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The unbridled spirit of Kentucky has shown that people with disabilities are able to succeed in their careers here in the Bluegrass State.

2014 State Population.
0.41%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,413,457
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.28%
Change from
2013 to 2014
432,038
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.85%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,959
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
27.30%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.01%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.42%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 4,380,415 4,395,295 4,413,457
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 416,672 422,201 432,038
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 108,991 113,422 117,959
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,653,749 1,668,703 1,676,468
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 26.16% 26.86% 27.30%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.88% 73.67% 74.42%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 8.00% 6.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 28.90% 27.20% 27.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.50% 17.10% 17.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 357,368 355,666 371,865
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 371,105 379,115 389,540
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 650,452 659,107 685,650
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,472 54,655 55,490
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 10,464 10,187 8,818
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,987 2,269 2,980
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,144 3,401 2,894
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,188 13,513 12,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,073 1,674 1,446

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,280 4,281 4,400
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30% 2.40% 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 209,409 209,584 208,016

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,185 15,267 15,521
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,113 41,121 41,512
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 94,191 93,880 93,101
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.10% 16.30% 16.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10% 1.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30% 0.40% 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 472 473 514
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 136 148 139
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 8,154 7,223 6,023
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 54 43 43
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 33 26 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00% 60.00% 63.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.76 0.59 0.61

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,519
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 12 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 977 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,452 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,587 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,340 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 151 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 30.50% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,547 5,455
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 327,096 323,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 213 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 354 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,302,000 $1,408,000 $1,390,000
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. $54,905,000 $23,567,000 $2,199,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $6,789,000 $43,792,000 $68,985,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 9.00% 16.00% 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,114 3,212 6,773
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,490 4,582 884
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.50 27.40 29.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.35% 71.80% 72.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.88% 8.73% 8.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.93% 1.90% 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.37% 97.07% 98.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 19.70% 19.80% 18.75%
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). 57.10% 55.70% 59.49%
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). 68.00% 65.80% 67.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 37.40% 35.90% 40.74%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 788,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,104
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 421,644
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 85,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 507,293
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 538
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 97
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 635
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,841,069
AbilityOne wages (services). $901,392

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 39 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 29
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,790
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 99
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,889

 


Kentucky ABLE Act S.B. 179 - 04/05/2016

Signed by the Governor on April  5, 2016

AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities.

Amend KRS 205.200 to disregard any amount in an ABLE account, any contributions to an ABLE account, and any distribution from an ABLE account for qualified expenses for the purposes of determining an individual's eligibility for a means-tested public assistance program and the amount of assistance or benefits the individual is eligible to receive under the program; direct the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to work cooperatively to seek all available sources of funding, determine the best plan of action related to ABLE accounts, and report to the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 31, 2016.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky HB 292 (2013) (proposed) - 03/05/2013

“An Act relating to the employment of persons with disabilities. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to be known as the Employment First Act to set as state policy that competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities is a priority in state agencies; define terms; require coordination, collaboration, and information sharing between state agencies to ensure compliance; require state agencies to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this act; establish the Kentucky Employment First Oversight Commission within the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to facilitate the implementation of this Act; provide for membership, meetings, goals, and objectives of the commission; require that the commission submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly; require state agencies to provide data to and cooperate with the commission.”

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


“Labor Cabinet Receives $896,600 Apprenticeship Grant” - 10/24/2016

“The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. – including $896,600 for Kentucky. The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Department of Education “Career and Technical Education” - 10/06/2016

“Mission: The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.”

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Order of Selection Letter to Community Partners” - 06/30/2016

“Last year the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and its partners assisted almost 40,000 Kentuckians on their path toward gainful employment. However, the continuing demand, escalating costs, and a shortfall in matchable state dollars now further limit our ability to provide services to all persons eligible for our services. When a public vocational rehabilitation program like OVR cannot serve everyone who is eligible, federal law requires that it invoke what is called an Order of Selection.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Kentucky Department of Education “Transition” - 10/09/2015

The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Division of Learning Services is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual.

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

2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool User Guide - 08/20/2015

The 2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool is designed to be used by SCL case managers as they conduct the monthly face-to-face monitoring visits ... Case managers shall use this tool to capture information about SCL services and to monitor progress towards the person’s outcomes associated with those services. The KY Focus Tool is designed to capture information about the person’s satisfaction with their supports and services in SCL as well as their overall health and well-being. This Focus Tool will help the SCL case manager organize their work….

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

Customized Employment in Kentucky (video) - 07/28/2015

The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Kentucky Unified State Plan 2012-2017 - 12/10/2012

“The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have all available service opportunities. The system’s service philosophy is that job seekers with disabilities are served by workforce staff in the same manner as any other job seekers. Where additional support or expertise is needed, OVR staff will assist. Many of the individuals with disabilities seeking services at one-stop sites are veterans and thus receive one-on-one assistance from DVOP specialists in addition to the broad array of services otherwise available. Cross-training for staff system-wide is promoted to ensure a seamless continuum of services. To facilitate universal access, one-stop resource areas are equipped with a variety of assistive technology tools, including large computer monitors, low vision readers, screen reading software, TTY, and adjustable work stations. In addition, career center staff is available at all sites to orient customers to these resources and to assist them throughout the service experience.”

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

Kentucky Career Center Office for the Blind

The mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and high quality services that are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with visual disabilities.

We offer a wide variety of services designed to give those with visual disabilities the tools they need to become more independent and productive in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Services are consistent with an individual's strengths, abilities and interests. We also partner with business and industry, assisting employers in hiring and retaining highly qualified employees.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Understanding Order of Selection” Brochure

Under federal law, if Kentucky does not have enough money to provide vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible persons, The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. If you are found eligible for OVR services, your counselor assigns you a priority category based on the functional limitations that affect your ability to work. As of July 1, 2016, OVR is only serving category 1.

How does OVR determine my priority category?

A counselor will determine your priority category based on how your ability to work is limited. OVR considers seven major areas of functional limitations in determining your priority category:  communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, self-care, self-direction, work skills, and work tolerance.

Priority Category

Category 1-Eligible individuals who have the most significant disabilities. Category 2-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in three (3) major areas of functional limitations. Category 3-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in two (2) major areas of functional limitations. Category 4-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in one (1) major area of functional limitations. Category 5-Eligible individuals with non-significant disabilities
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.  

To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life. We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission. We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities “Annual Status Report”

Activity: Development of Local and Regional Leadership

The Commission:

Began the process of educating the Department of Education’s Nine Regional Transition Teams about Employment First and their role in the Employment First process; Worked to expand the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Communities of Practice which currently include Rehabilitation Counselors, Employment Specialists, and Case Managers; and Conducted cross-training between Medicaid Waiver technical Support Staff and OVR Supported Employment Consultants which resulted in OVR and SCL cooperatively conducting reviews and annual visits  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies & Procedures Manual

“Self-employment services are intended to support an employment outcome that is designed to maximize the individual‘s work, earnings, and financial independence… The primary role of [Office of Vocational Rehabilitation] OVR in assisting an individual with a vocational goal of self-employment is to provide support and information throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation process… The Agency has developed a statewide Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide business consultant services to VR consumers interested in self-employment. These services include assessment, training, assistance with business plan development, and follow-up.”

The Policies & Procedures Manual then goes on to define self-employment and explain the related employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities 5 Year State Plan (2012-2016)

“Every five years, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is required by the United States Administration on Developmental Disabilities to create a five-year state plan focused on how it will use its resources to support systems change, capacity building and advocacy that results in people with developmental disabilities becoming more independent, economically self-sufficient, integrated and included in the community, and self-determined in their lives.”. This report includes a number of employment-related goals.

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network “A Guide to Assistive Technology Funding in Kentucky 15th Edition” - 08/01/2016

“…the services of the ATRCs include, but are not limited to: Assistive Technology Services for Early Intervention, K-12 and Post-secondary school, Employment, Transition, Independent Living, leisure or recreation; Loan Library of Assistive Devices, adaptive equipment and toys; Demonstrations of assistive technology devices; Funding information, Assistance and Referral; Assessments and Evaluations for AT; Vocational assessments; Consultations on appropriate technologies; Workplace AT; Environmental Controls; Recycled Computers and Assistive Technology Devices; Training and Technical Assistance on and about AT.”

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

Perkins Center (Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)

“The Perkins Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in several cities and towns across the Commonwealth….One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed... The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals”

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

“The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities…[The CCDD] mission “is to create systemic change in Kentucky that empowers individuals to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through capacity building and advocacy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)

“The Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) is a collaborative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI).

“The CBWTP is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. The goal for the CBWTP is students with disabilities will graduate from high school with positive employment outcomes, working in an integrated work setting with competitive pay.”

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network

The KATS Network is the Kentucky Assistive Technology program operating within its lead agency, the Office Vocational Rehabilitation, Education Cabinet. The KATS Network collaborates with and provides support for several Assistive Technology Resource Centers around Kentucky. Currently there are five such Centers which provide information and support to consumers, educators, parents, and others who are in need of information, assistive technology, or related services.

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation

“Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.

“Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors…. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides staff support to the Board of Directors and the KATLC program.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky PACE (Preparing Adults for Competitive Employment)

“The Pace Training Program is a community-based job training program offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is an integral component of job placement services that offers short-term job training. The trainee will receive a training stipend while working at the program site, which is paid by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.   “Pace Training Program services are designed for the consumer who has been found eligible and whose vocational goal is competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P)

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P) provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. [Their] work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.”

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

Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

"Customized Employment in Kentucky” Video Premiering at 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration - 07/29/2015

“Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute announced the debut of their new video, ‘Customized Employment in Kentucky’…    The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“2017 Supported Employment Leadership Series” –Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

“12 days of high quality supported employment professional development provide the foundation for the SE Leadership Series… Participants will study ways of connecting discovery with targeted job development, informational interviews, job analysis/needs analysis, customized employment, and specific representational considerations and strategies.”

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

Supported Employment Training Project “Newly Designed Supported Employment Leadership Series”

What's new?

12 days not required - Participation in all 4 leadership events is encouraged. The content areas are designed to be sequential and cumulative. However, for some, participation in all 12 days may not be possible. Therefore, participants may select any combination of the 4 events. (Check event descriptions for prerequisite requirements and recommendations.) Because the same schedule will be offered annually, it will be possible, for example, to participate in Parts 1 and 2 in 2016, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2017. Three certifications will be offered - For the first time, a performance-based supported employment certification will be available in Kentucky. Historically, much of the content offered in our SE Leadership Series has been derived from Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and our Supported Employment Training Project (SETP) has a long-standing cooperative relationship with Mike Callahan and other MG&A colleagues. This year, we're formalizing an arrangement with MG&A by offering three certifications: 1-Systematic Instruction, 2-Discovery, and 3-Job Development.   

