22,189 21,032
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,884 6,533 6,735
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 279 1,061 733
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,101 1,366 2,010
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,810 3,418 2,038
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,269 1,458 1,763

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 900 911 926
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.80% 5.80% 5.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,298 27,468 27,404

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 805 848 944
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 1,385 1,035 2,334
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 3,485 2,172 4,858
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 23.10% 39.00% 19.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 0.70% 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 1.20% 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 12.20% 5.70% 8.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 95 43 39
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 164 71 79
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 751 334 537
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,706 1,761 1,532
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 12 8 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 4 7
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. 25.00% 50.00% 70.00%
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. 0.33 0.44 0.76

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,584
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 7 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 92 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 346 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 470 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 559 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 110 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 1,354 1,444
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 38,229 38,656
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 73 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 105 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A $14,274,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $7,951,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A $16,029,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $4,156,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 25.00% 29.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 188 252
Number of people served in facility based work. 630 464
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 588 599
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A 60.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.50% 64.90% 67.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.60% 15.30% 15.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.30% 6.70% 5.16%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 59.10% 50.50% 48.43%
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). 25.00% 17.00% 19.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 48.00% 52.56%
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). 64.00% 61.00% 65.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.00% 31.00% 37.82%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 394,160
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 533
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 6,740
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 86,651
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 93,391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 99
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 103
AbilityOne wages (products). $60,082
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,128,211

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 7 3
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 274
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 13
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 287

 


Delaware SB 33 - 06/18/2015

This Act implements the legislative recommendations of the IEP Improvement Task Force created by the 147th General Assembly. The recommendations it implements are to: 1.Provide more detailed and helpful information to parents about their rights and resources in the IEP process; 2.Solicit the input of parents and children regarding the IEP process before IEP meetings occur; 3.Provide advance notice to parents and children of documents that will be discussed at IEP meetings; 4.Require the facilitation of parent councils to provide peer support for the parents of students with disabilities; 5.Ensure that teachers, staff, and contract employees do not suffer retaliation for offering their candid opinions during the IEP process; 6.Ensure that employment planning during the IEP process is consistent with Delaware’s employment first policy; 7.Require a robust annual survey of parents and children to ensure that school districts and charter schools are adhering to state and federal law with respect to the IEP process. 8.Ensure that charter schools are attentive to their responsibilities and available resources with respect to students with disabilities. 9.Require that the Department of Education report to the General Assembly on the status of and possible alternatives to the IEP Plus computer system, which has been an impediment to the preparation of IEPs by teachers, staff, and contractors.

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

Delaware HB 60 - 06/10/2015

"This bill creates an Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Program in Delaware, to implement federal legislation enabling the creation of savings accounts with tax advantages similar to 529 accounts, designed to be used by persons with disabilities to save for qualifying disability and education related expenses."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

DE Employment First Oversight Commission - 07/16/2012

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including:

“(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, … (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”

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

DE Employment First Act (HB 319) - 07/16/2012

“House Bill 319 would require state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities consider, as their first option, employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The bill also establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to review goals and objectives and prepare an annual report.”

“All persons with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities, have a right to the opportunity for competitive employment. To promote the realization of this right, this bill creates the Employment First Act. The Act requires that state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The Act does not require an employer to give preference to hiring persons with disabilities."

“This Act further establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Commission reviews measurable goals and objectives as submitted to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of the Act. The Commission tracks the measurable progress of state agencies in implementing the Act. The Commission prepares an annual report as part of the annual report submitted by the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to the Governor and the General Assembly. The report details progress made toward the goals and objectives as well as strategies and policies to help realize the employment first initiative.”

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

Delaware Persons With Disabilities Employment Protections Act

“This subchapter is intended to encourage and enable qualified persons with disabilities to engage in remunerative employment which is sought by them in good faith. The General Assembly finds that the practice of employment discrimination based on disability is contrary to the public interest and the principles of freedom and equality of opportunity.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers. For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers.

For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

DE A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - 08/13/2013

Governor Jack Markell spearheaded an initiative at the National Governor’s Association called, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” Governor Markell released a blueprint for governors from this year-long study on policy recommendations to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The goal is to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Vocational Programs for Transitioning Youth Memo - 02/21/2013

“Historically, the State has provided funding for vocational, day habilitation, and employment-related services for students with intellectual disabilities “aging out” of the special education system.  Services are subsidized by Medicaid funds for many students…We fully support the Department’s request for inclusion of funds in the Governor’s proposed budget to serve these individuals…However, we also strongly encourage the timely development of a targeted strategic plan to promote the availability of meaningful vocation opportunities for these incoming DDDS clients”.

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

Delaware Department of Education “Transitions After High School”

“Transition planning should be in effect when a student turns 14 or enter the Grade 8, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Students with disabilities and their families must be offered transition planning as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Transition planning prepares students for their future after high school and through adulthood. Transition planning focuses on allowing students with disabilities and their families to create their own goals and provides plans for achievement. Transition planning in the IEP process focuses on employment, post-secondary education or training, community participation and independent living. The IEP team should include the student as a part of the transition planning process. Also, agency representatives who may provide and/or pay for transition services become critical members of the planning team as well.”

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

DE Developmental Disabilities Council Subminimum Wage Position Statement (DRAFT)

This position paper, developed by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, details the background of subminimum wage, how it’s utilized in the United States, and arguments against the practice. The statement provides recommendations to reduce and remove the use of subminimum wage in Delaware.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Delaware Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

In accordance with CFR 300.650 (b), the Council serves as the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments.   1. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 31, Sub. Sec. 3111  2. Federal Statute: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments The State Advisory Panel will: "...advise(s) the state educational agency of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities; comment(s) publicly on any rules or regulations proposed for issuance by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities and the procedures for distribution of funds under this part; and assist(s) the state in developing and reporting such data and evaluations as may assist the Secretary under Section 618..." 3. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 24, subsection 2408   
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

DE Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2013-FY 2014

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).

“The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”

 

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

DE Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a program now under development in Delaware, is designed to support low-income persons with disabilities who wish to work. The program is a result of an initiative launched by Governor Jack Markell while Chairman of the National Governors Association to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."

“In February 2014, Delaware submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a 1915(i) Medicaid State Plan amendment to establish the Pathways program. This amendment will enable the State to provide employment supports to qualified individuals. In its initial phase, Pathways to Employment will target teens and young adults (aged 14 to 25) with disabilities to help them get prepared for and find jobs."

“Pathways to Employment is expected to begin operation in Spring 2015.”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

DE Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Employment First Statement

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services affirms that employment and participation in their communities is an important part of the lives of the individuals it serves. Further, the Division believes that employment in the community should be the first service option considered for individuals. In support of this belief, the Division has set a goal of increasing community employment for individuals receiving Center Based Day Program services.   “To that end, Day Program service plans shall be required to address the advancement of individuals towards meaningful participation and employment in their communities. It is the responsibility of the Day Programs funded by the Division to work in collaboration with the relevant Residential Programs and families, to develop these support plans.” 

 

 

 

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

Delaware DVR Partnerships - 07/07/2014

DVR maintains ongoing relationships with several councils throughout the state that have missions related to individuals with disabilities...These councils address issues of common concern to the disability community. DVR’s Director participates in the Governors Employment First Taskforce… DVR participates with the SCPD, a coordinating council for all disability-related councils throughout the State. DVR participates in the Governor’s Task Force on Community Inclusion, a collaboration of state agencies, organizations and entities involved with issues relating to disabilities. The goal of the task force is to develop strategies to implement the Olmstead principals, to assist people with disabilities to live more independently in the community, and to align the state’s service delivery system with that goal. This task force has supported implementation of Medicaid for People with Disabilities (Medicaid Buy-in) in Delaware, increased public transportation, and has recently supported development of the Pathways Medicaid waiver program for people with disabilities…

 As required by the Rehabilitation Act, DVR developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the public institutions of higher education in Delaware, specifically, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), Delaware State University, and the University of Delaware. DVR and DTCC have collaborated with a separate Memorandum of Understanding to provide supported education services to DVR clients who are enrolled in remedial education programs at DTCC. The program provides additional training in study skills, time management, study techniques, and accommodations necessary for students to be successful in the school environment.

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

DE CAI and Specialisterne Partnership - 05/29/2013

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a global IT consulting, outsourcing, and systems integration company, announced a National Founding Partnership (facilitated by the state of Delaware) in 2013 with Specialisterne to train and hire people who have autism in technology roles. “With over 800 associates in the Delaware Valley, and 3,300 in the U.S., CAI plans to employ over 3% of its consultant workforce with people who have autism in technology roles in software testing, data quality assurance, programming, data mining and data entry, before the end of 2015.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment is a program designed to support low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware who want to work. Services available through Pathways to Employment include: •Employment Navigator •Career Exploration and Assessment •Supported Employment - Individual •Supported Employment - Small Group •Benefits Counseling •Financial Coaching •Non-Medical Transportation •Personal Care (including a self-directed component) •Orientation, Mobility, Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Delaware IEP Details

An IEP is developed to meet the individualized needs of each student. The educational services are provided at no cost to the family. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs the rules for IEPs in every state. In addition, Delaware also has its own set of regulations with which the IEP process must comply. Every IEP must include: -A thorough analysis of how the student is presently performing in school -The student’s educational goals -A list of services the student will receive, including how often and for how long -Transition services for students of transition age -Any accommodations, supports, and services needed for the child to be successful in the general education curriculum -Whether the child will participate in the state wide assessment with/without accommodations -The extent to which an eligible school aged child will be included in the general education environments The extent to which an eligible preschool aged child will be included in natural environments

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

Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired and Employment First

In implementing Employment First as a priority, we continue to examine state systems, such as our own Delaware Industries for the Blind, in shifting from a segregated facility- based model of employment to an integrated and inclusive business through strategic partnerships with other agencies and non-profits

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2015

Delaware’s Employment First At (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012. This legislation promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission…under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD)….The following is a highlight of EFOC activities in FY 15.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Vocational Rehabilitation - Mental Health Agency Partnership:

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have been collaborating to provide supported employment (SE) services and supports to individuals with mental illness (MI) for several years in an intensive fashion. In 2006-2007, the partnership intended to jointly implement Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Supported Employment (SE) programs in the 4 service areas of the state as part of the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. For a variety of reasons, this partnership ended before full implementation. Subsequently DVR contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist DSAMH and DVR in building on that start using braided funding from the two agencies. Since that time DVR has continued to build up the employment system for MH clients in DE and has been the primary intervention agent for this change. This represents an assertive approach that an SVRA can take to encourage, promote, fund, and advocate for its MH system partner to create more employment opportunities for joint clients.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission Report

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).   “The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including: “(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, …  (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and  (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

