Georgia

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Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 9,992,167 10,097,343 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 673,255 678,219 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 212,246 200,764 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,918,782 4,037,399 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.53% 29.60% 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.53% 73.11% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 7.20% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.50% 24.20% 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 558,569 577,240 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 653,262 651,295 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,058 779,473 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 383,813 393,222 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 44,277 45,461 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,462 3,975 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 18,698 16,848 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,271 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,783 21,904 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,720 11,842 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,774 5,938 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.50% 2.50% 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 283,114 285,394 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,293 10,043 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 58,574 49,561 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 128,822 118,972 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.40% 8.40% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.30% 2.50% 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,082 2,248 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,600 2,562 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,305 2,550 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,082 4,313 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

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. 8 6 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 1 20
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. 38.00% 17.00% 69.00%
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. 0.03 0.01 0.20

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,499
4,420
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 183 230 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 164 405 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 422 689 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,996 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 481 942 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 50 158 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 19.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,577 7,314 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 432,608 437,897 441,114
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. 230 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,923,000 $9,133,000 $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $93,418,000 $102,893,000 $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,175,000 $19,688,000 $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 13.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,093 5,084 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,030 11,901 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 27.30 26.20 23.60

 

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). 64.60% 64.88% 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 14.50% 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.40% 2.02% 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.50% 94.98% 97.16%
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). 24.80% 24.78% 24.39%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 53.64% 53.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 77.60% 79.95% 81.04%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.20% 28.85% 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 72 61 63
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 62 64
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 3,442 3,483
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 5 5
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,447 3,488

 


HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

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

“Georgia Career Pathways to Work, E3 Transition Services” - 05/06/2016

E3: Explore, Engage, Employ refers to Transition Services. There are two E3 initiatives in GVRA: -Georgia Career Pathways to Work – E3: Explore, Engage, Employ is a grant through which GVRA will initially work with 5 school districts to connect students and youth with disabilities to pathways that lead to careers. E3 services to these schools with begin 7/1/2016. -Statewide Services will be rolled out gradually to all school districts as information and data is gathered from the 5 districts served initially through the grant which is the pilot on which we will build statewide services.

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) - 07/01/2012

~~The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.We are committed to the principle that people with disabilities are assets, and our efforts emphasize eliminating attitudinal barriers as well as physical ones.We are a strategic partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. Our aim is to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda.Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy

In an effort to turn Georgia toward policies that assist people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities recommends that Georgia “establish an ‘Employment First’ Policy in the agencies that support people with disabilities to work.”   The key points to achieving this goal include remembering that Employment First means:  • “Policy and practice begins with the assumption that individuals can work.  • People are paid fairly for work performed.  • Individual’s status is the same as others performing same or similar work; Individuals do not have to be qualified as ‘ready’ to work, or have pre-requisite skills or training that is not required of other individuals performing the same or similar work.  • Work takes place in integrated work settings in which most of the employees do not have disabilities and in which the individual interacts, on a regular basis in the performance of job duties, with employees who do not have disabilities.  • Individuals receive fair and competitive wages and benefits. A competitive wage is commensurate to the job and responsibilities.  • The responsibility of people to work is respected and their employment rights protected.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

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

GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

Georgia New Options Waiver (0175.R05.00) - 10/01/2012

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID "

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

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program - 03/03/2012

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.        
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (0323.R03.00 - 01/01/2011

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech and language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, community residential alternative, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/ID, DD, ages 0 - no max age."

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

Georgia Medicaid Activities

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICF-MR. Each program offers several "core" services: -service coordination (help with managing care needs and services) -personal support (assistance with daily living activities, i.e. bathing, dressing, meals and housekeeping) -home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical and speech therapy) -emergency response systems -respite care (caregiver relief)

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

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) - Provider Reference Guide

All providers (agencies) must apply to become a co-employer of services. Enrolled Co-Employer providers can serve in this capacity for the following COMP services, only: • Community Access • Community Guide • Community Living Support • Supported Employment • Transportation

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

Georgia Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how Georgia administers its Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by Georgia and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The state plan includes provisions that describes groups of individuals to be covered by Medicaid, Medicaid covered services, reimbursement methodologies for providers and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate.  The approved State Plan also provides assurance that Georgia abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 9,992,167 10,097,343 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 673,255 678,219 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 212,246 200,764 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,918,782 4,037,399 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.53% 29.60% 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.53% 73.11% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 7.20% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.50% 24.20% 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 558,569 577,240 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 653,262 651,295 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,058 779,473 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 383,813 393,222 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 44,277 45,461 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,462 3,975 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 18,698 16,848 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,271 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,783 21,904 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,720 11,842 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,774 5,938 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.50% 2.50% 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 283,114 285,394 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,293 10,043 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 58,574 49,561 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 128,822 118,972 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.40% 8.40% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.30% 2.50% 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,082 2,248 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,600 2,562 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,305 2,550 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,082 4,313 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