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Kentucky APSE “Training/Continuing Education”

This page is a resource for various traning and continuing education programs that are available in Kentucky. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services “Peer Support Specialist Curriculum Approval Process”

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve the following curricula for Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Adult Peer Support Specialist, Family Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist, and Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, as established in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The regulations provide the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for peer support specialists—both eligibility and training—and specifically speak to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View these regulations in Related Links.

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

Supported Employment Training Project

About Us Having a job represents much more than earning a salary. Employment, including the kind of work one performs, influences one's personal identity, sense of belonging, and place in the world. Furthermore, employment represents one primary way of expressing the inherent human need to contribute – doing something that matters. Yet all too often the significance of employment for people with disabilities has been unrecognized, ignored, or minimized.Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to:

Discover personal interests and contributions,Find or negotiate a job that fits things people like to do and do well,Become established as valued employees; andPursue job advancements.

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. Our work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Please contact mtyree@uky.edu to make suggestions or request additional information. Many documents on this site are only available in PDF format

 

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Goal #2- The capacity of systems that serve all people will be improved so that people with developmental disabilities will have increased access to opportunities for greater independence and integration

Objective 2-B (Employment): By 2021, the Council will support the efforts of at least 10 organizations to expand competitive, integrated employment for individuals with developmental disabilities by employing or assisting  more individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining  jobs in the communities

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: Self-Employment Guide

This webpage offers information on and resources for self-employment. It orients job seekers on where to start the self-employment process and contains links to relevant resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children Resource Guide

“This resource book came about because several young people who had lived in parental and foster homes their entire lives realized they were facing life after high school in a nursing facility because of lack of available adult supports in the community and confusion about how to get them.    “As a result, P&A brought together staff of several agencies to figure out how to help people find the transition services they needed. The group pooled their knowledge about available programs to put together a resource book that could be used by young people with disabilities in foster care to transition successfully to adulthood.    “Although the original purpose of this book was to help kids in foster care, it can be used by young people with disabilities anywhere who are looking at life after high school.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities fosters partnerships between the University of Kentucky and several state agencies, including the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Person-Centered Planning Network, and the Kentucky Assistive Technology Network. “Students will acquire foundational knowledge in specific topical areas, including advocacy, specialized healthcare services and financing, inclusive education, legislation, community living, behavioral supports, organizational development and theory, group facilitation, employment options, aging with a disability, assistive technology, and research proposal development.”

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

UKY Human Development Institute - Supported Employment Training Project

SETP Core Training is required for future supported employment specialists and administrators/directors. It is also open to everyone interested in learning about supported employment. This event will provide a thorough overview about what supported employment is (and what it is not). Topics will include: Job Development, Customized Employment and Competitive Employment, and the Impact of wages on benefits (overview of SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, share of cost, WIPA).

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program

The Community Based Work Transition Program provides mandatory training for all new job coaches and new school staff.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


Kentucky Request for a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver - 08/24/2016

“Kentucky HEALTH is an innovative, transformative healthcare program designed to not only stabilize the program financially, but to also improve the health outcomes and overall quality of life for all members. This demonstration waiver seeks to evaluate new policies and program elements designed to engage members in their healthcare and provide the necessary education and tools required to achieve long term health and an improved quality of life. “

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

KY Michelle P (0475.R01.00) - 07/15/2016

Provides adult day health, case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, assessment/reassessment, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/MR/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Kentucky DOE ESEA Flexibility Request - 03/31/2015

“The Kentucky State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.”

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

Kentucky HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On March 17, 2014, updated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rules became effective in the Federal Register for 1915(c) waivers, 1915(i) state plan services, and 1915(k) community first choice state plan option . As they pertain to 1915(c) waivers, these rules include requirements for several areas of HCBS: all residential and non-residential settings, provider- owned residential settings, person-centered planning process, service plan requirements, and conflict-free case management.    The goal of the HCBS final rules is to improve the services rendered to HCBS participants and to maximize the opportunities to receive services in integrated settings and realize the benefits of community living. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing five years (until March 17, 2019) for states and providers to transition into compliance with the all settings and provider-owned settings requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY Supports for Community Living (0314.R03.00) - 09/01/2010

Provides case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, residential support level I, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, residential support level II, specialized medical equipment and supplies, technology assisted level I residential support, vehicle adaptation for individuals w ID/DD individuals ages 3 - no max age

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

KY HCBS Waiver (0144.R05.00) - 07/01/2010

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, OT, PT, speech therapy, financial management services, goods and services, home and community supports, support broker, assessment/reassessment, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY HCBS Transitions (0967.R00.00)

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, OT, PT, speech therapy, S/D community guide, FMS, S/D goods and services, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptations, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled/other disabilities ages 18-64

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury, Long Term Care (0477.R01.00)

Provides adult day health, adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, nursing supports, OT, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/BI ages 18 - no max age.

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury (0333.R03.00)

Provides adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, OT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/brain injury ages 18 - no max age

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

Kentucky Medicaid State Plan

The State Plan is the officially recognized statement describing the nature and scope of Kentucky's Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), the Plan was developed by our state and approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a State Plan, Kentucky would not be eligible for federal funding for providing Medicaid services. Essentially, the Plan is our state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Act and the official issuances of DHHS.    The State Plan includes the many provisions required by the Act, such as:    • Methods of Administration    • Eligibility    • Services Covered    • Quality Control    • Fiscal Reimbursements  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The unbridled spirit of Kentucky has shown that people with disabilities are able to succeed in their careers here in the Bluegrass State.

2014 State Population.
0.41%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,413,457
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.28%
Change from
2013 to 2014
432,038
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.85%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,959
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
27.30%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.01%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.42%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 4,380,415 4,395,295 4,413,457
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 416,672 422,201 432,038
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 108,991 113,422 117,959
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,653,749 1,668,703 1,676,468
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 26.16% 26.86% 27.30%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.88% 73.67% 74.42%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 8.00% 6.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 28.90% 27.20% 27.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.50% 17.10% 17.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 357,368 355,666 371,865
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 371,105 379,115 389,540
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 650,452 659,107 685,650
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,472 54,655 55,490
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 10,464 10,187 8,818
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,987 2,269 2,980
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,144 3,401 2,894
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,188 13,513 12,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,073 1,674 1,446

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,280 4,281 4,400
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30% 2.40% 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 209,409 209,584 208,016

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,185 15,267 15,521
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,113 41,121 41,512
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 94,191 93,880 93,101
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.10% 16.30% 16.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10% 1.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30% 0.40% 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 472 473 514
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 136 148 139
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 8,154 7,223 6,023
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 54 43 43
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 33 26 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00% 60.00% 63.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.76 0.59 0.61

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,519
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 12 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 977 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,452 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,587 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,340 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 151 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 30.50% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,547 5,455
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 327,096 323,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 213 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 354 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,302,000 $1,408,000 $1,390,000
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. $54,905,000 $23,567,000 $2,199,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $6,789,000 $43,792,000 $68,985,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 9.00% 16.00% 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,114 3,212 6,773
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,490 4,582 884
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.50 27.40 29.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.35% 71.80% 72.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.88% 8.73% 8.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.93% 1.90% 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.37% 97.07% 98.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 19.70% 19.80% 18.75%
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). 57.10% 55.70% 59.49%
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). 68.00% 65.80% 67.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 37.40% 35.90% 40.74%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 788,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,104
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 421,644
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 85,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 507,293
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 538
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 97
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 635
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,841,069
AbilityOne wages (services). $901,392

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 39 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 29
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,790
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 99
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,889

 

Legislation


Kentucky ABLE Act S.B. 179 - 04/05/2016

Signed by the Governor on April  5, 2016

AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities.

Amend KRS 205.200 to disregard any amount in an ABLE account, any contributions to an ABLE account, and any distribution from an ABLE account for qualified expenses for the purposes of determining an individual's eligibility for a means-tested public assistance program and the amount of assistance or benefits the individual is eligible to receive under the program; direct the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to work cooperatively to seek all available sources of funding, determine the best plan of action related to ABLE accounts, and report to the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 31, 2016.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky HB 292 (2013) (proposed) - 03/05/2013

“An Act relating to the employment of persons with disabilities. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to be known as the Employment First Act to set as state policy that competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities is a priority in state agencies; define terms; require coordination, collaboration, and information sharing between state agencies to ensure compliance; require state agencies to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this act; establish the Kentucky Employment First Oversight Commission within the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to facilitate the implementation of this Act; provide for membership, meetings, goals, and objectives of the commission; require that the commission submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly; require state agencies to provide data to and cooperate with the commission.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Labor Cabinet Receives $896,600 Apprenticeship Grant” - 10/24/2016

“The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. – including $896,600 for Kentucky. The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Department of Education “Career and Technical Education” - 10/06/2016

“Mission: The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.”

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Order of Selection Letter to Community Partners” - 06/30/2016

“Last year the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and its partners assisted almost 40,000 Kentuckians on their path toward gainful employment. However, the continuing demand, escalating costs, and a shortfall in matchable state dollars now further limit our ability to provide services to all persons eligible for our services. When a public vocational rehabilitation program like OVR cannot serve everyone who is eligible, federal law requires that it invoke what is called an Order of Selection.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Kentucky Department of Education “Transition” - 10/09/2015

The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Division of Learning Services is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual.

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

2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool User Guide - 08/20/2015

The 2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool is designed to be used by SCL case managers as they conduct the monthly face-to-face monitoring visits ... Case managers shall use this tool to capture information about SCL services and to monitor progress towards the person’s outcomes associated with those services. The KY Focus Tool is designed to capture information about the person’s satisfaction with their supports and services in SCL as well as their overall health and well-being. This Focus Tool will help the SCL case manager organize their work….

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

Customized Employment in Kentucky (video) - 07/28/2015

The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Kentucky Unified State Plan 2012-2017 - 12/10/2012

“The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have all available service opportunities. The system’s service philosophy is that job seekers with disabilities are served by workforce staff in the same manner as any other job seekers. Where additional support or expertise is needed, OVR staff will assist. Many of the individuals with disabilities seeking services at one-stop sites are veterans and thus receive one-on-one assistance from DVOP specialists in addition to the broad array of services otherwise available. Cross-training for staff system-wide is promoted to ensure a seamless continuum of services. To facilitate universal access, one-stop resource areas are equipped with a variety of assistive technology tools, including large computer monitors, low vision readers, screen reading software, TTY, and adjustable work stations. In addition, career center staff is available at all sites to orient customers to these resources and to assist them throughout the service experience.”