The membership of the State advisory panel must consist of members  appointed by the Governor, or any other official authorized under State law to make these appointments, that is representative of the State population and that is composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with the education of children with disabilities  including:   Parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26); 2.  Individuals with disabilities; 3. Teachers; 4. Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel; 5. State and local education officials, including officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et eq.); 6. Administrators of programs for children with disabilities; 7. Representatives of other State agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; 8. Representatives of private schools and public charter schools; 9. Not less than one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; 10. A Representative from the State child welfare agency responsible for foster care; and 11.Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DE Disability Employment Initiative - 12/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was a three-year federal grant-funded program to improve education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth who were unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, the Delaware Department of La or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.    The departments allocating staff to this project included the Department of Education, Division of Employment and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Technical &Community Colleges.  The project ended in 2013.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware No Wrong Door

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) has established a statewide Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Delaware ADRC provides a one-stop access point for long-term care services and supports for older persons and adults with physical disabilities in the State. The ADRC is operated by DSAAPD staff in coordination with partner organizations, including the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, the State's Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, the State's Centers for Independent Living, and the Delaware Aging Network (DAN)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Delaware Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“ The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).   “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital) to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”  

 

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

Delaware Customized Employment: Evidence-Based Supported Employment Practices - 08/28/2008

This PowerPoint describes the various elements of Customized Employment, from the Discovery Phase, through Job Negotiation and Placement.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Early Start to Supported Employment Handbook

Early Start to Supported Employment” (ESSE) is intended to create a more seamless transition for students leaving school and entering the adult workforce. The outcome of paid work with post-school supports in place before the student leaves school is the primary goal of ESSE…. Purpose: -Support a seamless transition for students into supported employment upon exiting secondary education (high school). -Alleviate student and family stress during the difficult transition from school to an unknown adult life.

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

Delaware Employment First Educational Video

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities developed this training video to demonstrate the value of employees with disabilities. It profiles various employees with disabilities working in integrated competitive employment.

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

Delaware Community Support Services Program Provider Certification Manual

This manual contains the standards by which the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certifies Intensive Care Management (ICM) programs for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Certification is required for provider enrollment with the Division of Social Services, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) Program for Medicaid reimbursement through the rehabilitative services option of Title XIX of the Social Security Amendments.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health

Delaware PROMISE - Services and Supports

This presentation serves as a practical guide for delivering services under Delaware's PROMISE (Promoting Optimal Mental Health for Individuals through Supports and Empowerment) section of Delaware's HCBS Waiver, focused on Mental Health related services. It states that, “PROMISE will offer community-based, recovery-oriented services, meeting needs identified in a person’s Recovery Plan, by providing specific key supports to enable individuals to live independently.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Delaware CHOICES Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Guide

This customer's guide for Delaware's Vocational Rehabilitation System includes detailed descriptions of the kinds of services available through the system, and the various provider agencies throughout the state. Customized Employment is one of the services that providers can list as available to customers.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

DE Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

U.S. v. Delaware – 11-CV-591 – (D. Del. 2010) - 07/06/2011

On July 6, 2011 the Division filed in District Court a Complaint and a simultaneous Settlement Agreement resolving its ADA Olmstead investigation into whether persons with mental illness in Delaware are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs and its CRIPA investigation into conditions of confinement at Delaware Psychiatric Center. The fundamental goals of the Agreement are: to ensure that people who are unnecessarily institutionalized, at the Delaware Psychiatric Center or other inpatient psychiatric facilities, can receive the treatment they need in the community; to ensure that when individuals go into mental health crisis, sufficient resources are available in the community so that they do not need to go unnecessarily to psychiatric hospitals or jails; and to ensure that people with mental illness who are living in the community are not forced to enter institutions because of the lack of stable housing and intensive treatment options in the community.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement between the United States and Delaware Report

As this report demonstrates, DHSS and its Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) continue to develop and enhance community-based mental health services and supports. The Settlement Agreement specified five target areas – crisis services, intensive support services, housing, supported employment and rehabilitation services, and family and peer supports. In this report, you will read about the tremendous progress made in those areas and the challenges that remain

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

LTSS Road Map - 04/15/2016

If your community needs to establish long-term services and supports or improve its current program, the LTSS roadmap planning model can guide you through the planning process. The roadmap will help you understand your community's needs and work toward meeting them—whether you have an active program already or are beginning the planning process for the first time.

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

Delaware Transition Plan for Compliance with Home and Community-Based Setting Rule, Updated - 03/30/2016

“In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home-and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others.”

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

Delaware HCBS State Transition Plan - 09/17/2015

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others. DHSS has and will continue to engage stakeholders, and will continue to facilitate and promote a robust stakeholder process as the State conducts activities toward implementation of the final rule.

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

Delaware's Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 07/21/2014

Delaware's HCBS Waiver Application. “The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA). “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital), to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”

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

Delaware Medicaid State Plan

This page included the Delaware Medicaid state plan.  The state plan outlines the agreement between Delaware and the Federal government and describes how the state will administer its Medicaid program. More specifically it details how the state will follow Federal rules and details plans for claiming Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It also covers groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway Delaware.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

DE Division of DD Services - Waiver Amendment Public Notice Attachment

A public notice on various definitions under Delaware's HCBS Waiver, including a (then proposed) revision of 'Supported Employment' to include 'Customized Employment.'

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

DE Renewal DDDS (0009.R06.00)

Provides case management, day habilitation, prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, clinical consultative services/behavioral consultative services/nursing consultative services, transportation-residential services for individuals w/autism, IID/DD ages 4 - no max age.

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The First State of Delaware knows the value of Employment First for workers with disabilities to succeed at their careers and live independently in their communities.

2014 State Population.
1.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
935,614
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.94%
Change from
2013 to 2014
55,633
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-9.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,823
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
35.63%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.62%
Change from
2013 to 2014
76.33%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 917,092 925,749 935,614
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 56,402 59,493 55,633
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,489 21,634 19,823
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 379,282 379,668 390,939
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.55% 36.36% 35.63%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.13% 75.09% 76.33%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.20% 6.70% 5.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.30% 16.30% 17.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.50% 11.80% 11.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 48,911 52,291 52,271
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 59,236 62,405 57,492
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 81,200 85,022 82,187
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,426 22,189 21,032
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,884 6,533 6,735
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 279 1,061 733
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,101 1,366 2,010
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,810 3,418 2,038
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,269 1,458 1,763

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 900 911 926
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.80% 5.80% 5.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,298 27,468 27,404

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 805 848 944
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 1,385 1,035 2,334
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 3,485 2,172 4,858
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 23.10% 39.00% 19.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 0.70% 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 1.20% 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 12.20% 5.70% 8.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 95 43 39
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 164 71 79
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 751 334 537
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,706 1,761 1,532
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 12 8 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 4 7
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. 25.00% 50.00% 70.00%
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. 0.33 0.44 0.76

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,584
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 7 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 92 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 346 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 470 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 559 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 110 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 1,354 1,444
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 38,229 38,656
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 73 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 105 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A $14,274,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $7,951,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A $16,029,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $4,156,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 25.00% 29.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 188 252
Number of people served in facility based work. 630 464
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 588 599
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A 60.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.50% 64.90% 67.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.60% 15.30% 15.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.30% 6.70% 5.16%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 59.10% 50.50% 48.43%
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). 25.00% 17.00% 19.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 48.00% 52.56%
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). 64.00% 61.00% 65.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.00% 31.00% 37.82%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 394,160
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 533
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 6,740
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 86,651
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 93,391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 99
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 103
AbilityOne wages (products). $60,082
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,128,211

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 7 3
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 274
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 13
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 287

 

Legislation


Delaware SB 33 - 06/18/2015

This Act implements the legislative recommendations of the IEP Improvement Task Force created by the 147th General Assembly. The recommendations it implements are to: 1.Provide more detailed and helpful information to parents about their rights and resources in the IEP process; 2.Solicit the input of parents and children regarding the IEP process before IEP meetings occur; 3.Provide advance notice to parents and children of documents that will be discussed at IEP meetings; 4.Require the facilitation of parent councils to provide peer support for the parents of students with disabilities; 5.Ensure that teachers, staff, and contract employees do not suffer retaliation for offering their candid opinions during the IEP process; 6.Ensure that employment planning during the IEP process is consistent with Delaware’s employment first policy; 7.Require a robust annual survey of parents and children to ensure that school districts and charter schools are adhering to state and federal law with respect to the IEP process. 8.Ensure that charter schools are attentive to their responsibilities and available resources with respect to students with disabilities. 9.Require that the Department of Education report to the General Assembly on the status of and possible alternatives to the IEP Plus computer system, which has been an impediment to the preparation of IEPs by teachers, staff, and contractors.

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

Delaware HB 60 - 06/10/2015

"This bill creates an Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Program in Delaware, to implement federal legislation enabling the creation of savings accounts with tax advantages similar to 529 accounts, designed to be used by persons with disabilities to save for qualifying disability and education related expenses."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

DE Employment First Oversight Commission - 07/16/2012

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including:

“(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, … (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”

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

DE Employment First Act (HB 319) - 07/16/2012

“House Bill 319 would require state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities consider, as their first option, employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The bill also establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to review goals and objectives and prepare an annual report.”

“All persons with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities, have a right to the opportunity for competitive employment. To promote the realization of this right, this bill creates the Employment First Act. The Act requires that state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The Act does not require an employer to give preference to hiring persons with disabilities."

“This Act further establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Commission reviews measurable goals and objectives as submitted to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of the Act. The Commission tracks the measurable progress of state agencies in implementing the Act. The Commission prepares an annual report as part of the annual report submitted by the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to the Governor and the General Assembly. The report details progress made toward the goals and objectives as well as strategies and policies to help realize the employment first initiative.”

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

Delaware Persons With Disabilities Employment Protections Act

“This subchapter is intended to encourage and enable qualified persons with disabilities to engage in remunerative employment which is sought by them in good faith. The General Assembly finds that the practice of employment discrimination based on disability is contrary to the public interest and the principles of freedom and equality of opportunity.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers. For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers.

For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

DE A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - 08/13/2013

Governor Jack Markell spearheaded an initiative at the National Governor’s Association called, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” Governor Markell released a blueprint for governors from this year-long study on policy recommendations to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The goal is to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Vocational Programs for Transitioning Youth Memo - 02/21/2013

“Historically, the State has provided funding for vocational, day habilitation, and employment-related services for students with intellectual disabilities “aging out” of the special education system.  Services are subsidized by Medicaid funds for many students…We fully support the Department’s request for inclusion of funds in the Governor’s proposed budget to serve these individuals…However, we also strongly encourage the timely development of a targeted strategic plan to promote the availability of meaningful vocation opportunities for these incoming DDDS clients”.

