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State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Florida’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.86%
Change from
2014 to 2015
20,271,272
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.27%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,177,644
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
369,205
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31,035.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 19,552,860 19,893,297 20,271,272
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,196,475 1,192,633 1,177,644
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 364,679 359,305 369,205
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 7,543,979 7,793,990 8,007,547
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.48% 30.13% 31,035.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.19% 73.38% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.30% 6.30% 5.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 21.40% 19.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40% 15.90% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,250,341 1,263,749 1,296,917
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,333,569 1,355,823 1,371,790
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,092,902 2,100,095 2,137,716
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 353,139 375,175 1
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 442,958 461,449 483,660
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 10,407 12,360 8,362
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 35,202 36,394 38,951
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 674 1,178 866
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 51,883 48,625 51,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 39,703 45,745 45,952

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 10,118 10,777 11,889
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40% 2.50% 2.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 551,858 560,856 565,238

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 27,152 33,385 25,147
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 114,689 125,447 91,150
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 172,043 181,895 138,209
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.80% 18.40% 18.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.70% 0.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30% 1.60% 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 2.20% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 40.10% 51.60% 45.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 991 1,016 1,390
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,293 2,206 2,505
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,281 3,087 3,348
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 73,040 72,975 79,138

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 52,538 50,122 49,920
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 206 303 208
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 151 221 151
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00% 73.00% 73.00%
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. 0.78 1.13 0.74

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
24,125
13,478
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 287 156 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,620 782 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 6,163 3,334 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 5,929 3,414 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 8,996 5,188 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,130 604 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 19,830 19,148 21,811
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 816,085 827,430 836,960
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 643 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,028,000 $6,001,000 $5,650
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 14.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 12.80 12.00 11.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.70% 71.28% 74.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.40% 14.62% 12.81%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.00% 4.05% 3.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.50% 88.77% 90.55%
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). 26.60% 28.35% 28.63%
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). 38.30% 42.14% 43.67%
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). 50.40% 53.81% 55.74%
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). 11.67% 13.79% 15.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,441,740
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,034
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 742,483
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,343,931
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,086,414
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 739
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,731
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,470
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,580,820
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,575,185

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 87 72 73
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 76 78
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 6,037 6,260
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 320 320
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,357 6,580

 


Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points” - 01/23/2017

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Florida HB 7003 - 07/01/2016

This bill will be enacted on July 1, 2016 The purpose of this act is to prioritize employment of individuals with disabilities and to change the employment system to better integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. The act encourages a collaborative effort between state agencies and organizations to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.”

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

Florida SB 642 - 05/21/2015

"It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in this state which will encourage and assist the saving of private funds in tax-exempt accounts in order to pay for the qualified disability expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

2016 Florida Statues “1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities”

“The purpose of this section is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.”

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

2016 Florida Statues “1003.5716 Transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities”

”To ensure quality planning for a successful transition of a student with a disability to postsecondary education and career opportunities, an IEP team shall begin the process of, and develop an IEP for, identifying the need for transition services before the student with a disability attains the age of 14 years in order for his or her postsecondary goals and career goals to be identified and in place when he or she attains the age of 16 years.”

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

Florida Executive Order 13-284: Reaffirming commitment to employment for Floridians with disabilities. - 10/08/2013

“‘Employment’" for purposes of this Executive Order is defined as integrated employment, including supported employment, customized employment, and self-employment, where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one's self-employment business, fully integrated in the community workforce, with a goal of maximum self-sufficiency. Employment outcomes shall be based on each individual's measureable vocational goals, skills, and abilities, with the intent to also meet the expectations and hiring needs of the employer. … The interagency cooperative agreement shall formalize the efforts that have been accomplished to improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.” 

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

Disability Rights Florida 2016 Annual Report - 02/24/2017

~~“Work centers (formerly known as sheltered workshops) employ adults with disabilities in segregated settings.Disability Rights Florida wanted to ensure that these adults were given opportunities to learn marketableskills and work in integrated settings in the community. Advocates have visited 43 of the 77 work centersincluded on the list from the Department of Labor within the state of Florida and interviewed participantsand employers. The goal was to not only monitor what was occurring in the work centers, but to take theopportunity to educate the participants and employers about opportunities for services through the Divisionof Vocational Rehabilitation and opportunities to transition into integrated community workplaces. It isimportant to make sure these adults are given opportunities to enhance themselves and integrate into theircommunities while attending the work centers. Disability Rights Florida hopes that, by monitoring the workcenters, people with disabilities will have greater opportunity to enhance their employability, independence,and increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Career Counseling Information and Referral for Subminimum Wage Individuals - 02/17/2017

~~“This information will help 14(c) employers coordinate Career Counseling Information and Referral Services (CCIR) to individuals employed at Subminimum wages. Each of the authorized Vendors listed below provides CCIR Services and may begin services upon request. The list will be updated regularly as more providers are approved, so be sure to check back often.”

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

PROVIDER ADVISORY #2017-001 SUBMINIMUM WAGE WIOA REQUIREMENTS - 02/14/2017

~~“Required CCIR ServicesFlorida Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will be providing CCIR Services to individuals working in sheltered workshops, making sub-minimum wage, in accordance with WIOA and DOL FLSA requirements. All individuals participating in subminimum wage are required to participate in this required CCIR Services on at least an annual basis. All 14(c) certificate-holders must contact VR to ensure CCIR services are provided to individual employed at subminimum wage under their 14(c) Certificate to comply with DOL requirements.

VR will contract and fund instructors to provide the 4-hour CCIR to individuals employed at subminimum wage at the 14c certificate-holder location. This counseling is employment based and will share information regarding a brief benefits discussion, career exploration, self-advocacy and self-determination. This training is intended to educate and encourage individuals currently working at subminimum wage to consider competitive employment; at least minimum wage and in the community.”

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

Employment Enhancement Project - 08/19/2016

“The EEP section needs to read: The Legislature renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for use during FY 2016-17 to assist individuals on the Waiting List, primarily those transitioning from school to work, for a 4th year. APD has allocated approximately $2500 per EEP job seeker to provide Supported Employment Coaching for individuals not working with VR to obtain and maintain competitive employment and participate in paid or unpaid internships as a path to employment. Any individual in Florida who meets APD eligibility, on the APD Waiting List, and over the age 18 may be considered for participation in the EEP.”

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

Florida Department of Education “Technical Assistance Paper High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities" - 04/15/2016

“This technical assistance paper describes the high school graduation options for students with disabilities following the adoption of Rule 6A-1.009963, Florida Administrative Code, High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities”

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “Program Accessibility Plan”

~~“OBLIGATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIESTo ensure access for individuals with disabilities DEO is obligated to ensure accessibility and provide accessible notice and information about alternative means of receiving services for individuals who need them. This allows disabled individuals to be effectively informed about and able to meaningfully access the aid, benefit, service, or training provided by DEO.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points”

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Florida Department of Education “Transition Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act further supports VR efforts to prepare youth for success in the 21st century workforce through our Transition Youth Services. VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.”

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

Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida VR Self-Employment & Supported Self-Employment Handbook

The handbook emphasizes the importance of person-centered planning, a process that focuses on the “unique gifts, talents, learning styles, hopes and dreams, family support” and the use of approaches such as Discovery. It is recommended that this approach is used to consider self-employment, rather than formal vocational assessments.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Self-Employment Activities

"The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities houses the Center for Self-Employment (CSE), which is responsible for self-employment supports for the state of Florida. The Center engages in three core areas of service in order to deliver self-employment supports and build capacity within the stated.

1. Direct Service: The Center receives referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors regarding eligible VR customers who are interested in pursuing self-employment. The Center provides training and support so VR customers to develop a business design team and a viable business plan.

2. Capacity Building: The Center conducts an application process and identifies potential providers of self-employment supports. The CSE then provides direct training and technical assistance for the providers…

3. Material Development and Dissemination: The Center is developing self-employment related materials and resources, which will be in accessible electronically and hard-copy formats."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Employment First Policy

“Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) launched its five-year Employment Initiative on July 1, 2004. The primary goal of the initiative is to have 50% of adults with developmental disabilities (ages 18-55) who are receiving APD-funded adult day services engaged in community employment by July 1, 2009. This policy includes individuals in adult day training (ADT), supported employment, and non-residential supports and services. In addition, as subordinate objectives to this main goal, APD aims to have: (a) 25% of ADT recipients employed by July 1, 2009; and (b) 50% of all individuals receiving DD waiver services who indicate a desire to work employed by July 1, 2009.”

   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First

“While there is no formal definition for Employment First, the intent is to raise expectations that employment should be prioritized for individuals with disabilities. Over forty states currently have Employment First initiatives. Florida also has an Employment First initiative that is being implemented as a collaborative between the Governor's Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities, an Employment Partnership Coalition, an Employment First Collaborative Team, and an Employment First Florida Grassroots group, with all stakeholders working together to improve employment outcomes in Florida. Efforts are being supported by the Council funded Employ ME 1st project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida Employment First Interagency Agreement - 05/07/2014

The general purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to provide a framework for a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities in the State of Florida.  The agencies and organizations that are parties to this agreement are fully committed to working together to improve the number and percentage of growth in competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.  For the purpose of this agreement and as defined in Executive Order 12-284, “employment” is define as integrated employment, including supported employment, customize employment, and self-employment where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one’s self-employment business…

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First Partnerships

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order,  “required partners include the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD); the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Division of Blind Services, and Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS); the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Workforce Florida Inc. boards; the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program; and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC). Other state agencies and disability service organizations – including the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities and The Able Trust – have been meeting collaboratively with these stakeholders to formalize Employment First efforts in Florida. It is anticipated that other state agencies and disability service organizations may also be involved in developing and implementing the interagency cooperative agreement.”