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

Kentucky Career Center Office for the Blind

The mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and high quality services that are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with visual disabilities.

We offer a wide variety of services designed to give those with visual disabilities the tools they need to become more independent and productive in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Services are consistent with an individual's strengths, abilities and interests. We also partner with business and industry, assisting employers in hiring and retaining highly qualified employees.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Understanding Order of Selection” Brochure

Under federal law, if Kentucky does not have enough money to provide vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible persons, The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. If you are found eligible for OVR services, your counselor assigns you a priority category based on the functional limitations that affect your ability to work. As of July 1, 2016, OVR is only serving category 1.

How does OVR determine my priority category?

A counselor will determine your priority category based on how your ability to work is limited. OVR considers seven major areas of functional limitations in determining your priority category:  communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, self-care, self-direction, work skills, and work tolerance.

Priority Category

Category 1-Eligible individuals who have the most significant disabilities. Category 2-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in three (3) major areas of functional limitations. Category 3-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in two (2) major areas of functional limitations. Category 4-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in one (1) major area of functional limitations. Category 5-Eligible individuals with non-significant disabilities
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.  

To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life. We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission. We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities “Annual Status Report”

Activity: Development of Local and Regional Leadership

The Commission:

Began the process of educating the Department of Education’s Nine Regional Transition Teams about Employment First and their role in the Employment First process; Worked to expand the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Communities of Practice which currently include Rehabilitation Counselors, Employment Specialists, and Case Managers; and Conducted cross-training between Medicaid Waiver technical Support Staff and OVR Supported Employment Consultants which resulted in OVR and SCL cooperatively conducting reviews and annual visits  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies & Procedures Manual

“Self-employment services are intended to support an employment outcome that is designed to maximize the individual‘s work, earnings, and financial independence… The primary role of [Office of Vocational Rehabilitation] OVR in assisting an individual with a vocational goal of self-employment is to provide support and information throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation process… The Agency has developed a statewide Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide business consultant services to VR consumers interested in self-employment. These services include assessment, training, assistance with business plan development, and follow-up.”

The Policies & Procedures Manual then goes on to define self-employment and explain the related employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities 5 Year State Plan (2012-2016)

“Every five years, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is required by the United States Administration on Developmental Disabilities to create a five-year state plan focused on how it will use its resources to support systems change, capacity building and advocacy that results in people with developmental disabilities becoming more independent, economically self-sufficient, integrated and included in the community, and self-determined in their lives.”. This report includes a number of employment-related goals.

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

Partnerships


Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network “A Guide to Assistive Technology Funding in Kentucky 15th Edition” - 08/01/2016

“…the services of the ATRCs include, but are not limited to: Assistive Technology Services for Early Intervention, K-12 and Post-secondary school, Employment, Transition, Independent Living, leisure or recreation; Loan Library of Assistive Devices, adaptive equipment and toys; Demonstrations of assistive technology devices; Funding information, Assistance and Referral; Assessments and Evaluations for AT; Vocational assessments; Consultations on appropriate technologies; Workplace AT; Environmental Controls; Recycled Computers and Assistive Technology Devices; Training and Technical Assistance on and about AT.”

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

Perkins Center (Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)

“The Perkins Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in several cities and towns across the Commonwealth….One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed... The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals”

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

“The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities…[The CCDD] mission “is to create systemic change in Kentucky that empowers individuals to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through capacity building and advocacy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)

“The Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) is a collaborative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI).

“The CBWTP is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. The goal for the CBWTP is students with disabilities will graduate from high school with positive employment outcomes, working in an integrated work setting with competitive pay.”

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network

The KATS Network is the Kentucky Assistive Technology program operating within its lead agency, the Office Vocational Rehabilitation, Education Cabinet. The KATS Network collaborates with and provides support for several Assistive Technology Resource Centers around Kentucky. Currently there are five such Centers which provide information and support to consumers, educators, parents, and others who are in need of information, assistive technology, or related services.

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation

“Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.

“Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors…. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides staff support to the Board of Directors and the KATLC program.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky PACE (Preparing Adults for Competitive Employment)

“The Pace Training Program is a community-based job training program offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is an integral component of job placement services that offers short-term job training. The trainee will receive a training stipend while working at the program site, which is paid by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.   “Pace Training Program services are designed for the consumer who has been found eligible and whose vocational goal is competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P)

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P) provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. [Their] work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


"Customized Employment in Kentucky” Video Premiering at 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration - 07/29/2015

“Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute announced the debut of their new video, ‘Customized Employment in Kentucky’…    The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“2017 Supported Employment Leadership Series” –Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

“12 days of high quality supported employment professional development provide the foundation for the SE Leadership Series… Participants will study ways of connecting discovery with targeted job development, informational interviews, job analysis/needs analysis, customized employment, and specific representational considerations and strategies.”

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

Supported Employment Training Project “Newly Designed Supported Employment Leadership Series”

What's new?

12 days not required - Participation in all 4 leadership events is encouraged. The content areas are designed to be sequential and cumulative. However, for some, participation in all 12 days may not be possible. Therefore, participants may select any combination of the 4 events. (Check event descriptions for prerequisite requirements and recommendations.) Because the same schedule will be offered annually, it will be possible, for example, to participate in Parts 1 and 2 in 2016, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2017. Three certifications will be offered - For the first time, a performance-based supported employment certification will be available in Kentucky. Historically, much of the content offered in our SE Leadership Series has been derived from Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and our Supported Employment Training Project (SETP) has a long-standing cooperative relationship with Mike Callahan and other MG&A colleagues. This year, we're formalizing an arrangement with MG&A by offering three certifications: 1-Systematic Instruction, 2-Discovery, and 3-Job Development.   

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Kentucky APSE “Training/Continuing Education”

This page is a resource for various traning and continuing education programs that are available in Kentucky. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services “Peer Support Specialist Curriculum Approval Process”

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve the following curricula for Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Adult Peer Support Specialist, Family Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist, and Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, as established in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The regulations provide the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for peer support specialists—both eligibility and training—and specifically speak to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View these regulations in Related Links.

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

Supported Employment Training Project

About Us Having a job represents much more than earning a salary. Employment, including the kind of work one performs, influences one's personal identity, sense of belonging, and place in the world. Furthermore, employment represents one primary way of expressing the inherent human need to contribute – doing something that matters. Yet all too often the significance of employment for people with disabilities has been unrecognized, ignored, or minimized.Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to:

Discover personal interests and contributions,Find or negotiate a job that fits things people like to do and do well,Become established as valued employees; andPursue job advancements.

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. Our work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Please contact mtyree@uky.edu to make suggestions or request additional information. Many documents on this site are only available in PDF format

 

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Goal #2- The capacity of systems that serve all people will be improved so that people with developmental disabilities will have increased access to opportunities for greater independence and integration

Objective 2-B (Employment): By 2021, the Council will support the efforts of at least 10 organizations to expand competitive, integrated employment for individuals with developmental disabilities by employing or assisting  more individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining  jobs in the communities

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: Self-Employment Guide

This webpage offers information on and resources for self-employment. It orients job seekers on where to start the self-employment process and contains links to relevant resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children Resource Guide

“This resource book came about because several young people who had lived in parental and foster homes their entire lives realized they were facing life after high school in a nursing facility because of lack of available adult supports in the community and confusion about how to get them.    “As a result, P&A brought together staff of several agencies to figure out how to help people find the transition services they needed. The group pooled their knowledge about available programs to put together a resource book that could be used by young people with disabilities in foster care to transition successfully to adulthood.    “Although the original purpose of this book was to help kids in foster care, it can be used by young people with disabilities anywhere who are looking at life after high school.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities fosters partnerships between the University of Kentucky and several state agencies, including the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Person-Centered Planning Network, and the Kentucky Assistive Technology Network. “Students will acquire foundational knowledge in specific topical areas, including advocacy, specialized healthcare services and financing, inclusive education, legislation, community living, behavioral supports, organizational development and theory, group facilitation, employment options, aging with a disability, assistive technology, and research proposal development.”

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

UKY Human Development Institute - Supported Employment Training Project

SETP Core Training is required for future supported employment specialists and administrators/directors. It is also open to everyone interested in learning about supported employment. This event will provide a thorough overview about what supported employment is (and what it is not). Topics will include: Job Development, Customized Employment and Competitive Employment, and the Impact of wages on benefits (overview of SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, share of cost, WIPA).

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program

The Community Based Work Transition Program provides mandatory training for all new job coaches and new school staff.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Kentucky Request for a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver - 08/24/2016

“Kentucky HEALTH is an innovative, transformative healthcare program designed to not only stabilize the program financially, but to also improve the health outcomes and overall quality of life for all members. This demonstration waiver seeks to evaluate new policies and program elements designed to engage members in their healthcare and provide the necessary education and tools required to achieve long term health and an improved quality of life. “

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

KY Michelle P (0475.R01.00) - 07/15/2016

Provides adult day health, case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, assessment/reassessment, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/MR/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Kentucky DOE ESEA Flexibility Request - 03/31/2015

“The Kentucky State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.”

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

Kentucky HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On March 17, 2014, updated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rules became effective in the Federal Register for 1915(c) waivers, 1915(i) state plan services, and 1915(k) community first choice state plan option . As they pertain to 1915(c) waivers, these rules include requirements for several areas of HCBS: all residential and non-residential settings, provider- owned residential settings, person-centered planning process, service plan requirements, and conflict-free case management.    The goal of the HCBS final rules is to improve the services rendered to HCBS participants and to maximize the opportunities to receive services in integrated settings and realize the benefits of community living. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing five years (until March 17, 2019) for states and providers to transition into compliance with the all settings and provider-owned settings requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY Supports for Community Living (0314.R03.00) - 09/01/2010

Provides case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, residential support level I, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, residential support level II, specialized medical equipment and supplies, technology assisted level I residential support, vehicle adaptation for individuals w ID/DD individuals ages 3 - no max age

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

KY HCBS Waiver (0144.R05.00) - 07/01/2010

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, OT, PT, speech therapy, financial management services, goods and services, home and community supports, support broker, assessment/reassessment, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY HCBS Transitions (0967.R00.00)

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, OT, PT, speech therapy, S/D community guide, FMS, S/D goods and services, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptations, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled/other disabilities ages 18-64

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury, Long Term Care (0477.R01.00)

Provides adult day health, adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, nursing supports, OT, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/BI ages 18 - no max age.