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

Delaware Department of Education “Transitions After High School”

“Transition planning should be in effect when a student turns 14 or enter the Grade 8, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Students with disabilities and their families must be offered transition planning as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Transition planning prepares students for their future after high school and through adulthood. Transition planning focuses on allowing students with disabilities and their families to create their own goals and provides plans for achievement. Transition planning in the IEP process focuses on employment, post-secondary education or training, community participation and independent living. The IEP team should include the student as a part of the transition planning process. Also, agency representatives who may provide and/or pay for transition services become critical members of the planning team as well.”

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

DE Developmental Disabilities Council Subminimum Wage Position Statement (DRAFT)

This position paper, developed by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, details the background of subminimum wage, how it’s utilized in the United States, and arguments against the practice. The statement provides recommendations to reduce and remove the use of subminimum wage in Delaware.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Delaware Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

In accordance with CFR 300.650 (b), the Council serves as the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments.   1. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 31, Sub. Sec. 3111  2. Federal Statute: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments The State Advisory Panel will: "...advise(s) the state educational agency of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities; comment(s) publicly on any rules or regulations proposed for issuance by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities and the procedures for distribution of funds under this part; and assist(s) the state in developing and reporting such data and evaluations as may assist the Secretary under Section 618..." 3. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 24, subsection 2408   
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

DE Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2013-FY 2014

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).

“The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”

 

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

DE Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a program now under development in Delaware, is designed to support low-income persons with disabilities who wish to work. The program is a result of an initiative launched by Governor Jack Markell while Chairman of the National Governors Association to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."

“In February 2014, Delaware submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a 1915(i) Medicaid State Plan amendment to establish the Pathways program. This amendment will enable the State to provide employment supports to qualified individuals. In its initial phase, Pathways to Employment will target teens and young adults (aged 14 to 25) with disabilities to help them get prepared for and find jobs."

“Pathways to Employment is expected to begin operation in Spring 2015.”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

DE Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Employment First Statement

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services affirms that employment and participation in their communities is an important part of the lives of the individuals it serves. Further, the Division believes that employment in the community should be the first service option considered for individuals. In support of this belief, the Division has set a goal of increasing community employment for individuals receiving Center Based Day Program services.   “To that end, Day Program service plans shall be required to address the advancement of individuals towards meaningful participation and employment in their communities. It is the responsibility of the Day Programs funded by the Division to work in collaboration with the relevant Residential Programs and families, to develop these support plans.” 

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


Delaware DVR Partnerships - 07/07/2014

DVR maintains ongoing relationships with several councils throughout the state that have missions related to individuals with disabilities...These councils address issues of common concern to the disability community. DVR’s Director participates in the Governors Employment First Taskforce… DVR participates with the SCPD, a coordinating council for all disability-related councils throughout the State. DVR participates in the Governor’s Task Force on Community Inclusion, a collaboration of state agencies, organizations and entities involved with issues relating to disabilities. The goal of the task force is to develop strategies to implement the Olmstead principals, to assist people with disabilities to live more independently in the community, and to align the state’s service delivery system with that goal. This task force has supported implementation of Medicaid for People with Disabilities (Medicaid Buy-in) in Delaware, increased public transportation, and has recently supported development of the Pathways Medicaid waiver program for people with disabilities…

 As required by the Rehabilitation Act, DVR developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the public institutions of higher education in Delaware, specifically, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), Delaware State University, and the University of Delaware. DVR and DTCC have collaborated with a separate Memorandum of Understanding to provide supported education services to DVR clients who are enrolled in remedial education programs at DTCC. The program provides additional training in study skills, time management, study techniques, and accommodations necessary for students to be successful in the school environment.

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

DE CAI and Specialisterne Partnership - 05/29/2013

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a global IT consulting, outsourcing, and systems integration company, announced a National Founding Partnership (facilitated by the state of Delaware) in 2013 with Specialisterne to train and hire people who have autism in technology roles. “With over 800 associates in the Delaware Valley, and 3,300 in the U.S., CAI plans to employ over 3% of its consultant workforce with people who have autism in technology roles in software testing, data quality assurance, programming, data mining and data entry, before the end of 2015.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment is a program designed to support low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware who want to work. Services available through Pathways to Employment include: •Employment Navigator •Career Exploration and Assessment •Supported Employment - Individual •Supported Employment - Small Group •Benefits Counseling •Financial Coaching •Non-Medical Transportation •Personal Care (including a self-directed component) •Orientation, Mobility, Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Delaware IEP Details

An IEP is developed to meet the individualized needs of each student. The educational services are provided at no cost to the family. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs the rules for IEPs in every state. In addition, Delaware also has its own set of regulations with which the IEP process must comply. Every IEP must include: -A thorough analysis of how the student is presently performing in school -The student’s educational goals -A list of services the student will receive, including how often and for how long -Transition services for students of transition age -Any accommodations, supports, and services needed for the child to be successful in the general education curriculum -Whether the child will participate in the state wide assessment with/without accommodations -The extent to which an eligible school aged child will be included in the general education environments The extent to which an eligible preschool aged child will be included in natural environments

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

Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired and Employment First

In implementing Employment First as a priority, we continue to examine state systems, such as our own Delaware Industries for the Blind, in shifting from a segregated facility- based model of employment to an integrated and inclusive business through strategic partnerships with other agencies and non-profits

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2015

Delaware’s Employment First At (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012. This legislation promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission…under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD)….The following is a highlight of EFOC activities in FY 15.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Vocational Rehabilitation - Mental Health Agency Partnership:

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have been collaborating to provide supported employment (SE) services and supports to individuals with mental illness (MI) for several years in an intensive fashion. In 2006-2007, the partnership intended to jointly implement Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Supported Employment (SE) programs in the 4 service areas of the state as part of the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. For a variety of reasons, this partnership ended before full implementation. Subsequently DVR contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist DSAMH and DVR in building on that start using braided funding from the two agencies. Since that time DVR has continued to build up the employment system for MH clients in DE and has been the primary intervention agent for this change. This represents an assertive approach that an SVRA can take to encourage, promote, fund, and advocate for its MH system partner to create more employment opportunities for joint clients.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission Report

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).   “The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including: “(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, …  (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and  (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

The membership of the State advisory panel must consist of members  appointed by the Governor, or any other official authorized under State law to make these appointments, that is representative of the State population and that is composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with the education of children with disabilities  including:   Parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26); 2.  Individuals with disabilities; 3. Teachers; 4. Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel; 5. State and local education officials, including officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et eq.); 6. Administrators of programs for children with disabilities; 7. Representatives of other State agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; 8. Representatives of private schools and public charter schools; 9. Not less than one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; 10. A Representative from the State child welfare agency responsible for foster care; and 11.Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


DE Disability Employment Initiative - 12/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was a three-year federal grant-funded program to improve education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth who were unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, the Delaware Department of La or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.    The departments allocating staff to this project included the Department of Education, Division of Employment and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Technical &Community Colleges.  The project ended in 2013.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware No Wrong Door

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) has established a statewide Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Delaware ADRC provides a one-stop access point for long-term care services and supports for older persons and adults with physical disabilities in the State. The ADRC is operated by DSAAPD staff in coordination with partner organizations, including the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, the State's Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, the State's Centers for Independent Living, and the Delaware Aging Network (DAN)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Delaware Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“ The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).   “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital) to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”  

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Delaware Customized Employment: Evidence-Based Supported Employment Practices - 08/28/2008

This PowerPoint describes the various elements of Customized Employment, from the Discovery Phase, through Job Negotiation and Placement.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Early Start to Supported Employment Handbook

Early Start to Supported Employment” (ESSE) is intended to create a more seamless transition for students leaving school and entering the adult workforce. The outcome of paid work with post-school supports in place before the student leaves school is the primary goal of ESSE…. Purpose: -Support a seamless transition for students into supported employment upon exiting secondary education (high school). -Alleviate student and family stress during the difficult transition from school to an unknown adult life.

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

Delaware Employment First Educational Video

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities developed this training video to demonstrate the value of employees with disabilities. It profiles various employees with disabilities working in integrated competitive employment.

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

Delaware Community Support Services Program Provider Certification Manual

This manual contains the standards by which the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certifies Intensive Care Management (ICM) programs for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Certification is required for provider enrollment with the Division of Social Services, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) Program for Medicaid reimbursement through the rehabilitative services option of Title XIX of the Social Security Amendments.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health

Delaware PROMISE - Services and Supports

This presentation serves as a practical guide for delivering services under Delaware's PROMISE (Promoting Optimal Mental Health for Individuals through Supports and Empowerment) section of Delaware's HCBS Waiver, focused on Mental Health related services. It states that, “PROMISE will offer community-based, recovery-oriented services, meeting needs identified in a person’s Recovery Plan, by providing specific key supports to enable individuals to live independently.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Delaware CHOICES Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Guide

This customer's guide for Delaware's Vocational Rehabilitation System includes detailed descriptions of the kinds of services available through the system, and the various provider agencies throughout the state. Customized Employment is one of the services that providers can list as available to customers.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

DE Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


U.S. v. Delaware – 11-CV-591 – (D. Del. 2010) - 07/06/2011

On July 6, 2011 the Division filed in District Court a Complaint and a simultaneous Settlement Agreement resolving its ADA Olmstead investigation into whether persons with mental illness in Delaware are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs and its CRIPA investigation into conditions of confinement at Delaware Psychiatric Center. The fundamental goals of the Agreement are: to ensure that people who are unnecessarily institutionalized, at the Delaware Psychiatric Center or other inpatient psychiatric facilities, can receive the treatment they need in the community; to ensure that when individuals go into mental health crisis, sufficient resources are available in the community so that they do not need to go unnecessarily to psychiatric hospitals or jails; and to ensure that people with mental illness who are living in the community are not forced to enter institutions because of the lack of stable housing and intensive treatment options in the community.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement between the United States and Delaware Report

As this report demonstrates, DHSS and its Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) continue to develop and enhance community-based mental health services and supports. The Settlement Agreement specified five target areas – crisis services, intensive support services, housing, supported employment and rehabilitation services, and family and peer supports. In this report, you will read about the tremendous progress made in those areas and the challenges that remain

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid & Employment


LTSS Road Map - 04/15/2016

If your community needs to establish long-term services and supports or improve its current program, the LTSS roadmap planning model can guide you through the planning process. The roadmap will help you understand your community's needs and work toward meeting them—whether you have an active program already or are beginning the planning process for the first time.

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

Delaware Transition Plan for Compliance with Home and Community-Based Setting Rule, Updated - 03/30/2016

“In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home-and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others.”

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

Delaware HCBS State Transition Plan - 09/17/2015

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others. DHSS has and will continue to engage stakeholders, and will continue to facilitate and promote a robust stakeholder process as the State conducts activities toward implementation of the final rule.