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. 8 6 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 1 20
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. 38.00% 17.00% 69.00%
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. 0.03 0.01 0.20

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,499
4,420
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 183 230 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 164 405 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 422 689 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,996 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 481 942 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 50 158 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 19.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,577 7,314 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 432,608 437,897 441,114
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. 230 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,923,000 $9,133,000 $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $93,418,000 $102,893,000 $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,175,000 $19,688,000 $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 13.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,093 5,084 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,030 11,901 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 27.30 26.20 23.60

 

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). 64.60% 64.88% 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 14.50% 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.40% 2.02% 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.50% 94.98% 97.16%
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). 24.80% 24.78% 24.39%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 53.64% 53.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 77.60% 79.95% 81.04%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.20% 28.85% 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 72 61 63
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 62 64
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 3,442 3,483
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 5 5
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,447 3,488

 

Legislation


HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

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

“Georgia Career Pathways to Work, E3 Transition Services” - 05/06/2016

E3: Explore, Engage, Employ refers to Transition Services. There are two E3 initiatives in GVRA: -Georgia Career Pathways to Work – E3: Explore, Engage, Employ is a grant through which GVRA will initially work with 5 school districts to connect students and youth with disabilities to pathways that lead to careers. E3 services to these schools with begin 7/1/2016. -Statewide Services will be rolled out gradually to all school districts as information and data is gathered from the 5 districts served initially through the grant which is the pilot on which we will build statewide services.

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) - 07/01/2012

~~The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.We are committed to the principle that people with disabilities are assets, and our efforts emphasize eliminating attitudinal barriers as well as physical ones.We are a strategic partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. Our aim is to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda.Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy

In an effort to turn Georgia toward policies that assist people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities recommends that Georgia “establish an ‘Employment First’ Policy in the agencies that support people with disabilities to work.”   The key points to achieving this goal include remembering that Employment First means:  • “Policy and practice begins with the assumption that individuals can work.  • People are paid fairly for work performed.  • Individual’s status is the same as others performing same or similar work; Individuals do not have to be qualified as ‘ready’ to work, or have pre-requisite skills or training that is not required of other individuals performing the same or similar work.  • Work takes place in integrated work settings in which most of the employees do not have disabilities and in which the individual interacts, on a regular basis in the performance of job duties, with employees who do not have disabilities.  • Individuals receive fair and competitive wages and benefits. A competitive wage is commensurate to the job and responsibilities.  • The responsibility of people to work is respected and their employment rights protected.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

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

Training/Capacity Building


GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

Georgia New Options Waiver (0175.R05.00) - 10/01/2012

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID "

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

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program - 03/03/2012

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.        
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (0323.R03.00 - 01/01/2011

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech and language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, community residential alternative, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/ID, DD, ages 0 - no max age."

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

Georgia Medicaid Activities

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICF-MR. Each program offers several "core" services: -service coordination (help with managing care needs and services) -personal support (assistance with daily living activities, i.e. bathing, dressing, meals and housekeeping) -home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical and speech therapy) -emergency response systems -respite care (caregiver relief)

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

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) - Provider Reference Guide

All providers (agencies) must apply to become a co-employer of services. Enrolled Co-Employer providers can serve in this capacity for the following COMP services, only: • Community Access • Community Guide • Community Living Support • Supported Employment • Transportation

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

Georgia Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how Georgia administers its Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by Georgia and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The state plan includes provisions that describes groups of individuals to be covered by Medicaid, Medicaid covered services, reimbursement methodologies for providers and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate.  The approved State Plan also provides assurance that Georgia abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 9,992,167 10,097,343 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 673,255 678,219 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 212,246 200,764 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,918,782 4,037,399 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.53% 29.60% 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.53% 73.11% 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 7.20% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.50% 24.20% 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.20% 17.50% 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 558,569 577,240 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 653,262 651,295 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 772,058 779,473 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 383,813 393,222 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 44,277 45,461 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,462 3,975 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 18,698 16,848 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,271 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,783 21,904 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 9,720 11,842 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,774 5,938 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.50% 2.50% 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 283,114 285,394 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 17,293 10,043 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 58,574 49,561 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 128,822 118,972 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.40% 8.40% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.30% 2.50% 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.80% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.50% 2.80% 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,082 2,248 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,600 2,562 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,305 2,550 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 5,082 4,313 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