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury (0333.R03.00)

Provides adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, OT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/brain injury ages 18 - no max age

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

Kentucky Medicaid State Plan

The State Plan is the officially recognized statement describing the nature and scope of Kentucky's Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), the Plan was developed by our state and approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a State Plan, Kentucky would not be eligible for federal funding for providing Medicaid services. Essentially, the Plan is our state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Act and the official issuances of DHHS.    The State Plan includes the many provisions required by the Act, such as:    • Methods of Administration    • Eligibility    • Services Covered    • Quality Control    • Fiscal Reimbursements  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The unbridled spirit of Kentucky has shown that people with disabilities are able to succeed in their careers here in the Bluegrass State.

2014 State Population.
0.41%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,413,457
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.28%
Change from
2013 to 2014
432,038
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.85%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,959
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
27.30%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.01%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.42%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 4,380,415 4,395,295 4,413,457
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 416,672 422,201 432,038
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 108,991 113,422 117,959
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,653,749 1,668,703 1,676,468
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 26.16% 26.86% 27.30%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.88% 73.67% 74.42%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.20% 8.00% 6.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 28.90% 27.20% 27.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.50% 17.10% 17.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 357,368 355,666 371,865
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 371,105 379,115 389,540
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 650,452 659,107 685,650
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,472 54,655 55,490
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 10,464 10,187 8,818
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 1,987 2,269 2,980
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,144 3,401 2,894
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,188 13,513 12,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,073 1,674 1,446

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,280 4,281 4,400
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30% 2.40% 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 209,409 209,584 208,016

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,185 15,267 15,521
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,113 41,121 41,512
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 94,191 93,880 93,101
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.10% 16.30% 16.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.10% 1.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30% 0.40% 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 472 473 514
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 136 148 139
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 8,154 7,223 6,023
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 54 43 43
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 33 26 27
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 61.00% 60.00% 63.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.76 0.59 0.61

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,519
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 12 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 977 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,452 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,587 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,340 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 151 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 30.50% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 5,547 5,455
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 327,096 323,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 213 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 354 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,302,000 $1,408,000 $1,390,000
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. $54,905,000 $23,567,000 $2,199,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $6,789,000 $43,792,000 $68,985,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 9.00% 16.00% 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,114 3,212 6,773
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,490 4,582 884
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 9.50 27.40 29.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.35% 71.80% 72.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.88% 8.73% 8.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.93% 1.90% 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.37% 97.07% 98.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 19.70% 19.80% 18.75%
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). 57.10% 55.70% 59.49%
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). 68.00% 65.80% 67.59%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 37.40% 35.90% 40.74%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 788,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,104
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 421,644
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 85,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 507,293
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 538
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 97
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 635
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,841,069
AbilityOne wages (services). $901,392

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 39 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 29
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,790
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 99
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,889

 

Legislation


Kentucky ABLE Act S.B. 179 - 04/05/2016

Signed by the Governor on April  5, 2016

AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities.

Amend KRS 205.200 to disregard any amount in an ABLE account, any contributions to an ABLE account, and any distribution from an ABLE account for qualified expenses for the purposes of determining an individual's eligibility for a means-tested public assistance program and the amount of assistance or benefits the individual is eligible to receive under the program; direct the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to work cooperatively to seek all available sources of funding, determine the best plan of action related to ABLE accounts, and report to the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 31, 2016.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky HB 292 (2013) (proposed) - 03/05/2013

“An Act relating to the employment of persons with disabilities. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to be known as the Employment First Act to set as state policy that competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities is a priority in state agencies; define terms; require coordination, collaboration, and information sharing between state agencies to ensure compliance; require state agencies to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this act; establish the Kentucky Employment First Oversight Commission within the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to facilitate the implementation of this Act; provide for membership, meetings, goals, and objectives of the commission; require that the commission submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly; require state agencies to provide data to and cooperate with the commission.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Labor Cabinet Receives $896,600 Apprenticeship Grant” - 10/24/2016

“The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. – including $896,600 for Kentucky. The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Department of Education “Career and Technical Education” - 10/06/2016

“Mission: The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.”

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Order of Selection Letter to Community Partners” - 06/30/2016

“Last year the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and its partners assisted almost 40,000 Kentuckians on their path toward gainful employment. However, the continuing demand, escalating costs, and a shortfall in matchable state dollars now further limit our ability to provide services to all persons eligible for our services. When a public vocational rehabilitation program like OVR cannot serve everyone who is eligible, federal law requires that it invoke what is called an Order of Selection.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Kentucky Department of Education “Transition” - 10/09/2015

The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Division of Learning Services is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual.

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

2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool User Guide - 08/20/2015

The 2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool is designed to be used by SCL case managers as they conduct the monthly face-to-face monitoring visits ... Case managers shall use this tool to capture information about SCL services and to monitor progress towards the person’s outcomes associated with those services. The KY Focus Tool is designed to capture information about the person’s satisfaction with their supports and services in SCL as well as their overall health and well-being. This Focus Tool will help the SCL case manager organize their work….

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

Customized Employment in Kentucky (video) - 07/28/2015

The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Kentucky Unified State Plan 2012-2017 - 12/10/2012

“The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have all available service opportunities. The system’s service philosophy is that job seekers with disabilities are served by workforce staff in the same manner as any other job seekers. Where additional support or expertise is needed, OVR staff will assist. Many of the individuals with disabilities seeking services at one-stop sites are veterans and thus receive one-on-one assistance from DVOP specialists in addition to the broad array of services otherwise available. Cross-training for staff system-wide is promoted to ensure a seamless continuum of services. To facilitate universal access, one-stop resource areas are equipped with a variety of assistive technology tools, including large computer monitors, low vision readers, screen reading software, TTY, and adjustable work stations. In addition, career center staff is available at all sites to orient customers to these resources and to assist them throughout the service experience.”

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

Kentucky Career Center Office for the Blind

The mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and high quality services that are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with visual disabilities.

We offer a wide variety of services designed to give those with visual disabilities the tools they need to become more independent and productive in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Services are consistent with an individual's strengths, abilities and interests. We also partner with business and industry, assisting employers in hiring and retaining highly qualified employees.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Understanding Order of Selection” Brochure

Under federal law, if Kentucky does not have enough money to provide vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible persons, The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. If you are found eligible for OVR services, your counselor assigns you a priority category based on the functional limitations that affect your ability to work. As of July 1, 2016, OVR is only serving category 1.

How does OVR determine my priority category?

A counselor will determine your priority category based on how your ability to work is limited. OVR considers seven major areas of functional limitations in determining your priority category:  communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, self-care, self-direction, work skills, and work tolerance.

Priority Category

Category 1-Eligible individuals who have the most significant disabilities. Category 2-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in three (3) major areas of functional limitations. Category 3-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in two (2) major areas of functional limitations. Category 4-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in one (1) major area of functional limitations. Category 5-Eligible individuals with non-significant disabilities
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.  

To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life. We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission. We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities “Annual Status Report”

Activity: Development of Local and Regional Leadership

The Commission:

Began the process of educating the Department of Education’s Nine Regional Transition Teams about Employment First and their role in the Employment First process; Worked to expand the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Communities of Practice which currently include Rehabilitation Counselors, Employment Specialists, and Case Managers; and Conducted cross-training between Medicaid Waiver technical Support Staff and OVR Supported Employment Consultants which resulted in OVR and SCL cooperatively conducting reviews and annual visits  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies & Procedures Manual

“Self-employment services are intended to support an employment outcome that is designed to maximize the individual‘s work, earnings, and financial independence… The primary role of [Office of Vocational Rehabilitation] OVR in assisting an individual with a vocational goal of self-employment is to provide support and information throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation process… The Agency has developed a statewide Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide business consultant services to VR consumers interested in self-employment. These services include assessment, training, assistance with business plan development, and follow-up.”

The Policies & Procedures Manual then goes on to define self-employment and explain the related employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities 5 Year State Plan (2012-2016)

“Every five years, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is required by the United States Administration on Developmental Disabilities to create a five-year state plan focused on how it will use its resources to support systems change, capacity building and advocacy that results in people with developmental disabilities becoming more independent, economically self-sufficient, integrated and included in the community, and self-determined in their lives.”. This report includes a number of employment-related goals.

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

Partnerships


Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network “A Guide to Assistive Technology Funding in Kentucky 15th Edition” - 08/01/2016

“…the services of the ATRCs include, but are not limited to: Assistive Technology Services for Early Intervention, K-12 and Post-secondary school, Employment, Transition, Independent Living, leisure or recreation; Loan Library of Assistive Devices, adaptive equipment and toys; Demonstrations of assistive technology devices; Funding information, Assistance and Referral; Assessments and Evaluations for AT; Vocational assessments; Consultations on appropriate technologies; Workplace AT; Environmental Controls; Recycled Computers and Assistive Technology Devices; Training and Technical Assistance on and about AT.”

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

Perkins Center (Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)

“The Perkins Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in several cities and towns across the Commonwealth….One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed... The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals”

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

“The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities…[The CCDD] mission “is to create systemic change in Kentucky that empowers individuals to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through capacity building and advocacy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)

“The Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) is a collaborative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI).

“The CBWTP is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. The goal for the CBWTP is students with disabilities will graduate from high school with positive employment outcomes, working in an integrated work setting with competitive pay.”

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network

The KATS Network is the Kentucky Assistive Technology program operating within its lead agency, the Office Vocational Rehabilitation, Education Cabinet. The KATS Network collaborates with and provides support for several Assistive Technology Resource Centers around Kentucky. Currently there are five such Centers which provide information and support to consumers, educators, parents, and others who are in need of information, assistive technology, or related services.

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation

“Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.

“Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors…. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides staff support to the Board of Directors and the KATLC program.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky PACE (Preparing Adults for Competitive Employment)

“The Pace Training Program is a community-based job training program offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is an integral component of job placement services that offers short-term job training. The trainee will receive a training stipend while working at the program site, which is paid by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.   “Pace Training Program services are designed for the consumer who has been found eligible and whose vocational goal is competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P)

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P) provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. [Their] work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


"Customized Employment in Kentucky” Video Premiering at 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration - 07/29/2015

“Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute announced the debut of their new video, ‘Customized Employment in Kentucky’…    The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“2017 Supported Employment Leadership Series” –Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

“12 days of high quality supported employment professional development provide the foundation for the SE Leadership Series… Participants will study ways of connecting discovery with targeted job development, informational interviews, job analysis/needs analysis, customized employment, and specific representational considerations and strategies.”