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

Delaware's Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 07/21/2014

Delaware's HCBS Waiver Application. “The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA). “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital), to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”

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

Delaware Medicaid State Plan

This page included the Delaware Medicaid state plan.  The state plan outlines the agreement between Delaware and the Federal government and describes how the state will administer its Medicaid program. More specifically it details how the state will follow Federal rules and details plans for claiming Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It also covers groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway Delaware.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

DE Division of DD Services - Waiver Amendment Public Notice Attachment

A public notice on various definitions under Delaware's HCBS Waiver, including a (then proposed) revision of 'Supported Employment' to include 'Customized Employment.'

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

DE Renewal DDDS (0009.R06.00)

Provides case management, day habilitation, prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, clinical consultative services/behavioral consultative services/nursing consultative services, transportation-residential services for individuals w/autism, IID/DD ages 4 - no max age.

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The First State of Delaware knows the value of Employment First for workers with disabilities to succeed at their careers and live independently in their communities.

2014 State Population.
1.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
935,614
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.94%
Change from
2013 to 2014
55,633
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-9.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,823
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
35.63%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.62%
Change from
2013 to 2014
76.33%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 917,092 925,749 935,614
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 56,402 59,493 55,633
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,489 21,634 19,823
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 379,282 379,668 390,939
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.55% 36.36% 35.63%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.13% 75.09% 76.33%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.20% 6.70% 5.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 16.30% 16.30% 17.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.50% 11.80% 11.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 48,911 52,291 52,271
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 59,236 62,405 57,492
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 81,200 85,022 82,187
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,426 22,189 21,032
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,884 6,533 6,735
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 279 1,061 733
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,101 1,366 2,010
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,810 3,418 2,038
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,269 1,458 1,763

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 900 911 926
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.80% 5.80% 5.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,298 27,468 27,404

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 805 848 944
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 1,385 1,035 2,334
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 3,485 2,172 4,858
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 23.10% 39.00% 19.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 0.70% 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.70% 1.20% 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 12.20% 5.70% 8.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 95 43 39
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 164 71 79
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 751 334 537
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,706 1,761 1,532
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 12 8 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 4 7
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. 25.00% 50.00% 70.00%
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. 0.33 0.44 0.76

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,584
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 7 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 92 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 346 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 470 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 559 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 110 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 34.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 1,354 1,444
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 38,229 38,656
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 73 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 105 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A $14,274,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $7,951,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A $16,029,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $4,156,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 25.00% 29.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 188 252
Number of people served in facility based work. 630 464
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 588 599
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A 60.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.50% 64.90% 67.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.60% 15.30% 15.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.30% 6.70% 5.16%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 59.10% 50.50% 48.43%
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). 25.00% 17.00% 19.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 48.00% 52.56%
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). 64.00% 61.00% 65.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.00% 31.00% 37.82%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 394,160
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 533
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 6,740
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 86,651
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 93,391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 99
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 103
AbilityOne wages (products). $60,082
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,128,211

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 7 3
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 274
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 13
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 287

 

Legislation


Delaware SB 33 - 06/18/2015

This Act implements the legislative recommendations of the IEP Improvement Task Force created by the 147th General Assembly. The recommendations it implements are to: 1.Provide more detailed and helpful information to parents about their rights and resources in the IEP process; 2.Solicit the input of parents and children regarding the IEP process before IEP meetings occur; 3.Provide advance notice to parents and children of documents that will be discussed at IEP meetings; 4.Require the facilitation of parent councils to provide peer support for the parents of students with disabilities; 5.Ensure that teachers, staff, and contract employees do not suffer retaliation for offering their candid opinions during the IEP process; 6.Ensure that employment planning during the IEP process is consistent with Delaware’s employment first policy; 7.Require a robust annual survey of parents and children to ensure that school districts and charter schools are adhering to state and federal law with respect to the IEP process. 8.Ensure that charter schools are attentive to their responsibilities and available resources with respect to students with disabilities. 9.Require that the Department of Education report to the General Assembly on the status of and possible alternatives to the IEP Plus computer system, which has been an impediment to the preparation of IEPs by teachers, staff, and contractors.

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

Delaware HB 60 - 06/10/2015

"This bill creates an Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Program in Delaware, to implement federal legislation enabling the creation of savings accounts with tax advantages similar to 529 accounts, designed to be used by persons with disabilities to save for qualifying disability and education related expenses."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

DE Employment First Oversight Commission - 07/16/2012

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including:

“(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, … (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”

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

DE Employment First Act (HB 319) - 07/16/2012

“House Bill 319 would require state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities consider, as their first option, employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The bill also establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to review goals and objectives and prepare an annual report.”

“All persons with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities, have a right to the opportunity for competitive employment. To promote the realization of this right, this bill creates the Employment First Act. The Act requires that state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The Act does not require an employer to give preference to hiring persons with disabilities."

“This Act further establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Commission reviews measurable goals and objectives as submitted to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of the Act. The Commission tracks the measurable progress of state agencies in implementing the Act. The Commission prepares an annual report as part of the annual report submitted by the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to the Governor and the General Assembly. The report details progress made toward the goals and objectives as well as strategies and policies to help realize the employment first initiative.”

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

Delaware Persons With Disabilities Employment Protections Act

“This subchapter is intended to encourage and enable qualified persons with disabilities to engage in remunerative employment which is sought by them in good faith. The General Assembly finds that the practice of employment discrimination based on disability is contrary to the public interest and the principles of freedom and equality of opportunity.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers. For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers.

For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

DE A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - 08/13/2013

Governor Jack Markell spearheaded an initiative at the National Governor’s Association called, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” Governor Markell released a blueprint for governors from this year-long study on policy recommendations to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The goal is to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Vocational Programs for Transitioning Youth Memo - 02/21/2013

“Historically, the State has provided funding for vocational, day habilitation, and employment-related services for students with intellectual disabilities “aging out” of the special education system.  Services are subsidized by Medicaid funds for many students…We fully support the Department’s request for inclusion of funds in the Governor’s proposed budget to serve these individuals…However, we also strongly encourage the timely development of a targeted strategic plan to promote the availability of meaningful vocation opportunities for these incoming DDDS clients”.

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

Delaware Department of Education “Transitions After High School”

“Transition planning should be in effect when a student turns 14 or enter the Grade 8, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Students with disabilities and their families must be offered transition planning as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Transition planning prepares students for their future after high school and through adulthood. Transition planning focuses on allowing students with disabilities and their families to create their own goals and provides plans for achievement. Transition planning in the IEP process focuses on employment, post-secondary education or training, community participation and independent living. The IEP team should include the student as a part of the transition planning process. Also, agency representatives who may provide and/or pay for transition services become critical members of the planning team as well.”

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

DE Developmental Disabilities Council Subminimum Wage Position Statement (DRAFT)

This position paper, developed by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, details the background of subminimum wage, how it’s utilized in the United States, and arguments against the practice. The statement provides recommendations to reduce and remove the use of subminimum wage in Delaware.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Delaware Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

In accordance with CFR 300.650 (b), the Council serves as the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments.   1. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 31, Sub. Sec. 3111  2. Federal Statute: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments The State Advisory Panel will: "...advise(s) the state educational agency of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities; comment(s) publicly on any rules or regulations proposed for issuance by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities and the procedures for distribution of funds under this part; and assist(s) the state in developing and reporting such data and evaluations as may assist the Secretary under Section 618..." 3. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 24, subsection 2408   
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

DE Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2013-FY 2014

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).

“The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”

 

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

DE Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a program now under development in Delaware, is designed to support low-income persons with disabilities who wish to work. The program is a result of an initiative launched by Governor Jack Markell while Chairman of the National Governors Association to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."

“In February 2014, Delaware submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a 1915(i) Medicaid State Plan amendment to establish the Pathways program. This amendment will enable the State to provide employment supports to qualified individuals. In its initial phase, Pathways to Employment will target teens and young adults (aged 14 to 25) with disabilities to help them get prepared for and find jobs."

“Pathways to Employment is expected to begin operation in Spring 2015.”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

DE Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Employment First Statement

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services affirms that employment and participation in their communities is an important part of the lives of the individuals it serves. Further, the Division believes that employment in the community should be the first service option considered for individuals. In support of this belief, the Division has set a goal of increasing community employment for individuals receiving Center Based Day Program services.   “To that end, Day Program service plans shall be required to address the advancement of individuals towards meaningful participation and employment in their communities. It is the responsibility of the Day Programs funded by the Division to work in collaboration with the relevant Residential Programs and families, to develop these support plans.” 

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


Delaware DVR Partnerships - 07/07/2014

DVR maintains ongoing relationships with several councils throughout the state that have missions related to individuals with disabilities...These councils address issues of common concern to the disability community. DVR’s Director participates in the Governors Employment First Taskforce… DVR participates with the SCPD, a coordinating council for all disability-related councils throughout the State. DVR participates in the Governor’s Task Force on Community Inclusion, a collaboration of state agencies, organizations and entities involved with issues relating to disabilities. The goal of the task force is to develop strategies to implement the Olmstead principals, to assist people with disabilities to live more independently in the community, and to align the state’s service delivery system with that goal. This task force has supported implementation of Medicaid for People with Disabilities (Medicaid Buy-in) in Delaware, increased public transportation, and has recently supported development of the Pathways Medicaid waiver program for people with disabilities…

 As required by the Rehabilitation Act, DVR developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the public institutions of higher education in Delaware, specifically, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), Delaware State University, and the University of Delaware. DVR and DTCC have collaborated with a separate Memorandum of Understanding to provide supported education services to DVR clients who are enrolled in remedial education programs at DTCC. The program provides additional training in study skills, time management, study techniques, and accommodations necessary for students to be successful in the school environment.