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

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Position on Employment of People with Disbilities

"The Council supports encouraging Florida employers to consider individuals with developmental disabilities as an under-utilized workforce and that employment can help fulfill projected workforce shortages in a wide number of fileds including the government at all levels.  The Council: 

“Creates a system where integrated, gainful employment is the first option available for all individuals with developmental disabilities. Provides supports and services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities enrolled in the Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver programs who choose to pursue gainful employment. Maximizes funding across agency lines which enhances supported and customized employment programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities”.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

FL Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk - 09/10/2014

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".

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

Florida Disability Employment Initiative - 10/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Florida was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  This grant ended in 2015.

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

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “Partners in Policymaking will Change your Life” - 05/12/2016

“Partners in Policymaking is a leadership-training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities. It provides state-of-the-art information about disability issues and builds the competencies necessary to become advocates who can effectively influence system change. The Florida Developmental Disability Council is currently seeking applicants who either have a developmental disability or who are parents of children with disabilities to participate in the program. Applications for the class of 2016 can be found at http://www.fddc.org/about/partners-in-policymaking or by contacting Stacey Hoaglund at 954-252-8764 or via email shoaglundpartner@gmail.com. This program is designed to provide information, training, and skill building so those who participate may obtain the most appropriate services possible for themselves and others. Application deadline is July 1, 2016.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Florida Required Supported Employment Pre-Service - 08/17/2015

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits…There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - A Family Guide for Vocational Planning - 11/01/2013

This introductory guide addresses Discovery, Customized Employment, Self-Determination & Person First Language and how it should be used with different age groups of students.  It includes a glossary of terms as well as links to Florida & National resources.

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

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “ADP Training Portal”

Providers Beginning May 18, 2016, TRAIN Florida is the official Learning Management System (LMS) for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). All learners with a valid email address received an email with login information. If you did not receive an email with this information, PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A TRAIN FLORIDA ACCOUNT. The training team will complete the task of setting up an account, and emailing the login information to you. The notifications will be sent out in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience. If you have questions regarding your TRAIN Florida account or the process for retrieving your TRAIN Florida login information, please contact the TRAIN Florida APD site administrator by email at apd.lmssupport@apdcares.org. Please do not contact the Public Health Foundation (PHF) or the Florida Department of Health regarding TRAIN Florida website questions.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities Video Gallery

This repository contains separate Inclusion Videos, on subjects including: Why Inclusion is Important; What Does Inclusion mean to You?;  Making it a Reality; Educating Legislators; Addressing Fear; Integrated Employment; Community; and Real People Achieving Success through Inclusion.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Foundation for VR"): Publications

The Florida Grantor contains articles of interest to the disability community, updates on successful employment projects & news on statewide vocational rehabilitation projects.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Center for VR"): Latest News

The web page for the Abel Trust-Florida Center for Inclusive Communities includes 16 links to articles on efforts in Florida to help people with disabilities transition to employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

FCIC Employment Webinar Archive

This website contains multiple separate webinars related to integrated employment and community integration for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

FL DD Council & Center for Social Capital -- Customized Employment Manual

These readings on the best practices in Customized Employment (CE) reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports. They lean heavily on an Economic Development approach to Job Development and how this methodology benefits the community. The manual also includes information on Community Action Teams (CATs), social capital, and the rich connections in rural communities that foster employment. And finally, the Replication Manual identifies specific barriers, resources, and real solutions used in each project site to foster change and achieve quality outcomes.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Employment Roadmap Handout

This handout serves as an early introduction to the Discovery process in job development and school-to-work transition for people with disabilities. It also provides links to Florida & National resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - The Discovery Process

The Discovery process is an evidence-based alternative to comparative, standardized assessments, and evaluations. Discovery is a person centered planning process that involves getting to know a person before supporting them in developing a plan for employment.

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

FL Division of VR - Work Incentives Program

This introductory flyer encourages SSI recipients to think about employment.  It includes information on the Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan for Achieving Self-Support, the Section 301 Rule, as well as links to SSA, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Florida's Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Collaborative on Discovery & Innovation in Employment (CODIE)

This flyer raises awareness of inclusive, community-based employment projects occurring in Florida. It touches base on an interagency collaboration regarding transition (CODIE), access to on-line FCIC Employment Webinar series, Facebook for the Employment Network at FCIC  & the Alliance for Full Participation.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Customized Employment

This fact sheet offers a description of customized employment for individuals who choose to be the employee of a community business, self-employed or the owner of a business via a Micro Board.  It includes references from national CE consultants as well as defines the role of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and its relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation.

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

Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Required Training

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits.…   There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Florida Employment First Toolkit and Training (Proposed)

This project will ensure that Florida has comprehensive training strategies within a training toolkit that foster quality integrated competitive employment for all  individuals with disabilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The training will be targeted to agency and organization staff charged with all facets of employment for individuals with disabilities.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


Florida Medicaid State Plan - 04/20/2016

Florida's Medicaid State Plan (the Plan) is a large, comprehensive written statement describing the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The Plan outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Florida Model Waiver (40166.R04.00) 1915(c) Waiver - 07/01/2015

This waiver provides "respite, transition case management, assistive technology and service evaluation, environmental accessibility adaptations for medically fragile individuals ages 0-20".

 

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

Florida HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based programs. The new rule contains requirements that ensure persons who receive Medicaid home and community-based services do so from providers who: Help them to be active in the community; Provide a home-like environment if a person lives in a group home, assisted living facility or adult family care home; and Enable them to make personal choices. Additionally, the rule requires the Agency to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on its transition plan and any changes the state proposes to its home and community-based waivers and state plan program.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Things are looking bright for workers with disabilities who are excelling at their careers and living independent lives in the Sunshine State of Florida.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Florida’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.86%
Change from
2014 to 2015
20,271,272
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.27%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,177,644
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
369,205
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31,035.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 19,552,860 19,893,297 20,271,272
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,196,475 1,192,633 1,177,644
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 364,679 359,305 369,205
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 7,543,979 7,793,990 8,007,547
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.48% 30.13% 31,035.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.19% 73.38% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.30% 6.30% 5.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 21.40% 19.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40% 15.90% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,250,341 1,263,749 1,296,917
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,333,569 1,355,823 1,371,790
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,092,902 2,100,095 2,137,716
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 353,139 375,175 1
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 442,958 461,449 483,660
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 10,407 12,360 8,362
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 35,202 36,394 38,951
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 674 1,178 866
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 51,883 48,625 51,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 39,703 45,745 45,952

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 10,118 10,777 11,889
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40% 2.50% 2.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 551,858 560,856 565,238

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 27,152 33,385 25,147
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 114,689 125,447 91,150
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 172,043 181,895 138,209
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.80% 18.40% 18.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.70% 0.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30% 1.60% 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 2.20% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 40.10% 51.60% 45.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 991 1,016 1,390
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,293 2,206 2,505
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,281 3,087 3,348
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 73,040 72,975 79,138

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 52,538 50,122 49,920
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 206 303 208
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 151 221 151
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00% 73.00% 73.00%
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. 0.78 1.13 0.74

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
24,125
13,478
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 287 156 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,620 782 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 6,163 3,334 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 5,929 3,414 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 8,996 5,188 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,130 604 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 19,830 19,148 21,811
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 816,085 827,430 836,960
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 643 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,028,000 $6,001,000 $5,650
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 14.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 12.80 12.00 11.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.70% 71.28% 74.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.40% 14.62% 12.81%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.00% 4.05% 3.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.50% 88.77% 90.55%
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). 26.60% 28.35% 28.63%
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). 38.30% 42.14% 43.67%
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). 50.40% 53.81% 55.74%
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). 11.67% 13.79% 15.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,441,740
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,034
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 742,483
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,343,931
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,086,414
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 739
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,731
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,470
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,580,820
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,575,185

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 87 72 73
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 76 78
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 6,037 6,260
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 320 320
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,357 6,580

 

Legislation


Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points” - 01/23/2017

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Florida HB 7003 - 07/01/2016

This bill will be enacted on July 1, 2016 The purpose of this act is to prioritize employment of individuals with disabilities and to change the employment system to better integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. The act encourages a collaborative effort between state agencies and organizations to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.”

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

Florida SB 642 - 05/21/2015

"It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in this state which will encourage and assist the saving of private funds in tax-exempt accounts in order to pay for the qualified disability expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

2016 Florida Statues “1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities”

“The purpose of this section is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.”

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

2016 Florida Statues “1003.5716 Transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities”

”To ensure quality planning for a successful transition of a student with a disability to postsecondary education and career opportunities, an IEP team shall begin the process of, and develop an IEP for, identifying the need for transition services before the student with a disability attains the age of 14 years in order for his or her postsecondary goals and career goals to be identified and in place when he or she attains the age of 16 years.”

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

Executive Orders


Florida Executive Order 13-284: Reaffirming commitment to employment for Floridians with disabilities. - 10/08/2013

“‘Employment’" for purposes of this Executive Order is defined as integrated employment, including supported employment, customized employment, and self-employment, where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one's self-employment business, fully integrated in the community workforce, with a goal of maximum self-sufficiency. Employment outcomes shall be based on each individual's measureable vocational goals, skills, and abilities, with the intent to also meet the expectations and hiring needs of the employer. … The interagency cooperative agreement shall formalize the efforts that have been accomplished to improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.” 