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

Supported Employment Training Project “Newly Designed Supported Employment Leadership Series”

What's new?

12 days not required - Participation in all 4 leadership events is encouraged. The content areas are designed to be sequential and cumulative. However, for some, participation in all 12 days may not be possible. Therefore, participants may select any combination of the 4 events. (Check event descriptions for prerequisite requirements and recommendations.) Because the same schedule will be offered annually, it will be possible, for example, to participate in Parts 1 and 2 in 2016, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2017. Three certifications will be offered - For the first time, a performance-based supported employment certification will be available in Kentucky. Historically, much of the content offered in our SE Leadership Series has been derived from Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and our Supported Employment Training Project (SETP) has a long-standing cooperative relationship with Mike Callahan and other MG&A colleagues. This year, we're formalizing an arrangement with MG&A by offering three certifications: 1-Systematic Instruction, 2-Discovery, and 3-Job Development.   

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Kentucky APSE “Training/Continuing Education”

This page is a resource for various traning and continuing education programs that are available in Kentucky. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services “Peer Support Specialist Curriculum Approval Process”

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve the following curricula for Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Adult Peer Support Specialist, Family Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist, and Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, as established in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The regulations provide the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for peer support specialists—both eligibility and training—and specifically speak to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View these regulations in Related Links.

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

Supported Employment Training Project

About Us Having a job represents much more than earning a salary. Employment, including the kind of work one performs, influences one's personal identity, sense of belonging, and place in the world. Furthermore, employment represents one primary way of expressing the inherent human need to contribute – doing something that matters. Yet all too often the significance of employment for people with disabilities has been unrecognized, ignored, or minimized.Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to:

Discover personal interests and contributions,Find or negotiate a job that fits things people like to do and do well,Become established as valued employees; andPursue job advancements.

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. Our work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Please contact mtyree@uky.edu to make suggestions or request additional information. Many documents on this site are only available in PDF format

 

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Goal #2- The capacity of systems that serve all people will be improved so that people with developmental disabilities will have increased access to opportunities for greater independence and integration

Objective 2-B (Employment): By 2021, the Council will support the efforts of at least 10 organizations to expand competitive, integrated employment for individuals with developmental disabilities by employing or assisting  more individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining  jobs in the communities

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: Self-Employment Guide

This webpage offers information on and resources for self-employment. It orients job seekers on where to start the self-employment process and contains links to relevant resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children Resource Guide

“This resource book came about because several young people who had lived in parental and foster homes their entire lives realized they were facing life after high school in a nursing facility because of lack of available adult supports in the community and confusion about how to get them.    “As a result, P&A brought together staff of several agencies to figure out how to help people find the transition services they needed. The group pooled their knowledge about available programs to put together a resource book that could be used by young people with disabilities in foster care to transition successfully to adulthood.    “Although the original purpose of this book was to help kids in foster care, it can be used by young people with disabilities anywhere who are looking at life after high school.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities fosters partnerships between the University of Kentucky and several state agencies, including the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Person-Centered Planning Network, and the Kentucky Assistive Technology Network. “Students will acquire foundational knowledge in specific topical areas, including advocacy, specialized healthcare services and financing, inclusive education, legislation, community living, behavioral supports, organizational development and theory, group facilitation, employment options, aging with a disability, assistive technology, and research proposal development.”

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

UKY Human Development Institute - Supported Employment Training Project

SETP Core Training is required for future supported employment specialists and administrators/directors. It is also open to everyone interested in learning about supported employment. This event will provide a thorough overview about what supported employment is (and what it is not). Topics will include: Job Development, Customized Employment and Competitive Employment, and the Impact of wages on benefits (overview of SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, share of cost, WIPA).

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program

The Community Based Work Transition Program provides mandatory training for all new job coaches and new school staff.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Kentucky Request for a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver - 08/24/2016

“Kentucky HEALTH is an innovative, transformative healthcare program designed to not only stabilize the program financially, but to also improve the health outcomes and overall quality of life for all members. This demonstration waiver seeks to evaluate new policies and program elements designed to engage members in their healthcare and provide the necessary education and tools required to achieve long term health and an improved quality of life. “

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

KY Michelle P (0475.R01.00) - 07/15/2016

Provides adult day health, case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, assessment/reassessment, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/MR/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Kentucky DOE ESEA Flexibility Request - 03/31/2015

“The Kentucky State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.”

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

Kentucky HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On March 17, 2014, updated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rules became effective in the Federal Register for 1915(c) waivers, 1915(i) state plan services, and 1915(k) community first choice state plan option . As they pertain to 1915(c) waivers, these rules include requirements for several areas of HCBS: all residential and non-residential settings, provider- owned residential settings, person-centered planning process, service plan requirements, and conflict-free case management.    The goal of the HCBS final rules is to improve the services rendered to HCBS participants and to maximize the opportunities to receive services in integrated settings and realize the benefits of community living. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing five years (until March 17, 2019) for states and providers to transition into compliance with the all settings and provider-owned settings requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY Supports for Community Living (0314.R03.00) - 09/01/2010

Provides case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, residential support level I, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, residential support level II, specialized medical equipment and supplies, technology assisted level I residential support, vehicle adaptation for individuals w ID/DD individuals ages 3 - no max age

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

KY HCBS Waiver (0144.R05.00) - 07/01/2010

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, OT, PT, speech therapy, financial management services, goods and services, home and community supports, support broker, assessment/reassessment, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY HCBS Transitions (0967.R00.00)

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, OT, PT, speech therapy, S/D community guide, FMS, S/D goods and services, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptations, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled/other disabilities ages 18-64

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury, Long Term Care (0477.R01.00)

Provides adult day health, adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, nursing supports, OT, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/BI ages 18 - no max age.

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury (0333.R03.00)

Provides adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, OT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/brain injury ages 18 - no max age

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

Kentucky Medicaid State Plan

The State Plan is the officially recognized statement describing the nature and scope of Kentucky's Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), the Plan was developed by our state and approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a State Plan, Kentucky would not be eligible for federal funding for providing Medicaid services. Essentially, the Plan is our state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Act and the official issuances of DHHS.    The State Plan includes the many provisions required by the Act, such as:    • Methods of Administration    • Eligibility    • Services Covered    • Quality Control    • Fiscal Reimbursements  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The unbridled spirit of Kentucky has shown that people with disabilities are able to succeed in their careers here in the Bluegrass State.

2014 State Population.
0.41%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,413,457
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.28%
Change from
2013 to 2014
432,038
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.85%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,959
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
27.30%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.01%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.42%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 4,413,457
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 432,038
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,959
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,676,468
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.30%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.42%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 371,865
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 389,540
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 685,650
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 55,490
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 8,818
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,980
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,894
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,446

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,400
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,016

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,521
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,512
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 93,101
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 514
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 139
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,023
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 43
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
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. 63.00%
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. 0.61

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,455
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 323,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,390,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $2,199,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $68,985,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 6,773
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 884
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 29.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.98%
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). 18.75%
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). 59.49%
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). 67.59%
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). 40.74%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 788,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,104
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 421,644
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 85,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 507,293
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 538
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 97
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 635
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,841,069
AbilityOne wages (services). $901,392

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 29
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). 1,790
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 99
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,889

 

Legislation


Kentucky ABLE Act S.B. 179 - 04/05/2016

Signed by the Governor on April  5, 2016

AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities.

Amend KRS 205.200 to disregard any amount in an ABLE account, any contributions to an ABLE account, and any distribution from an ABLE account for qualified expenses for the purposes of determining an individual's eligibility for a means-tested public assistance program and the amount of assistance or benefits the individual is eligible to receive under the program; direct the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to work cooperatively to seek all available sources of funding, determine the best plan of action related to ABLE accounts, and report to the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 31, 2016.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky HB 292 (2013) (proposed) - 03/05/2013

“An Act relating to the employment of persons with disabilities. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to be known as the Employment First Act to set as state policy that competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities is a priority in state agencies; define terms; require coordination, collaboration, and information sharing between state agencies to ensure compliance; require state agencies to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this act; establish the Kentucky Employment First Oversight Commission within the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to facilitate the implementation of this Act; provide for membership, meetings, goals, and objectives of the commission; require that the commission submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly; require state agencies to provide data to and cooperate with the commission.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Labor Cabinet Receives $896,600 Apprenticeship Grant” - 10/24/2016

“The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. – including $896,600 for Kentucky. The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Department of Education “Career and Technical Education” - 10/06/2016

“Mission: The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.”

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Order of Selection Letter to Community Partners” - 06/30/2016

“Last year the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and its partners assisted almost 40,000 Kentuckians on their path toward gainful employment. However, the continuing demand, escalating costs, and a shortfall in matchable state dollars now further limit our ability to provide services to all persons eligible for our services. When a public vocational rehabilitation program like OVR cannot serve everyone who is eligible, federal law requires that it invoke what is called an Order of Selection.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Kentucky Department of Education “Transition” - 10/09/2015

The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Division of Learning Services is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual.

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

2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool User Guide - 08/20/2015

The 2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool is designed to be used by SCL case managers as they conduct the monthly face-to-face monitoring visits ... Case managers shall use this tool to capture information about SCL services and to monitor progress towards the person’s outcomes associated with those services. The KY Focus Tool is designed to capture information about the person’s satisfaction with their supports and services in SCL as well as their overall health and well-being. This Focus Tool will help the SCL case manager organize their work….

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

Customized Employment in Kentucky (video) - 07/28/2015

The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Kentucky Unified State Plan 2012-2017 - 12/10/2012

“The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have all available service opportunities. The system’s service philosophy is that job seekers with disabilities are served by workforce staff in the same manner as any other job seekers. Where additional support or expertise is needed, OVR staff will assist. Many of the individuals with disabilities seeking services at one-stop sites are veterans and thus receive one-on-one assistance from DVOP specialists in addition to the broad array of services otherwise available. Cross-training for staff system-wide is promoted to ensure a seamless continuum of services. To facilitate universal access, one-stop resource areas are equipped with a variety of assistive technology tools, including large computer monitors, low vision readers, screen reading software, TTY, and adjustable work stations. In addition, career center staff is available at all sites to orient customers to these resources and to assist them throughout the service experience.”