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. 8 6 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 1 20
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. 38.00% 17.00% 69.00%
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. 0.03 0.01 0.20

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,499
4,420
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 183 230 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 164 405 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 422 689 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,996 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 481 942 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 50 158 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 19.80% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,577 7,314 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 432,608 437,897 441,114
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. 230 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $9,923,000 $9,133,000 $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $93,418,000 $102,893,000 $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $18,175,000 $19,688,000 $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 14.00% 13.00% 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,093 5,084 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,030 11,901 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 27.30 26.20 23.60

 

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). 64.60% 64.88% 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.60% 14.50% 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.40% 2.02% 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 94.50% 94.98% 97.16%
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). 24.80% 24.78% 24.39%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 51.00% 53.64% 53.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 77.60% 79.95% 81.04%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.20% 28.85% 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 72 61 63
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 62 64
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 3,442 3,483
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 5 5
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,447 3,488

 

Legislation


HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

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

“Georgia Career Pathways to Work, E3 Transition Services” - 05/06/2016

E3: Explore, Engage, Employ refers to Transition Services. There are two E3 initiatives in GVRA: -Georgia Career Pathways to Work – E3: Explore, Engage, Employ is a grant through which GVRA will initially work with 5 school districts to connect students and youth with disabilities to pathways that lead to careers. E3 services to these schools with begin 7/1/2016. -Statewide Services will be rolled out gradually to all school districts as information and data is gathered from the 5 districts served initially through the grant which is the pilot on which we will build statewide services.

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) - 07/01/2012

~~The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.We are committed to the principle that people with disabilities are assets, and our efforts emphasize eliminating attitudinal barriers as well as physical ones.We are a strategic partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. Our aim is to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda.Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy

In an effort to turn Georgia toward policies that assist people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities recommends that Georgia “establish an ‘Employment First’ Policy in the agencies that support people with disabilities to work.”   The key points to achieving this goal include remembering that Employment First means:  • “Policy and practice begins with the assumption that individuals can work.  • People are paid fairly for work performed.  • Individual’s status is the same as others performing same or similar work; Individuals do not have to be qualified as ‘ready’ to work, or have pre-requisite skills or training that is not required of other individuals performing the same or similar work.  • Work takes place in integrated work settings in which most of the employees do not have disabilities and in which the individual interacts, on a regular basis in the performance of job duties, with employees who do not have disabilities.  • Individuals receive fair and competitive wages and benefits. A competitive wage is commensurate to the job and responsibilities.  • The responsibility of people to work is respected and their employment rights protected.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

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

Training/Capacity Building


GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

Georgia New Options Waiver (0175.R05.00) - 10/01/2012

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID "

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

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program - 03/03/2012

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.        
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (0323.R03.00 - 01/01/2011

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech and language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, community residential alternative, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/ID, DD, ages 0 - no max age."

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

Georgia Medicaid Activities

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICF-MR. Each program offers several "core" services: -service coordination (help with managing care needs and services) -personal support (assistance with daily living activities, i.e. bathing, dressing, meals and housekeeping) -home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical and speech therapy) -emergency response systems -respite care (caregiver relief)

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

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) - Provider Reference Guide

All providers (agencies) must apply to become a co-employer of services. Enrolled Co-Employer providers can serve in this capacity for the following COMP services, only: • Community Access • Community Guide • Community Living Support • Supported Employment • Transportation

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

Georgia Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how Georgia administers its Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by Georgia and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The state plan includes provisions that describes groups of individuals to be covered by Medicaid, Medicaid covered services, reimbursement methodologies for providers and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate.  The approved State Plan also provides assurance that Georgia abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

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. 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20
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. 69.00%
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. 0.20

 

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. 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 441,114
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. $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.60

 

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). 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.16%
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). 24.39%
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). 53.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 81.04%
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). 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 63
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 64
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). 3,483
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,488

 

Legislation


HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

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

“Georgia Career Pathways to Work, E3 Transition Services” - 05/06/2016

E3: Explore, Engage, Employ refers to Transition Services. There are two E3 initiatives in GVRA: -Georgia Career Pathways to Work – E3: Explore, Engage, Employ is a grant through which GVRA will initially work with 5 school districts to connect students and youth with disabilities to pathways that lead to careers. E3 services to these schools with begin 7/1/2016. -Statewide Services will be rolled out gradually to all school districts as information and data is gathered from the 5 districts served initially through the grant which is the pilot on which we will build statewide services.