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

Policy


Disability Rights Florida 2016 Annual Report - 02/24/2017

~~“Work centers (formerly known as sheltered workshops) employ adults with disabilities in segregated settings.Disability Rights Florida wanted to ensure that these adults were given opportunities to learn marketableskills and work in integrated settings in the community. Advocates have visited 43 of the 77 work centersincluded on the list from the Department of Labor within the state of Florida and interviewed participantsand employers. The goal was to not only monitor what was occurring in the work centers, but to take theopportunity to educate the participants and employers about opportunities for services through the Divisionof Vocational Rehabilitation and opportunities to transition into integrated community workplaces. It isimportant to make sure these adults are given opportunities to enhance themselves and integrate into theircommunities while attending the work centers. Disability Rights Florida hopes that, by monitoring the workcenters, people with disabilities will have greater opportunity to enhance their employability, independence,and increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Career Counseling Information and Referral for Subminimum Wage Individuals - 02/17/2017

~~“This information will help 14(c) employers coordinate Career Counseling Information and Referral Services (CCIR) to individuals employed at Subminimum wages. Each of the authorized Vendors listed below provides CCIR Services and may begin services upon request. The list will be updated regularly as more providers are approved, so be sure to check back often.”

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

PROVIDER ADVISORY #2017-001 SUBMINIMUM WAGE WIOA REQUIREMENTS - 02/14/2017

~~“Required CCIR ServicesFlorida Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will be providing CCIR Services to individuals working in sheltered workshops, making sub-minimum wage, in accordance with WIOA and DOL FLSA requirements. All individuals participating in subminimum wage are required to participate in this required CCIR Services on at least an annual basis. All 14(c) certificate-holders must contact VR to ensure CCIR services are provided to individual employed at subminimum wage under their 14(c) Certificate to comply with DOL requirements.

VR will contract and fund instructors to provide the 4-hour CCIR to individuals employed at subminimum wage at the 14c certificate-holder location. This counseling is employment based and will share information regarding a brief benefits discussion, career exploration, self-advocacy and self-determination. This training is intended to educate and encourage individuals currently working at subminimum wage to consider competitive employment; at least minimum wage and in the community.”

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

Employment Enhancement Project - 08/19/2016

“The EEP section needs to read: The Legislature renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for use during FY 2016-17 to assist individuals on the Waiting List, primarily those transitioning from school to work, for a 4th year. APD has allocated approximately $2500 per EEP job seeker to provide Supported Employment Coaching for individuals not working with VR to obtain and maintain competitive employment and participate in paid or unpaid internships as a path to employment. Any individual in Florida who meets APD eligibility, on the APD Waiting List, and over the age 18 may be considered for participation in the EEP.”

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

Florida Department of Education “Technical Assistance Paper High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities" - 04/15/2016

“This technical assistance paper describes the high school graduation options for students with disabilities following the adoption of Rule 6A-1.009963, Florida Administrative Code, High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities”

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “Program Accessibility Plan”

~~“OBLIGATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIESTo ensure access for individuals with disabilities DEO is obligated to ensure accessibility and provide accessible notice and information about alternative means of receiving services for individuals who need them. This allows disabled individuals to be effectively informed about and able to meaningfully access the aid, benefit, service, or training provided by DEO.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points”

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Florida Department of Education “Transition Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act further supports VR efforts to prepare youth for success in the 21st century workforce through our Transition Youth Services. VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.”

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

Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida VR Self-Employment & Supported Self-Employment Handbook

The handbook emphasizes the importance of person-centered planning, a process that focuses on the “unique gifts, talents, learning styles, hopes and dreams, family support” and the use of approaches such as Discovery. It is recommended that this approach is used to consider self-employment, rather than formal vocational assessments.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Self-Employment Activities

"The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities houses the Center for Self-Employment (CSE), which is responsible for self-employment supports for the state of Florida. The Center engages in three core areas of service in order to deliver self-employment supports and build capacity within the stated.

1. Direct Service: The Center receives referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors regarding eligible VR customers who are interested in pursuing self-employment. The Center provides training and support so VR customers to develop a business design team and a viable business plan.

2. Capacity Building: The Center conducts an application process and identifies potential providers of self-employment supports. The CSE then provides direct training and technical assistance for the providers…

3. Material Development and Dissemination: The Center is developing self-employment related materials and resources, which will be in accessible electronically and hard-copy formats."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Employment First Policy

“Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) launched its five-year Employment Initiative on July 1, 2004. The primary goal of the initiative is to have 50% of adults with developmental disabilities (ages 18-55) who are receiving APD-funded adult day services engaged in community employment by July 1, 2009. This policy includes individuals in adult day training (ADT), supported employment, and non-residential supports and services. In addition, as subordinate objectives to this main goal, APD aims to have: (a) 25% of ADT recipients employed by July 1, 2009; and (b) 50% of all individuals receiving DD waiver services who indicate a desire to work employed by July 1, 2009.”

   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First

“While there is no formal definition for Employment First, the intent is to raise expectations that employment should be prioritized for individuals with disabilities. Over forty states currently have Employment First initiatives. Florida also has an Employment First initiative that is being implemented as a collaborative between the Governor's Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities, an Employment Partnership Coalition, an Employment First Collaborative Team, and an Employment First Florida Grassroots group, with all stakeholders working together to improve employment outcomes in Florida. Efforts are being supported by the Council funded Employ ME 1st project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Florida Employment First Interagency Agreement - 05/07/2014

The general purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to provide a framework for a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities in the State of Florida.  The agencies and organizations that are parties to this agreement are fully committed to working together to improve the number and percentage of growth in competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.  For the purpose of this agreement and as defined in Executive Order 12-284, “employment” is define as integrated employment, including supported employment, customize employment, and self-employment where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one’s self-employment business…

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First Partnerships

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order,  “required partners include the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD); the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Division of Blind Services, and Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS); the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Workforce Florida Inc. boards; the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program; and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC). Other state agencies and disability service organizations – including the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities and The Able Trust – have been meeting collaboratively with these stakeholders to formalize Employment First efforts in Florida. It is anticipated that other state agencies and disability service organizations may also be involved in developing and implementing the interagency cooperative agreement.”

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

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Position on Employment of People with Disbilities

"The Council supports encouraging Florida employers to consider individuals with developmental disabilities as an under-utilized workforce and that employment can help fulfill projected workforce shortages in a wide number of fileds including the government at all levels.  The Council: 

“Creates a system where integrated, gainful employment is the first option available for all individuals with developmental disabilities. Provides supports and services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities enrolled in the Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver programs who choose to pursue gainful employment. Maximizes funding across agency lines which enhances supported and customized employment programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities”.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


FL Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk - 09/10/2014

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".

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

Florida Disability Employment Initiative - 10/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Florida was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  This grant ended in 2015.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “Partners in Policymaking will Change your Life” - 05/12/2016

“Partners in Policymaking is a leadership-training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities. It provides state-of-the-art information about disability issues and builds the competencies necessary to become advocates who can effectively influence system change. The Florida Developmental Disability Council is currently seeking applicants who either have a developmental disability or who are parents of children with disabilities to participate in the program. Applications for the class of 2016 can be found at http://www.fddc.org/about/partners-in-policymaking or by contacting Stacey Hoaglund at 954-252-8764 or via email shoaglundpartner@gmail.com. This program is designed to provide information, training, and skill building so those who participate may obtain the most appropriate services possible for themselves and others. Application deadline is July 1, 2016.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Florida Required Supported Employment Pre-Service - 08/17/2015

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits…There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - A Family Guide for Vocational Planning - 11/01/2013

This introductory guide addresses Discovery, Customized Employment, Self-Determination & Person First Language and how it should be used with different age groups of students.  It includes a glossary of terms as well as links to Florida & National resources.

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

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “ADP Training Portal”

Providers Beginning May 18, 2016, TRAIN Florida is the official Learning Management System (LMS) for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). All learners with a valid email address received an email with login information. If you did not receive an email with this information, PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A TRAIN FLORIDA ACCOUNT. The training team will complete the task of setting up an account, and emailing the login information to you. The notifications will be sent out in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience. If you have questions regarding your TRAIN Florida account or the process for retrieving your TRAIN Florida login information, please contact the TRAIN Florida APD site administrator by email at apd.lmssupport@apdcares.org. Please do not contact the Public Health Foundation (PHF) or the Florida Department of Health regarding TRAIN Florida website questions.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities Video Gallery

This repository contains separate Inclusion Videos, on subjects including: Why Inclusion is Important; What Does Inclusion mean to You?;  Making it a Reality; Educating Legislators; Addressing Fear; Integrated Employment; Community; and Real People Achieving Success through Inclusion.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Foundation for VR"): Publications

The Florida Grantor contains articles of interest to the disability community, updates on successful employment projects & news on statewide vocational rehabilitation projects.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Center for VR"): Latest News

The web page for the Abel Trust-Florida Center for Inclusive Communities includes 16 links to articles on efforts in Florida to help people with disabilities transition to employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

FCIC Employment Webinar Archive

This website contains multiple separate webinars related to integrated employment and community integration for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

FL DD Council & Center for Social Capital -- Customized Employment Manual

These readings on the best practices in Customized Employment (CE) reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports. They lean heavily on an Economic Development approach to Job Development and how this methodology benefits the community. The manual also includes information on Community Action Teams (CATs), social capital, and the rich connections in rural communities that foster employment. And finally, the Replication Manual identifies specific barriers, resources, and real solutions used in each project site to foster change and achieve quality outcomes.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Employment Roadmap Handout

This handout serves as an early introduction to the Discovery process in job development and school-to-work transition for people with disabilities. It also provides links to Florida & National resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - The Discovery Process

The Discovery process is an evidence-based alternative to comparative, standardized assessments, and evaluations. Discovery is a person centered planning process that involves getting to know a person before supporting them in developing a plan for employment.