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

Kentucky Career Center Office for the Blind

The mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and high quality services that are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with visual disabilities.

We offer a wide variety of services designed to give those with visual disabilities the tools they need to become more independent and productive in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Services are consistent with an individual's strengths, abilities and interests. We also partner with business and industry, assisting employers in hiring and retaining highly qualified employees.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Understanding Order of Selection” Brochure

Under federal law, if Kentucky does not have enough money to provide vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible persons, The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. If you are found eligible for OVR services, your counselor assigns you a priority category based on the functional limitations that affect your ability to work. As of July 1, 2016, OVR is only serving category 1.

How does OVR determine my priority category?

A counselor will determine your priority category based on how your ability to work is limited. OVR considers seven major areas of functional limitations in determining your priority category:  communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, self-care, self-direction, work skills, and work tolerance.

Priority Category

Category 1-Eligible individuals who have the most significant disabilities. Category 2-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in three (3) major areas of functional limitations. Category 3-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in two (2) major areas of functional limitations. Category 4-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in one (1) major area of functional limitations. Category 5-Eligible individuals with non-significant disabilities
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.  

To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life. We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission. We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities “Annual Status Report”

Activity: Development of Local and Regional Leadership

The Commission:

Began the process of educating the Department of Education’s Nine Regional Transition Teams about Employment First and their role in the Employment First process; Worked to expand the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Communities of Practice which currently include Rehabilitation Counselors, Employment Specialists, and Case Managers; and Conducted cross-training between Medicaid Waiver technical Support Staff and OVR Supported Employment Consultants which resulted in OVR and SCL cooperatively conducting reviews and annual visits  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies & Procedures Manual

“Self-employment services are intended to support an employment outcome that is designed to maximize the individual‘s work, earnings, and financial independence… The primary role of [Office of Vocational Rehabilitation] OVR in assisting an individual with a vocational goal of self-employment is to provide support and information throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation process… The Agency has developed a statewide Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide business consultant services to VR consumers interested in self-employment. These services include assessment, training, assistance with business plan development, and follow-up.”

The Policies & Procedures Manual then goes on to define self-employment and explain the related employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities 5 Year State Plan (2012-2016)

“Every five years, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is required by the United States Administration on Developmental Disabilities to create a five-year state plan focused on how it will use its resources to support systems change, capacity building and advocacy that results in people with developmental disabilities becoming more independent, economically self-sufficient, integrated and included in the community, and self-determined in their lives.”. This report includes a number of employment-related goals.

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

Partnerships


Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network “A Guide to Assistive Technology Funding in Kentucky 15th Edition” - 08/01/2016

“…the services of the ATRCs include, but are not limited to: Assistive Technology Services for Early Intervention, K-12 and Post-secondary school, Employment, Transition, Independent Living, leisure or recreation; Loan Library of Assistive Devices, adaptive equipment and toys; Demonstrations of assistive technology devices; Funding information, Assistance and Referral; Assessments and Evaluations for AT; Vocational assessments; Consultations on appropriate technologies; Workplace AT; Environmental Controls; Recycled Computers and Assistive Technology Devices; Training and Technical Assistance on and about AT.”

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

Perkins Center (Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)

“The Perkins Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in several cities and towns across the Commonwealth….One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed... The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals”

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

“The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities…[The CCDD] mission “is to create systemic change in Kentucky that empowers individuals to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through capacity building and advocacy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)

“The Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) is a collaborative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI).

“The CBWTP is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. The goal for the CBWTP is students with disabilities will graduate from high school with positive employment outcomes, working in an integrated work setting with competitive pay.”

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network

The KATS Network is the Kentucky Assistive Technology program operating within its lead agency, the Office Vocational Rehabilitation, Education Cabinet. The KATS Network collaborates with and provides support for several Assistive Technology Resource Centers around Kentucky. Currently there are five such Centers which provide information and support to consumers, educators, parents, and others who are in need of information, assistive technology, or related services.

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation

“Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.

“Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors…. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides staff support to the Board of Directors and the KATLC program.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky PACE (Preparing Adults for Competitive Employment)

“The Pace Training Program is a community-based job training program offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is an integral component of job placement services that offers short-term job training. The trainee will receive a training stipend while working at the program site, which is paid by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.   “Pace Training Program services are designed for the consumer who has been found eligible and whose vocational goal is competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P)

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P) provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. [Their] work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


"Customized Employment in Kentucky” Video Premiering at 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration - 07/29/2015

“Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute announced the debut of their new video, ‘Customized Employment in Kentucky’…    The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“2017 Supported Employment Leadership Series” –Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

“12 days of high quality supported employment professional development provide the foundation for the SE Leadership Series… Participants will study ways of connecting discovery with targeted job development, informational interviews, job analysis/needs analysis, customized employment, and specific representational considerations and strategies.”

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

Supported Employment Training Project “Newly Designed Supported Employment Leadership Series”

What's new?

12 days not required - Participation in all 4 leadership events is encouraged. The content areas are designed to be sequential and cumulative. However, for some, participation in all 12 days may not be possible. Therefore, participants may select any combination of the 4 events. (Check event descriptions for prerequisite requirements and recommendations.) Because the same schedule will be offered annually, it will be possible, for example, to participate in Parts 1 and 2 in 2016, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2017. Three certifications will be offered - For the first time, a performance-based supported employment certification will be available in Kentucky. Historically, much of the content offered in our SE Leadership Series has been derived from Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and our Supported Employment Training Project (SETP) has a long-standing cooperative relationship with Mike Callahan and other MG&A colleagues. This year, we're formalizing an arrangement with MG&A by offering three certifications: 1-Systematic Instruction, 2-Discovery, and 3-Job Development.   

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Kentucky APSE “Training/Continuing Education”

This page is a resource for various traning and continuing education programs that are available in Kentucky. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services “Peer Support Specialist Curriculum Approval Process”

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve the following curricula for Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Adult Peer Support Specialist, Family Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist, and Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, as established in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The regulations provide the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for peer support specialists—both eligibility and training—and specifically speak to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View these regulations in Related Links.

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

Supported Employment Training Project

About Us Having a job represents much more than earning a salary. Employment, including the kind of work one performs, influences one's personal identity, sense of belonging, and place in the world. Furthermore, employment represents one primary way of expressing the inherent human need to contribute – doing something that matters. Yet all too often the significance of employment for people with disabilities has been unrecognized, ignored, or minimized.Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to:

Discover personal interests and contributions,Find or negotiate a job that fits things people like to do and do well,Become established as valued employees; andPursue job advancements.

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. Our work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Please contact mtyree@uky.edu to make suggestions or request additional information. Many documents on this site are only available in PDF format

 

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Goal #2- The capacity of systems that serve all people will be improved so that people with developmental disabilities will have increased access to opportunities for greater independence and integration

Objective 2-B (Employment): By 2021, the Council will support the efforts of at least 10 organizations to expand competitive, integrated employment for individuals with developmental disabilities by employing or assisting  more individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining  jobs in the communities

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: Self-Employment Guide

This webpage offers information on and resources for self-employment. It orients job seekers on where to start the self-employment process and contains links to relevant resources.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children Resource Guide

“This resource book came about because several young people who had lived in parental and foster homes their entire lives realized they were facing life after high school in a nursing facility because of lack of available adult supports in the community and confusion about how to get them.    “As a result, P&A brought together staff of several agencies to figure out how to help people find the transition services they needed. The group pooled their knowledge about available programs to put together a resource book that could be used by young people with disabilities in foster care to transition successfully to adulthood.    “Although the original purpose of this book was to help kids in foster care, it can be used by young people with disabilities anywhere who are looking at life after high school.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities fosters partnerships between the University of Kentucky and several state agencies, including the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Person-Centered Planning Network, and the Kentucky Assistive Technology Network. “Students will acquire foundational knowledge in specific topical areas, including advocacy, specialized healthcare services and financing, inclusive education, legislation, community living, behavioral supports, organizational development and theory, group facilitation, employment options, aging with a disability, assistive technology, and research proposal development.”

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

UKY Human Development Institute - Supported Employment Training Project

SETP Core Training is required for future supported employment specialists and administrators/directors. It is also open to everyone interested in learning about supported employment. This event will provide a thorough overview about what supported employment is (and what it is not). Topics will include: Job Development, Customized Employment and Competitive Employment, and the Impact of wages on benefits (overview of SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, share of cost, WIPA).

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program

The Community Based Work Transition Program provides mandatory training for all new job coaches and new school staff.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Kentucky Request for a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver - 08/24/2016

“Kentucky HEALTH is an innovative, transformative healthcare program designed to not only stabilize the program financially, but to also improve the health outcomes and overall quality of life for all members. This demonstration waiver seeks to evaluate new policies and program elements designed to engage members in their healthcare and provide the necessary education and tools required to achieve long term health and an improved quality of life. “

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

KY Michelle P (0475.R01.00) - 07/15/2016

Provides adult day health, case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, assessment/reassessment, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/MR/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Kentucky DOE ESEA Flexibility Request - 03/31/2015

“The Kentucky State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.”

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

Kentucky HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On March 17, 2014, updated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rules became effective in the Federal Register for 1915(c) waivers, 1915(i) state plan services, and 1915(k) community first choice state plan option . As they pertain to 1915(c) waivers, these rules include requirements for several areas of HCBS: all residential and non-residential settings, provider- owned residential settings, person-centered planning process, service plan requirements, and conflict-free case management.    The goal of the HCBS final rules is to improve the services rendered to HCBS participants and to maximize the opportunities to receive services in integrated settings and realize the benefits of community living. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing five years (until March 17, 2019) for states and providers to transition into compliance with the all settings and provider-owned settings requirements.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY Supports for Community Living (0314.R03.00) - 09/01/2010

Provides case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, residential support level I, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, residential support level II, specialized medical equipment and supplies, technology assisted level I residential support, vehicle adaptation for individuals w ID/DD individuals ages 3 - no max age

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

KY HCBS Waiver (0144.R05.00) - 07/01/2010

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, OT, PT, speech therapy, financial management services, goods and services, home and community supports, support broker, assessment/reassessment, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY HCBS Transitions (0967.R00.00)

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, OT, PT, speech therapy, S/D community guide, FMS, S/D goods and services, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptations, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled/other disabilities ages 18-64

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury, Long Term Care (0477.R01.00)

Provides adult day health, adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, nursing supports, OT, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/BI ages 18 - no max age.