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

DE CAI and Specialisterne Partnership - 05/29/2013

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a global IT consulting, outsourcing, and systems integration company, announced a National Founding Partnership (facilitated by the state of Delaware) in 2013 with Specialisterne to train and hire people who have autism in technology roles. “With over 800 associates in the Delaware Valley, and 3,300 in the U.S., CAI plans to employ over 3% of its consultant workforce with people who have autism in technology roles in software testing, data quality assurance, programming, data mining and data entry, before the end of 2015.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment is a program designed to support low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware who want to work. Services available through Pathways to Employment include: •Employment Navigator •Career Exploration and Assessment •Supported Employment - Individual •Supported Employment - Small Group •Benefits Counseling •Financial Coaching •Non-Medical Transportation •Personal Care (including a self-directed component) •Orientation, Mobility, Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Delaware IEP Details

An IEP is developed to meet the individualized needs of each student. The educational services are provided at no cost to the family. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs the rules for IEPs in every state. In addition, Delaware also has its own set of regulations with which the IEP process must comply. Every IEP must include: -A thorough analysis of how the student is presently performing in school -The student’s educational goals -A list of services the student will receive, including how often and for how long -Transition services for students of transition age -Any accommodations, supports, and services needed for the child to be successful in the general education curriculum -Whether the child will participate in the state wide assessment with/without accommodations -The extent to which an eligible school aged child will be included in the general education environments The extent to which an eligible preschool aged child will be included in natural environments

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

Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired and Employment First

In implementing Employment First as a priority, we continue to examine state systems, such as our own Delaware Industries for the Blind, in shifting from a segregated facility- based model of employment to an integrated and inclusive business through strategic partnerships with other agencies and non-profits

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2015

Delaware’s Employment First At (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012. This legislation promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission…under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD)….The following is a highlight of EFOC activities in FY 15.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Vocational Rehabilitation - Mental Health Agency Partnership:

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have been collaborating to provide supported employment (SE) services and supports to individuals with mental illness (MI) for several years in an intensive fashion. In 2006-2007, the partnership intended to jointly implement Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Supported Employment (SE) programs in the 4 service areas of the state as part of the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. For a variety of reasons, this partnership ended before full implementation. Subsequently DVR contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist DSAMH and DVR in building on that start using braided funding from the two agencies. Since that time DVR has continued to build up the employment system for MH clients in DE and has been the primary intervention agent for this change. This represents an assertive approach that an SVRA can take to encourage, promote, fund, and advocate for its MH system partner to create more employment opportunities for joint clients.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission Report

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).   “The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including: “(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, …  (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and  (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

The membership of the State advisory panel must consist of members  appointed by the Governor, or any other official authorized under State law to make these appointments, that is representative of the State population and that is composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with the education of children with disabilities  including:   Parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26); 2.  Individuals with disabilities; 3. Teachers; 4. Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel; 5. State and local education officials, including officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et eq.); 6. Administrators of programs for children with disabilities; 7. Representatives of other State agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; 8. Representatives of private schools and public charter schools; 9. Not less than one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; 10. A Representative from the State child welfare agency responsible for foster care; and 11.Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


DE Disability Employment Initiative - 12/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was a three-year federal grant-funded program to improve education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth who were unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, the Delaware Department of La or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.    The departments allocating staff to this project included the Department of Education, Division of Employment and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Technical &Community Colleges.  The project ended in 2013.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware No Wrong Door

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) has established a statewide Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Delaware ADRC provides a one-stop access point for long-term care services and supports for older persons and adults with physical disabilities in the State. The ADRC is operated by DSAAPD staff in coordination with partner organizations, including the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, the State's Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, the State's Centers for Independent Living, and the Delaware Aging Network (DAN)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Delaware Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“ The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).   “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital) to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”  

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Delaware Customized Employment: Evidence-Based Supported Employment Practices - 08/28/2008

This PowerPoint describes the various elements of Customized Employment, from the Discovery Phase, through Job Negotiation and Placement.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Early Start to Supported Employment Handbook

Early Start to Supported Employment” (ESSE) is intended to create a more seamless transition for students leaving school and entering the adult workforce. The outcome of paid work with post-school supports in place before the student leaves school is the primary goal of ESSE…. Purpose: -Support a seamless transition for students into supported employment upon exiting secondary education (high school). -Alleviate student and family stress during the difficult transition from school to an unknown adult life.

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

Delaware Employment First Educational Video

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities developed this training video to demonstrate the value of employees with disabilities. It profiles various employees with disabilities working in integrated competitive employment.

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

Delaware Community Support Services Program Provider Certification Manual

This manual contains the standards by which the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certifies Intensive Care Management (ICM) programs for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Certification is required for provider enrollment with the Division of Social Services, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) Program for Medicaid reimbursement through the rehabilitative services option of Title XIX of the Social Security Amendments.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health

Delaware PROMISE - Services and Supports

This presentation serves as a practical guide for delivering services under Delaware's PROMISE (Promoting Optimal Mental Health for Individuals through Supports and Empowerment) section of Delaware's HCBS Waiver, focused on Mental Health related services. It states that, “PROMISE will offer community-based, recovery-oriented services, meeting needs identified in a person’s Recovery Plan, by providing specific key supports to enable individuals to live independently.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Delaware CHOICES Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Guide

This customer's guide for Delaware's Vocational Rehabilitation System includes detailed descriptions of the kinds of services available through the system, and the various provider agencies throughout the state. Customized Employment is one of the services that providers can list as available to customers.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

DE Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


U.S. v. Delaware – 11-CV-591 – (D. Del. 2010) - 07/06/2011

On July 6, 2011 the Division filed in District Court a Complaint and a simultaneous Settlement Agreement resolving its ADA Olmstead investigation into whether persons with mental illness in Delaware are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs and its CRIPA investigation into conditions of confinement at Delaware Psychiatric Center. The fundamental goals of the Agreement are: to ensure that people who are unnecessarily institutionalized, at the Delaware Psychiatric Center or other inpatient psychiatric facilities, can receive the treatment they need in the community; to ensure that when individuals go into mental health crisis, sufficient resources are available in the community so that they do not need to go unnecessarily to psychiatric hospitals or jails; and to ensure that people with mental illness who are living in the community are not forced to enter institutions because of the lack of stable housing and intensive treatment options in the community.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement between the United States and Delaware Report

As this report demonstrates, DHSS and its Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) continue to develop and enhance community-based mental health services and supports. The Settlement Agreement specified five target areas – crisis services, intensive support services, housing, supported employment and rehabilitation services, and family and peer supports. In this report, you will read about the tremendous progress made in those areas and the challenges that remain

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid & Employment


LTSS Road Map - 04/15/2016

If your community needs to establish long-term services and supports or improve its current program, the LTSS roadmap planning model can guide you through the planning process. The roadmap will help you understand your community's needs and work toward meeting them—whether you have an active program already or are beginning the planning process for the first time.

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

Delaware Transition Plan for Compliance with Home and Community-Based Setting Rule, Updated - 03/30/2016

“In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home-and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others.”

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

Delaware HCBS State Transition Plan - 09/17/2015

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others. DHSS has and will continue to engage stakeholders, and will continue to facilitate and promote a robust stakeholder process as the State conducts activities toward implementation of the final rule.

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

Delaware's Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 07/21/2014

Delaware's HCBS Waiver Application. “The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA). “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital), to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”

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

Delaware Medicaid State Plan

This page included the Delaware Medicaid state plan.  The state plan outlines the agreement between Delaware and the Federal government and describes how the state will administer its Medicaid program. More specifically it details how the state will follow Federal rules and details plans for claiming Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It also covers groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway Delaware.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

DE Division of DD Services - Waiver Amendment Public Notice Attachment

A public notice on various definitions under Delaware's HCBS Waiver, including a (then proposed) revision of 'Supported Employment' to include 'Customized Employment.'

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

DE Renewal DDDS (0009.R06.00)

Provides case management, day habilitation, prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, clinical consultative services/behavioral consultative services/nursing consultative services, transportation-residential services for individuals w/autism, IID/DD ages 4 - no max age.

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The First State of Delaware knows the value of Employment First for workers with disabilities to succeed at their careers and live independently in their communities.

2014 State Population.
1.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
935,614
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.94%
Change from
2013 to 2014
55,633
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-9.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,823
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
35.63%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.62%
Change from
2013 to 2014
76.33%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 935,614
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 55,633
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,823
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 390,939
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.63%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.33%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 52,271
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 57,492
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 82,187
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,032
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,735
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 733
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,010
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 2,038
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,763

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 926
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,404

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 944
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 2,334
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 4,858
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 39
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 79
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 537
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,532
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 7
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. 70.00%
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. 0.76

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,444
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 38,656
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $14,274,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,951,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $16,029,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,156,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 29.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 252
Number of people served in facility based work. 464
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 599
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.16%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 48.43%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 19.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 52.56%
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). 65.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 37.82%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 394,160
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 533
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 6,740
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 86,651
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 93,391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 99
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 103
AbilityOne wages (products). $60,082
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,128,211

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 274
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 13
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 287

 

Legislation


Delaware SB 33 - 06/18/2015

This Act implements the legislative recommendations of the IEP Improvement Task Force created by the 147th General Assembly. The recommendations it implements are to: 1.Provide more detailed and helpful information to parents about their rights and resources in the IEP process; 2.Solicit the input of parents and children regarding the IEP process before IEP meetings occur; 3.Provide advance notice to parents and children of documents that will be discussed at IEP meetings; 4.Require the facilitation of parent councils to provide peer support for the parents of students with disabilities; 5.Ensure that teachers, staff, and contract employees do not suffer retaliation for offering their candid opinions during the IEP process; 6.Ensure that employment planning during the IEP process is consistent with Delaware’s employment first policy; 7.Require a robust annual survey of parents and children to ensure that school districts and charter schools are adhering to state and federal law with respect to the IEP process. 8.Ensure that charter schools are attentive to their responsibilities and available resources with respect to students with disabilities. 9.Require that the Department of Education report to the General Assembly on the status of and possible alternatives to the IEP Plus computer system, which has been an impediment to the preparation of IEPs by teachers, staff, and contractors.

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

Delaware HB 60 - 06/10/2015

"This bill creates an Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Program in Delaware, to implement federal legislation enabling the creation of savings accounts with tax advantages similar to 529 accounts, designed to be used by persons with disabilities to save for qualifying disability and education related expenses."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

DE Employment First Oversight Commission - 07/16/2012

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including:

“(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, … (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”

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

DE Employment First Act (HB 319) - 07/16/2012

“House Bill 319 would require state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities consider, as their first option, employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The bill also establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to review goals and objectives and prepare an annual report.”

“All persons with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities, have a right to the opportunity for competitive employment. To promote the realization of this right, this bill creates the Employment First Act. The Act requires that state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The Act does not require an employer to give preference to hiring persons with disabilities."

“This Act further establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Commission reviews measurable goals and objectives as submitted to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of the Act. The Commission tracks the measurable progress of state agencies in implementing the Act. The Commission prepares an annual report as part of the annual report submitted by the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to the Governor and the General Assembly. The report details progress made toward the goals and objectives as well as strategies and policies to help realize the employment first initiative.”

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

Delaware Persons With Disabilities Employment Protections Act

“This subchapter is intended to encourage and enable qualified persons with disabilities to engage in remunerative employment which is sought by them in good faith. The General Assembly finds that the practice of employment discrimination based on disability is contrary to the public interest and the principles of freedom and equality of opportunity.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers. For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers.