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) - 07/01/2012

~~The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.We are committed to the principle that people with disabilities are assets, and our efforts emphasize eliminating attitudinal barriers as well as physical ones.We are a strategic partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. Our aim is to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda.Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy

In an effort to turn Georgia toward policies that assist people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities recommends that Georgia “establish an ‘Employment First’ Policy in the agencies that support people with disabilities to work.”   The key points to achieving this goal include remembering that Employment First means:  • “Policy and practice begins with the assumption that individuals can work.  • People are paid fairly for work performed.  • Individual’s status is the same as others performing same or similar work; Individuals do not have to be qualified as ‘ready’ to work, or have pre-requisite skills or training that is not required of other individuals performing the same or similar work.  • Work takes place in integrated work settings in which most of the employees do not have disabilities and in which the individual interacts, on a regular basis in the performance of job duties, with employees who do not have disabilities.  • Individuals receive fair and competitive wages and benefits. A competitive wage is commensurate to the job and responsibilities.  • The responsibility of people to work is respected and their employment rights protected.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

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

Training/Capacity Building


GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

Georgia New Options Waiver (0175.R05.00) - 10/01/2012

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID "

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

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program - 03/03/2012

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.        
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (0323.R03.00 - 01/01/2011

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech and language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, community residential alternative, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/ID, DD, ages 0 - no max age."

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

Georgia Medicaid Activities

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICF-MR. Each program offers several "core" services: -service coordination (help with managing care needs and services) -personal support (assistance with daily living activities, i.e. bathing, dressing, meals and housekeeping) -home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical and speech therapy) -emergency response systems -respite care (caregiver relief)

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

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) - Provider Reference Guide

All providers (agencies) must apply to become a co-employer of services. Enrolled Co-Employer providers can serve in this capacity for the following COMP services, only: • Community Access • Community Guide • Community Living Support • Supported Employment • Transportation

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

Georgia Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how Georgia administers its Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by Georgia and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The state plan includes provisions that describes groups of individuals to be covered by Medicaid, Medicaid covered services, reimbursement methodologies for providers and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate.  The approved State Plan also provides assurance that Georgia abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

States - Phone

Snapshot

Things are looking peachy for workers with disabilities in the great state of Georgia, where high expectations are on the horizon.

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 Georgia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
23.59%
Change from
2014 to 2015
13,214,860
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
657,996
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0%
Change from
2014 to 2015
200,764
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.51%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.3%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74.07%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 13,214,860
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 657,996
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 200,764
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 4,145,481
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.51%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.07%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.90%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 16.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 580,094
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 644,176
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 777,690
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 380,409
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 55,138
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 20,568
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,906
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,233

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,488
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 285,889

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 46,821
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 112,177
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.90%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,653
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 2,670
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,680
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,929
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

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. 29
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 20
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. 69.00%
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. 0.20

 

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. 9,312
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 441,114
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. $8,646,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $117,985,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $16,972,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 12.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 4,580
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 12,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.60

 

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). 64.87%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.13%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.16%
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). 24.39%
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). 53.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 81.04%
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). 29.34%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,688,563
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,114
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 239,895
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,043,403
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,283,298
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 214
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,158
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,372
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,823,472
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,757,487

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 63
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 64
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). 3,483
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 5
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 3,488

 

Legislation


HB 768 Handicapped persons; ABLE program establishment to use tax exempt accounts to pay for qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; provisions - 05/03/2016

“A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 30 of the O.C.G.A., relating to disabled persons, so as to provide for the establishment of a qualified ABLE program in this state to enable the contribution of funds to tax-exempt accounts to pay for the qualified expenses of eligible individuals with disabilities; to amend Code Section 48-7-27 of the O.C.G.A., relating to computation of taxable net income; to amend Code Section 50-13-2 of the O.C.G.A., relating to the definitions for purposes of the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act, so as to exclude the Georgia ABLE Program Corporation from the meaning of "agency"; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Georgia House Resolution 642 - 08/17/2015

 “WHEREAS, an ‘Employment First’ policy provides that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability, and that employment in the general workforce at or above the minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities.”   “WHEREAS, an Employment First policy established by the State of Georgia would require the collaboration of all involved state agencies, including the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the Department of Community Health, in aligning their programs and resources to such end.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Public Policy for the People: 13 February 2017” - 02/13/2017