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury (0333.R03.00)

Provides adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, OT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/brain injury ages 18 - no max age

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

Kentucky Medicaid State Plan

The State Plan is the officially recognized statement describing the nature and scope of Kentucky's Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), the Plan was developed by our state and approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a State Plan, Kentucky would not be eligible for federal funding for providing Medicaid services. Essentially, the Plan is our state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Act and the official issuances of DHHS.    The State Plan includes the many provisions required by the Act, such as:    • Methods of Administration    • Eligibility    • Services Covered    • Quality Control    • Fiscal Reimbursements  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The unbridled spirit of Kentucky has shown that people with disabilities are able to succeed in their careers here in the Bluegrass State.

2014 State Population.
0.41%
Change from
2013 to 2014
4,413,457
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.28%
Change from
2013 to 2014
432,038
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.85%
Change from
2013 to 2014
117,959
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.61%
Change from
2013 to 2014
27.30%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.01%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.42%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 4,413,457
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 432,038
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 117,959
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,676,468
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.30%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.42%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.30%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 371,865
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 389,540
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 685,650
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 55,490
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 8,818
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,980
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,894
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,386
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,446

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,400
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 208,016

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 15,521
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 41,512
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 93,101
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 514
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 139
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 6,023
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 43
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
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. 63.00%
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. 0.61

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,455
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 323,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,390,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $2,199,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $68,985,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 6,773
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 884
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 29.50

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.31%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 8.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.98%
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). 18.75%
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). 59.49%
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). 67.59%
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). 40.74%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 788,499
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,104
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 421,644
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 85,649
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 507,293
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 538
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 97
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 635
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,841,069
AbilityOne wages (services). $901,392

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 28
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 29
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). 1,790
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 99
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,889

 

Legislation


Kentucky ABLE Act S.B. 179 - 04/05/2016

Signed by the Governor on April  5, 2016

AN ACT relating to persons with disabilities.

Amend KRS 205.200 to disregard any amount in an ABLE account, any contributions to an ABLE account, and any distribution from an ABLE account for qualified expenses for the purposes of determining an individual's eligibility for a means-tested public assistance program and the amount of assistance or benefits the individual is eligible to receive under the program; direct the State Treasurer, the Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Executive Director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to work cooperatively to seek all available sources of funding, determine the best plan of action related to ABLE accounts, and report to the Legislative Research Commission on or before December 31, 2016.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky HB 292 (2013) (proposed) - 03/05/2013

“An Act relating to the employment of persons with disabilities. Create new sections of KRS Chapter 151B to be known as the Employment First Act to set as state policy that competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities is a priority in state agencies; define terms; require coordination, collaboration, and information sharing between state agencies to ensure compliance; require state agencies to promulgate administrative regulations to implement this act; establish the Kentucky Employment First Oversight Commission within the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to facilitate the implementation of this Act; provide for membership, meetings, goals, and objectives of the commission; require that the commission submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly; require state agencies to provide data to and cooperate with the commission.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


“Labor Cabinet Receives $896,600 Apprenticeship Grant” - 10/24/2016

“The U.S. Dept. of Labor has announced over $50.5 million in grant awards to 37 states to help expand apprenticeship opportunities across the U.S. – including $896,600 for Kentucky. The proposal calls for a workforce pipeline to be created in Kentucky, increasing the number of Registered Apprentices by 1,300 individuals, including women, minorities, 16-24 year olds, individuals age 45+ or older, veterans, and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Department of Education “Career and Technical Education” - 10/06/2016

“Mission: The mission of Career and Technical Education is to assist schools in providing students with skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education or work and a desire for life-long learning in a global society.”

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

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Order of Selection Letter to Community Partners” - 06/30/2016

“Last year the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and its partners assisted almost 40,000 Kentuckians on their path toward gainful employment. However, the continuing demand, escalating costs, and a shortfall in matchable state dollars now further limit our ability to provide services to all persons eligible for our services. When a public vocational rehabilitation program like OVR cannot serve everyone who is eligible, federal law requires that it invoke what is called an Order of Selection.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Kentucky Department of Education “Transition” - 10/09/2015

The ultimate goal of the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Division of Learning Services is the successful transition of all students from school to post-school activities - whether postsecondary education, vocational training, integrated employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. We also recognize that many other transitions occur over the course of the life of an individual.

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

2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool User Guide - 08/20/2015

The 2015 Revised Kentucky Focus Tool is designed to be used by SCL case managers as they conduct the monthly face-to-face monitoring visits ... Case managers shall use this tool to capture information about SCL services and to monitor progress towards the person’s outcomes associated with those services. The KY Focus Tool is designed to capture information about the person’s satisfaction with their supports and services in SCL as well as their overall health and well-being. This Focus Tool will help the SCL case manager organize their work….

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

Customized Employment in Kentucky (video) - 07/28/2015

The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Kentucky Unified State Plan 2012-2017 - 12/10/2012

“The Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have all available service opportunities. The system’s service philosophy is that job seekers with disabilities are served by workforce staff in the same manner as any other job seekers. Where additional support or expertise is needed, OVR staff will assist. Many of the individuals with disabilities seeking services at one-stop sites are veterans and thus receive one-on-one assistance from DVOP specialists in addition to the broad array of services otherwise available. Cross-training for staff system-wide is promoted to ensure a seamless continuum of services. To facilitate universal access, one-stop resource areas are equipped with a variety of assistive technology tools, including large computer monitors, low vision readers, screen reading software, TTY, and adjustable work stations. In addition, career center staff is available at all sites to orient customers to these resources and to assist them throughout the service experience.”

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

Kentucky Career Center Office for the Blind

The mission of the Kentucky Office for the Blind is to provide opportunities for employment and independence to individuals with visual disabilities. We serve Kentuckians who are visually impaired or blind and assist individuals in obtaining and maintaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence with complete integration into society. Our goal is to provide a myriad of resources and high quality services that are geared to enhance the lives of Kentuckians with visual disabilities.

We offer a wide variety of services designed to give those with visual disabilities the tools they need to become more independent and productive in their homes, schools, workplaces and communities. Services are consistent with an individual's strengths, abilities and interests. We also partner with business and industry, assisting employers in hiring and retaining highly qualified employees.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation “Understanding Order of Selection” Brochure

Under federal law, if Kentucky does not have enough money to provide vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible persons, The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) must set priorities to serve those with the most significant disabilities. If you are found eligible for OVR services, your counselor assigns you a priority category based on the functional limitations that affect your ability to work. As of July 1, 2016, OVR is only serving category 1.

How does OVR determine my priority category?

A counselor will determine your priority category based on how your ability to work is limited. OVR considers seven major areas of functional limitations in determining your priority category:  communication, interpersonal skills, mobility, self-care, self-direction, work skills, and work tolerance.

Priority Category

Category 1-Eligible individuals who have the most significant disabilities. Category 2-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in three (3) major areas of functional limitations. Category 3-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in two (2) major areas of functional limitations. Category 4-Eligible individuals with significant disabilities who have limitations in one (1) major area of functional limitations. Category 5-Eligible individuals with non-significant disabilities
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

Kentucky Career Center Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation assists Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence.  We recognize and respect the contribution of all individuals as a necessary and vital part of a productive society.  

To assist Kentuckians with disabilities to achieve suitable employment and independence. We value the rights, merit and dignity of all persons with disabilities and the opportunity to pursue employment as an important aspect of a full and meaningful life. We value all staff, their individual talents, unique abilities and contributions to the agency’s mission. We value collaborative efforts and partnerships which support the agency’s mission
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities “Annual Status Report”

Activity: Development of Local and Regional Leadership

The Commission:

Began the process of educating the Department of Education’s Nine Regional Transition Teams about Employment First and their role in the Employment First process; Worked to expand the Kentucky Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Communities of Practice which currently include Rehabilitation Counselors, Employment Specialists, and Case Managers; and Conducted cross-training between Medicaid Waiver technical Support Staff and OVR Supported Employment Consultants which resulted in OVR and SCL cooperatively conducting reviews and annual visits  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Policies & Procedures Manual

“Self-employment services are intended to support an employment outcome that is designed to maximize the individual‘s work, earnings, and financial independence… The primary role of [Office of Vocational Rehabilitation] OVR in assisting an individual with a vocational goal of self-employment is to provide support and information throughout the assessment, planning, and implementation process… The Agency has developed a statewide Cooperative Agreement with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to provide business consultant services to VR consumers interested in self-employment. These services include assessment, training, assistance with business plan development, and follow-up.”

The Policies & Procedures Manual then goes on to define self-employment and explain the related employment process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities 5 Year State Plan (2012-2016)

“Every five years, the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is required by the United States Administration on Developmental Disabilities to create a five-year state plan focused on how it will use its resources to support systems change, capacity building and advocacy that results in people with developmental disabilities becoming more independent, economically self-sufficient, integrated and included in the community, and self-determined in their lives.”. This report includes a number of employment-related goals.

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

Partnerships


Kentucky Assistive Technology Service Network “A Guide to Assistive Technology Funding in Kentucky 15th Edition” - 08/01/2016

“…the services of the ATRCs include, but are not limited to: Assistive Technology Services for Early Intervention, K-12 and Post-secondary school, Employment, Transition, Independent Living, leisure or recreation; Loan Library of Assistive Devices, adaptive equipment and toys; Demonstrations of assistive technology devices; Funding information, Assistance and Referral; Assessments and Evaluations for AT; Vocational assessments; Consultations on appropriate technologies; Workplace AT; Environmental Controls; Recycled Computers and Assistive Technology Devices; Training and Technical Assistance on and about AT.”

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

Perkins Center (Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation)

“The Perkins Center is a division of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the vast majority of our consumers are referred by OVR Counselors located in several cities and towns across the Commonwealth….One of the main reasons for the creation of the Perkins Center was to enable Kentuckians with disabilities to obtain all the services they would need to become employed... The Center currently operates several programs and services that enable consumers to achieve their vocational goals”

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities

“The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) is a group of citizens, appointed by the governor to serves as a leading catalyst for systems change for individuals and families living with developmental disabilities…[The CCDD] mission “is to create systemic change in Kentucky that empowers individuals to achieve full citizenship and inclusion in the community through capacity building and advocacy”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP)

“The Community Based Work Transition Program (CBWTP) is a collaborative effort between participating local school districts, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), and the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky (HDI).