For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

DE A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - 08/13/2013

Governor Jack Markell spearheaded an initiative at the National Governor’s Association called, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” Governor Markell released a blueprint for governors from this year-long study on policy recommendations to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The goal is to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Vocational Programs for Transitioning Youth Memo - 02/21/2013

“Historically, the State has provided funding for vocational, day habilitation, and employment-related services for students with intellectual disabilities “aging out” of the special education system.  Services are subsidized by Medicaid funds for many students…We fully support the Department’s request for inclusion of funds in the Governor’s proposed budget to serve these individuals…However, we also strongly encourage the timely development of a targeted strategic plan to promote the availability of meaningful vocation opportunities for these incoming DDDS clients”.

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

Delaware Department of Education “Transitions After High School”

“Transition planning should be in effect when a student turns 14 or enter the Grade 8, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Students with disabilities and their families must be offered transition planning as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Transition planning prepares students for their future after high school and through adulthood. Transition planning focuses on allowing students with disabilities and their families to create their own goals and provides plans for achievement. Transition planning in the IEP process focuses on employment, post-secondary education or training, community participation and independent living. The IEP team should include the student as a part of the transition planning process. Also, agency representatives who may provide and/or pay for transition services become critical members of the planning team as well.”

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

DE Developmental Disabilities Council Subminimum Wage Position Statement (DRAFT)

This position paper, developed by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, details the background of subminimum wage, how it’s utilized in the United States, and arguments against the practice. The statement provides recommendations to reduce and remove the use of subminimum wage in Delaware.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Delaware Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

In accordance with CFR 300.650 (b), the Council serves as the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments.   1. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 31, Sub. Sec. 3111  2. Federal Statute: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments The State Advisory Panel will: "...advise(s) the state educational agency of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities; comment(s) publicly on any rules or regulations proposed for issuance by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities and the procedures for distribution of funds under this part; and assist(s) the state in developing and reporting such data and evaluations as may assist the Secretary under Section 618..." 3. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 24, subsection 2408   
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

DE Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2013-FY 2014

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).

“The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”

 

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

DE Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a program now under development in Delaware, is designed to support low-income persons with disabilities who wish to work. The program is a result of an initiative launched by Governor Jack Markell while Chairman of the National Governors Association to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."

“In February 2014, Delaware submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a 1915(i) Medicaid State Plan amendment to establish the Pathways program. This amendment will enable the State to provide employment supports to qualified individuals. In its initial phase, Pathways to Employment will target teens and young adults (aged 14 to 25) with disabilities to help them get prepared for and find jobs."

“Pathways to Employment is expected to begin operation in Spring 2015.”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

DE Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Employment First Statement

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services affirms that employment and participation in their communities is an important part of the lives of the individuals it serves. Further, the Division believes that employment in the community should be the first service option considered for individuals. In support of this belief, the Division has set a goal of increasing community employment for individuals receiving Center Based Day Program services.   “To that end, Day Program service plans shall be required to address the advancement of individuals towards meaningful participation and employment in their communities. It is the responsibility of the Day Programs funded by the Division to work in collaboration with the relevant Residential Programs and families, to develop these support plans.” 

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


Delaware DVR Partnerships - 07/07/2014

DVR maintains ongoing relationships with several councils throughout the state that have missions related to individuals with disabilities...These councils address issues of common concern to the disability community. DVR’s Director participates in the Governors Employment First Taskforce… DVR participates with the SCPD, a coordinating council for all disability-related councils throughout the State. DVR participates in the Governor’s Task Force on Community Inclusion, a collaboration of state agencies, organizations and entities involved with issues relating to disabilities. The goal of the task force is to develop strategies to implement the Olmstead principals, to assist people with disabilities to live more independently in the community, and to align the state’s service delivery system with that goal. This task force has supported implementation of Medicaid for People with Disabilities (Medicaid Buy-in) in Delaware, increased public transportation, and has recently supported development of the Pathways Medicaid waiver program for people with disabilities…

 As required by the Rehabilitation Act, DVR developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the public institutions of higher education in Delaware, specifically, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), Delaware State University, and the University of Delaware. DVR and DTCC have collaborated with a separate Memorandum of Understanding to provide supported education services to DVR clients who are enrolled in remedial education programs at DTCC. The program provides additional training in study skills, time management, study techniques, and accommodations necessary for students to be successful in the school environment.

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

DE CAI and Specialisterne Partnership - 05/29/2013

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a global IT consulting, outsourcing, and systems integration company, announced a National Founding Partnership (facilitated by the state of Delaware) in 2013 with Specialisterne to train and hire people who have autism in technology roles. “With over 800 associates in the Delaware Valley, and 3,300 in the U.S., CAI plans to employ over 3% of its consultant workforce with people who have autism in technology roles in software testing, data quality assurance, programming, data mining and data entry, before the end of 2015.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment is a program designed to support low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware who want to work. Services available through Pathways to Employment include: •Employment Navigator •Career Exploration and Assessment •Supported Employment - Individual •Supported Employment - Small Group •Benefits Counseling •Financial Coaching •Non-Medical Transportation •Personal Care (including a self-directed component) •Orientation, Mobility, Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Delaware IEP Details

An IEP is developed to meet the individualized needs of each student. The educational services are provided at no cost to the family. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs the rules for IEPs in every state. In addition, Delaware also has its own set of regulations with which the IEP process must comply. Every IEP must include: -A thorough analysis of how the student is presently performing in school -The student’s educational goals -A list of services the student will receive, including how often and for how long -Transition services for students of transition age -Any accommodations, supports, and services needed for the child to be successful in the general education curriculum -Whether the child will participate in the state wide assessment with/without accommodations -The extent to which an eligible school aged child will be included in the general education environments The extent to which an eligible preschool aged child will be included in natural environments

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

Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired and Employment First

In implementing Employment First as a priority, we continue to examine state systems, such as our own Delaware Industries for the Blind, in shifting from a segregated facility- based model of employment to an integrated and inclusive business through strategic partnerships with other agencies and non-profits

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2015

Delaware’s Employment First At (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012. This legislation promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission…under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD)….The following is a highlight of EFOC activities in FY 15.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Vocational Rehabilitation - Mental Health Agency Partnership:

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have been collaborating to provide supported employment (SE) services and supports to individuals with mental illness (MI) for several years in an intensive fashion. In 2006-2007, the partnership intended to jointly implement Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Supported Employment (SE) programs in the 4 service areas of the state as part of the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. For a variety of reasons, this partnership ended before full implementation. Subsequently DVR contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist DSAMH and DVR in building on that start using braided funding from the two agencies. Since that time DVR has continued to build up the employment system for MH clients in DE and has been the primary intervention agent for this change. This represents an assertive approach that an SVRA can take to encourage, promote, fund, and advocate for its MH system partner to create more employment opportunities for joint clients.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission Report

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).   “The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including: “(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, …  (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and  (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

The membership of the State advisory panel must consist of members  appointed by the Governor, or any other official authorized under State law to make these appointments, that is representative of the State population and that is composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with the education of children with disabilities  including:   Parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26); 2.  Individuals with disabilities; 3. Teachers; 4. Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel; 5. State and local education officials, including officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et eq.); 6. Administrators of programs for children with disabilities; 7. Representatives of other State agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; 8. Representatives of private schools and public charter schools; 9. Not less than one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; 10. A Representative from the State child welfare agency responsible for foster care; and 11.Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


DE Disability Employment Initiative - 12/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was a three-year federal grant-funded program to improve education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth who were unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, the Delaware Department of La or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.    The departments allocating staff to this project included the Department of Education, Division of Employment and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Technical &Community Colleges.  The project ended in 2013.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware No Wrong Door

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) has established a statewide Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Delaware ADRC provides a one-stop access point for long-term care services and supports for older persons and adults with physical disabilities in the State. The ADRC is operated by DSAAPD staff in coordination with partner organizations, including the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, the State's Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, the State's Centers for Independent Living, and the Delaware Aging Network (DAN)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Delaware Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“ The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).   “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital) to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”  

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Delaware Customized Employment: Evidence-Based Supported Employment Practices - 08/28/2008

This PowerPoint describes the various elements of Customized Employment, from the Discovery Phase, through Job Negotiation and Placement.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Early Start to Supported Employment Handbook

Early Start to Supported Employment” (ESSE) is intended to create a more seamless transition for students leaving school and entering the adult workforce. The outcome of paid work with post-school supports in place before the student leaves school is the primary goal of ESSE…. Purpose: -Support a seamless transition for students into supported employment upon exiting secondary education (high school). -Alleviate student and family stress during the difficult transition from school to an unknown adult life.

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

Delaware Employment First Educational Video

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities developed this training video to demonstrate the value of employees with disabilities. It profiles various employees with disabilities working in integrated competitive employment.

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

Delaware Community Support Services Program Provider Certification Manual

This manual contains the standards by which the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certifies Intensive Care Management (ICM) programs for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Certification is required for provider enrollment with the Division of Social Services, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) Program for Medicaid reimbursement through the rehabilitative services option of Title XIX of the Social Security Amendments.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health

Delaware PROMISE - Services and Supports

This presentation serves as a practical guide for delivering services under Delaware's PROMISE (Promoting Optimal Mental Health for Individuals through Supports and Empowerment) section of Delaware's HCBS Waiver, focused on Mental Health related services. It states that, “PROMISE will offer community-based, recovery-oriented services, meeting needs identified in a person’s Recovery Plan, by providing specific key supports to enable individuals to live independently.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Delaware CHOICES Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Guide

This customer's guide for Delaware's Vocational Rehabilitation System includes detailed descriptions of the kinds of services available through the system, and the various provider agencies throughout the state. Customized Employment is one of the services that providers can list as available to customers.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

DE Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


U.S. v. Delaware – 11-CV-591 – (D. Del. 2010) - 07/06/2011

On July 6, 2011 the Division filed in District Court a Complaint and a simultaneous Settlement Agreement resolving its ADA Olmstead investigation into whether persons with mental illness in Delaware are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs and its CRIPA investigation into conditions of confinement at Delaware Psychiatric Center. The fundamental goals of the Agreement are: to ensure that people who are unnecessarily institutionalized, at the Delaware Psychiatric Center or other inpatient psychiatric facilities, can receive the treatment they need in the community; to ensure that when individuals go into mental health crisis, sufficient resources are available in the community so that they do not need to go unnecessarily to psychiatric hospitals or jails; and to ensure that people with mental illness who are living in the community are not forced to enter institutions because of the lack of stable housing and intensive treatment options in the community.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement between the United States and Delaware Report

As this report demonstrates, DHSS and its Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) continue to develop and enhance community-based mental health services and supports. The Settlement Agreement specified five target areas – crisis services, intensive support services, housing, supported employment and rehabilitation services, and family and peer supports. In this report, you will read about the tremendous progress made in those areas and the challenges that remain

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid & Employment


LTSS Road Map - 04/15/2016

If your community needs to establish long-term services and supports or improve its current program, the LTSS roadmap planning model can guide you through the planning process. The roadmap will help you understand your community's needs and work toward meeting them—whether you have an active program already or are beginning the planning process for the first time.