~~“Besides GCDD's Public Policy Team trolling the halls of the Gold Dome to speak with legislators about the need for more DD Waivers and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, we have also hosted 2 advocacy days so far. On February 1st we spoke about the need for more DD Waiver funding and more funding for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education. …

Systems
  • Other

Limitations on Subminimum Wage - 02/08/2017

~~“Any individual hired into subminimum wage employment after July 22, 2016, must receive CC&IR services once every six months the first year of employment and annually thereafter. All individuals employed at subminimum wage prior to July 22, 2016, require CC&IR services once by July 22, 2017, and annually thereafter. Employers should review any documents provided by the employee indicating that such counseling has been provided. The employer is required to verify the employee's completion of these services, and review and obtain any relevant documentation from the employee.

Under the WIOA amendments, employers are prohibited from compensating any individual with a disability who is 24 years of age or younger at subminimum wage, unless the individual has received documentation from GVRA upon completion of the following activities:

Pre-employment transition services or transition services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.Applied for vocational rehabilitation services, and the individual was determined:

Ineligible for vocational rehabilitation services.Eligible for vocational rehabilitation services, has an approved Individualized Plan for Employment, and the individual was unable to achieve an employment outcome in competitive integrated employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • 14(c)/Income Security

“Brush up on GCDD’s 2017 Legislative Priorities” - 01/01/2017

~~“Employment FirstEmployment First means that employment should be the first and preferred option for all people, regardless of their disability. Under Employment First legislation, employment in the general workforce at or above minimum wage is the first and preferred option for all working age citizens with disabilities. Under Employment First policy, state agencies will need to re-align their policies and funding to prioritize employment for all working-age Georgians with disabilities.•Support legislation that addresses employment barriers for people with disabilities, makes Georgia an Employment First state, and prioritizes competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) – Budget AskIPSE provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to access higher education. This education prepares them to live increasingly independent lives and pursue careers of their choice. Graduates from IPSE programs are more likely to find employment and earn 73% more than their peers who do not receive post-secondary education.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Community integration and inclusion into the larger natural community is supported and evident. Terms “Integration and Inclusion” mean: a. Use of community resources that are available to other citizens; b. Providing the opportunity to actively participate in community activities and types of employment as citizens without disabilities; c. The organization has community partnerships for capacity building and advocacy of activities to achieve this goal of integration;”

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

Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities “Provider Manual for Community Developmental Disabilities Providers” - 10/01/2016

“Quality Assurance and Standard Compliance Requirements 1.The DD Crisis Providers of the Crisis System shall develop and maintain performance indicators and outcome data as part of their quality management system that will assist DBHDD and Georgia Crisis Access Line (GCAL) to monitor and generate monthly reports of the Georgia Crisis Response System (GCRS-DD) to make quality improvement decisions based on data collected.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) “A New Focus on Transition: New Federal Regulations and New Initiatives Focus on Younger Clients” - 08/01/2016

“Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) initiative. Funded through a $4.7 million grant —stretched over five years — E3 is broken down into three components, and they follow the path of the student or young person as they prepare for a career. The first “Explore” phase encourages students and youth to begin exploring the world of work and possible career goals, learning about soft skills and how benefits work. The next phase, “Engage,” takes it a step further, allowing students to begin to participate in the world of work. In this phase, they’ll learn self-advocacy and the kind of skills that are required for different jobs. And the last phase, “Employ,” is broken down into two different phases in its own right. The first will focus on pre-employment services, preparing students to submit resumes and applications. The second looks at on-the-job accommodations, continuing education and the possibility of career advancement.”

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

“Georgia Career Pathways to Work, E3 Transition Services” - 05/06/2016

E3: Explore, Engage, Employ refers to Transition Services. There are two E3 initiatives in GVRA: -Georgia Career Pathways to Work – E3: Explore, Engage, Employ is a grant through which GVRA will initially work with 5 school districts to connect students and youth with disabilities to pathways that lead to careers. E3 services to these schools with begin 7/1/2016. -Statewide Services will be rolled out gradually to all school districts as information and data is gathered from the 5 districts served initially through the grant which is the pilot on which we will build statewide services.