“The CBWTP is designed to provide a positive beginning in the world of work for students in special education during their last two years of high school. The goal for the CBWTP is students with disabilities will graduate from high school with positive employment outcomes, working in an integrated work setting with competitive pay.”

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Services Network

The KATS Network is the Kentucky Assistive Technology program operating within its lead agency, the Office Vocational Rehabilitation, Education Cabinet. The KATS Network collaborates with and provides support for several Assistive Technology Resource Centers around Kentucky. Currently there are five such Centers which provide information and support to consumers, educators, parents, and others who are in need of information, assistive technology, or related services.

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

Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Corporation

“Working with its lending partner, Fifth Third Bank, KATLC can provide loans for modified vehicles, hearing aids, adapted computers, mobility devices, augmentative communication devices or any other type of equipment or home modification that will improve the quality of life or increase the independence of Kentuckians with disabilities.

“Established by state statute in 1996, KATLC is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors…. The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation currently provides staff support to the Board of Directors and the KATLC program.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky PACE (Preparing Adults for Competitive Employment)

“The Pace Training Program is a community-based job training program offered by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. The program is an integral component of job placement services that offers short-term job training. The trainee will receive a training stipend while working at the program site, which is paid by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.   “Pace Training Program services are designed for the consumer who has been found eligible and whose vocational goal is competitive employment.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Kentucky Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P)

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project (SET-P) provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. [Their] work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


"Customized Employment in Kentucky” Video Premiering at 25th Anniversary of the ADA Celebration - 07/29/2015

“Just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute announced the debut of their new video, ‘Customized Employment in Kentucky’…    The seven-minute video profiles three employees with developmental disabilities who are working in their community, in jobs which are a good fit for them, and in which their contributions are valued by their employer. The common thread in these stories is that the jobs were “customized,” a process in which employer needs are matched with the talents, interests and contributions of individual job seekers.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

“2017 Supported Employment Leadership Series” –Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky

“12 days of high quality supported employment professional development provide the foundation for the SE Leadership Series… Participants will study ways of connecting discovery with targeted job development, informational interviews, job analysis/needs analysis, customized employment, and specific representational considerations and strategies.”

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

Supported Employment Training Project “Newly Designed Supported Employment Leadership Series”

What's new?

12 days not required - Participation in all 4 leadership events is encouraged. The content areas are designed to be sequential and cumulative. However, for some, participation in all 12 days may not be possible. Therefore, participants may select any combination of the 4 events. (Check event descriptions for prerequisite requirements and recommendations.) Because the same schedule will be offered annually, it will be possible, for example, to participate in Parts 1 and 2 in 2016, and then Parts 3 and 4 in 2017. Three certifications will be offered - For the first time, a performance-based supported employment certification will be available in Kentucky. Historically, much of the content offered in our SE Leadership Series has been derived from Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) and our Supported Employment Training Project (SETP) has a long-standing cooperative relationship with Mike Callahan and other MG&A colleagues. This year, we're formalizing an arrangement with MG&A by offering three certifications: 1-Systematic Instruction, 2-Discovery, and 3-Job Development.   

 

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  • Other
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  • Provider Transformation

Kentucky APSE “Training/Continuing Education”

This page is a resource for various traning and continuing education programs that are available in Kentucky. 

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  • Other
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  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services “Peer Support Specialist Curriculum Approval Process”

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve the following curricula for Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Adult Peer Support Specialist, Family Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist, and Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, as established in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The regulations provide the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for peer support specialists—both eligibility and training—and specifically speak to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View these regulations in Related Links.

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

Supported Employment Training Project

About Us Having a job represents much more than earning a salary. Employment, including the kind of work one performs, influences one's personal identity, sense of belonging, and place in the world. Furthermore, employment represents one primary way of expressing the inherent human need to contribute – doing something that matters. Yet all too often the significance of employment for people with disabilities has been unrecognized, ignored, or minimized.Supported employment is designed to promote personalized employment opportunities for people with disabilities when they need support to:

Discover personal interests and contributions,Find or negotiate a job that fits things people like to do and do well,Become established as valued employees; andPursue job advancements.

Kentucky’s Supported Employment Training Project provides support for professionals who in turn support people with disabilities with finding good jobs. Our work through the Human Development Institute at the University of Kentucky, is sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. Please contact mtyree@uky.edu to make suggestions or request additional information. Many documents on this site are only available in PDF format

 

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

Kentucky Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2017-2021

Goal #2- The capacity of systems that serve all people will be improved so that people with developmental disabilities will have increased access to opportunities for greater independence and integration

Objective 2-B (Employment): By 2021, the Council will support the efforts of at least 10 organizations to expand competitive, integrated employment for individuals with developmental disabilities by employing or assisting  more individuals with developmental disabilities in obtaining  jobs in the communities

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  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
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  • Provider Transformation

Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation: Self-Employment Guide

This webpage offers information on and resources for self-employment. It orients job seekers on where to start the self-employment process and contains links to relevant resources.

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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
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  • Self-Employment

Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children Resource Guide

“This resource book came about because several young people who had lived in parental and foster homes their entire lives realized they were facing life after high school in a nursing facility because of lack of available adult supports in the community and confusion about how to get them.    “As a result, P&A brought together staff of several agencies to figure out how to help people find the transition services they needed. The group pooled their knowledge about available programs to put together a resource book that could be used by young people with disabilities in foster care to transition successfully to adulthood.    “Although the original purpose of this book was to help kids in foster care, it can be used by young people with disabilities anywhere who are looking at life after high school.”  
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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
  • Other
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  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

University of Kentucky Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

The Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities fosters partnerships between the University of Kentucky and several state agencies, including the Kentucky Office of Vocation Rehabilitation, Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities, Kentucky Person-Centered Planning Network, and the Kentucky Assistive Technology Network. “Students will acquire foundational knowledge in specific topical areas, including advocacy, specialized healthcare services and financing, inclusive education, legislation, community living, behavioral supports, organizational development and theory, group facilitation, employment options, aging with a disability, assistive technology, and research proposal development.”

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

UKY Human Development Institute - Supported Employment Training Project

SETP Core Training is required for future supported employment specialists and administrators/directors. It is also open to everyone interested in learning about supported employment. This event will provide a thorough overview about what supported employment is (and what it is not). Topics will include: Job Development, Customized Employment and Competitive Employment, and the Impact of wages on benefits (overview of SSI, SSD, Medicaid, Medicare, share of cost, WIPA).

 
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  • Other
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  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Kentucky Community Based Work Transition Program

The Community Based Work Transition Program provides mandatory training for all new job coaches and new school staff.

 
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  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
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  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Kentucky Request for a Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver - 08/24/2016

“Kentucky HEALTH is an innovative, transformative healthcare program designed to not only stabilize the program financially, but to also improve the health outcomes and overall quality of life for all members. This demonstration waiver seeks to evaluate new policies and program elements designed to engage members in their healthcare and provide the necessary education and tools required to achieve long term health and an improved quality of life. “

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

KY Michelle P (0475.R01.00) - 07/15/2016

Provides adult day health, case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, assessment/reassessment, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle adaptation for individuals w/MR/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Kentucky DOE ESEA Flexibility Request - 03/31/2015

“The Kentucky State Department of Education’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on February 9, 2012.”

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  • Department of Education
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  • School-to-Work Transition

Kentucky HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On March 17, 2014, updated Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final rules became effective in the Federal Register for 1915(c) waivers, 1915(i) state plan services, and 1915(k) community first choice state plan option . As they pertain to 1915(c) waivers, these rules include requirements for several areas of HCBS: all residential and non-residential settings, provider- owned residential settings, person-centered planning process, service plan requirements, and conflict-free case management.    The goal of the HCBS final rules is to improve the services rendered to HCBS participants and to maximize the opportunities to receive services in integrated settings and realize the benefits of community living. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is allowing five years (until March 17, 2019) for states and providers to transition into compliance with the all settings and provider-owned settings requirements.  
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  • Medicaid Agencies
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Kentucky Money Follows the Person - 11/17/2010

[Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Grant]… facilitates transition of and provides sustainable community based services to individuals who choose to move from Medicaid funded long term care settings (ICFs/MR and nursing facilities) into the community.”   “Those who transition must meet the criteria for services through one of three (3) transition waivers. Those waivers will provide transition and community based services to individuals who fall into one of the following groups: Individuals who are elderly and/or physically disabled; individuals who have mental retardation and a developmental disability; or individuals who have an acquired brain injury.”  
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  • Medicaid Agencies
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY Supports for Community Living (0314.R03.00) - 09/01/2010

Provides case management, community access, day training, personal assistance, residential support level I, respite, shared living, supported employment, OT, PT, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, natural supports training, transportation, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic service, environmental accessibility adaptation, person centered coaching, positive behavior supports, residential support level II, specialized medical equipment and supplies, technology assisted level I residential support, vehicle adaptation for individuals w ID/DD individuals ages 3 - no max age

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

KY HCBS Waiver (0144.R05.00) - 07/01/2010

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, OT, PT, speech therapy, financial management services, goods and services, home and community supports, support broker, assessment/reassessment, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age  
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  • Medicaid Agencies
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

KY HCBS Transitions (0967.R00.00)

Provides adult day health, case management, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, specialized medical equipment, OT, PT, speech therapy, S/D community guide, FMS, S/D goods and services, attendant care, environmental and minor home adaptations, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for aged individuals 65 - no max age and physically disabled/other disabilities ages 18-64

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury, Long Term Care (0477.R01.00)

Provides adult day health, adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, nursing supports, OT, PT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, family training, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/BI ages 18 - no max age.

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

KY Acquired Brain Injury (0333.R03.00)

Provides adult day training, case management, respite, supported employment, behavioral services, counseling, group counseling, OT, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, community guide, FMS, goods and services, assessment/reassessment, community living supports, environmental and minor home mods, supervised residential care level I, supervised residential care level II, supervised residential care level III for individuals w/brain injury ages 18 - no max age

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

Kentucky Medicaid State Plan

The State Plan is the officially recognized statement describing the nature and scope of Kentucky's Medicaid program. As required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), the Plan was developed by our state and approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Without a State Plan, Kentucky would not be eligible for federal funding for providing Medicaid services. Essentially, the Plan is our state's agreement that it will conform to the requirements of the Act and the official issuances of DHHS.    The State Plan includes the many provisions required by the Act, such as:    • Methods of Administration    • Eligibility    • Services Covered    • Quality Control    • Fiscal Reimbursements  
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  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
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  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)