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

FL Division of VR - Work Incentives Program

This introductory flyer encourages SSI recipients to think about employment.  It includes information on the Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan for Achieving Self-Support, the Section 301 Rule, as well as links to SSA, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Florida's Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Collaborative on Discovery & Innovation in Employment (CODIE)

This flyer raises awareness of inclusive, community-based employment projects occurring in Florida. It touches base on an interagency collaboration regarding transition (CODIE), access to on-line FCIC Employment Webinar series, Facebook for the Employment Network at FCIC  & the Alliance for Full Participation.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Customized Employment

This fact sheet offers a description of customized employment for individuals who choose to be the employee of a community business, self-employed or the owner of a business via a Micro Board.  It includes references from national CE consultants as well as defines the role of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and its relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation.

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

Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Required Training

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits.…   There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Florida Employment First Toolkit and Training (Proposed)

This project will ensure that Florida has comprehensive training strategies within a training toolkit that foster quality integrated competitive employment for all  individuals with disabilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The training will be targeted to agency and organization staff charged with all facets of employment for individuals with disabilities.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Florida Medicaid State Plan - 04/20/2016

Florida's Medicaid State Plan (the Plan) is a large, comprehensive written statement describing the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The Plan outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Florida Model Waiver (40166.R04.00) 1915(c) Waiver - 07/01/2015

This waiver provides "respite, transition case management, assistive technology and service evaluation, environmental accessibility adaptations for medically fragile individuals ages 0-20".

 

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

Florida HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based programs. The new rule contains requirements that ensure persons who receive Medicaid home and community-based services do so from providers who: Help them to be active in the community; Provide a home-like environment if a person lives in a group home, assisted living facility or adult family care home; and Enable them to make personal choices. Additionally, the rule requires the Agency to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on its transition plan and any changes the state proposes to its home and community-based waivers and state plan program.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Things are looking bright for workers with disabilities who are excelling at their careers and living independent lives in the Sunshine State of Florida.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Florida’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.86%
Change from
2014 to 2015
20,271,272
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.27%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,177,644
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
369,205
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31,035.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 19,552,860 19,893,297 20,271,272
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,196,475 1,192,633 1,177,644
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 364,679 359,305 369,205
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 7,543,979 7,793,990 8,007,547
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.48% 30.13% 31,035.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.19% 73.38% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.30% 6.30% 5.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 21.40% 19.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40% 15.90% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,250,341 1,263,749 1,296,917
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,333,569 1,355,823 1,371,790
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,092,902 2,100,095 2,137,716
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 353,139 375,175 1
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 442,958 461,449 483,660
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 10,407 12,360 8,362
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 35,202 36,394 38,951
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 674 1,178 866
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 51,883 48,625 51,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 39,703 45,745 45,952

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 10,118 10,777 11,889
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40% 2.50% 2.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 551,858 560,856 565,238

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 27,152 33,385 25,147
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 114,689 125,447 91,150
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 172,043 181,895 138,209
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.80% 18.40% 18.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.70% 0.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30% 1.60% 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 2.20% 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 40.10% 51.60% 45.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 991 1,016 1,390
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,293 2,206 2,505
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,281 3,087 3,348
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 73,040 72,975 79,138

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 52,538 50,122 49,920
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 206 303 208
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 151 221 151
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00% 73.00% 73.00%
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. 0.78 1.13 0.74

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
24,125
13,478
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 287 156 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,620 782 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 6,163 3,334 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 5,929 3,414 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 8,996 5,188 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 1,130 604 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 19,830 19,148 21,811
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 816,085 827,430 836,960
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 643 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,028,000 $6,001,000 $5,650
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 N/A N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 14.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A N/A 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A N/A 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 12.80 12.00 11.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 70.70% 71.28% 74.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.40% 14.62% 12.81%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.00% 4.05% 3.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.50% 88.77% 90.55%
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). 26.60% 28.35% 28.63%
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). 38.30% 42.14% 43.67%
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). 50.40% 53.81% 55.74%
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). 11.67% 13.79% 15.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,441,740
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,034
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 742,483
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,343,931
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,086,414
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 739
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,731
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,470
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,580,820
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,575,185

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 87 72 73
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 76 78
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 6,037 6,260
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 320 320
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 6,357 6,580

 

Legislation


Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points” - 01/23/2017

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Florida HB 7003 - 07/01/2016

This bill will be enacted on July 1, 2016 The purpose of this act is to prioritize employment of individuals with disabilities and to change the employment system to better integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. The act encourages a collaborative effort between state agencies and organizations to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.”

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

Florida SB 642 - 05/21/2015

"It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in this state which will encourage and assist the saving of private funds in tax-exempt accounts in order to pay for the qualified disability expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

2016 Florida Statues “1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities”

“The purpose of this section is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.”

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

2016 Florida Statues “1003.5716 Transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities”

”To ensure quality planning for a successful transition of a student with a disability to postsecondary education and career opportunities, an IEP team shall begin the process of, and develop an IEP for, identifying the need for transition services before the student with a disability attains the age of 14 years in order for his or her postsecondary goals and career goals to be identified and in place when he or she attains the age of 16 years.”

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

Executive Orders


Florida Executive Order 13-284: Reaffirming commitment to employment for Floridians with disabilities. - 10/08/2013

“‘Employment’" for purposes of this Executive Order is defined as integrated employment, including supported employment, customized employment, and self-employment, where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one's self-employment business, fully integrated in the community workforce, with a goal of maximum self-sufficiency. Employment outcomes shall be based on each individual's measureable vocational goals, skills, and abilities, with the intent to also meet the expectations and hiring needs of the employer. … The interagency cooperative agreement shall formalize the efforts that have been accomplished to improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.” 

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

Policy


Disability Rights Florida 2016 Annual Report - 02/24/2017

~~“Work centers (formerly known as sheltered workshops) employ adults with disabilities in segregated settings.Disability Rights Florida wanted to ensure that these adults were given opportunities to learn marketableskills and work in integrated settings in the community. Advocates have visited 43 of the 77 work centersincluded on the list from the Department of Labor within the state of Florida and interviewed participantsand employers. The goal was to not only monitor what was occurring in the work centers, but to take theopportunity to educate the participants and employers about opportunities for services through the Divisionof Vocational Rehabilitation and opportunities to transition into integrated community workplaces. It isimportant to make sure these adults are given opportunities to enhance themselves and integrate into theircommunities while attending the work centers. Disability Rights Florida hopes that, by monitoring the workcenters, people with disabilities will have greater opportunity to enhance their employability, independence,and increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Career Counseling Information and Referral for Subminimum Wage Individuals - 02/17/2017

~~“This information will help 14(c) employers coordinate Career Counseling Information and Referral Services (CCIR) to individuals employed at Subminimum wages. Each of the authorized Vendors listed below provides CCIR Services and may begin services upon request. The list will be updated regularly as more providers are approved, so be sure to check back often.”

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

PROVIDER ADVISORY #2017-001 SUBMINIMUM WAGE WIOA REQUIREMENTS - 02/14/2017

~~“Required CCIR ServicesFlorida Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will be providing CCIR Services to individuals working in sheltered workshops, making sub-minimum wage, in accordance with WIOA and DOL FLSA requirements. All individuals participating in subminimum wage are required to participate in this required CCIR Services on at least an annual basis. All 14(c) certificate-holders must contact VR to ensure CCIR services are provided to individual employed at subminimum wage under their 14(c) Certificate to comply with DOL requirements.

VR will contract and fund instructors to provide the 4-hour CCIR to individuals employed at subminimum wage at the 14c certificate-holder location. This counseling is employment based and will share information regarding a brief benefits discussion, career exploration, self-advocacy and self-determination. This training is intended to educate and encourage individuals currently working at subminimum wage to consider competitive employment; at least minimum wage and in the community.”

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

Employment Enhancement Project - 08/19/2016

“The EEP section needs to read: The Legislature renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for use during FY 2016-17 to assist individuals on the Waiting List, primarily those transitioning from school to work, for a 4th year. APD has allocated approximately $2500 per EEP job seeker to provide Supported Employment Coaching for individuals not working with VR to obtain and maintain competitive employment and participate in paid or unpaid internships as a path to employment. Any individual in Florida who meets APD eligibility, on the APD Waiting List, and over the age 18 may be considered for participation in the EEP.”

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

Florida Department of Education “Technical Assistance Paper High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities" - 04/15/2016

“This technical assistance paper describes the high school graduation options for students with disabilities following the adoption of Rule 6A-1.009963, Florida Administrative Code, High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities”

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “Program Accessibility Plan”

~~“OBLIGATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIESTo ensure access for individuals with disabilities DEO is obligated to ensure accessibility and provide accessible notice and information about alternative means of receiving services for individuals who need them. This allows disabled individuals to be effectively informed about and able to meaningfully access the aid, benefit, service, or training provided by DEO.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points”

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Florida Department of Education “Transition Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act further supports VR efforts to prepare youth for success in the 21st century workforce through our Transition Youth Services. VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.”

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

Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida VR Self-Employment & Supported Self-Employment Handbook

The handbook emphasizes the importance of person-centered planning, a process that focuses on the “unique gifts, talents, learning styles, hopes and dreams, family support” and the use of approaches such as Discovery. It is recommended that this approach is used to consider self-employment, rather than formal vocational assessments.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Self-Employment Activities

"The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities houses the Center for Self-Employment (CSE), which is responsible for self-employment supports for the state of Florida. The Center engages in three core areas of service in order to deliver self-employment supports and build capacity within the stated.

1. Direct Service: The Center receives referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors regarding eligible VR customers who are interested in pursuing self-employment. The Center provides training and support so VR customers to develop a business design team and a viable business plan.