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

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) - 07/01/2012

~~The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment. The largest of the programs are Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program, Disability Adjudication Services, and Roosevelt Warm Springs/Cave Spring Center. Two other unique programs serve consumers with visual impairments: the Business Enterprise Program and Georgia Industries for the Blind.We are committed to the principle that people with disabilities are assets, and our efforts emphasize eliminating attitudinal barriers as well as physical ones.We are a strategic partner in helping to build a diverse, qualified and productive workforce. Our aim is to pursue a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda.Our programs impact both employers and job seekers. Our bottom line is to tailor our services to fit your needs. And our promise to you is consistent professional service with responsive and responsible follow-up. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities Employment First Policy

In an effort to turn Georgia toward policies that assist people with disabilities in finding meaningful employment, the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities recommends that Georgia “establish an ‘Employment First’ Policy in the agencies that support people with disabilities to work.”   The key points to achieving this goal include remembering that Employment First means:  • “Policy and practice begins with the assumption that individuals can work.  • People are paid fairly for work performed.  • Individual’s status is the same as others performing same or similar work; Individuals do not have to be qualified as ‘ready’ to work, or have pre-requisite skills or training that is not required of other individuals performing the same or similar work.  • Work takes place in integrated work settings in which most of the employees do not have disabilities and in which the individual interacts, on a regular basis in the performance of job duties, with employees who do not have disabilities.  • Individuals receive fair and competitive wages and benefits. A competitive wage is commensurate to the job and responsibilities.  • The responsibility of people to work is respected and their employment rights protected.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


GA Statewide Transition Steering Committee - Discovering Jobs Pilot Project

“The Statewide Transition Steering Committee…comprised of teachers and school vocational counselors, private employment representatives, other service providers, parents and advocacy groups, post-secondary and state agency representatives including VR…developed the Customized Supported Employment pilot project called Discovering Jobs: Linking Discovery to Employment that was launched in four counties. The on-going pilot utilizes a continuum of services and the Discovery process for students with significant cognitive disabilities as strategies to improve employment outcomes.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities' Mission

“The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is the state's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote public policy that creates an integrated community life for persons with developmental disabilities, their families, friends, neighbors and all who support them. We achieve this mission by sharing information, coordinating public outreach and implementing strategic legislative advocacy.    “The GCDD works with legislators and advocacy groups to influence and support public policy that fosters a positive change in the way education, housing, workplace/careers and community living opportunities are made available to persons with developmental disabilities.”  

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Georgia Department of Community Affairs “Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program – Housing for Persons with Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The State of Georgia was awarded $14.4 Million from HUD to provide long-term project-based rental assistance to persons with disabilities. The HUD 811 PRA grant will provide 484 units of housing that will be attached to new and existing tax-credit apartment developments around the state. The State of Georgia, through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has seized upon this exciting opportunity to expand its inventory of housing resources through the Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program in furtherance of its commitment to provide integrated housing opportunities with support services to extremely low income persons with disabilities and their families.

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

Georgia’s Career Pathways to Work: Explore, Engage and Employ (E3) - 01/08/2016

"GVRA was recently awarded $4.7 million by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) to improve employment opportunities for students and youth with disabilities. E3 is designed to connect real people to real jobs that fill a real need for employers.  E3 will work with GaDOE identified career pathways by tailoring them to a variety of work opportunities available in the communities.  The program will engage employers and employ social media strategies to connect youth across the nation.  The program impact is to change how organizations support independence, employment and career advancement of students and youth with disabilities. The initial rollout will be in five school districts in Georgia.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia Disability Employment Initiative

“The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) was awarded $2.4 million by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. Georgia’s Disability Employment Initiative is a partnership between GDEcD and the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA). The initiative is designed to improve job placement rates for youth and adults with disabilities that live within two of the state’s 19 Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…"   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services."  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Money Follows the Person

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…“…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.

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

Training/Capacity Building


GA Department of Behavioral Health & DD - Guide to Supported Employment - 04/25/2015

This Guide to Supported Employment was prepared by the Georgia Division of Developmental Disabilities Statewide Quality Improvement Council. It is intended to: Explain why employment is important; Illustrate through real examples the difference work makes in people’s lives; Answer common questions about pay and health benefits when you work and have an intellectual and/or developmental disability; and Provide information and resources on Supported Employment programs in Georgia.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA)

~~“Currently, there is no planned face-to-face district leader training, via the RESAs, for support in completing the initial 2017-2018 CNA report. The GaDOE will deliver on-line training on the CNA process, as already outlined through its webinar series, and face-to-face regional trainings in May 10, 2017….

The GaDOE is currently developing a dedicated webpage on the GaDOE website that will house all resources and information related to the CNA process. The Office of School & District Effectiveness will hold trainings for select groups following a schedule available through their office.”