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

Delaware Transition Plan for Compliance with Home and Community-Based Setting Rule, Updated - 03/30/2016

“In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home-and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others.”

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

Delaware HCBS State Transition Plan - 09/17/2015

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others. DHSS has and will continue to engage stakeholders, and will continue to facilitate and promote a robust stakeholder process as the State conducts activities toward implementation of the final rule.

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

Delaware's Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 07/21/2014

Delaware's HCBS Waiver Application. “The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA). “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital), to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”

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

Delaware Medicaid State Plan

This page included the Delaware Medicaid state plan.  The state plan outlines the agreement between Delaware and the Federal government and describes how the state will administer its Medicaid program. More specifically it details how the state will follow Federal rules and details plans for claiming Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It also covers groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway Delaware.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

DE Division of DD Services - Waiver Amendment Public Notice Attachment

A public notice on various definitions under Delaware's HCBS Waiver, including a (then proposed) revision of 'Supported Employment' to include 'Customized Employment.'

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

DE Renewal DDDS (0009.R06.00)

Provides case management, day habilitation, prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, clinical consultative services/behavioral consultative services/nursing consultative services, transportation-residential services for individuals w/autism, IID/DD ages 4 - no max age.

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The First State of Delaware knows the value of Employment First for workers with disabilities to succeed at their careers and live independently in their communities.

2014 State Population.
1.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
935,614
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-6.94%
Change from
2013 to 2014
55,633
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-9.14%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,823
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.05%
Change from
2013 to 2014
35.63%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.62%
Change from
2013 to 2014
76.33%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 935,614
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 55,633
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,823
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 390,939
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.63%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.33%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.70%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 52,271
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 57,492
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 82,187
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,032
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 6,735
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 733
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,010
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 2,038
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,763

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 926
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,404

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 944
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 2,334
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 4,858
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 39
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 79
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 537
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,532
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 7
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. 70.00%
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. 0.76

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,444
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 38,656
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $14,274,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,951,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $16,029,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $4,156,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 29.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 252
Number of people served in facility based work. 464
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 599
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 67.20%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.16%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 48.43%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 19.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 52.56%
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). 65.64%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 37.82%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 394,160
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 533
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 6,740
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 86,651
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 93,391
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 4
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 99
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 103
AbilityOne wages (products). $60,082
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,128,211

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 274
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 13
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 287

 

Legislation


Delaware SB 33 - 06/18/2015

This Act implements the legislative recommendations of the IEP Improvement Task Force created by the 147th General Assembly. The recommendations it implements are to: 1.Provide more detailed and helpful information to parents about their rights and resources in the IEP process; 2.Solicit the input of parents and children regarding the IEP process before IEP meetings occur; 3.Provide advance notice to parents and children of documents that will be discussed at IEP meetings; 4.Require the facilitation of parent councils to provide peer support for the parents of students with disabilities; 5.Ensure that teachers, staff, and contract employees do not suffer retaliation for offering their candid opinions during the IEP process; 6.Ensure that employment planning during the IEP process is consistent with Delaware’s employment first policy; 7.Require a robust annual survey of parents and children to ensure that school districts and charter schools are adhering to state and federal law with respect to the IEP process. 8.Ensure that charter schools are attentive to their responsibilities and available resources with respect to students with disabilities. 9.Require that the Department of Education report to the General Assembly on the status of and possible alternatives to the IEP Plus computer system, which has been an impediment to the preparation of IEPs by teachers, staff, and contractors.

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

Delaware HB 60 - 06/10/2015

"This bill creates an Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Program in Delaware, to implement federal legislation enabling the creation of savings accounts with tax advantages similar to 529 accounts, designed to be used by persons with disabilities to save for qualifying disability and education related expenses."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

DE Employment First Oversight Commission - 07/16/2012

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including:

“(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, … (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor; (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary; (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”

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

DE Employment First Act (HB 319) - 07/16/2012

“House Bill 319 would require state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities consider, as their first option, employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The bill also establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to review goals and objectives and prepare an annual report.”

“All persons with disabilities, including veterans with service-connected disabilities, have a right to the opportunity for competitive employment. To promote the realization of this right, this bill creates the Employment First Act. The Act requires that state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities. The Act does not require an employer to give preference to hiring persons with disabilities."

“This Act further establishes an Employment First Oversight Commission as part of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. The Commission reviews measurable goals and objectives as submitted to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of the Act. The Commission tracks the measurable progress of state agencies in implementing the Act. The Commission prepares an annual report as part of the annual report submitted by the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to the Governor and the General Assembly. The report details progress made toward the goals and objectives as well as strategies and policies to help realize the employment first initiative.”

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

Delaware Persons With Disabilities Employment Protections Act

“This subchapter is intended to encourage and enable qualified persons with disabilities to engage in remunerative employment which is sought by them in good faith. The General Assembly finds that the practice of employment discrimination based on disability is contrary to the public interest and the principles of freedom and equality of opportunity.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers. For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

Delaware Disability Mentoring Day Expansion - 08/25/2015

In a sign of the increasing interest in employment opportunities for young people with disabilities, Delaware's Disability Mentoring Day for the first time this year will expand to host sites in each of the three counties for a day of job networking and discovering careers.

For the previous six years, Disability Mentoring Day has been hosted by the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies, with the Delaware Department of Labor's Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helping to identify students

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

DE A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities - 08/13/2013

Governor Jack Markell spearheaded an initiative at the National Governor’s Association called, “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” Governor Markell released a blueprint for governors from this year-long study on policy recommendations to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The goal is to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Vocational Programs for Transitioning Youth Memo - 02/21/2013

“Historically, the State has provided funding for vocational, day habilitation, and employment-related services for students with intellectual disabilities “aging out” of the special education system.  Services are subsidized by Medicaid funds for many students…We fully support the Department’s request for inclusion of funds in the Governor’s proposed budget to serve these individuals…However, we also strongly encourage the timely development of a targeted strategic plan to promote the availability of meaningful vocation opportunities for these incoming DDDS clients”.

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

Delaware Department of Education “Transitions After High School”

“Transition planning should be in effect when a student turns 14 or enter the Grade 8, or younger if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. Students with disabilities and their families must be offered transition planning as part of their Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Transition planning prepares students for their future after high school and through adulthood. Transition planning focuses on allowing students with disabilities and their families to create their own goals and provides plans for achievement. Transition planning in the IEP process focuses on employment, post-secondary education or training, community participation and independent living. The IEP team should include the student as a part of the transition planning process. Also, agency representatives who may provide and/or pay for transition services become critical members of the planning team as well.”

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

DE Developmental Disabilities Council Subminimum Wage Position Statement (DRAFT)

This position paper, developed by the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, details the background of subminimum wage, how it’s utilized in the United States, and arguments against the practice. The statement provides recommendations to reduce and remove the use of subminimum wage in Delaware.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Delaware Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

In accordance with CFR 300.650 (b), the Council serves as the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments.   1. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 31, Sub. Sec. 3111  2. Federal Statute: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its amendments The State Advisory Panel will: "...advise(s) the state educational agency of unmet needs within the state in the education of children with disabilities; comment(s) publicly on any rules or regulations proposed for issuance by the state regarding the education of children with disabilities and the procedures for distribution of funds under this part; and assist(s) the state in developing and reporting such data and evaluations as may assist the Secretary under Section 618..." 3. Delaware Code: Title 14, Chapter 24, subsection 2408   
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

DE Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2013-FY 2014

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).

“The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”

 

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

DE Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment, a program now under development in Delaware, is designed to support low-income persons with disabilities who wish to work. The program is a result of an initiative launched by Governor Jack Markell while Chairman of the National Governors Association to improve employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities."

“In February 2014, Delaware submitted an application to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for a 1915(i) Medicaid State Plan amendment to establish the Pathways program. This amendment will enable the State to provide employment supports to qualified individuals. In its initial phase, Pathways to Employment will target teens and young adults (aged 14 to 25) with disabilities to help them get prepared for and find jobs."

“Pathways to Employment is expected to begin operation in Spring 2015.”

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

DE Division of Developmental Disabilities Services Employment First Statement

“The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services affirms that employment and participation in their communities is an important part of the lives of the individuals it serves. Further, the Division believes that employment in the community should be the first service option considered for individuals. In support of this belief, the Division has set a goal of increasing community employment for individuals receiving Center Based Day Program services.   “To that end, Day Program service plans shall be required to address the advancement of individuals towards meaningful participation and employment in their communities. It is the responsibility of the Day Programs funded by the Division to work in collaboration with the relevant Residential Programs and families, to develop these support plans.” 

 

 

 

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

Partnerships


Delaware DVR Partnerships - 07/07/2014

DVR maintains ongoing relationships with several councils throughout the state that have missions related to individuals with disabilities...These councils address issues of common concern to the disability community. DVR’s Director participates in the Governors Employment First Taskforce… DVR participates with the SCPD, a coordinating council for all disability-related councils throughout the State. DVR participates in the Governor’s Task Force on Community Inclusion, a collaboration of state agencies, organizations and entities involved with issues relating to disabilities. The goal of the task force is to develop strategies to implement the Olmstead principals, to assist people with disabilities to live more independently in the community, and to align the state’s service delivery system with that goal. This task force has supported implementation of Medicaid for People with Disabilities (Medicaid Buy-in) in Delaware, increased public transportation, and has recently supported development of the Pathways Medicaid waiver program for people with disabilities…

 As required by the Rehabilitation Act, DVR developed a Memorandum of Understanding with the public institutions of higher education in Delaware, specifically, Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), Delaware State University, and the University of Delaware. DVR and DTCC have collaborated with a separate Memorandum of Understanding to provide supported education services to DVR clients who are enrolled in remedial education programs at DTCC. The program provides additional training in study skills, time management, study techniques, and accommodations necessary for students to be successful in the school environment.