2. Capacity Building: The Center conducts an application process and identifies potential providers of self-employment supports. The CSE then provides direct training and technical assistance for the providers…

3. Material Development and Dissemination: The Center is developing self-employment related materials and resources, which will be in accessible electronically and hard-copy formats."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Employment First Policy

“Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) launched its five-year Employment Initiative on July 1, 2004. The primary goal of the initiative is to have 50% of adults with developmental disabilities (ages 18-55) who are receiving APD-funded adult day services engaged in community employment by July 1, 2009. This policy includes individuals in adult day training (ADT), supported employment, and non-residential supports and services. In addition, as subordinate objectives to this main goal, APD aims to have: (a) 25% of ADT recipients employed by July 1, 2009; and (b) 50% of all individuals receiving DD waiver services who indicate a desire to work employed by July 1, 2009.”

   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First

“While there is no formal definition for Employment First, the intent is to raise expectations that employment should be prioritized for individuals with disabilities. Over forty states currently have Employment First initiatives. Florida also has an Employment First initiative that is being implemented as a collaborative between the Governor's Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities, an Employment Partnership Coalition, an Employment First Collaborative Team, and an Employment First Florida Grassroots group, with all stakeholders working together to improve employment outcomes in Florida. Efforts are being supported by the Council funded Employ ME 1st project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Florida Employment First Interagency Agreement - 05/07/2014

The general purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to provide a framework for a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities in the State of Florida.  The agencies and organizations that are parties to this agreement are fully committed to working together to improve the number and percentage of growth in competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.  For the purpose of this agreement and as defined in Executive Order 12-284, “employment” is define as integrated employment, including supported employment, customize employment, and self-employment where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one’s self-employment business…

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First Partnerships

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order,  “required partners include the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD); the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Division of Blind Services, and Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS); the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Workforce Florida Inc. boards; the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program; and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC). Other state agencies and disability service organizations – including the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities and The Able Trust – have been meeting collaboratively with these stakeholders to formalize Employment First efforts in Florida. It is anticipated that other state agencies and disability service organizations may also be involved in developing and implementing the interagency cooperative agreement.”

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

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Position on Employment of People with Disbilities

"The Council supports encouraging Florida employers to consider individuals with developmental disabilities as an under-utilized workforce and that employment can help fulfill projected workforce shortages in a wide number of fileds including the government at all levels.  The Council: 

“Creates a system where integrated, gainful employment is the first option available for all individuals with developmental disabilities. Provides supports and services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities enrolled in the Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver programs who choose to pursue gainful employment. Maximizes funding across agency lines which enhances supported and customized employment programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities”.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


FL Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk - 09/10/2014

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".

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

Florida Disability Employment Initiative - 10/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Florida was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  This grant ended in 2015.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “Partners in Policymaking will Change your Life” - 05/12/2016

“Partners in Policymaking is a leadership-training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities. It provides state-of-the-art information about disability issues and builds the competencies necessary to become advocates who can effectively influence system change. The Florida Developmental Disability Council is currently seeking applicants who either have a developmental disability or who are parents of children with disabilities to participate in the program. Applications for the class of 2016 can be found at http://www.fddc.org/about/partners-in-policymaking or by contacting Stacey Hoaglund at 954-252-8764 or via email shoaglundpartner@gmail.com. This program is designed to provide information, training, and skill building so those who participate may obtain the most appropriate services possible for themselves and others. Application deadline is July 1, 2016.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Florida Required Supported Employment Pre-Service - 08/17/2015

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits…There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - A Family Guide for Vocational Planning - 11/01/2013

This introductory guide addresses Discovery, Customized Employment, Self-Determination & Person First Language and how it should be used with different age groups of students.  It includes a glossary of terms as well as links to Florida & National resources.

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

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “ADP Training Portal”

Providers Beginning May 18, 2016, TRAIN Florida is the official Learning Management System (LMS) for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). All learners with a valid email address received an email with login information. If you did not receive an email with this information, PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A TRAIN FLORIDA ACCOUNT. The training team will complete the task of setting up an account, and emailing the login information to you. The notifications will be sent out in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience. If you have questions regarding your TRAIN Florida account or the process for retrieving your TRAIN Florida login information, please contact the TRAIN Florida APD site administrator by email at apd.lmssupport@apdcares.org. Please do not contact the Public Health Foundation (PHF) or the Florida Department of Health regarding TRAIN Florida website questions.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities Video Gallery

This repository contains separate Inclusion Videos, on subjects including: Why Inclusion is Important; What Does Inclusion mean to You?;  Making it a Reality; Educating Legislators; Addressing Fear; Integrated Employment; Community; and Real People Achieving Success through Inclusion.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Foundation for VR"): Publications

The Florida Grantor contains articles of interest to the disability community, updates on successful employment projects & news on statewide vocational rehabilitation projects.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Center for VR"): Latest News

The web page for the Abel Trust-Florida Center for Inclusive Communities includes 16 links to articles on efforts in Florida to help people with disabilities transition to employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

FCIC Employment Webinar Archive

This website contains multiple separate webinars related to integrated employment and community integration for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

FL DD Council & Center for Social Capital -- Customized Employment Manual

These readings on the best practices in Customized Employment (CE) reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports. They lean heavily on an Economic Development approach to Job Development and how this methodology benefits the community. The manual also includes information on Community Action Teams (CATs), social capital, and the rich connections in rural communities that foster employment. And finally, the Replication Manual identifies specific barriers, resources, and real solutions used in each project site to foster change and achieve quality outcomes.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Employment Roadmap Handout

This handout serves as an early introduction to the Discovery process in job development and school-to-work transition for people with disabilities. It also provides links to Florida & National resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - The Discovery Process

The Discovery process is an evidence-based alternative to comparative, standardized assessments, and evaluations. Discovery is a person centered planning process that involves getting to know a person before supporting them in developing a plan for employment.

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

FL Division of VR - Work Incentives Program

This introductory flyer encourages SSI recipients to think about employment.  It includes information on the Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan for Achieving Self-Support, the Section 301 Rule, as well as links to SSA, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Florida's Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Collaborative on Discovery & Innovation in Employment (CODIE)

This flyer raises awareness of inclusive, community-based employment projects occurring in Florida. It touches base on an interagency collaboration regarding transition (CODIE), access to on-line FCIC Employment Webinar series, Facebook for the Employment Network at FCIC  & the Alliance for Full Participation.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Customized Employment

This fact sheet offers a description of customized employment for individuals who choose to be the employee of a community business, self-employed or the owner of a business via a Micro Board.  It includes references from national CE consultants as well as defines the role of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and its relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation.

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

Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Required Training

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits.…   There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Florida Employment First Toolkit and Training (Proposed)

This project will ensure that Florida has comprehensive training strategies within a training toolkit that foster quality integrated competitive employment for all  individuals with disabilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The training will be targeted to agency and organization staff charged with all facets of employment for individuals with disabilities.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Florida Medicaid State Plan - 04/20/2016

Florida's Medicaid State Plan (the Plan) is a large, comprehensive written statement describing the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The Plan outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Florida Model Waiver (40166.R04.00) 1915(c) Waiver - 07/01/2015

This waiver provides "respite, transition case management, assistive technology and service evaluation, environmental accessibility adaptations for medically fragile individuals ages 0-20".

 

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

Florida HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based programs. The new rule contains requirements that ensure persons who receive Medicaid home and community-based services do so from providers who: Help them to be active in the community; Provide a home-like environment if a person lives in a group home, assisted living facility or adult family care home; and Enable them to make personal choices. Additionally, the rule requires the Agency to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on its transition plan and any changes the state proposes to its home and community-based waivers and state plan program.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Things are looking bright for workers with disabilities who are excelling at their careers and living independent lives in the Sunshine State of Florida.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Florida’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.86%
Change from
2014 to 2015
20,271,272
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.27%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,177,644
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
369,205
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31,035.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 20,271,272
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,177,644
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 369,205
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,007,547
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31,035.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,296,917
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,371,790
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,137,716
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 483,660
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 8,362
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 38,951
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 866
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 51,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,952

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 11,889
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 565,238

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 25,147
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 91,150
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 138,209
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 45.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,390
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,505
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,348
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 79,138

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 49,920
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 208
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 151
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00%
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. 0.74

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 21,811
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 836,960
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,650
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.81%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.55%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 28.63%
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). 43.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 55.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 15.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,441,740
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,034
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 742,483
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,343,931
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,086,414
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 739
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,731
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,470
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,580,820
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,575,185

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 73
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 78
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). 6,260
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 320
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6,580

 

Legislation


Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points” - 01/23/2017

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Florida HB 7003 - 07/01/2016

This bill will be enacted on July 1, 2016 The purpose of this act is to prioritize employment of individuals with disabilities and to change the employment system to better integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. The act encourages a collaborative effort between state agencies and organizations to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.”

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

Florida SB 642 - 05/21/2015

"It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in this state which will encourage and assist the saving of private funds in tax-exempt accounts in order to pay for the qualified disability expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

2016 Florida Statues “1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities”

“The purpose of this section is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.”

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

2016 Florida Statues “1003.5716 Transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities”

”To ensure quality planning for a successful transition of a student with a disability to postsecondary education and career opportunities, an IEP team shall begin the process of, and develop an IEP for, identifying the need for transition services before the student with a disability attains the age of 14 years in order for his or her postsecondary goals and career goals to be identified and in place when he or she attains the age of 16 years.”