Systems
  • Department of Education

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Consulting/Technical Assistance

The IHDD is available for consultations and technical assistance with professionals, para-professionals, families and family members to create meaningful community activities that highlight people with disabilities and their families. IHDD has been highly sought to provide national consulting to train and develop new skills sets in Customized Employment and its associated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Toolkit, as well as the Evidence-Based Individual Placement and Supports model of employment. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

University of GA, Institute of Human Development & Disability - Customized Employment

This web resource defines Customized Employment with examples and provides an overview of the University’s Customized Employment Initiative. It includes sections: What is Customized Employment, Types of Customized Employment, and links to resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation

University of GA, Institute on Human Development & Disability - WorkWorks Training

Through service, teaching, and research, the Institute on Human Development and Disability hopes to, “contribute to creating an environment where individuals with disabilities are independent and enjoy careers of choice.” Through WorkWorks, the institute offers a variety of training programs related to integrated employment opportunities for employment specialists and job coaches.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities - 08/23/2016

The Lawsuit is the First Challenge to a State-Run School System for Segregating Students with Disabilities The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia alleging that its treatment and segregation of students with disabilities in the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) Program violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Systems
  • Department of Education

Justice Department Reaches Extension Agreement to Improve Georgia’s Development Disability and Mental Health System - 05/18/2016

The extension agreement builds upon a 2010 settlement agreement resolving a lawsuit brought by the department under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision. The case involves Georgia’s provision of community services for individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Under the agreement, Georgia will help people with developmental disabilities move from its state hospitals to integrated settings, consistent with their needs and preferences; will identify and address each individual’s needs in the community prior to discharge; and will monitor services and track outcomes for people after their discharge. For individuals who have moved from the state hospitals to the community, Georgia will monitor their health and wellbeing to ensure that emerging needs are met in a timely fashion. The extension agreement also calls for creation of at least 675 new Medicaid home- and community-based waiver slots as alternatives to placement in a facility.

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

United States of America v. The State of Georgia, et al. Civil Action NO 1:10-CV-249-CAP - 10/19/2010

“To comply with this Settlement Agreement, the State shall provide the following services to individuals in the target population: … d. Supported Employment i. “Supported Employment will be operated according to an evidence-based supported employment model, and it will be assessed by an established fidelity scale such as the scale included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) supported tool kit” ii. Enrollment in congregate programs shall not constitute Supported Employment. iii. Pursuant to the following schedule, the State shall provide Supported Employment services to 550 individuals with SPMI by July 1, 2015 .

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


“Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) Renewal Implementation Frequently Asked Questions” - 03/03/2017

~~“On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)through March 31, 2021. The renewal reflects collaborative work by the Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) over a two-year period involving an in-depth review of services requirements, a complex rate study, and a one-year needs analysis of all waiver participants served in community residential settings.” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies

“Medicaid waiver renewal approved for Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities” - 03/01/2017

~~“The Georgia Departments of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and Community Health (DCH) are pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved renewal of the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) through March 31, 2021.  This approval follows collaborative work by the departments over a two-year period involving a complex residential cost study, service rate adjustments, and a one-year needs analysis for all waiver participants served in community residential settings.  New rates for community residential, community living support, and respite services will go into effect March 1, 2017.

The COMP waiver currently serves nearly 8,000 Georgians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  At the heart of the renewal request is Georgia’s desire to strengthen the provider network and support the delivery of high-quality and accountable care to vulnerable citizens.  The renewal includes the following important improvements for waiver participants.  It incorporates a tiered reimbursement rate for service providers that correlates to the level of residential services provided; expands respite services; restructures the rate for in-home community living support; and expands community living support to allow shared services among participants who wish to live independently as housemates but require supervision and some assistance.”

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“Effective March 17, 2014, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings commonly referred to as the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule (Rule)… This document outlines Georgia’s transition plan, hereinafter called Statewide Transition Plan or STP. Georgia published its first STP in December 2014 as required by the Rule in correlation to a series of Home and Community Based Services 1915(c) waiver amendments.

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

Georgia Revised “Home and Community Based Services Statewide Transition Plan” Draft for Public Comment - 08/08/2016

“The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home-and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) including conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological disorders. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. Examples of services available in addition to core services described above include supported employment, respite, and behavioral and nutrition supports.”