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

DE CAI and Specialisterne Partnership - 05/29/2013

Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a global IT consulting, outsourcing, and systems integration company, announced a National Founding Partnership (facilitated by the state of Delaware) in 2013 with Specialisterne to train and hire people who have autism in technology roles. “With over 800 associates in the Delaware Valley, and 3,300 in the U.S., CAI plans to employ over 3% of its consultant workforce with people who have autism in technology roles in software testing, data quality assurance, programming, data mining and data entry, before the end of 2015.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Pathways to Employment

“Pathways to Employment is a program designed to support low-income teens and young adults with disabilities in Delaware who want to work. Services available through Pathways to Employment include: •Employment Navigator •Career Exploration and Assessment •Supported Employment - Individual •Supported Employment - Small Group •Benefits Counseling •Financial Coaching •Non-Medical Transportation •Personal Care (including a self-directed component) •Orientation, Mobility, Assistive Technology”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Delaware IEP Details

An IEP is developed to meet the individualized needs of each student. The educational services are provided at no cost to the family. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs the rules for IEPs in every state. In addition, Delaware also has its own set of regulations with which the IEP process must comply. Every IEP must include: -A thorough analysis of how the student is presently performing in school -The student’s educational goals -A list of services the student will receive, including how often and for how long -Transition services for students of transition age -Any accommodations, supports, and services needed for the child to be successful in the general education curriculum -Whether the child will participate in the state wide assessment with/without accommodations -The extent to which an eligible school aged child will be included in the general education environments The extent to which an eligible preschool aged child will be included in natural environments

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

Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired and Employment First

In implementing Employment First as a priority, we continue to examine state systems, such as our own Delaware Industries for the Blind, in shifting from a segregated facility- based model of employment to an integrated and inclusive business through strategic partnerships with other agencies and non-profits

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Employment First Oversight Commission Report FY 2015

Delaware’s Employment First At (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012. This legislation promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission…under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD)….The following is a highlight of EFOC activities in FY 15.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Vocational Rehabilitation - Mental Health Agency Partnership:

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) have been collaborating to provide supported employment (SE) services and supports to individuals with mental illness (MI) for several years in an intensive fashion. In 2006-2007, the partnership intended to jointly implement Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Supported Employment (SE) programs in the 4 service areas of the state as part of the Johnson and Johnson – Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program. For a variety of reasons, this partnership ended before full implementation. Subsequently DVR contracted with the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assist DSAMH and DVR in building on that start using braided funding from the two agencies. Since that time DVR has continued to build up the employment system for MH clients in DE and has been the primary intervention agent for this change. This represents an assertive approach that an SVRA can take to encourage, promote, fund, and advocate for its MH system partner to create more employment opportunities for joint clients.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission Report

“Delaware’s Employment First Act (H.B. 319) was signed by Governor Markell on July 16, 2012.  It promotes the right that all persons with disabilities have the opportunity for competitive employment and establishes the Employment First Oversight Commission (hereafter referred to as “Commission”) under the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).   “The Act recites that it is the policy of this State that competitive employment in an integrated setting shall be considered its first and priority option for people who are of working age, including people with disabilities. All state agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall follow this policy and ensure that it is effectively implemented in their programs and services. Competitive employment means work in the competitive labor market that is performed on a full-time or part-time basis in an integrated setting and for which a person with a disability is compensated at or above the minimum wage, but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by persons without disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Employment First Oversight Commission

An Employment First Oversight Commission, under the purview of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, shall be established and “shall facilitate the full, effective and timely implementation of this Act.” This “Commission shall consist of 11 members, who are residents of this State,” including: “(1) Four members who are persons with a disability and who are knowledgeable of disability issues and who are not state employees, one of which shall be a veteran and one of which shall be a member of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities, …  (2) one member who is experienced with employment service programs and who is not a state employee and who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;  (3) a representative of the Division of Industrial Affairs, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (4) a representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, appointed by the Secretary of Labor;  (5) the Secretary of Education or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (6) the Secretary of Health and Social Services or a designee appointed by the Secretary;  (7) the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services or a designee appointed by the Director; and  (8) the Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council or a designee appointed by the Chair.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Delaware Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens FY 2015 Annual Report

The membership of the State advisory panel must consist of members  appointed by the Governor, or any other official authorized under State law to make these appointments, that is representative of the State population and that is composed of individuals involved in, or concerned with the education of children with disabilities  including:   Parents of children with disabilities (ages birth through 26); 2.  Individuals with disabilities; 3. Teachers; 4. Representatives of institutions of higher education that prepare special education and related services personnel; 5. State and local education officials, including officials who carry out activities under subtitle B of title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et eq.); 6. Administrators of programs for children with disabilities; 7. Representatives of other State agencies involved in the financing or delivery of related services to children with disabilities; 8. Representatives of private schools and public charter schools; 9. Not less than one representative of a vocational, community, or business organization concerned with the provision of transition services to children with disabilities; 10. A Representative from the State child welfare agency responsible for foster care; and 11.Representatives from the State juvenile and adult corrections agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


DE Disability Employment Initiative - 12/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) was a three-year federal grant-funded program to improve education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth who were unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, the Delaware Department of La or Division of Vocational Rehabilitation was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.    The departments allocating staff to this project included the Department of Education, Division of Employment and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, and Technical &Community Colleges.  The project ended in 2013.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Delaware No Wrong Door

The Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) has established a statewide Aging and Disability Resource Center. The Delaware ADRC provides a one-stop access point for long-term care services and supports for older persons and adults with physical disabilities in the State. The ADRC is operated by DSAAPD staff in coordination with partner organizations, including the Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, the State's Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program, the State's Centers for Independent Living, and the Delaware Aging Network (DAN)

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Delaware Medicaid Money Follows the Person

“ The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA).   “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital) to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”  

 

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

Training/Capacity Building


Delaware Customized Employment: Evidence-Based Supported Employment Practices - 08/28/2008

This PowerPoint describes the various elements of Customized Employment, from the Discovery Phase, through Job Negotiation and Placement.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Early Start to Supported Employment Handbook

Early Start to Supported Employment” (ESSE) is intended to create a more seamless transition for students leaving school and entering the adult workforce. The outcome of paid work with post-school supports in place before the student leaves school is the primary goal of ESSE…. Purpose: -Support a seamless transition for students into supported employment upon exiting secondary education (high school). -Alleviate student and family stress during the difficult transition from school to an unknown adult life.

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

Delaware Employment First Educational Video

In collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, the State Council for Persons with Disabilities developed this training video to demonstrate the value of employees with disabilities. It profiles various employees with disabilities working in integrated competitive employment.

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

Delaware Community Support Services Program Provider Certification Manual

This manual contains the standards by which the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certifies Intensive Care Management (ICM) programs for persons with psychiatric disabilities. Certification is required for provider enrollment with the Division of Social Services, Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) Program for Medicaid reimbursement through the rehabilitative services option of Title XIX of the Social Security Amendments.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health

Delaware PROMISE - Services and Supports

This presentation serves as a practical guide for delivering services under Delaware's PROMISE (Promoting Optimal Mental Health for Individuals through Supports and Empowerment) section of Delaware's HCBS Waiver, focused on Mental Health related services. It states that, “PROMISE will offer community-based, recovery-oriented services, meeting needs identified in a person’s Recovery Plan, by providing specific key supports to enable individuals to live independently.” 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Delaware CHOICES Vocational Rehabilitation Services - Guide

This customer's guide for Delaware's Vocational Rehabilitation System includes detailed descriptions of the kinds of services available through the system, and the various provider agencies throughout the state. Customized Employment is one of the services that providers can list as available to customers.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

DE Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI)

“The Commission and the State of Delaware also received the opportunity to participate as one of the six states in Employment Resources Rebalancing Initiative (ERRI) and Vision Quest Initiative in 2014, whereby a consultant was available to the state’s Employment First Workgroup and a separate Vision Quest local and national consulting group in evaluating current systems, policies, and practices in Delaware to determine if they are in alignment with the employment first priority.”

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


U.S. v. Delaware – 11-CV-591 – (D. Del. 2010) - 07/06/2011

On July 6, 2011 the Division filed in District Court a Complaint and a simultaneous Settlement Agreement resolving its ADA Olmstead investigation into whether persons with mental illness in Delaware are being served in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs and its CRIPA investigation into conditions of confinement at Delaware Psychiatric Center. The fundamental goals of the Agreement are: to ensure that people who are unnecessarily institutionalized, at the Delaware Psychiatric Center or other inpatient psychiatric facilities, can receive the treatment they need in the community; to ensure that when individuals go into mental health crisis, sufficient resources are available in the community so that they do not need to go unnecessarily to psychiatric hospitals or jails; and to ensure that people with mental illness who are living in the community are not forced to enter institutions because of the lack of stable housing and intensive treatment options in the community.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Implementation of the Settlement Agreement between the United States and Delaware Report

As this report demonstrates, DHSS and its Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) continue to develop and enhance community-based mental health services and supports. The Settlement Agreement specified five target areas – crisis services, intensive support services, housing, supported employment and rehabilitation services, and family and peer supports. In this report, you will read about the tremendous progress made in those areas and the challenges that remain

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid & Employment


LTSS Road Map - 04/15/2016

If your community needs to establish long-term services and supports or improve its current program, the LTSS roadmap planning model can guide you through the planning process. The roadmap will help you understand your community's needs and work toward meeting them—whether you have an active program already or are beginning the planning process for the first time.

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

Delaware Transition Plan for Compliance with Home and Community-Based Setting Rule, Updated - 03/30/2016

“In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home-and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others.”

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

Delaware HCBS State Transition Plan - 09/17/2015

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) promulgating a rule which for the first time defines the standard of being “community-based,” Delaware – and the individuals and families we serve – is committed to the goals of enhancing the quality of home and community-based services (HCBS) and ensuring full access to the benefits of community living. The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is driven by core values that enhance individuals’ access to the least-restrictive environments, promotes individual choice, and engages families and significant others. DHSS has and will continue to engage stakeholders, and will continue to facilitate and promote a robust stakeholder process as the State conducts activities toward implementation of the final rule.

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

Delaware's Application for a §1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Waiver - 07/21/2014

Delaware's HCBS Waiver Application. “The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in §1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.”

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

Medicaid Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person Demonstration (MFP) "Finding A Way Home" Program, is a special project funded by the Federal Government and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA). “The MFP Program is available to assist eligible individuals that choose to participate in moving from an eligible Long Term Care (LTC) facility, (nursing home, Intermediate Care Facility for Developmental Disabilities ICF/DD or state hospital), to an eligible residence in the community with available community services and supports.”

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

Delaware Medicaid State Plan

This page included the Delaware Medicaid state plan.  The state plan outlines the agreement between Delaware and the Federal government and describes how the state will administer its Medicaid program. More specifically it details how the state will follow Federal rules and details plans for claiming Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It also covers groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway Delaware.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

DE Division of DD Services - Waiver Amendment Public Notice Attachment

A public notice on various definitions under Delaware's HCBS Waiver, including a (then proposed) revision of 'Supported Employment' to include 'Customized Employment.'

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

DE Renewal DDDS (0009.R06.00)

Provides case management, day habilitation, prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, clinical consultative services/behavioral consultative services/nursing consultative services, transportation-residential services for individuals w/autism, IID/DD ages 4 - no max age.

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