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

Executive Orders


Florida Executive Order 13-284: Reaffirming commitment to employment for Floridians with disabilities. - 10/08/2013

“‘Employment’" for purposes of this Executive Order is defined as integrated employment, including supported employment, customized employment, and self-employment, where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one's self-employment business, fully integrated in the community workforce, with a goal of maximum self-sufficiency. Employment outcomes shall be based on each individual's measureable vocational goals, skills, and abilities, with the intent to also meet the expectations and hiring needs of the employer. … The interagency cooperative agreement shall formalize the efforts that have been accomplished to improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.” 

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

Policy


Disability Rights Florida 2016 Annual Report - 02/24/2017

~~“Work centers (formerly known as sheltered workshops) employ adults with disabilities in segregated settings.Disability Rights Florida wanted to ensure that these adults were given opportunities to learn marketableskills and work in integrated settings in the community. Advocates have visited 43 of the 77 work centersincluded on the list from the Department of Labor within the state of Florida and interviewed participantsand employers. The goal was to not only monitor what was occurring in the work centers, but to take theopportunity to educate the participants and employers about opportunities for services through the Divisionof Vocational Rehabilitation and opportunities to transition into integrated community workplaces. It isimportant to make sure these adults are given opportunities to enhance themselves and integrate into theircommunities while attending the work centers. Disability Rights Florida hopes that, by monitoring the workcenters, people with disabilities will have greater opportunity to enhance their employability, independence,and increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Career Counseling Information and Referral for Subminimum Wage Individuals - 02/17/2017

~~“This information will help 14(c) employers coordinate Career Counseling Information and Referral Services (CCIR) to individuals employed at Subminimum wages. Each of the authorized Vendors listed below provides CCIR Services and may begin services upon request. The list will be updated regularly as more providers are approved, so be sure to check back often.”

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

PROVIDER ADVISORY #2017-001 SUBMINIMUM WAGE WIOA REQUIREMENTS - 02/14/2017

~~“Required CCIR ServicesFlorida Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will be providing CCIR Services to individuals working in sheltered workshops, making sub-minimum wage, in accordance with WIOA and DOL FLSA requirements. All individuals participating in subminimum wage are required to participate in this required CCIR Services on at least an annual basis. All 14(c) certificate-holders must contact VR to ensure CCIR services are provided to individual employed at subminimum wage under their 14(c) Certificate to comply with DOL requirements.

VR will contract and fund instructors to provide the 4-hour CCIR to individuals employed at subminimum wage at the 14c certificate-holder location. This counseling is employment based and will share information regarding a brief benefits discussion, career exploration, self-advocacy and self-determination. This training is intended to educate and encourage individuals currently working at subminimum wage to consider competitive employment; at least minimum wage and in the community.”

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

Employment Enhancement Project - 08/19/2016

“The EEP section needs to read: The Legislature renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for use during FY 2016-17 to assist individuals on the Waiting List, primarily those transitioning from school to work, for a 4th year. APD has allocated approximately $2500 per EEP job seeker to provide Supported Employment Coaching for individuals not working with VR to obtain and maintain competitive employment and participate in paid or unpaid internships as a path to employment. Any individual in Florida who meets APD eligibility, on the APD Waiting List, and over the age 18 may be considered for participation in the EEP.”

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

Florida Department of Education “Technical Assistance Paper High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities" - 04/15/2016

“This technical assistance paper describes the high school graduation options for students with disabilities following the adoption of Rule 6A-1.009963, Florida Administrative Code, High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities”

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “Program Accessibility Plan”

~~“OBLIGATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIESTo ensure access for individuals with disabilities DEO is obligated to ensure accessibility and provide accessible notice and information about alternative means of receiving services for individuals who need them. This allows disabled individuals to be effectively informed about and able to meaningfully access the aid, benefit, service, or training provided by DEO.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points”

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Florida Department of Education “Transition Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act further supports VR efforts to prepare youth for success in the 21st century workforce through our Transition Youth Services. VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.”

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

Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida VR Self-Employment & Supported Self-Employment Handbook

The handbook emphasizes the importance of person-centered planning, a process that focuses on the “unique gifts, talents, learning styles, hopes and dreams, family support” and the use of approaches such as Discovery. It is recommended that this approach is used to consider self-employment, rather than formal vocational assessments.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Self-Employment Activities

"The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities houses the Center for Self-Employment (CSE), which is responsible for self-employment supports for the state of Florida. The Center engages in three core areas of service in order to deliver self-employment supports and build capacity within the stated.

1. Direct Service: The Center receives referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors regarding eligible VR customers who are interested in pursuing self-employment. The Center provides training and support so VR customers to develop a business design team and a viable business plan.

2. Capacity Building: The Center conducts an application process and identifies potential providers of self-employment supports. The CSE then provides direct training and technical assistance for the providers…

3. Material Development and Dissemination: The Center is developing self-employment related materials and resources, which will be in accessible electronically and hard-copy formats."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Employment First Policy

“Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) launched its five-year Employment Initiative on July 1, 2004. The primary goal of the initiative is to have 50% of adults with developmental disabilities (ages 18-55) who are receiving APD-funded adult day services engaged in community employment by July 1, 2009. This policy includes individuals in adult day training (ADT), supported employment, and non-residential supports and services. In addition, as subordinate objectives to this main goal, APD aims to have: (a) 25% of ADT recipients employed by July 1, 2009; and (b) 50% of all individuals receiving DD waiver services who indicate a desire to work employed by July 1, 2009.”

   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First

“While there is no formal definition for Employment First, the intent is to raise expectations that employment should be prioritized for individuals with disabilities. Over forty states currently have Employment First initiatives. Florida also has an Employment First initiative that is being implemented as a collaborative between the Governor's Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities, an Employment Partnership Coalition, an Employment First Collaborative Team, and an Employment First Florida Grassroots group, with all stakeholders working together to improve employment outcomes in Florida. Efforts are being supported by the Council funded Employ ME 1st project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Florida Employment First Interagency Agreement - 05/07/2014

The general purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to provide a framework for a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities in the State of Florida.  The agencies and organizations that are parties to this agreement are fully committed to working together to improve the number and percentage of growth in competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.  For the purpose of this agreement and as defined in Executive Order 12-284, “employment” is define as integrated employment, including supported employment, customize employment, and self-employment where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one’s self-employment business…

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First Partnerships

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order,  “required partners include the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD); the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Division of Blind Services, and Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS); the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Workforce Florida Inc. boards; the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program; and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC). Other state agencies and disability service organizations – including the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities and The Able Trust – have been meeting collaboratively with these stakeholders to formalize Employment First efforts in Florida. It is anticipated that other state agencies and disability service organizations may also be involved in developing and implementing the interagency cooperative agreement.”

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

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Position on Employment of People with Disbilities

"The Council supports encouraging Florida employers to consider individuals with developmental disabilities as an under-utilized workforce and that employment can help fulfill projected workforce shortages in a wide number of fileds including the government at all levels.  The Council: 

“Creates a system where integrated, gainful employment is the first option available for all individuals with developmental disabilities. Provides supports and services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities enrolled in the Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver programs who choose to pursue gainful employment. Maximizes funding across agency lines which enhances supported and customized employment programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities”.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


FL Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk - 09/10/2014

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".

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

Florida Disability Employment Initiative - 10/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Florida was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  This grant ended in 2015.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “Partners in Policymaking will Change your Life” - 05/12/2016

“Partners in Policymaking is a leadership-training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities. It provides state-of-the-art information about disability issues and builds the competencies necessary to become advocates who can effectively influence system change. The Florida Developmental Disability Council is currently seeking applicants who either have a developmental disability or who are parents of children with disabilities to participate in the program. Applications for the class of 2016 can be found at http://www.fddc.org/about/partners-in-policymaking or by contacting Stacey Hoaglund at 954-252-8764 or via email shoaglundpartner@gmail.com. This program is designed to provide information, training, and skill building so those who participate may obtain the most appropriate services possible for themselves and others. Application deadline is July 1, 2016.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Florida Required Supported Employment Pre-Service - 08/17/2015

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits…There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - A Family Guide for Vocational Planning - 11/01/2013

This introductory guide addresses Discovery, Customized Employment, Self-Determination & Person First Language and how it should be used with different age groups of students.  It includes a glossary of terms as well as links to Florida & National resources.

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

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “ADP Training Portal”

Providers Beginning May 18, 2016, TRAIN Florida is the official Learning Management System (LMS) for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). All learners with a valid email address received an email with login information. If you did not receive an email with this information, PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A TRAIN FLORIDA ACCOUNT. The training team will complete the task of setting up an account, and emailing the login information to you. The notifications will be sent out in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience. If you have questions regarding your TRAIN Florida account or the process for retrieving your TRAIN Florida login information, please contact the TRAIN Florida APD site administrator by email at apd.lmssupport@apdcares.org. Please do not contact the Public Health Foundation (PHF) or the Florida Department of Health regarding TRAIN Florida website questions.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities Video Gallery

This repository contains separate Inclusion Videos, on subjects including: Why Inclusion is Important; What Does Inclusion mean to You?;  Making it a Reality; Educating Legislators; Addressing Fear; Integrated Employment; Community; and Real People Achieving Success through Inclusion.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Foundation for VR"): Publications

The Florida Grantor contains articles of interest to the disability community, updates on successful employment projects & news on statewide vocational rehabilitation projects.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Center for VR"): Latest News

The web page for the Abel Trust-Florida Center for Inclusive Communities includes 16 links to articles on efforts in Florida to help people with disabilities transition to employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

FCIC Employment Webinar Archive

This website contains multiple separate webinars related to integrated employment and community integration for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

FL DD Council & Center for Social Capital -- Customized Employment Manual

These readings on the best practices in Customized Employment (CE) reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports. They lean heavily on an Economic Development approach to Job Development and how this methodology benefits the community. The manual also includes information on Community Action Teams (CATs), social capital, and the rich connections in rural communities that foster employment. And finally, the Replication Manual identifies specific barriers, resources, and real solutions used in each project site to foster change and achieve quality outcomes.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Employment Roadmap Handout

This handout serves as an early introduction to the Discovery process in job development and school-to-work transition for people with disabilities. It also provides links to Florida & National resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - The Discovery Process

The Discovery process is an evidence-based alternative to comparative, standardized assessments, and evaluations. Discovery is a person centered planning process that involves getting to know a person before supporting them in developing a plan for employment.

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

FL Division of VR - Work Incentives Program

This introductory flyer encourages SSI recipients to think about employment.  It includes information on the Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan for Achieving Self-Support, the Section 301 Rule, as well as links to SSA, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Florida's Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Collaborative on Discovery & Innovation in Employment (CODIE)

This flyer raises awareness of inclusive, community-based employment projects occurring in Florida. It touches base on an interagency collaboration regarding transition (CODIE), access to on-line FCIC Employment Webinar series, Facebook for the Employment Network at FCIC  & the Alliance for Full Participation.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Customized Employment

This fact sheet offers a description of customized employment for individuals who choose to be the employee of a community business, self-employed or the owner of a business via a Micro Board.  It includes references from national CE consultants as well as defines the role of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and its relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation.

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

Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Required Training

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits.…   There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Florida Employment First Toolkit and Training (Proposed)

This project will ensure that Florida has comprehensive training strategies within a training toolkit that foster quality integrated competitive employment for all  individuals with disabilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The training will be targeted to agency and organization staff charged with all facets of employment for individuals with disabilities.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Florida Medicaid State Plan - 04/20/2016

Florida's Medicaid State Plan (the Plan) is a large, comprehensive written statement describing the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The Plan outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Florida Model Waiver (40166.R04.00) 1915(c) Waiver - 07/01/2015

This waiver provides "respite, transition case management, assistive technology and service evaluation, environmental accessibility adaptations for medically fragile individuals ages 0-20".

 

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

Florida HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based programs. The new rule contains requirements that ensure persons who receive Medicaid home and community-based services do so from providers who: Help them to be active in the community; Provide a home-like environment if a person lives in a group home, assisted living facility or adult family care home; and Enable them to make personal choices. Additionally, the rule requires the Agency to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on its transition plan and any changes the state proposes to its home and community-based waivers and state plan program.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

Things are looking bright for workers with disabilities who are excelling at their careers and living independent lives in the Sunshine State of Florida.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Florida’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.86%
Change from
2014 to 2015
20,271,272
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.27%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,177,644
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
369,205
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
99.9%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31,035.00%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 20,271,272
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,177,644
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 369,205
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,007,547
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31,035.00%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,296,917
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,371,790
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 2,137,716
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 483,660
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 8,362
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 38,951
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 866
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 51,358
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 45,952

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 11,889
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 565,238

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 25,147
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 91,150
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 138,209
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 18.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 45.50%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,390
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,505
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,348
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 79,138

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 49,920
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 208
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 151
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 73.00%
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. 0.74

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 21,811
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 836,960
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $5,650
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.20

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 74.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.81%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.92%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.55%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 28.63%
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). 43.67%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 55.74%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 15.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 4,441,740
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 6,034
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 742,483
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 2,343,931
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,086,414
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 739
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 2,731
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,470
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,580,820
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,575,185

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 73
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 78
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). 6,260
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 320
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6,580

 

Legislation


Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points” - 01/23/2017

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Florida HB 7003 - 07/01/2016

This bill will be enacted on July 1, 2016 The purpose of this act is to prioritize employment of individuals with disabilities and to change the employment system to better integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. The act encourages a collaborative effort between state agencies and organizations to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.”

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

Florida SB 642 - 05/21/2015

"It is the intent of the Legislature to establish a qualified ABLE [Achieving a Better Life Experience] program in this state which will encourage and assist the saving of private funds in tax-exempt accounts in order to pay for the qualified disability expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

2016 Florida Statues “1004.6495 Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program and Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities”

“The purpose of this section is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education, and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities through degree, certificate, or nondegree programs and to establish statewide coordination of the dissemination of information regarding programs and services for students with disabilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that students with intellectual disabilities and students with disabilities have access to meaningful postsecondary education credentials and be afforded the opportunity to have a meaningful campus experience.”

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

2016 Florida Statues “1003.5716 Transition to postsecondary education and career opportunities”

”To ensure quality planning for a successful transition of a student with a disability to postsecondary education and career opportunities, an IEP team shall begin the process of, and develop an IEP for, identifying the need for transition services before the student with a disability attains the age of 14 years in order for his or her postsecondary goals and career goals to be identified and in place when he or she attains the age of 16 years.”

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

Executive Orders


Florida Executive Order 13-284: Reaffirming commitment to employment for Floridians with disabilities. - 10/08/2013

“‘Employment’" for purposes of this Executive Order is defined as integrated employment, including supported employment, customized employment, and self-employment, where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one's self-employment business, fully integrated in the community workforce, with a goal of maximum self-sufficiency. Employment outcomes shall be based on each individual's measureable vocational goals, skills, and abilities, with the intent to also meet the expectations and hiring needs of the employer. … The interagency cooperative agreement shall formalize the efforts that have been accomplished to improve employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.” 

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

Policy


Disability Rights Florida 2016 Annual Report - 02/24/2017

~~“Work centers (formerly known as sheltered workshops) employ adults with disabilities in segregated settings.Disability Rights Florida wanted to ensure that these adults were given opportunities to learn marketableskills and work in integrated settings in the community. Advocates have visited 43 of the 77 work centersincluded on the list from the Department of Labor within the state of Florida and interviewed participantsand employers. The goal was to not only monitor what was occurring in the work centers, but to take theopportunity to educate the participants and employers about opportunities for services through the Divisionof Vocational Rehabilitation and opportunities to transition into integrated community workplaces. It isimportant to make sure these adults are given opportunities to enhance themselves and integrate into theircommunities while attending the work centers. Disability Rights Florida hopes that, by monitoring the workcenters, people with disabilities will have greater opportunity to enhance their employability, independence,and increase opportunities for competitive integrated employment.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Career Counseling Information and Referral for Subminimum Wage Individuals - 02/17/2017

~~“This information will help 14(c) employers coordinate Career Counseling Information and Referral Services (CCIR) to individuals employed at Subminimum wages. Each of the authorized Vendors listed below provides CCIR Services and may begin services upon request. The list will be updated regularly as more providers are approved, so be sure to check back often.”

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

PROVIDER ADVISORY #2017-001 SUBMINIMUM WAGE WIOA REQUIREMENTS - 02/14/2017

~~“Required CCIR ServicesFlorida Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will be providing CCIR Services to individuals working in sheltered workshops, making sub-minimum wage, in accordance with WIOA and DOL FLSA requirements. All individuals participating in subminimum wage are required to participate in this required CCIR Services on at least an annual basis. All 14(c) certificate-holders must contact VR to ensure CCIR services are provided to individual employed at subminimum wage under their 14(c) Certificate to comply with DOL requirements.

VR will contract and fund instructors to provide the 4-hour CCIR to individuals employed at subminimum wage at the 14c certificate-holder location. This counseling is employment based and will share information regarding a brief benefits discussion, career exploration, self-advocacy and self-determination. This training is intended to educate and encourage individuals currently working at subminimum wage to consider competitive employment; at least minimum wage and in the community.”

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

Employment Enhancement Project - 08/19/2016

“The EEP section needs to read: The Legislature renewed the appropriation of $500,000 for use during FY 2016-17 to assist individuals on the Waiting List, primarily those transitioning from school to work, for a 4th year. APD has allocated approximately $2500 per EEP job seeker to provide Supported Employment Coaching for individuals not working with VR to obtain and maintain competitive employment and participate in paid or unpaid internships as a path to employment. Any individual in Florida who meets APD eligibility, on the APD Waiting List, and over the age 18 may be considered for participation in the EEP.”

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

Florida Department of Education “Technical Assistance Paper High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities" - 04/15/2016

“This technical assistance paper describes the high school graduation options for students with disabilities following the adoption of Rule 6A-1.009963, Florida Administrative Code, High School Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities”

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

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity “Program Accessibility Plan”

~~“OBLIGATIONS TO INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIESTo ensure access for individuals with disabilities DEO is obligated to ensure accessibility and provide accessible notice and information about alternative means of receiving services for individuals who need them. This allows disabled individuals to be effectively informed about and able to meaningfully access the aid, benefit, service, or training provided by DEO.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Florida Department of Education “Modified Occupational Completion Points”

“MOCPs are selected sets of student performance standards that fall between established OCPs as identified in CTE course descriptions. These selected standards (identified on an individual basis) guide the student in completing a modified program and developing marketable skills. Modifying OCPs for students with disabilities has increased the number of secondary students participating in and successfully completing regular job preparatory programs”

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

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Florida Department of Education “Transition Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers. Passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act further supports VR efforts to prepare youth for success in the 21st century workforce through our Transition Youth Services. VR Transition Youth Services help students with disabilities train for a job, continue their education, or find a job after high school. Under this program, every youth will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored career counseling, work readiness training, and fully integrated work experiences in the community. These services are delivered while youth are still in high school and establish the foundation for a seamless transition to individualized training, education, and employment.”

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

Florida Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida VR Self-Employment & Supported Self-Employment Handbook

The handbook emphasizes the importance of person-centered planning, a process that focuses on the “unique gifts, talents, learning styles, hopes and dreams, family support” and the use of approaches such as Discovery. It is recommended that this approach is used to consider self-employment, rather than formal vocational assessments.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida Center for Inclusive Communities Self-Employment Activities

"The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities houses the Center for Self-Employment (CSE), which is responsible for self-employment supports for the state of Florida. The Center engages in three core areas of service in order to deliver self-employment supports and build capacity within the stated.

1. Direct Service: The Center receives referrals from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors regarding eligible VR customers who are interested in pursuing self-employment. The Center provides training and support so VR customers to develop a business design team and a viable business plan.

2. Capacity Building: The Center conducts an application process and identifies potential providers of self-employment supports. The CSE then provides direct training and technical assistance for the providers…

3. Material Development and Dissemination: The Center is developing self-employment related materials and resources, which will be in accessible electronically and hard-copy formats."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Employment First Policy

“Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) launched its five-year Employment Initiative on July 1, 2004. The primary goal of the initiative is to have 50% of adults with developmental disabilities (ages 18-55) who are receiving APD-funded adult day services engaged in community employment by July 1, 2009. This policy includes individuals in adult day training (ADT), supported employment, and non-residential supports and services. In addition, as subordinate objectives to this main goal, APD aims to have: (a) 25% of ADT recipients employed by July 1, 2009; and (b) 50% of all individuals receiving DD waiver services who indicate a desire to work employed by July 1, 2009.”

   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First

“While there is no formal definition for Employment First, the intent is to raise expectations that employment should be prioritized for individuals with disabilities. Over forty states currently have Employment First initiatives. Florida also has an Employment First initiative that is being implemented as a collaborative between the Governor's Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities, an Employment Partnership Coalition, an Employment First Collaborative Team, and an Employment First Florida Grassroots group, with all stakeholders working together to improve employment outcomes in Florida. Efforts are being supported by the Council funded Employ ME 1st project.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


Florida Employment First Interagency Agreement - 05/07/2014

The general purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to provide a framework for a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for persons with disabilities in the State of Florida.  The agencies and organizations that are parties to this agreement are fully committed to working together to improve the number and percentage of growth in competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.  For the purpose of this agreement and as defined in Executive Order 12-284, “employment” is define as integrated employment, including supported employment, customize employment, and self-employment where an individual is paid by an employer at minimum wage or greater or receives earnings through one’s self-employment business…

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council Employment First Partnerships

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order,  “required partners include the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD); the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Division of Blind Services, and Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS); the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Workforce Florida Inc. boards; the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program; and the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc. (FDDC). Other state agencies and disability service organizations – including the Governor’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities and The Able Trust – have been meeting collaboratively with these stakeholders to formalize Employment First efforts in Florida. It is anticipated that other state agencies and disability service organizations may also be involved in developing and implementing the interagency cooperative agreement.”

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

Florida Developmental Disabilities Council’s Position on Employment of People with Disbilities

"The Council supports encouraging Florida employers to consider individuals with developmental disabilities as an under-utilized workforce and that employment can help fulfill projected workforce shortages in a wide number of fileds including the government at all levels.  The Council: 

“Creates a system where integrated, gainful employment is the first option available for all individuals with developmental disabilities. Provides supports and services to assist individuals with developmental disabilities enrolled in the Developmental Disability Medicaid Waiver programs who choose to pursue gainful employment. Maximizes funding across agency lines which enhances supported and customized employment programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities”.
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


FL Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk - 09/10/2014

"The Abilities Work Web Portal and Help Desk are key components of a larger effort, the Employment First Initiative, announced last year. The portal and help desk are designed to help employers recruit and hire more applicants with disabilities who are ready and able to work, and inform them of the available support that can help an individual succeed on the job. This initiative was recommended by Governor Scott’s Commission on Jobs for Floridians with Disabilities to better link employers to qualified job-seekers with disabilities in their communities. This also supports the established commitment among multiple interagency partners involved with the Employment First Initiative to prioritize employment for individuals with disabilities served by state programs to help them achieve greater independence and self-fulfillment, as required by Governor Scott’s Executive Order 13-284".

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

Florida Disability Employment Initiative - 10/15/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Florida was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  This grant ended in 2015.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “Partners in Policymaking will Change your Life” - 05/12/2016

“Partners in Policymaking is a leadership-training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities. It provides state-of-the-art information about disability issues and builds the competencies necessary to become advocates who can effectively influence system change. The Florida Developmental Disability Council is currently seeking applicants who either have a developmental disability or who are parents of children with disabilities to participate in the program. Applications for the class of 2016 can be found at http://www.fddc.org/about/partners-in-policymaking or by contacting Stacey Hoaglund at 954-252-8764 or via email shoaglundpartner@gmail.com. This program is designed to provide information, training, and skill building so those who participate may obtain the most appropriate services possible for themselves and others. Application deadline is July 1, 2016.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Florida Required Supported Employment Pre-Service - 08/17/2015

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits…There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - A Family Guide for Vocational Planning - 11/01/2013

This introductory guide addresses Discovery, Customized Employment, Self-Determination & Person First Language and how it should be used with different age groups of students.  It includes a glossary of terms as well as links to Florida & National resources.

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

Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities “ADP Training Portal”

Providers Beginning May 18, 2016, TRAIN Florida is the official Learning Management System (LMS) for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). All learners with a valid email address received an email with login information. If you did not receive an email with this information, PLEASE DO NOT CREATE A TRAIN FLORIDA ACCOUNT. The training team will complete the task of setting up an account, and emailing the login information to you. The notifications will be sent out in the next few weeks. Thank you for your patience. If you have questions regarding your TRAIN Florida account or the process for retrieving your TRAIN Florida login information, please contact the TRAIN Florida APD site administrator by email at apd.lmssupport@apdcares.org. Please do not contact the Public Health Foundation (PHF) or the Florida Department of Health regarding TRAIN Florida website questions.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities Video Gallery

This repository contains separate Inclusion Videos, on subjects including: Why Inclusion is Important; What Does Inclusion mean to You?;  Making it a Reality; Educating Legislators; Addressing Fear; Integrated Employment; Community; and Real People Achieving Success through Inclusion.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Foundation for VR"): Publications

The Florida Grantor contains articles of interest to the disability community, updates on successful employment projects & news on statewide vocational rehabilitation projects.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

The Abel Trust ("FL Endowment Center for VR"): Latest News

The web page for the Abel Trust-Florida Center for Inclusive Communities includes 16 links to articles on efforts in Florida to help people with disabilities transition to employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

FCIC Employment Webinar Archive

This website contains multiple separate webinars related to integrated employment and community integration for people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

FL DD Council & Center for Social Capital -- Customized Employment Manual

These readings on the best practices in Customized Employment (CE) reflect the use of Discovering Personal Genius/Discovery and effective techniques that “bridge” Discovery, Job Development, and ongoing supports. They lean heavily on an Economic Development approach to Job Development and how this methodology benefits the community. The manual also includes information on Community Action Teams (CATs), social capital, and the rich connections in rural communities that foster employment. And finally, the Replication Manual identifies specific barriers, resources, and real solutions used in each project site to foster change and achieve quality outcomes.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Employment Roadmap Handout

This handout serves as an early introduction to the Discovery process in job development and school-to-work transition for people with disabilities. It also provides links to Florida & National resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - The Discovery Process

The Discovery process is an evidence-based alternative to comparative, standardized assessments, and evaluations. Discovery is a person centered planning process that involves getting to know a person before supporting them in developing a plan for employment.

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

FL Division of VR - Work Incentives Program

This introductory flyer encourages SSI recipients to think about employment.  It includes information on the Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan for Achieving Self-Support, the Section 301 Rule, as well as links to SSA, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation & Florida's Protection & Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Collaborative on Discovery & Innovation in Employment (CODIE)

This flyer raises awareness of inclusive, community-based employment projects occurring in Florida. It touches base on an interagency collaboration regarding transition (CODIE), access to on-line FCIC Employment Webinar series, Facebook for the Employment Network at FCIC  & the Alliance for Full Participation.

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

FL Center for Inclusive Communities - Customized Employment

This fact sheet offers a description of customized employment for individuals who choose to be the employee of a community business, self-employed or the owner of a business via a Micro Board.  It includes references from national CE consultants as well as defines the role of the Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC) and its relationship with Vocational Rehabilitation.

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

Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities - Required Training

“Florida's Agency for Persons with Disabilities requires two courses for certification in Supported Employment. The first course is Introduction to Supported Employment. The second is Work Incentives: The Changing Face of Benefits.…   There are post-tests associated with each online course. You must complete and pass both courses and receive both course certificates to be considered certified.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Florida Employment First Toolkit and Training (Proposed)

This project will ensure that Florida has comprehensive training strategies within a training toolkit that foster quality integrated competitive employment for all  individuals with disabilities, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The training will be targeted to agency and organization staff charged with all facets of employment for individuals with disabilities.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Florida Medicaid State Plan - 04/20/2016

Florida's Medicaid State Plan (the Plan) is a large, comprehensive written statement describing the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The Plan outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Florida Model Waiver (40166.R04.00) 1915(c) Waiver - 07/01/2015

This waiver provides "respite, transition case management, assistive technology and service evaluation, environmental accessibility adaptations for medically fragile individuals ages 0-20".

 

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

Florida HCBS Transition Plan - 01/01/2014

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based programs. The new rule contains requirements that ensure persons who receive Medicaid home and community-based services do so from providers who: Help them to be active in the community; Provide a home-like environment if a person lives in a group home, assisted living facility or adult family care home; and Enable them to make personal choices. Additionally, the rule requires the Agency to provide an opportunity for the public to comment on its transition plan and any changes the state proposes to its home and community-based waivers and state plan program.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)