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

Georgia “Homeless with Physical and Mental Disabilities” - 08/01/2016

The Section 811 PRA Demonstration Program is designed for individuals with a disability who are at or below 30% of the Area Median Income and between the ages of 18 and 61. Recently, HUD awarded the State of Georgia with $14.4 million to provide long-term rental assistance to individuals who meet these qualifications. In order to be considered for the program, the participant must be referred by either the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities or the State of Georgia Money Follows the Person program.

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

Georgia State Plan Amendments - 11/19/2015

All state plan amendments approved since 11/19/2015.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Georgia HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

Effective March 17, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new regulations that require home and community-based waiver services to be provided in community-like settings.  The new rules define settings that are not community-like and cannot be used to provide federally-funded home and community based services. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that people who live in the community and receive home and community based waiver services have opportunities to access their community and receive services in the most integrated settings.    Georgia submitted four 1915(c) waiver amendments within the first year of the effective date of the rule and was therefore required to develop a transition plan specific to each waiver to ensure the settings requirements are met.     
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Georgia Department of Community Health “New Options Waiver Program (NOW) and Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP)” - 11/20/2013

Overview The New Options Waiver (NOW) and the Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (COMP) offer home- and community-based services for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) or developmental disabilities (DD) through the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Medical Assistance Plans. A diagnosis of developmental disability includes intellectual disability or other closely related conditions, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or neurological problems. These disabilities require a level of care provided in an intermediate-care facility (ICF) for people diagnosed with ID/DD. There are more than 12,000 people with developmental disabilities who are served bty the NOW/COMP programs in Georgia.

Purpose The NOW waiver program offers services and supports to individuals to enable them to remain living in their own or family home and participate or live independently in the community

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

New Waiver Rules from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Georgia’s Transition Plan - 03/17/2013

Georgia has developed the following Transition Plan to follow in response to the new HCBS Settings Rule. This Statewide Transition Plan will present ways in which the State of Georgia will develop a tool(s) and implement evaluations of its home and community -based (HCBS) settings where 1915(c) waiver program services are currently available. It will also address methodologies used to maximize and enhance the public input process and ongoing compliance monitoring. If it is determined that there are settings that do not meet the final regulations’ HCBS settings requirements, such HCBS settings will be required to make changes that will bring them into compliance . “

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

GA Community Based Alternatives for Youth (01.R02.00) - 10/01/2012

"Provides behavioral assistance, care management, clinical services, respite, supported employment, community transition, customized goods and services, expressive clinical services, family peer support, financial support, waiver transportation, youth peer support for individuals w/mental illness ages 18-21 and w/SED ages 4-17."

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

Georgia New Options Waiver (0175.R05.00) - 10/01/2012

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, FMS, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech/language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for MR/IID "

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

Georgia’s Balancing Incentives Program - 03/03/2012

“Approved in May 2007 and fully implemented in late 2008, Georgia’s Money Follows the Person program has successfully transitioned…individuals from skilled nursing and intermediate care facilities into community residences and helped to expand the use of community services, rebalancing the long term care expenditures for HCBS.…   “…Georgia’s proposed Balancing Incentives Program will be used to further expand the use of community‐based long term care services.        
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program (0323.R03.00 - 01/01/2011

This waiver provides "community living support, prevocational services, respite, support coordination, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, community guide, financial support services, adult dental, adult OT, adult PT, adult speech and language therapy, behavioral supports consultation, community access, community residential alternative, environmental accessibility adaptation, individual directed goods and services, natural support training, transportation, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/ID, DD, ages 0 - no max age."

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

Georgia Medicaid Activities

Waiver programs help people who are elderly or have disabilities and need help to live in their home or community instead of an institution such as a nursing home or ICF-MR. Each program offers several "core" services: -service coordination (help with managing care needs and services) -personal support (assistance with daily living activities, i.e. bathing, dressing, meals and housekeeping) -home health services (nursing, home health aide, and occupational, physical and speech therapy) -emergency response systems -respite care (caregiver relief)

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

GA Comprehensive Supports Waiver (COMP) - Provider Reference Guide

All providers (agencies) must apply to become a co-employer of services. Enrolled Co-Employer providers can serve in this capacity for the following COMP services, only: • Community Access • Community Guide • Community Living Support • Supported Employment • Transportation

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

Georgia Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid State Plan is a contract between a state and the Federal Government describing how Georgia administers its Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act, the plan was developed by Georgia and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The state plan includes provisions that describes groups of individuals to be covered by Medicaid, Medicaid covered services, reimbursement methodologies for providers and the administrative requirements that States must meet to participate.  The approved State Plan also provides assurance that Georgia abides by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its Medicaid program activities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies