Massachusetts

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With a commitment to advancing competitive, integrated employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, the state's slogan of "Make It In Massachusetts!" is one inclusive of all state residents.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Massachusett's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,794,422
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
393,251
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.84%
Change from
2014 to 2015
137,985
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.09%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.48%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,692,824 6,745,408 6,794,422
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 389,873 399,206 393,251
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 136,199 141,899 137,985
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,023,909 3,086,555 3,127,728
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.93% 35.55% 35.09%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.88% 79.05% 79.48%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.70% 5.80% 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 22.10% 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.60% 10.20% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 366,064 367,361 368,682
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 416,140 405,785 416,436
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 639,602 626,311 636,792
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 59,987 59,607 64,532
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 86,968 89,305 86,040
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,575 3,492 2,696
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 23,662 24,825 26,372
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,465 22,825 22,867
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 34,470 35,825 31,478

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 8,339 8,703 9,125
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00% 5.20% 5.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 203,672 205,642 205,060

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,215 2,502 2,605
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,283 7,331 7,239
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 19,175 20,914 21,104
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.60% 12.00% 12.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.50% 9.40% 10.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80% 6.30% 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,590 1,742 18,005
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,083 1,163 1,239
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 11,126 10,735 10,668
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 97 75 53
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 64 51 36
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. 66.00% 68.00% 68.00%
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. 0.96 0.76 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,260
7,724
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 33 32 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 503 590 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,170 1,356 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,574 1,886 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,560 3,322 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 420 538 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,229 9,774 12,086
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 323,535 325,203 325,918
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 135 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $34,969,000 $36,370,000 $44,606,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $36,940,000 $29,554,000 $26,014,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $134,766,000 $145,886,000 $146,000,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,274,000 $37,018,000 $44,292,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 26.00% 29.00% 36.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,433 2,631 3,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,085 3,065 2,564
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,882 8,507 8,741
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 56.80 67.80 85.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 59.20% 61.07% 61.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.00% 14.67% 14.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.90% 6.82% 6.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 99.46% 100.00%
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). 46.60% 42.05% 48.94%
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). 81.30% 77.00% 82.00%
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). 93.00% 88.73% 90.16%
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). 34.70% 34.94% 33.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,027,032
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,087
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 19,211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 361,707
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 380,918
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 39
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 611
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 650
AbilityOne wages (products). $73,375
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,474,864

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1 2 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 16
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50 48 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 2 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 52 45
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 71 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 2,550
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 4,563 1,979
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 65 17
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,699 4,555

 


Massachusetts HB 4047 - 08/05/2014

"There shall be within the authority, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities.  Under the program, a person may make contributions to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

MA Act to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities (HB 86 )

“The purpose of the State Use Act is to encourage and assist persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive employment by ensuring an expanded and constant market for services delivered by persons with disabilities, thereby enhancing their dignity and capacity for self-support and minimizing their dependence on welfare and entitlements.” 

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council “State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017” - 08/19/2017

~~“Employment:The number of people served in integrated employment has risen gradually and steadily since 1990. The integrated employment rate in MA for 2014 for state ID/DD agencies was 36% (19% nationally). Integrated employment funding for MA state ID/DD agencies decreased between 2011 and 2012. However in 2014, funding increased to $44,606,312. In 2014, there were 5,739 participants in MA ID/DD agency- employment programs. The gap in employment between individuals with and without disabilities in 2013 was 42.1% between people with any disability and 50.2% between people with a cognitive disability.The MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for the state. MRC’s mission is to “promote equality, empowerment and independence with individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouragingperson choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Work Without Limits joins Partners for Youth with Disabilities to mentor community college students with disabilities” - 02/15/2017

~~“UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, a statewide network dedicated to advancing the employment of people with disabilities, is linking with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) to offer e-mentoring to Massachusetts community college students with disabilities….While higher education often improves employment opportunities, college graduates continue to face barriers when seeking employment, which can lead to unemployment or underemployment.

“We are honored to join Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Business Leadership Networks in four other states to launch this exciting new e-mentoring model,” said Kathleen Petkauskos, Work Without Limits director. “We are committed to increasing the employment rate among individuals with disabilities, and believe that mentoring plays an important role.”

Massachusetts is one of five states that will be participating in the professional mentoring program. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and is expected to offer e-mentoring to 330 young adults across the five states.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Community Based Employment - 01/01/2017

~~“The Community Based Employment pilot program provides funding to move individuals with disabilities from sheltered work to integrated work settings.In 2010, Massachusetts began the employment first initiative which aims to move more individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into community-based integrated work settings or day programs. A Blueprint for Success was written in November 2013 by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in partnership with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The Arc of Massachusetts. These groups issued a progress report in October 2014.The Community Based Employment program is one piece of the employment first initiative. The program calls for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to partner with employers and non-profits who offer employment, job training, therapeutic day programs and other community-based day supports for individuals with significant disabilities. The program helps to match individuals with employers with the goal to move participants towards increasing independence through employment in community integrated individual employment settings.” 

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

Employment Services Program - 01/01/2017

~~“The Employment Services Program (ESP) funds employment and training services for recipients of TAFDC. The program provides education, occupational skills and employment support services to clients. Administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), ESP providers contract for services throughout Massachusetts. ESP helps recipients meet the employment/training requirements of TAFDC. ESP offers multiple services including:•Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) helps clients find work by offering education and skills training, job development and placement.•Young Parents Program serves pregnant or parenting TAFDC clients between the ages of 14 and 21 who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Services include counseling, education, life and parenting skills and job training and placement services. The program aims to help youth attain a diploma or GED and to assist them in securing employment through vocational education and training.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Administrative Advisory SPED 2017-1: Guidance Regarding the WIOA Prohibition on Contracting with Entities for the Purpose of Operating a Program Under Which a Youth with a Disability is Engaged in Subminimum Wage Employment - 09/19/2016

“This advisory provides guidance in accordance with the regulations recently promulgated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, specifically 34 CFR § 397.31. This regulation states: ‘“Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program for a youth under which work is compensated at a subminimum wage.’”

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

MA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Funding Application - 06/12/2015

In consideration of the evidence for supported employment, specifically the Individual Placement and Support/Supported Employment Model (IPS/SE) developed by Becker and Drake of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, DMH is embedding and integrating supported employment within its community-based services. IPS is a core component of CBFS services. All CBFS providers are required to provide IPS services and employment outcome data are collected from providers consistent with the IPS model."

“DMH continues to provide employment services through Clubhouses, which provide members with a range of career counseling, job search, training, support, and placement services for obtaining and maintaining permanent, supported, and transitional employment. Clubhouses also serve as multi¬service centers for DMH clients and other persons with serious mental illness living in the community."

Clients also receive employment services through DMH's Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), which are not employment programs per se but each PACT team does offer employment services within its mix of community-based client services. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MA DDS Employment First Initiative - Progress Report - 01/09/2015

“For the operation of a pilot program to support individuals with disabilities transitioning from employment services offered at sheltered workshops to community-based employment or day support program services as part of the commonwealth's employment first initiative; provided, that the department may establish public/private partnerships with employers and non-profit organizations offering employment, job training, therapeutic day programs, recreational and other community-based day support services to individuals with disabilities; provided further, that such partnerships shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities as well as offering personalized day program planning and options to maximize community involvement and participation; and provided further, that the department shall issue [a] report, not later than December 31st, 2014, to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities regarding the effectiveness of the pilot program and recommendations to improve or expand the program as applicable.”

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

Creating Conditions for Success: Blueprint Progress Report - 10/01/2014

To achieve integrated employment, the Blueprint’s architects constructed a plan to close sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Contingent on additional funding, participants in sheltered workshops would transition to individual or group employment and/or Community- Based Day Services (CBDS) once sheltered workshops closed. An estimated investment of

$26.7 million over a four-year period would be needed to provide supports to individuals leaving sheltered workshops and moving into integrated work and day settings.

The Blueprint rollout also included an 18 month capacity building initiative funded by DDS to build a foundation for employment success. The Department of Developmental Services committed to fund the following: (a) regional forums to brief and respond to questions from individuals and families about the Blueprint, (b) technical assistance and consultation to providers to redesign services, (c) staff development and training to build a knowledge base in delivering integrated employment supports, and (d) expansion of a cross-disability, interagency employment collaborative model in three regions of the state to more effectively engage employers. Furthermore, DDS remained dedicated to provide individuals the same number of hours of services and supports to maintain stability for families during a time of change.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on efforts made to expand integrated employment in Massachusetts since Blueprint for Success was released in November 2013.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Employment First Policy - 08/01/2010

“This policy, known as the ‘Employment First’ policy, establishes that for working age adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, integrated, individual employment is the preferred service option and optimal outcome. In the development of service plans and service delivery, assistance and supports for individual, integrated employment will be prioritized."

"It is recognized that full implementation of this policy will be a long-term process, requiring a general raising of expectations over time, by individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services, their families, as well as DDS and service provider staff concerning the ability of individuals to succeed in individual, integrated employment. This will require a consistent message across the DDS system regarding integrated employment as a priority; consistent actions that reinforce this message; and an infrastructure, including prioritizing and directing of resources, that supports this effort. This will also require a fundamental shift in thinking from a mind-set of integrated employment as an option for some individuals, to employment as a goal for all.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Massachusetts Model Employer Strategic Plan - 06/01/2009

“Addressing the significant under-employment of people with disabilities, including older workers aging into disability, is a priority within Governor Patrick’s economic development and jobs creation goals for the state; establishing the Commonwealth as a model employer of people with disabilities is an important step toward achieving that objective. This document provides a roadmap for change in the Executive Branch by setting forth a strategic plan addressing three over-arching goals:

Seek to increase the number of people with disabilities employed by the Executive Branch; Explore methods to ensure the successful retention and promotion of state workers with disabilities and older workers who age into disability; Foster an environment and a workforce able to support and facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

IEP Process Guide - 06/01/2001

Transition planning is more effective when the planning is an integral part of the student’s IEP and the student’s program. Transition planning is required under Federal law and becomes a major Team focus when a student reaches fourteen years of age.

The Team is required to write IEPs that prepare students with disabilities for independence and employment and other post-school activities. The commitment of students, parents, educators, adult agency staff and community members is required to help students reach their visions and be active participants and contributors to society.

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

“Massachusetts ESSA Plan: Executive Summary”

~~“The goal of the Massachusetts K-12 public education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. This means that all students will be prepared to successfully complete credit-bearing college courses or certificate or workplace training programs, enter economically viable career pathways, and engage as active and responsible citizens in our democracy. Our work is to broaden students’ opportunities and close gaps so that all students, regardless of background, are ready for the world that awaits them after high school….

At the high school level, we will ensure that all students have multiple high-quality pathways to educational and career opportunities after secondary school. These pathways will include enhanced early college opportunities, expanded access to career-technical education, and career development opportunities that link to workforce skill needs.”

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

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Secondary Transition” Policy

“For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when they turn 14 (or earlier, if the IEP team agrees). From age 14 until they graduate or turn 22, students on IEPs receive transition services from their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.”

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

Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities - 10/24/2015

“Young people with disabilities, like all youth, have dreams, interests and talents that can take them on a pathway to a successful and fulfilling adulthood. But the very low rates of employment for people with disabilities speaks to the many barriers they will face on that journey. With the right supports from family, schools, employers and others, they can not only avoid a life of poverty and dependence but can also achieve the satisfaction of feeling valued in their work while bringing value to their place of work.

In Boston, the community has come together to take the first step. Through the Workforce Development Task Force of the Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) project (a project of Massachusetts Advocates for Children), 70 organizations joined forces to develop a comprehensive Action Plan to guide a strategic approach for change and a Resource Guide to help youth and families navigate the system of services. The Plan contains an executive summary, a goal area “dashboard” with the many action steps already underway or recommended, and a useful chart that shows the key pathways Boston youth take from school to employment.”

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

MA Blueprint for Success: Partnerships - 11/01/2013

"In July 2013, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Elin Howe appointed a group of disability providers, advocates and DDS leaders to examine day and employment support programs for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The Employment Workgroup ‟s goal has been to develop a five-year plan to increase both inclusive employment opportunities and higher earning potential for individuals with ID, while phasing out the use of sheltered workshops.  The Workgroup has achieved consensus on the following plan, which is reflected in proposed changes, goals, recommendations, and timelines to achieve the desired outcomes.”

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

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Pathways to Employment for Youth Grant Awarded to Massachusetts - 09/19/2016

“Purpose: To notify Local Workforce Development Boards, One-Stop Career Center Operators and other workforce investment partners that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,500,000 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to operate the Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative Pathways to Employment for Youth (DEI Pathways for Youth) Project.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

MA Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Massachusetts was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

  In 2014 Massachusetts was awarded a Round 5 grant.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Work Without Limits – About Us - 07/01/2009

~~Work Without Limits is an initiative of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit, whose mission is to create solutions that maximize employment opportunities and improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities served by public programs.Since its inception in 2009, Work Without Limits has worked alongside a multitude of stakeholders including employers, employment service providers, state agencies, individuals with disabilities, and family members to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Employers and businesses become members of Work Without Limits through the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MABLN). Community based organizations and state agencies become partners through formal memorandums of understanding that support a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship, and optimize employment programs, services and outcomes for those who are seeking them.

 

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

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

Customized Employment Projects: Massachusetts

"This project proposes an approach to developing the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts to serve all individuals, with a specific focus on individual with significant disabilities who have traditionally been unemployed or underemployed and have not been users of the One-Stop system. Particular emphasis is placed on individuals who have the most limited employment participation including individuals who are in sheltered workshops, day habilitation or day treatment programs; are recipients of SSI or SSDI, are on waiting lists for services with state MR/DD agencies; or individuals who are exiting education services and are likely to enter those programs. Developing the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to be responsive to this population established a clear benchmark that addresses the WIA value for universal access.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

MA Work Incentives Grant (Southern Essex)

“The North Shore Employment Consortium (NoSEC), led by the Southern Essex Workforce Investment Board, will address the need for full accessibility to employment and training services for all citizens. NoSEC partners are targeting this project for people with disabilities in the nineteen cities and towns of Southern Essex County, Massachusetts. NoSEC partners will institute a cultural paradigm shift towards improved physical and programmatic accessibility. This project will include a training/marketing program for employment service providers, employers, and disabled persons, and the community at large. The project will also focus on transportation needs of disabled persons seeking employment and on the creation of relevant internships for people with disabilities.”

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

MA DDS Training Program - “Spring 2017 Comprehensive Employment Supports Training Series” - 06/01/2016

~~“This six-day, 36-hour training series incorporates state-of-the-art practices in career planning, job development, job coaching and support. This series includes full-day sessions that will be held between April 18 and May 25, 2017. It is expected that registrants will attend all six training days.”

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

MA DDS Training - Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals Using Social Security Work Incentives - 06/01/2016

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Department of Education – Transition Specialist Training Requirements - 09/22/2015

Staff who provide employment services must have subject matter knowledge of:

“Foundations and implementation of transition education and transition services;” “Individual transition assessment and system evaluation, including conducting, interpreting, and overseeing individualized formal and informal transition assessments;” “How to develop transition systems and supports which include best practices in postsecondary education, competitive integrated employment (including supported employment), independent living, and community participation;” “Collaboration including strategies for active participation of students and families in IEP development, transition education and services, and support networks; development of partnerships with employers.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Employment First Technical Assistance - 11/01/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in conjunction with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The ARC of Massachusetts, released the [Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts...The blueprint outlines a plan to implement [Employment First]…in Massachusetts. To assist providers with the transformation from center based work to work in the community, the ICI, with funding from DDS, has established the Employment First Technical Assistance Center. Through this center, the ICI provides training, technical assistance, and access to a wide range of tools and resources that support the blueprint.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days" - 01/01/2010

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA DDS Employment Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days"

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA Webinar Archives

This page contains past webinar presentations sponsored by DDS in partnership with ICI.  Webinars contain information on disability employment, partnerships, accommodations, and work place supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Career Planning

~~“This is a page of links to information and training on career planning, particularly that which is  “person centered” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Citations

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


Proposed Adoption “101 CMR 359.00 Rates for Home and Community Based Services Waivers” - 01/01/2017

“101 CMR 359.00 governs the payment rates, effective January 1, 2017, for services in four Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waivers purchased by a governmental unit. The four HCBS Waivers are: Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Habilitation (ABI-N) Waiver, Acquired Brain Injury ResidentialHabilitation (ABI-RH) Waiver, Money Follows the Person Community Living (MFP-CL)Waiver, and Money Follows the Person Residential Supports (MFP-RS) Waiver. Listed below are the waiver services available in each waiver.”

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

Massachusetts HCBS Transition Plan - 12/01/2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule related to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Medicaid-funded long term services and supports provided in residential and non-residential home and community-based settings. The final rule took effect March 17, 2014. States are required to submit transition plans to CMS within one year of the effective date indicating how they intend to comply with the new requirements within a reasonable time period. If states amend or renew any of their currently operating waivers or state plan amendments prior to the effective date, that action serves as a trigger for the state to submit a transition plan for all its waivers under 1915(c), as well as any state plan amendments under 1915(i) or 1915(k) within 120 days of the amendment/renewal submission. The following is Massachusetts’ statewide transition plan pursuant to this requirement. The main focus of this Transition Plan is on residential supports offered through HCBS waivers.

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

MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration - 10/30/2014

“The MassHealth demonstration is a statewide multi-faceted health reform effort. The demonstration was initially implemented in July 1997, and has developed over time through amendments and renewals reflecting new priorities and the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The demonstration authorizes Medicaid income eligibility for certain categorically eligible populations including pregnant women, parents or adult caretakers, infants, children and individuals with disabilities, and provides premium subsidies to qualifying individuals who are enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) consistent with levels provided under the demonstration prior to the Affordable Care Act.”

The fifth renewal was approved October 30, 2014. It expires June 30, 2019.

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

MA Community Living Waiver (1915c) - 07/01/2013

This waiver, "provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID"

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

MA Adult Supports Waiver (0828.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Intensive Supports Waiver (0827.R01.00) [1915c] - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, day hab supplement, 24-hr self directed home sharing support, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transitional assistance services, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Community Living (0826.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA MFP Residential Supports Waiver (1028.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, addiction services, assisted living, community crisis stabilization, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, residential family training, shared living 24-hr supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, transportation for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA MFP Community Living Waiver (1027.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides home health aide, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, addiction services, adult companion, chore, community crisis stabilization, community family training, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, independent living supports, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, shared home supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, supportive home care aide, transportation, vehicle mods for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities”. 

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

MassOptions (Balancing Incentives Program)

“MassOptions connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. Learn more about MassOptions, the network of partners and State agencies and how to contact them here.”

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

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Snapshot

With a commitment to advancing competitive, integrated employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, the state's slogan of "Make It In Massachusetts!" is one inclusive of all state residents.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Massachusett's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,794,422
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
393,251
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.84%
Change from
2014 to 2015
137,985
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.09%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.48%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,692,824 6,745,408 6,794,422
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 389,873 399,206 393,251
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 136,199 141,899 137,985
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,023,909 3,086,555 3,127,728
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.93% 35.55% 35.09%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.88% 79.05% 79.48%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.70% 5.80% 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 22.10% 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.60% 10.20% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 366,064 367,361 368,682
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 416,140 405,785 416,436
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 639,602 626,311 636,792
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 59,987 59,607 64,532
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 86,968 89,305 86,040
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,575 3,492 2,696
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 23,662 24,825 26,372
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,465 22,825 22,867
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 34,470 35,825 31,478

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 8,339 8,703 9,125
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00% 5.20% 5.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 203,672 205,642 205,060

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,215 2,502 2,605
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,283 7,331 7,239
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 19,175 20,914 21,104
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.60% 12.00% 12.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.50% 9.40% 10.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80% 6.30% 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,590 1,742 18,005
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,083 1,163 1,239
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 11,126 10,735 10,668
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 97 75 53
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 64 51 36
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. 66.00% 68.00% 68.00%
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. 0.96 0.76 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,260
7,724
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 33 32 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 503 590 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,170 1,356 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,574 1,886 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,560 3,322 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 420 538 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,229 9,774 12,086
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 323,535 325,203 325,918
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 135 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $34,969,000 $36,370,000 $44,606,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $36,940,000 $29,554,000 $26,014,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $134,766,000 $145,886,000 $146,000,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,274,000 $37,018,000 $44,292,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 26.00% 29.00% 36.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,433 2,631 3,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,085 3,065 2,564
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,882 8,507 8,741
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 56.80 67.80 85.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 59.20% 61.07% 61.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.00% 14.67% 14.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.90% 6.82% 6.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 99.46% 100.00%
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). 46.60% 42.05% 48.94%
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). 81.30% 77.00% 82.00%
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). 93.00% 88.73% 90.16%
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). 34.70% 34.94% 33.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,027,032
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,087
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 19,211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 361,707
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 380,918
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 39
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 611
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 650
AbilityOne wages (products). $73,375
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,474,864

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1 2 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 16
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50 48 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 2 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 52 45
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 71 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 2,550
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 4,563 1,979
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 65 17
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,699 4,555

 

Legislation


Massachusetts HB 4047 - 08/05/2014

"There shall be within the authority, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities.  Under the program, a person may make contributions to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

MA Act to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities (HB 86 )

“The purpose of the State Use Act is to encourage and assist persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive employment by ensuring an expanded and constant market for services delivered by persons with disabilities, thereby enhancing their dignity and capacity for self-support and minimizing their dependence on welfare and entitlements.” 

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council “State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017” - 08/19/2017

~~“Employment:The number of people served in integrated employment has risen gradually and steadily since 1990. The integrated employment rate in MA for 2014 for state ID/DD agencies was 36% (19% nationally). Integrated employment funding for MA state ID/DD agencies decreased between 2011 and 2012. However in 2014, funding increased to $44,606,312. In 2014, there were 5,739 participants in MA ID/DD agency- employment programs. The gap in employment between individuals with and without disabilities in 2013 was 42.1% between people with any disability and 50.2% between people with a cognitive disability.The MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for the state. MRC’s mission is to “promote equality, empowerment and independence with individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouragingperson choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Work Without Limits joins Partners for Youth with Disabilities to mentor community college students with disabilities” - 02/15/2017

~~“UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, a statewide network dedicated to advancing the employment of people with disabilities, is linking with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) to offer e-mentoring to Massachusetts community college students with disabilities….While higher education often improves employment opportunities, college graduates continue to face barriers when seeking employment, which can lead to unemployment or underemployment.

“We are honored to join Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Business Leadership Networks in four other states to launch this exciting new e-mentoring model,” said Kathleen Petkauskos, Work Without Limits director. “We are committed to increasing the employment rate among individuals with disabilities, and believe that mentoring plays an important role.”

Massachusetts is one of five states that will be participating in the professional mentoring program. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and is expected to offer e-mentoring to 330 young adults across the five states.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Community Based Employment - 01/01/2017

~~“The Community Based Employment pilot program provides funding to move individuals with disabilities from sheltered work to integrated work settings.In 2010, Massachusetts began the employment first initiative which aims to move more individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into community-based integrated work settings or day programs. A Blueprint for Success was written in November 2013 by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in partnership with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The Arc of Massachusetts. These groups issued a progress report in October 2014.The Community Based Employment program is one piece of the employment first initiative. The program calls for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to partner with employers and non-profits who offer employment, job training, therapeutic day programs and other community-based day supports for individuals with significant disabilities. The program helps to match individuals with employers with the goal to move participants towards increasing independence through employment in community integrated individual employment settings.” 

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

Employment Services Program - 01/01/2017

~~“The Employment Services Program (ESP) funds employment and training services for recipients of TAFDC. The program provides education, occupational skills and employment support services to clients. Administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), ESP providers contract for services throughout Massachusetts. ESP helps recipients meet the employment/training requirements of TAFDC. ESP offers multiple services including:•Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) helps clients find work by offering education and skills training, job development and placement.•Young Parents Program serves pregnant or parenting TAFDC clients between the ages of 14 and 21 who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Services include counseling, education, life and parenting skills and job training and placement services. The program aims to help youth attain a diploma or GED and to assist them in securing employment through vocational education and training.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Administrative Advisory SPED 2017-1: Guidance Regarding the WIOA Prohibition on Contracting with Entities for the Purpose of Operating a Program Under Which a Youth with a Disability is Engaged in Subminimum Wage Employment - 09/19/2016

“This advisory provides guidance in accordance with the regulations recently promulgated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, specifically 34 CFR § 397.31. This regulation states: ‘“Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program for a youth under which work is compensated at a subminimum wage.’”

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

MA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Funding Application - 06/12/2015

In consideration of the evidence for supported employment, specifically the Individual Placement and Support/Supported Employment Model (IPS/SE) developed by Becker and Drake of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, DMH is embedding and integrating supported employment within its community-based services. IPS is a core component of CBFS services. All CBFS providers are required to provide IPS services and employment outcome data are collected from providers consistent with the IPS model."

“DMH continues to provide employment services through Clubhouses, which provide members with a range of career counseling, job search, training, support, and placement services for obtaining and maintaining permanent, supported, and transitional employment. Clubhouses also serve as multi¬service centers for DMH clients and other persons with serious mental illness living in the community."

Clients also receive employment services through DMH's Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), which are not employment programs per se but each PACT team does offer employment services within its mix of community-based client services. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MA DDS Employment First Initiative - Progress Report - 01/09/2015

“For the operation of a pilot program to support individuals with disabilities transitioning from employment services offered at sheltered workshops to community-based employment or day support program services as part of the commonwealth's employment first initiative; provided, that the department may establish public/private partnerships with employers and non-profit organizations offering employment, job training, therapeutic day programs, recreational and other community-based day support services to individuals with disabilities; provided further, that such partnerships shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities as well as offering personalized day program planning and options to maximize community involvement and participation; and provided further, that the department shall issue [a] report, not later than December 31st, 2014, to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities regarding the effectiveness of the pilot program and recommendations to improve or expand the program as applicable.”

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

Creating Conditions for Success: Blueprint Progress Report - 10/01/2014

To achieve integrated employment, the Blueprint’s architects constructed a plan to close sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Contingent on additional funding, participants in sheltered workshops would transition to individual or group employment and/or Community- Based Day Services (CBDS) once sheltered workshops closed. An estimated investment of

$26.7 million over a four-year period would be needed to provide supports to individuals leaving sheltered workshops and moving into integrated work and day settings.

The Blueprint rollout also included an 18 month capacity building initiative funded by DDS to build a foundation for employment success. The Department of Developmental Services committed to fund the following: (a) regional forums to brief and respond to questions from individuals and families about the Blueprint, (b) technical assistance and consultation to providers to redesign services, (c) staff development and training to build a knowledge base in delivering integrated employment supports, and (d) expansion of a cross-disability, interagency employment collaborative model in three regions of the state to more effectively engage employers. Furthermore, DDS remained dedicated to provide individuals the same number of hours of services and supports to maintain stability for families during a time of change.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on efforts made to expand integrated employment in Massachusetts since Blueprint for Success was released in November 2013.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Employment First Policy - 08/01/2010

“This policy, known as the ‘Employment First’ policy, establishes that for working age adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, integrated, individual employment is the preferred service option and optimal outcome. In the development of service plans and service delivery, assistance and supports for individual, integrated employment will be prioritized."

"It is recognized that full implementation of this policy will be a long-term process, requiring a general raising of expectations over time, by individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services, their families, as well as DDS and service provider staff concerning the ability of individuals to succeed in individual, integrated employment. This will require a consistent message across the DDS system regarding integrated employment as a priority; consistent actions that reinforce this message; and an infrastructure, including prioritizing and directing of resources, that supports this effort. This will also require a fundamental shift in thinking from a mind-set of integrated employment as an option for some individuals, to employment as a goal for all.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Massachusetts Model Employer Strategic Plan - 06/01/2009

“Addressing the significant under-employment of people with disabilities, including older workers aging into disability, is a priority within Governor Patrick’s economic development and jobs creation goals for the state; establishing the Commonwealth as a model employer of people with disabilities is an important step toward achieving that objective. This document provides a roadmap for change in the Executive Branch by setting forth a strategic plan addressing three over-arching goals:

Seek to increase the number of people with disabilities employed by the Executive Branch; Explore methods to ensure the successful retention and promotion of state workers with disabilities and older workers who age into disability; Foster an environment and a workforce able to support and facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

IEP Process Guide - 06/01/2001

Transition planning is more effective when the planning is an integral part of the student’s IEP and the student’s program. Transition planning is required under Federal law and becomes a major Team focus when a student reaches fourteen years of age.

The Team is required to write IEPs that prepare students with disabilities for independence and employment and other post-school activities. The commitment of students, parents, educators, adult agency staff and community members is required to help students reach their visions and be active participants and contributors to society.

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

“Massachusetts ESSA Plan: Executive Summary”

~~“The goal of the Massachusetts K-12 public education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. This means that all students will be prepared to successfully complete credit-bearing college courses or certificate or workplace training programs, enter economically viable career pathways, and engage as active and responsible citizens in our democracy. Our work is to broaden students’ opportunities and close gaps so that all students, regardless of background, are ready for the world that awaits them after high school….

At the high school level, we will ensure that all students have multiple high-quality pathways to educational and career opportunities after secondary school. These pathways will include enhanced early college opportunities, expanded access to career-technical education, and career development opportunities that link to workforce skill needs.”

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

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Secondary Transition” Policy

“For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when they turn 14 (or earlier, if the IEP team agrees). From age 14 until they graduate or turn 22, students on IEPs receive transition services from their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.”

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

Partnerships


Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities - 10/24/2015

“Young people with disabilities, like all youth, have dreams, interests and talents that can take them on a pathway to a successful and fulfilling adulthood. But the very low rates of employment for people with disabilities speaks to the many barriers they will face on that journey. With the right supports from family, schools, employers and others, they can not only avoid a life of poverty and dependence but can also achieve the satisfaction of feeling valued in their work while bringing value to their place of work.

In Boston, the community has come together to take the first step. Through the Workforce Development Task Force of the Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) project (a project of Massachusetts Advocates for Children), 70 organizations joined forces to develop a comprehensive Action Plan to guide a strategic approach for change and a Resource Guide to help youth and families navigate the system of services. The Plan contains an executive summary, a goal area “dashboard” with the many action steps already underway or recommended, and a useful chart that shows the key pathways Boston youth take from school to employment.”

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

MA Blueprint for Success: Partnerships - 11/01/2013

"In July 2013, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Elin Howe appointed a group of disability providers, advocates and DDS leaders to examine day and employment support programs for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The Employment Workgroup ‟s goal has been to develop a five-year plan to increase both inclusive employment opportunities and higher earning potential for individuals with ID, while phasing out the use of sheltered workshops.  The Workgroup has achieved consensus on the following plan, which is reflected in proposed changes, goals, recommendations, and timelines to achieve the desired outcomes.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Pathways to Employment for Youth Grant Awarded to Massachusetts - 09/19/2016

“Purpose: To notify Local Workforce Development Boards, One-Stop Career Center Operators and other workforce investment partners that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,500,000 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to operate the Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative Pathways to Employment for Youth (DEI Pathways for Youth) Project.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

MA Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Massachusetts was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

  In 2014 Massachusetts was awarded a Round 5 grant.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Work Without Limits – About Us - 07/01/2009

~~Work Without Limits is an initiative of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit, whose mission is to create solutions that maximize employment opportunities and improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities served by public programs.Since its inception in 2009, Work Without Limits has worked alongside a multitude of stakeholders including employers, employment service providers, state agencies, individuals with disabilities, and family members to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Employers and businesses become members of Work Without Limits through the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MABLN). Community based organizations and state agencies become partners through formal memorandums of understanding that support a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship, and optimize employment programs, services and outcomes for those who are seeking them.

 

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

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

Customized Employment Projects: Massachusetts

"This project proposes an approach to developing the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts to serve all individuals, with a specific focus on individual with significant disabilities who have traditionally been unemployed or underemployed and have not been users of the One-Stop system. Particular emphasis is placed on individuals who have the most limited employment participation including individuals who are in sheltered workshops, day habilitation or day treatment programs; are recipients of SSI or SSDI, are on waiting lists for services with state MR/DD agencies; or individuals who are exiting education services and are likely to enter those programs. Developing the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to be responsive to this population established a clear benchmark that addresses the WIA value for universal access.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

MA Work Incentives Grant (Southern Essex)

“The North Shore Employment Consortium (NoSEC), led by the Southern Essex Workforce Investment Board, will address the need for full accessibility to employment and training services for all citizens. NoSEC partners are targeting this project for people with disabilities in the nineteen cities and towns of Southern Essex County, Massachusetts. NoSEC partners will institute a cultural paradigm shift towards improved physical and programmatic accessibility. This project will include a training/marketing program for employment service providers, employers, and disabled persons, and the community at large. The project will also focus on transportation needs of disabled persons seeking employment and on the creation of relevant internships for people with disabilities.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MA DDS Training Program - “Spring 2017 Comprehensive Employment Supports Training Series” - 06/01/2016

~~“This six-day, 36-hour training series incorporates state-of-the-art practices in career planning, job development, job coaching and support. This series includes full-day sessions that will be held between April 18 and May 25, 2017. It is expected that registrants will attend all six training days.”

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

MA DDS Training - Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals Using Social Security Work Incentives - 06/01/2016

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Department of Education – Transition Specialist Training Requirements - 09/22/2015

Staff who provide employment services must have subject matter knowledge of:

“Foundations and implementation of transition education and transition services;” “Individual transition assessment and system evaluation, including conducting, interpreting, and overseeing individualized formal and informal transition assessments;” “How to develop transition systems and supports which include best practices in postsecondary education, competitive integrated employment (including supported employment), independent living, and community participation;” “Collaboration including strategies for active participation of students and families in IEP development, transition education and services, and support networks; development of partnerships with employers.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Employment First Technical Assistance - 11/01/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in conjunction with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The ARC of Massachusetts, released the [Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts...The blueprint outlines a plan to implement [Employment First]…in Massachusetts. To assist providers with the transformation from center based work to work in the community, the ICI, with funding from DDS, has established the Employment First Technical Assistance Center. Through this center, the ICI provides training, technical assistance, and access to a wide range of tools and resources that support the blueprint.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days" - 01/01/2010

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA DDS Employment Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days"

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA Webinar Archives

This page contains past webinar presentations sponsored by DDS in partnership with ICI.  Webinars contain information on disability employment, partnerships, accommodations, and work place supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Career Planning

~~“This is a page of links to information and training on career planning, particularly that which is  “person centered” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Citations

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Proposed Adoption “101 CMR 359.00 Rates for Home and Community Based Services Waivers” - 01/01/2017

“101 CMR 359.00 governs the payment rates, effective January 1, 2017, for services in four Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waivers purchased by a governmental unit. The four HCBS Waivers are: Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Habilitation (ABI-N) Waiver, Acquired Brain Injury ResidentialHabilitation (ABI-RH) Waiver, Money Follows the Person Community Living (MFP-CL)Waiver, and Money Follows the Person Residential Supports (MFP-RS) Waiver. Listed below are the waiver services available in each waiver.”

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

Massachusetts HCBS Transition Plan - 12/01/2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule related to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Medicaid-funded long term services and supports provided in residential and non-residential home and community-based settings. The final rule took effect March 17, 2014. States are required to submit transition plans to CMS within one year of the effective date indicating how they intend to comply with the new requirements within a reasonable time period. If states amend or renew any of their currently operating waivers or state plan amendments prior to the effective date, that action serves as a trigger for the state to submit a transition plan for all its waivers under 1915(c), as well as any state plan amendments under 1915(i) or 1915(k) within 120 days of the amendment/renewal submission. The following is Massachusetts’ statewide transition plan pursuant to this requirement. The main focus of this Transition Plan is on residential supports offered through HCBS waivers.

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

MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration - 10/30/2014

“The MassHealth demonstration is a statewide multi-faceted health reform effort. The demonstration was initially implemented in July 1997, and has developed over time through amendments and renewals reflecting new priorities and the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The demonstration authorizes Medicaid income eligibility for certain categorically eligible populations including pregnant women, parents or adult caretakers, infants, children and individuals with disabilities, and provides premium subsidies to qualifying individuals who are enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) consistent with levels provided under the demonstration prior to the Affordable Care Act.”

The fifth renewal was approved October 30, 2014. It expires June 30, 2019.

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

MA Community Living Waiver (1915c) - 07/01/2013

This waiver, "provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID"

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

MA Adult Supports Waiver (0828.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Intensive Supports Waiver (0827.R01.00) [1915c] - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, day hab supplement, 24-hr self directed home sharing support, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transitional assistance services, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Community Living (0826.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA MFP Residential Supports Waiver (1028.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, addiction services, assisted living, community crisis stabilization, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, residential family training, shared living 24-hr supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, transportation for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA MFP Community Living Waiver (1027.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides home health aide, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, addiction services, adult companion, chore, community crisis stabilization, community family training, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, independent living supports, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, shared home supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, supportive home care aide, transportation, vehicle mods for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities”. 

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

MassOptions (Balancing Incentives Program)

“MassOptions connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. Learn more about MassOptions, the network of partners and State agencies and how to contact them here.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to advancing competitive, integrated employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, the state's slogan of "Make It In Massachusetts!" is one inclusive of all state residents.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Massachusett's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,794,422
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
393,251
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.84%
Change from
2014 to 2015
137,985
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.09%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.48%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,692,824 6,745,408 6,794,422
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 389,873 399,206 393,251
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 136,199 141,899 137,985
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,023,909 3,086,555 3,127,728
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.93% 35.55% 35.09%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.88% 79.05% 79.48%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.70% 5.80% 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.40% 22.10% 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.60% 10.20% 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 366,064 367,361 368,682
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 416,140 405,785 416,436
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 639,602 626,311 636,792
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 59,987 59,607 64,532
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 86,968 89,305 86,040
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,575 3,492 2,696
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 23,662 24,825 26,372
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,465 22,825 22,867
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 34,470 35,825 31,478

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 8,339 8,703 9,125
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.00% 5.20% 5.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 203,672 205,642 205,060

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,215 2,502 2,605
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 11,283 7,331 7,239
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 19,175 20,914 21,104
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.60% 12.00% 12.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.50% 9.40% 10.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80% 6.30% 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,590 1,742 18,005
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,083 1,163 1,239
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 11,126 10,735 10,668
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.06 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 97 75 53
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 64 51 36
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. 66.00% 68.00% 68.00%
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. 0.96 0.76 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,260
7,724
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 33 32 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 503 590 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,170 1,356 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,574 1,886 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,560 3,322 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 420 538 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 37.70% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,229 9,774 12,086
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 323,535 325,203 325,918
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 135 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $34,969,000 $36,370,000 $44,606,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $36,940,000 $29,554,000 $26,014,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $134,766,000 $145,886,000 $146,000,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,274,000 $37,018,000 $44,292,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 26.00% 29.00% 36.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,433 2,631 3,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 3,085 3,065 2,564
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 7,882 8,507 8,741
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 56.80 67.80 85.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 59.20% 61.07% 61.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.00% 14.67% 14.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.90% 6.82% 6.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 99.46% 100.00%
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). 46.60% 42.05% 48.94%
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). 81.30% 77.00% 82.00%
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). 93.00% 88.73% 90.16%
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). 34.70% 34.94% 33.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,027,032
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,087
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 19,211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 361,707
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 380,918
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 39
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 611
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 650
AbilityOne wages (products). $73,375
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,474,864

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1 2 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 16
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50 48 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 2 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 52 45
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 71 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 2,550
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 4,563 1,979
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 65 17
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,699 4,555

 

Legislation


Massachusetts HB 4047 - 08/05/2014

"There shall be within the authority, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities.  Under the program, a person may make contributions to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

MA Act to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities (HB 86 )

“The purpose of the State Use Act is to encourage and assist persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive employment by ensuring an expanded and constant market for services delivered by persons with disabilities, thereby enhancing their dignity and capacity for self-support and minimizing their dependence on welfare and entitlements.” 

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council “State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017” - 08/19/2017

~~“Employment:The number of people served in integrated employment has risen gradually and steadily since 1990. The integrated employment rate in MA for 2014 for state ID/DD agencies was 36% (19% nationally). Integrated employment funding for MA state ID/DD agencies decreased between 2011 and 2012. However in 2014, funding increased to $44,606,312. In 2014, there were 5,739 participants in MA ID/DD agency- employment programs. The gap in employment between individuals with and without disabilities in 2013 was 42.1% between people with any disability and 50.2% between people with a cognitive disability.The MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for the state. MRC’s mission is to “promote equality, empowerment and independence with individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouragingperson choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Work Without Limits joins Partners for Youth with Disabilities to mentor community college students with disabilities” - 02/15/2017

~~“UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, a statewide network dedicated to advancing the employment of people with disabilities, is linking with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) to offer e-mentoring to Massachusetts community college students with disabilities….While higher education often improves employment opportunities, college graduates continue to face barriers when seeking employment, which can lead to unemployment or underemployment.

“We are honored to join Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Business Leadership Networks in four other states to launch this exciting new e-mentoring model,” said Kathleen Petkauskos, Work Without Limits director. “We are committed to increasing the employment rate among individuals with disabilities, and believe that mentoring plays an important role.”

Massachusetts is one of five states that will be participating in the professional mentoring program. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and is expected to offer e-mentoring to 330 young adults across the five states.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Community Based Employment - 01/01/2017

~~“The Community Based Employment pilot program provides funding to move individuals with disabilities from sheltered work to integrated work settings.In 2010, Massachusetts began the employment first initiative which aims to move more individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into community-based integrated work settings or day programs. A Blueprint for Success was written in November 2013 by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in partnership with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The Arc of Massachusetts. These groups issued a progress report in October 2014.The Community Based Employment program is one piece of the employment first initiative. The program calls for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to partner with employers and non-profits who offer employment, job training, therapeutic day programs and other community-based day supports for individuals with significant disabilities. The program helps to match individuals with employers with the goal to move participants towards increasing independence through employment in community integrated individual employment settings.” 

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

Employment Services Program - 01/01/2017

~~“The Employment Services Program (ESP) funds employment and training services for recipients of TAFDC. The program provides education, occupational skills and employment support services to clients. Administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), ESP providers contract for services throughout Massachusetts. ESP helps recipients meet the employment/training requirements of TAFDC. ESP offers multiple services including:•Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) helps clients find work by offering education and skills training, job development and placement.•Young Parents Program serves pregnant or parenting TAFDC clients between the ages of 14 and 21 who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Services include counseling, education, life and parenting skills and job training and placement services. The program aims to help youth attain a diploma or GED and to assist them in securing employment through vocational education and training.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Administrative Advisory SPED 2017-1: Guidance Regarding the WIOA Prohibition on Contracting with Entities for the Purpose of Operating a Program Under Which a Youth with a Disability is Engaged in Subminimum Wage Employment - 09/19/2016

“This advisory provides guidance in accordance with the regulations recently promulgated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, specifically 34 CFR § 397.31. This regulation states: ‘“Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program for a youth under which work is compensated at a subminimum wage.’”

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

MA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Funding Application - 06/12/2015

In consideration of the evidence for supported employment, specifically the Individual Placement and Support/Supported Employment Model (IPS/SE) developed by Becker and Drake of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, DMH is embedding and integrating supported employment within its community-based services. IPS is a core component of CBFS services. All CBFS providers are required to provide IPS services and employment outcome data are collected from providers consistent with the IPS model."

“DMH continues to provide employment services through Clubhouses, which provide members with a range of career counseling, job search, training, support, and placement services for obtaining and maintaining permanent, supported, and transitional employment. Clubhouses also serve as multi¬service centers for DMH clients and other persons with serious mental illness living in the community."

Clients also receive employment services through DMH's Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), which are not employment programs per se but each PACT team does offer employment services within its mix of community-based client services. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MA DDS Employment First Initiative - Progress Report - 01/09/2015

“For the operation of a pilot program to support individuals with disabilities transitioning from employment services offered at sheltered workshops to community-based employment or day support program services as part of the commonwealth's employment first initiative; provided, that the department may establish public/private partnerships with employers and non-profit organizations offering employment, job training, therapeutic day programs, recreational and other community-based day support services to individuals with disabilities; provided further, that such partnerships shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities as well as offering personalized day program planning and options to maximize community involvement and participation; and provided further, that the department shall issue [a] report, not later than December 31st, 2014, to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities regarding the effectiveness of the pilot program and recommendations to improve or expand the program as applicable.”

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

Creating Conditions for Success: Blueprint Progress Report - 10/01/2014

To achieve integrated employment, the Blueprint’s architects constructed a plan to close sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Contingent on additional funding, participants in sheltered workshops would transition to individual or group employment and/or Community- Based Day Services (CBDS) once sheltered workshops closed. An estimated investment of

$26.7 million over a four-year period would be needed to provide supports to individuals leaving sheltered workshops and moving into integrated work and day settings.

The Blueprint rollout also included an 18 month capacity building initiative funded by DDS to build a foundation for employment success. The Department of Developmental Services committed to fund the following: (a) regional forums to brief and respond to questions from individuals and families about the Blueprint, (b) technical assistance and consultation to providers to redesign services, (c) staff development and training to build a knowledge base in delivering integrated employment supports, and (d) expansion of a cross-disability, interagency employment collaborative model in three regions of the state to more effectively engage employers. Furthermore, DDS remained dedicated to provide individuals the same number of hours of services and supports to maintain stability for families during a time of change.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on efforts made to expand integrated employment in Massachusetts since Blueprint for Success was released in November 2013.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Employment First Policy - 08/01/2010

“This policy, known as the ‘Employment First’ policy, establishes that for working age adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, integrated, individual employment is the preferred service option and optimal outcome. In the development of service plans and service delivery, assistance and supports for individual, integrated employment will be prioritized."

"It is recognized that full implementation of this policy will be a long-term process, requiring a general raising of expectations over time, by individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services, their families, as well as DDS and service provider staff concerning the ability of individuals to succeed in individual, integrated employment. This will require a consistent message across the DDS system regarding integrated employment as a priority; consistent actions that reinforce this message; and an infrastructure, including prioritizing and directing of resources, that supports this effort. This will also require a fundamental shift in thinking from a mind-set of integrated employment as an option for some individuals, to employment as a goal for all.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Massachusetts Model Employer Strategic Plan - 06/01/2009

“Addressing the significant under-employment of people with disabilities, including older workers aging into disability, is a priority within Governor Patrick’s economic development and jobs creation goals for the state; establishing the Commonwealth as a model employer of people with disabilities is an important step toward achieving that objective. This document provides a roadmap for change in the Executive Branch by setting forth a strategic plan addressing three over-arching goals:

Seek to increase the number of people with disabilities employed by the Executive Branch; Explore methods to ensure the successful retention and promotion of state workers with disabilities and older workers who age into disability; Foster an environment and a workforce able to support and facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

IEP Process Guide - 06/01/2001

Transition planning is more effective when the planning is an integral part of the student’s IEP and the student’s program. Transition planning is required under Federal law and becomes a major Team focus when a student reaches fourteen years of age.

The Team is required to write IEPs that prepare students with disabilities for independence and employment and other post-school activities. The commitment of students, parents, educators, adult agency staff and community members is required to help students reach their visions and be active participants and contributors to society.

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

“Massachusetts ESSA Plan: Executive Summary”

~~“The goal of the Massachusetts K-12 public education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. This means that all students will be prepared to successfully complete credit-bearing college courses or certificate or workplace training programs, enter economically viable career pathways, and engage as active and responsible citizens in our democracy. Our work is to broaden students’ opportunities and close gaps so that all students, regardless of background, are ready for the world that awaits them after high school….

At the high school level, we will ensure that all students have multiple high-quality pathways to educational and career opportunities after secondary school. These pathways will include enhanced early college opportunities, expanded access to career-technical education, and career development opportunities that link to workforce skill needs.”

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

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Secondary Transition” Policy

“For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when they turn 14 (or earlier, if the IEP team agrees). From age 14 until they graduate or turn 22, students on IEPs receive transition services from their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.”

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

Partnerships


Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities - 10/24/2015

“Young people with disabilities, like all youth, have dreams, interests and talents that can take them on a pathway to a successful and fulfilling adulthood. But the very low rates of employment for people with disabilities speaks to the many barriers they will face on that journey. With the right supports from family, schools, employers and others, they can not only avoid a life of poverty and dependence but can also achieve the satisfaction of feeling valued in their work while bringing value to their place of work.

In Boston, the community has come together to take the first step. Through the Workforce Development Task Force of the Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) project (a project of Massachusetts Advocates for Children), 70 organizations joined forces to develop a comprehensive Action Plan to guide a strategic approach for change and a Resource Guide to help youth and families navigate the system of services. The Plan contains an executive summary, a goal area “dashboard” with the many action steps already underway or recommended, and a useful chart that shows the key pathways Boston youth take from school to employment.”

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

MA Blueprint for Success: Partnerships - 11/01/2013

"In July 2013, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Elin Howe appointed a group of disability providers, advocates and DDS leaders to examine day and employment support programs for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The Employment Workgroup ‟s goal has been to develop a five-year plan to increase both inclusive employment opportunities and higher earning potential for individuals with ID, while phasing out the use of sheltered workshops.  The Workgroup has achieved consensus on the following plan, which is reflected in proposed changes, goals, recommendations, and timelines to achieve the desired outcomes.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Pathways to Employment for Youth Grant Awarded to Massachusetts - 09/19/2016

“Purpose: To notify Local Workforce Development Boards, One-Stop Career Center Operators and other workforce investment partners that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,500,000 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to operate the Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative Pathways to Employment for Youth (DEI Pathways for Youth) Project.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

MA Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Massachusetts was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

  In 2014 Massachusetts was awarded a Round 5 grant.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Work Without Limits – About Us - 07/01/2009

~~Work Without Limits is an initiative of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit, whose mission is to create solutions that maximize employment opportunities and improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities served by public programs.Since its inception in 2009, Work Without Limits has worked alongside a multitude of stakeholders including employers, employment service providers, state agencies, individuals with disabilities, and family members to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Employers and businesses become members of Work Without Limits through the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MABLN). Community based organizations and state agencies become partners through formal memorandums of understanding that support a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship, and optimize employment programs, services and outcomes for those who are seeking them.

 

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

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

Customized Employment Projects: Massachusetts

"This project proposes an approach to developing the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts to serve all individuals, with a specific focus on individual with significant disabilities who have traditionally been unemployed or underemployed and have not been users of the One-Stop system. Particular emphasis is placed on individuals who have the most limited employment participation including individuals who are in sheltered workshops, day habilitation or day treatment programs; are recipients of SSI or SSDI, are on waiting lists for services with state MR/DD agencies; or individuals who are exiting education services and are likely to enter those programs. Developing the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to be responsive to this population established a clear benchmark that addresses the WIA value for universal access.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

MA Work Incentives Grant (Southern Essex)

“The North Shore Employment Consortium (NoSEC), led by the Southern Essex Workforce Investment Board, will address the need for full accessibility to employment and training services for all citizens. NoSEC partners are targeting this project for people with disabilities in the nineteen cities and towns of Southern Essex County, Massachusetts. NoSEC partners will institute a cultural paradigm shift towards improved physical and programmatic accessibility. This project will include a training/marketing program for employment service providers, employers, and disabled persons, and the community at large. The project will also focus on transportation needs of disabled persons seeking employment and on the creation of relevant internships for people with disabilities.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MA DDS Training Program - “Spring 2017 Comprehensive Employment Supports Training Series” - 06/01/2016

~~“This six-day, 36-hour training series incorporates state-of-the-art practices in career planning, job development, job coaching and support. This series includes full-day sessions that will be held between April 18 and May 25, 2017. It is expected that registrants will attend all six training days.”

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

MA DDS Training - Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals Using Social Security Work Incentives - 06/01/2016

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Department of Education – Transition Specialist Training Requirements - 09/22/2015

Staff who provide employment services must have subject matter knowledge of:

“Foundations and implementation of transition education and transition services;” “Individual transition assessment and system evaluation, including conducting, interpreting, and overseeing individualized formal and informal transition assessments;” “How to develop transition systems and supports which include best practices in postsecondary education, competitive integrated employment (including supported employment), independent living, and community participation;” “Collaboration including strategies for active participation of students and families in IEP development, transition education and services, and support networks; development of partnerships with employers.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Employment First Technical Assistance - 11/01/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in conjunction with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The ARC of Massachusetts, released the [Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts...The blueprint outlines a plan to implement [Employment First]…in Massachusetts. To assist providers with the transformation from center based work to work in the community, the ICI, with funding from DDS, has established the Employment First Technical Assistance Center. Through this center, the ICI provides training, technical assistance, and access to a wide range of tools and resources that support the blueprint.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days" - 01/01/2010

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA DDS Employment Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days"

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA Webinar Archives

This page contains past webinar presentations sponsored by DDS in partnership with ICI.  Webinars contain information on disability employment, partnerships, accommodations, and work place supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Career Planning

~~“This is a page of links to information and training on career planning, particularly that which is  “person centered” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Citations

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Proposed Adoption “101 CMR 359.00 Rates for Home and Community Based Services Waivers” - 01/01/2017

“101 CMR 359.00 governs the payment rates, effective January 1, 2017, for services in four Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waivers purchased by a governmental unit. The four HCBS Waivers are: Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Habilitation (ABI-N) Waiver, Acquired Brain Injury ResidentialHabilitation (ABI-RH) Waiver, Money Follows the Person Community Living (MFP-CL)Waiver, and Money Follows the Person Residential Supports (MFP-RS) Waiver. Listed below are the waiver services available in each waiver.”

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

Massachusetts HCBS Transition Plan - 12/01/2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule related to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Medicaid-funded long term services and supports provided in residential and non-residential home and community-based settings. The final rule took effect March 17, 2014. States are required to submit transition plans to CMS within one year of the effective date indicating how they intend to comply with the new requirements within a reasonable time period. If states amend or renew any of their currently operating waivers or state plan amendments prior to the effective date, that action serves as a trigger for the state to submit a transition plan for all its waivers under 1915(c), as well as any state plan amendments under 1915(i) or 1915(k) within 120 days of the amendment/renewal submission. The following is Massachusetts’ statewide transition plan pursuant to this requirement. The main focus of this Transition Plan is on residential supports offered through HCBS waivers.

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

MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration - 10/30/2014

“The MassHealth demonstration is a statewide multi-faceted health reform effort. The demonstration was initially implemented in July 1997, and has developed over time through amendments and renewals reflecting new priorities and the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The demonstration authorizes Medicaid income eligibility for certain categorically eligible populations including pregnant women, parents or adult caretakers, infants, children and individuals with disabilities, and provides premium subsidies to qualifying individuals who are enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) consistent with levels provided under the demonstration prior to the Affordable Care Act.”

The fifth renewal was approved October 30, 2014. It expires June 30, 2019.

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

MA Community Living Waiver (1915c) - 07/01/2013

This waiver, "provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID"

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

MA Adult Supports Waiver (0828.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Intensive Supports Waiver (0827.R01.00) [1915c] - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, day hab supplement, 24-hr self directed home sharing support, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transitional assistance services, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Community Living (0826.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA MFP Residential Supports Waiver (1028.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, addiction services, assisted living, community crisis stabilization, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, residential family training, shared living 24-hr supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, transportation for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA MFP Community Living Waiver (1027.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides home health aide, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, addiction services, adult companion, chore, community crisis stabilization, community family training, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, independent living supports, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, shared home supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, supportive home care aide, transportation, vehicle mods for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities”. 

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

MassOptions (Balancing Incentives Program)

“MassOptions connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. Learn more about MassOptions, the network of partners and State agencies and how to contact them here.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With a commitment to advancing competitive, integrated employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, the state's slogan of "Make It In Massachusetts!" is one inclusive of all state residents.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Massachusett's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,794,422
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
393,251
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.84%
Change from
2014 to 2015
137,985
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.09%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.48%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 6,794,422
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 393,251
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 137,985
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,127,728
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.09%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.48%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 368,682
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 416,436
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 636,792
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 64,532
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 86,040
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,696
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 26,372
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 22,867
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 31,478

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 9,125
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 205,060

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,605
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,239
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 21,104
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 12.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 10.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 18,005
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,239
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,668
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 53
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 36
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. 68.00%
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. 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 12,086
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 325,918
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $44,606,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $26,014,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $146,000,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $44,292,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 36.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,564
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,741
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 85.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
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). 48.94%
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). 82.00%
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). 90.16%
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). 33.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,027,032
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,087
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 19,211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 361,707
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 380,918
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 39
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 611
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 650
AbilityOne wages (products). $73,375
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,474,864

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 16
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 45
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2,550
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,979
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 17
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,555

 

Legislation


Massachusetts HB 4047 - 08/05/2014

"There shall be within the authority, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities.  Under the program, a person may make contributions to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

MA Act to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities (HB 86 )

“The purpose of the State Use Act is to encourage and assist persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive employment by ensuring an expanded and constant market for services delivered by persons with disabilities, thereby enhancing their dignity and capacity for self-support and minimizing their dependence on welfare and entitlements.” 

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council “State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017” - 08/19/2017

~~“Employment:The number of people served in integrated employment has risen gradually and steadily since 1990. The integrated employment rate in MA for 2014 for state ID/DD agencies was 36% (19% nationally). Integrated employment funding for MA state ID/DD agencies decreased between 2011 and 2012. However in 2014, funding increased to $44,606,312. In 2014, there were 5,739 participants in MA ID/DD agency- employment programs. The gap in employment between individuals with and without disabilities in 2013 was 42.1% between people with any disability and 50.2% between people with a cognitive disability.The MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for the state. MRC’s mission is to “promote equality, empowerment and independence with individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouragingperson choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Work Without Limits joins Partners for Youth with Disabilities to mentor community college students with disabilities” - 02/15/2017

~~“UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, a statewide network dedicated to advancing the employment of people with disabilities, is linking with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) to offer e-mentoring to Massachusetts community college students with disabilities….While higher education often improves employment opportunities, college graduates continue to face barriers when seeking employment, which can lead to unemployment or underemployment.

“We are honored to join Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Business Leadership Networks in four other states to launch this exciting new e-mentoring model,” said Kathleen Petkauskos, Work Without Limits director. “We are committed to increasing the employment rate among individuals with disabilities, and believe that mentoring plays an important role.”

Massachusetts is one of five states that will be participating in the professional mentoring program. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and is expected to offer e-mentoring to 330 young adults across the five states.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Community Based Employment - 01/01/2017

~~“The Community Based Employment pilot program provides funding to move individuals with disabilities from sheltered work to integrated work settings.In 2010, Massachusetts began the employment first initiative which aims to move more individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into community-based integrated work settings or day programs. A Blueprint for Success was written in November 2013 by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in partnership with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The Arc of Massachusetts. These groups issued a progress report in October 2014.The Community Based Employment program is one piece of the employment first initiative. The program calls for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to partner with employers and non-profits who offer employment, job training, therapeutic day programs and other community-based day supports for individuals with significant disabilities. The program helps to match individuals with employers with the goal to move participants towards increasing independence through employment in community integrated individual employment settings.” 

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

Employment Services Program - 01/01/2017

~~“The Employment Services Program (ESP) funds employment and training services for recipients of TAFDC. The program provides education, occupational skills and employment support services to clients. Administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), ESP providers contract for services throughout Massachusetts. ESP helps recipients meet the employment/training requirements of TAFDC. ESP offers multiple services including:•Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) helps clients find work by offering education and skills training, job development and placement.•Young Parents Program serves pregnant or parenting TAFDC clients between the ages of 14 and 21 who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Services include counseling, education, life and parenting skills and job training and placement services. The program aims to help youth attain a diploma or GED and to assist them in securing employment through vocational education and training.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Administrative Advisory SPED 2017-1: Guidance Regarding the WIOA Prohibition on Contracting with Entities for the Purpose of Operating a Program Under Which a Youth with a Disability is Engaged in Subminimum Wage Employment - 09/19/2016

“This advisory provides guidance in accordance with the regulations recently promulgated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, specifically 34 CFR § 397.31. This regulation states: ‘“Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program for a youth under which work is compensated at a subminimum wage.’”

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

MA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Funding Application - 06/12/2015

In consideration of the evidence for supported employment, specifically the Individual Placement and Support/Supported Employment Model (IPS/SE) developed by Becker and Drake of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, DMH is embedding and integrating supported employment within its community-based services. IPS is a core component of CBFS services. All CBFS providers are required to provide IPS services and employment outcome data are collected from providers consistent with the IPS model."

“DMH continues to provide employment services through Clubhouses, which provide members with a range of career counseling, job search, training, support, and placement services for obtaining and maintaining permanent, supported, and transitional employment. Clubhouses also serve as multi¬service centers for DMH clients and other persons with serious mental illness living in the community."

Clients also receive employment services through DMH's Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), which are not employment programs per se but each PACT team does offer employment services within its mix of community-based client services. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MA DDS Employment First Initiative - Progress Report - 01/09/2015

“For the operation of a pilot program to support individuals with disabilities transitioning from employment services offered at sheltered workshops to community-based employment or day support program services as part of the commonwealth's employment first initiative; provided, that the department may establish public/private partnerships with employers and non-profit organizations offering employment, job training, therapeutic day programs, recreational and other community-based day support services to individuals with disabilities; provided further, that such partnerships shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities as well as offering personalized day program planning and options to maximize community involvement and participation; and provided further, that the department shall issue [a] report, not later than December 31st, 2014, to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities regarding the effectiveness of the pilot program and recommendations to improve or expand the program as applicable.”

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

Creating Conditions for Success: Blueprint Progress Report - 10/01/2014

To achieve integrated employment, the Blueprint’s architects constructed a plan to close sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Contingent on additional funding, participants in sheltered workshops would transition to individual or group employment and/or Community- Based Day Services (CBDS) once sheltered workshops closed. An estimated investment of

$26.7 million over a four-year period would be needed to provide supports to individuals leaving sheltered workshops and moving into integrated work and day settings.

The Blueprint rollout also included an 18 month capacity building initiative funded by DDS to build a foundation for employment success. The Department of Developmental Services committed to fund the following: (a) regional forums to brief and respond to questions from individuals and families about the Blueprint, (b) technical assistance and consultation to providers to redesign services, (c) staff development and training to build a knowledge base in delivering integrated employment supports, and (d) expansion of a cross-disability, interagency employment collaborative model in three regions of the state to more effectively engage employers. Furthermore, DDS remained dedicated to provide individuals the same number of hours of services and supports to maintain stability for families during a time of change.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on efforts made to expand integrated employment in Massachusetts since Blueprint for Success was released in November 2013.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Employment First Policy - 08/01/2010

“This policy, known as the ‘Employment First’ policy, establishes that for working age adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, integrated, individual employment is the preferred service option and optimal outcome. In the development of service plans and service delivery, assistance and supports for individual, integrated employment will be prioritized."

"It is recognized that full implementation of this policy will be a long-term process, requiring a general raising of expectations over time, by individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services, their families, as well as DDS and service provider staff concerning the ability of individuals to succeed in individual, integrated employment. This will require a consistent message across the DDS system regarding integrated employment as a priority; consistent actions that reinforce this message; and an infrastructure, including prioritizing and directing of resources, that supports this effort. This will also require a fundamental shift in thinking from a mind-set of integrated employment as an option for some individuals, to employment as a goal for all.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Massachusetts Model Employer Strategic Plan - 06/01/2009

“Addressing the significant under-employment of people with disabilities, including older workers aging into disability, is a priority within Governor Patrick’s economic development and jobs creation goals for the state; establishing the Commonwealth as a model employer of people with disabilities is an important step toward achieving that objective. This document provides a roadmap for change in the Executive Branch by setting forth a strategic plan addressing three over-arching goals:

Seek to increase the number of people with disabilities employed by the Executive Branch; Explore methods to ensure the successful retention and promotion of state workers with disabilities and older workers who age into disability; Foster an environment and a workforce able to support and facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

IEP Process Guide - 06/01/2001

Transition planning is more effective when the planning is an integral part of the student’s IEP and the student’s program. Transition planning is required under Federal law and becomes a major Team focus when a student reaches fourteen years of age.

The Team is required to write IEPs that prepare students with disabilities for independence and employment and other post-school activities. The commitment of students, parents, educators, adult agency staff and community members is required to help students reach their visions and be active participants and contributors to society.

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

“Massachusetts ESSA Plan: Executive Summary”

~~“The goal of the Massachusetts K-12 public education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. This means that all students will be prepared to successfully complete credit-bearing college courses or certificate or workplace training programs, enter economically viable career pathways, and engage as active and responsible citizens in our democracy. Our work is to broaden students’ opportunities and close gaps so that all students, regardless of background, are ready for the world that awaits them after high school….

At the high school level, we will ensure that all students have multiple high-quality pathways to educational and career opportunities after secondary school. These pathways will include enhanced early college opportunities, expanded access to career-technical education, and career development opportunities that link to workforce skill needs.”

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

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Secondary Transition” Policy

“For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when they turn 14 (or earlier, if the IEP team agrees). From age 14 until they graduate or turn 22, students on IEPs receive transition services from their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.”

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

Partnerships


Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities - 10/24/2015

“Young people with disabilities, like all youth, have dreams, interests and talents that can take them on a pathway to a successful and fulfilling adulthood. But the very low rates of employment for people with disabilities speaks to the many barriers they will face on that journey. With the right supports from family, schools, employers and others, they can not only avoid a life of poverty and dependence but can also achieve the satisfaction of feeling valued in their work while bringing value to their place of work.

In Boston, the community has come together to take the first step. Through the Workforce Development Task Force of the Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) project (a project of Massachusetts Advocates for Children), 70 organizations joined forces to develop a comprehensive Action Plan to guide a strategic approach for change and a Resource Guide to help youth and families navigate the system of services. The Plan contains an executive summary, a goal area “dashboard” with the many action steps already underway or recommended, and a useful chart that shows the key pathways Boston youth take from school to employment.”

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

MA Blueprint for Success: Partnerships - 11/01/2013

"In July 2013, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Elin Howe appointed a group of disability providers, advocates and DDS leaders to examine day and employment support programs for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The Employment Workgroup ‟s goal has been to develop a five-year plan to increase both inclusive employment opportunities and higher earning potential for individuals with ID, while phasing out the use of sheltered workshops.  The Workgroup has achieved consensus on the following plan, which is reflected in proposed changes, goals, recommendations, and timelines to achieve the desired outcomes.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Pathways to Employment for Youth Grant Awarded to Massachusetts - 09/19/2016

“Purpose: To notify Local Workforce Development Boards, One-Stop Career Center Operators and other workforce investment partners that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,500,000 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to operate the Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative Pathways to Employment for Youth (DEI Pathways for Youth) Project.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

MA Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Massachusetts was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

  In 2014 Massachusetts was awarded a Round 5 grant.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Work Without Limits – About Us - 07/01/2009

~~Work Without Limits is an initiative of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit, whose mission is to create solutions that maximize employment opportunities and improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities served by public programs.Since its inception in 2009, Work Without Limits has worked alongside a multitude of stakeholders including employers, employment service providers, state agencies, individuals with disabilities, and family members to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Employers and businesses become members of Work Without Limits through the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MABLN). Community based organizations and state agencies become partners through formal memorandums of understanding that support a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship, and optimize employment programs, services and outcomes for those who are seeking them.

 

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

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

Customized Employment Projects: Massachusetts

"This project proposes an approach to developing the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts to serve all individuals, with a specific focus on individual with significant disabilities who have traditionally been unemployed or underemployed and have not been users of the One-Stop system. Particular emphasis is placed on individuals who have the most limited employment participation including individuals who are in sheltered workshops, day habilitation or day treatment programs; are recipients of SSI or SSDI, are on waiting lists for services with state MR/DD agencies; or individuals who are exiting education services and are likely to enter those programs. Developing the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to be responsive to this population established a clear benchmark that addresses the WIA value for universal access.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

MA Work Incentives Grant (Southern Essex)

“The North Shore Employment Consortium (NoSEC), led by the Southern Essex Workforce Investment Board, will address the need for full accessibility to employment and training services for all citizens. NoSEC partners are targeting this project for people with disabilities in the nineteen cities and towns of Southern Essex County, Massachusetts. NoSEC partners will institute a cultural paradigm shift towards improved physical and programmatic accessibility. This project will include a training/marketing program for employment service providers, employers, and disabled persons, and the community at large. The project will also focus on transportation needs of disabled persons seeking employment and on the creation of relevant internships for people with disabilities.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MA DDS Training Program - “Spring 2017 Comprehensive Employment Supports Training Series” - 06/01/2016

~~“This six-day, 36-hour training series incorporates state-of-the-art practices in career planning, job development, job coaching and support. This series includes full-day sessions that will be held between April 18 and May 25, 2017. It is expected that registrants will attend all six training days.”

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

MA DDS Training - Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals Using Social Security Work Incentives - 06/01/2016

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Department of Education – Transition Specialist Training Requirements - 09/22/2015

Staff who provide employment services must have subject matter knowledge of:

“Foundations and implementation of transition education and transition services;” “Individual transition assessment and system evaluation, including conducting, interpreting, and overseeing individualized formal and informal transition assessments;” “How to develop transition systems and supports which include best practices in postsecondary education, competitive integrated employment (including supported employment), independent living, and community participation;” “Collaboration including strategies for active participation of students and families in IEP development, transition education and services, and support networks; development of partnerships with employers.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Employment First Technical Assistance - 11/01/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in conjunction with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The ARC of Massachusetts, released the [Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts...The blueprint outlines a plan to implement [Employment First]…in Massachusetts. To assist providers with the transformation from center based work to work in the community, the ICI, with funding from DDS, has established the Employment First Technical Assistance Center. Through this center, the ICI provides training, technical assistance, and access to a wide range of tools and resources that support the blueprint.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days" - 01/01/2010

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA DDS Employment Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days"

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA Webinar Archives

This page contains past webinar presentations sponsored by DDS in partnership with ICI.  Webinars contain information on disability employment, partnerships, accommodations, and work place supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Career Planning

~~“This is a page of links to information and training on career planning, particularly that which is  “person centered” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Citations

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Proposed Adoption “101 CMR 359.00 Rates for Home and Community Based Services Waivers” - 01/01/2017

“101 CMR 359.00 governs the payment rates, effective January 1, 2017, for services in four Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waivers purchased by a governmental unit. The four HCBS Waivers are: Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Habilitation (ABI-N) Waiver, Acquired Brain Injury ResidentialHabilitation (ABI-RH) Waiver, Money Follows the Person Community Living (MFP-CL)Waiver, and Money Follows the Person Residential Supports (MFP-RS) Waiver. Listed below are the waiver services available in each waiver.”

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

Massachusetts HCBS Transition Plan - 12/01/2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule related to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Medicaid-funded long term services and supports provided in residential and non-residential home and community-based settings. The final rule took effect March 17, 2014. States are required to submit transition plans to CMS within one year of the effective date indicating how they intend to comply with the new requirements within a reasonable time period. If states amend or renew any of their currently operating waivers or state plan amendments prior to the effective date, that action serves as a trigger for the state to submit a transition plan for all its waivers under 1915(c), as well as any state plan amendments under 1915(i) or 1915(k) within 120 days of the amendment/renewal submission. The following is Massachusetts’ statewide transition plan pursuant to this requirement. The main focus of this Transition Plan is on residential supports offered through HCBS waivers.

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

MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration - 10/30/2014

“The MassHealth demonstration is a statewide multi-faceted health reform effort. The demonstration was initially implemented in July 1997, and has developed over time through amendments and renewals reflecting new priorities and the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The demonstration authorizes Medicaid income eligibility for certain categorically eligible populations including pregnant women, parents or adult caretakers, infants, children and individuals with disabilities, and provides premium subsidies to qualifying individuals who are enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) consistent with levels provided under the demonstration prior to the Affordable Care Act.”

The fifth renewal was approved October 30, 2014. It expires June 30, 2019.

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

MA Community Living Waiver (1915c) - 07/01/2013

This waiver, "provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID"

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

MA Adult Supports Waiver (0828.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Intensive Supports Waiver (0827.R01.00) [1915c] - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, day hab supplement, 24-hr self directed home sharing support, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transitional assistance services, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Community Living (0826.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA MFP Residential Supports Waiver (1028.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, addiction services, assisted living, community crisis stabilization, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, residential family training, shared living 24-hr supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, transportation for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA MFP Community Living Waiver (1027.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides home health aide, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, addiction services, adult companion, chore, community crisis stabilization, community family training, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, independent living supports, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, shared home supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, supportive home care aide, transportation, vehicle mods for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities”. 

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

MassOptions (Balancing Incentives Program)

“MassOptions connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. Learn more about MassOptions, the network of partners and State agencies and how to contact them here.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

With a commitment to advancing competitive, integrated employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, the state's slogan of "Make It In Massachusetts!" is one inclusive of all state residents.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Massachusett's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.72%
Change from
2014 to 2015
6,794,422
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
393,251
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.84%
Change from
2014 to 2015
137,985
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-1.31%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.09%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.48%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 6,794,422
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 393,251
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 137,985
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,127,728
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.09%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.48%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 368,682
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 416,436
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 636,792
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 64,532
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 86,040
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,696
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 26,372
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 22,867
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 31,478

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 9,125
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.40%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 205,060

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,605
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 7,239
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 21,104
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 12.30%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 10.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 18,005
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,239
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 10,668
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 53
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 36
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. 68.00%
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. 0.53

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 12,086
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 325,918
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $44,606,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $26,014,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $146,000,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $44,292,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 36.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 3,731
Number of people served in facility based work. 2,564
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8,741
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 85.10

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 61.86%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.43%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.86%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
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). 48.94%
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). 82.00%
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). 90.16%
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). 33.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,027,032
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,087
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 19,211
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 361,707
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 380,918
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 39
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 611
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 650
AbilityOne wages (products). $73,375
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,474,864

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 16
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 45
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 9
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2,550
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,979
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 17
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,555

 

Legislation


Massachusetts HB 4047 - 08/05/2014

"There shall be within the authority, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities.  Under the program, a person may make contributions to an ABLE account to meet the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

MA Act to Promote Employment for People with Disabilities (HB 86 )

“The purpose of the State Use Act is to encourage and assist persons with disabilities to achieve maximum personal independence through useful and productive employment by ensuring an expanded and constant market for services delivered by persons with disabilities, thereby enhancing their dignity and capacity for self-support and minimizing their dependence on welfare and entitlements.” 

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council “State Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2017” - 08/19/2017

~~“Employment:The number of people served in integrated employment has risen gradually and steadily since 1990. The integrated employment rate in MA for 2014 for state ID/DD agencies was 36% (19% nationally). Integrated employment funding for MA state ID/DD agencies decreased between 2011 and 2012. However in 2014, funding increased to $44,606,312. In 2014, there were 5,739 participants in MA ID/DD agency- employment programs. The gap in employment between individuals with and without disabilities in 2013 was 42.1% between people with any disability and 50.2% between people with a cognitive disability.The MA Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) and the MA Commission for the Blind (MCB) provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services for the state. MRC’s mission is to “promote equality, empowerment and independence with individuals with disabilities. These goals are achieved through enhancing and encouragingperson choice and the right to succeed or fail in the pursuit of independence and employment in the community.” 

Systems
  • Other

“Work Without Limits joins Partners for Youth with Disabilities to mentor community college students with disabilities” - 02/15/2017

~~“UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits, a statewide network dedicated to advancing the employment of people with disabilities, is linking with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) to offer e-mentoring to Massachusetts community college students with disabilities….While higher education often improves employment opportunities, college graduates continue to face barriers when seeking employment, which can lead to unemployment or underemployment.

“We are honored to join Partners for Youth with Disabilities and Business Leadership Networks in four other states to launch this exciting new e-mentoring model,” said Kathleen Petkauskos, Work Without Limits director. “We are committed to increasing the employment rate among individuals with disabilities, and believe that mentoring plays an important role.”

Massachusetts is one of five states that will be participating in the professional mentoring program. The program is funded by a three-year grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation and is expected to offer e-mentoring to 330 young adults across the five states.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Community Based Employment - 01/01/2017

~~“The Community Based Employment pilot program provides funding to move individuals with disabilities from sheltered work to integrated work settings.In 2010, Massachusetts began the employment first initiative which aims to move more individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops and into community-based integrated work settings or day programs. A Blueprint for Success was written in November 2013 by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in partnership with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The Arc of Massachusetts. These groups issued a progress report in October 2014.The Community Based Employment program is one piece of the employment first initiative. The program calls for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to partner with employers and non-profits who offer employment, job training, therapeutic day programs and other community-based day supports for individuals with significant disabilities. The program helps to match individuals with employers with the goal to move participants towards increasing independence through employment in community integrated individual employment settings.” 

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

Employment Services Program - 01/01/2017

~~“The Employment Services Program (ESP) funds employment and training services for recipients of TAFDC. The program provides education, occupational skills and employment support services to clients. Administered by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), ESP providers contract for services throughout Massachusetts. ESP helps recipients meet the employment/training requirements of TAFDC. ESP offers multiple services including:•Competitive Integrated Employment Services (CIES) helps clients find work by offering education and skills training, job development and placement.•Young Parents Program serves pregnant or parenting TAFDC clients between the ages of 14 and 21 who do not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Services include counseling, education, life and parenting skills and job training and placement services. The program aims to help youth attain a diploma or GED and to assist them in securing employment through vocational education and training.” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Administrative Advisory SPED 2017-1: Guidance Regarding the WIOA Prohibition on Contracting with Entities for the Purpose of Operating a Program Under Which a Youth with a Disability is Engaged in Subminimum Wage Employment - 09/19/2016

“This advisory provides guidance in accordance with the regulations recently promulgated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, specifically 34 CFR § 397.31. This regulation states: ‘“Neither a local educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(1), nor a State educational agency, as defined in § 397.5(b)(2), may enter into a contract or other arrangement with an entity, as defined in § 397.5(d), for the purpose of operating a program for a youth under which work is compensated at a subminimum wage.’”

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

MA Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Funding Application - 06/12/2015

In consideration of the evidence for supported employment, specifically the Individual Placement and Support/Supported Employment Model (IPS/SE) developed by Becker and Drake of the New Hampshire-Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, DMH is embedding and integrating supported employment within its community-based services. IPS is a core component of CBFS services. All CBFS providers are required to provide IPS services and employment outcome data are collected from providers consistent with the IPS model."

“DMH continues to provide employment services through Clubhouses, which provide members with a range of career counseling, job search, training, support, and placement services for obtaining and maintaining permanent, supported, and transitional employment. Clubhouses also serve as multi¬service centers for DMH clients and other persons with serious mental illness living in the community."

Clients also receive employment services through DMH's Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), which are not employment programs per se but each PACT team does offer employment services within its mix of community-based client services. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MA DDS Employment First Initiative - Progress Report - 01/09/2015

“For the operation of a pilot program to support individuals with disabilities transitioning from employment services offered at sheltered workshops to community-based employment or day support program services as part of the commonwealth's employment first initiative; provided, that the department may establish public/private partnerships with employers and non-profit organizations offering employment, job training, therapeutic day programs, recreational and other community-based day support services to individuals with disabilities; provided further, that such partnerships shall encourage the highest level of independence among individuals with disabilities as well as offering personalized day program planning and options to maximize community involvement and participation; and provided further, that the department shall issue [a] report, not later than December 31st, 2014, to the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means and the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities regarding the effectiveness of the pilot program and recommendations to improve or expand the program as applicable.”

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

Creating Conditions for Success: Blueprint Progress Report - 10/01/2014

To achieve integrated employment, the Blueprint’s architects constructed a plan to close sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015. Contingent on additional funding, participants in sheltered workshops would transition to individual or group employment and/or Community- Based Day Services (CBDS) once sheltered workshops closed. An estimated investment of

$26.7 million over a four-year period would be needed to provide supports to individuals leaving sheltered workshops and moving into integrated work and day settings.

The Blueprint rollout also included an 18 month capacity building initiative funded by DDS to build a foundation for employment success. The Department of Developmental Services committed to fund the following: (a) regional forums to brief and respond to questions from individuals and families about the Blueprint, (b) technical assistance and consultation to providers to redesign services, (c) staff development and training to build a knowledge base in delivering integrated employment supports, and (d) expansion of a cross-disability, interagency employment collaborative model in three regions of the state to more effectively engage employers. Furthermore, DDS remained dedicated to provide individuals the same number of hours of services and supports to maintain stability for families during a time of change.

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on efforts made to expand integrated employment in Massachusetts since Blueprint for Success was released in November 2013.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Employment First Policy - 08/01/2010

“This policy, known as the ‘Employment First’ policy, establishes that for working age adults served by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, integrated, individual employment is the preferred service option and optimal outcome. In the development of service plans and service delivery, assistance and supports for individual, integrated employment will be prioritized."

"It is recognized that full implementation of this policy will be a long-term process, requiring a general raising of expectations over time, by individuals served by the Department of Developmental Services, their families, as well as DDS and service provider staff concerning the ability of individuals to succeed in individual, integrated employment. This will require a consistent message across the DDS system regarding integrated employment as a priority; consistent actions that reinforce this message; and an infrastructure, including prioritizing and directing of resources, that supports this effort. This will also require a fundamental shift in thinking from a mind-set of integrated employment as an option for some individuals, to employment as a goal for all.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Massachusetts Model Employer Strategic Plan - 06/01/2009

“Addressing the significant under-employment of people with disabilities, including older workers aging into disability, is a priority within Governor Patrick’s economic development and jobs creation goals for the state; establishing the Commonwealth as a model employer of people with disabilities is an important step toward achieving that objective. This document provides a roadmap for change in the Executive Branch by setting forth a strategic plan addressing three over-arching goals:

Seek to increase the number of people with disabilities employed by the Executive Branch; Explore methods to ensure the successful retention and promotion of state workers with disabilities and older workers who age into disability; Foster an environment and a workforce able to support and facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

IEP Process Guide - 06/01/2001

Transition planning is more effective when the planning is an integral part of the student’s IEP and the student’s program. Transition planning is required under Federal law and becomes a major Team focus when a student reaches fourteen years of age.

The Team is required to write IEPs that prepare students with disabilities for independence and employment and other post-school activities. The commitment of students, parents, educators, adult agency staff and community members is required to help students reach their visions and be active participants and contributors to society.

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

“Massachusetts ESSA Plan: Executive Summary”

~~“The goal of the Massachusetts K-12 public education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. This means that all students will be prepared to successfully complete credit-bearing college courses or certificate or workplace training programs, enter economically viable career pathways, and engage as active and responsible citizens in our democracy. Our work is to broaden students’ opportunities and close gaps so that all students, regardless of background, are ready for the world that awaits them after high school….

At the high school level, we will ensure that all students have multiple high-quality pathways to educational and career opportunities after secondary school. These pathways will include enhanced early college opportunities, expanded access to career-technical education, and career development opportunities that link to workforce skill needs.”

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

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education “Secondary Transition” Policy

“For Massachusetts students receiving special education services, Secondary Transition is a time that begins when they turn 14 (or earlier, if the IEP team agrees). From age 14 until they graduate or turn 22, students on IEPs receive transition services from their public school districts. Transition services are defined by federal law (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA) as a "coordinated set of activities…designed to be within a results oriented process,…to facilitate the student's movement from school to post-school activities." Transition services are based on the individual student's needs, taking into account his/her strengths, preferences, and interests. These services help young adults to live, work, participate in the community, and go on to further education or training as independently as possible when they leave high school.”

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

Partnerships


Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities - 10/24/2015

“Young people with disabilities, like all youth, have dreams, interests and talents that can take them on a pathway to a successful and fulfilling adulthood. But the very low rates of employment for people with disabilities speaks to the many barriers they will face on that journey. With the right supports from family, schools, employers and others, they can not only avoid a life of poverty and dependence but can also achieve the satisfaction of feeling valued in their work while bringing value to their place of work.

In Boston, the community has come together to take the first step. Through the Workforce Development Task Force of the Boston Special Education Transition (B-SET) project (a project of Massachusetts Advocates for Children), 70 organizations joined forces to develop a comprehensive Action Plan to guide a strategic approach for change and a Resource Guide to help youth and families navigate the system of services. The Plan contains an executive summary, a goal area “dashboard” with the many action steps already underway or recommended, and a useful chart that shows the key pathways Boston youth take from school to employment.”

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

MA Blueprint for Success: Partnerships - 11/01/2013

"In July 2013, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Commissioner Elin Howe appointed a group of disability providers, advocates and DDS leaders to examine day and employment support programs for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The Employment Workgroup ‟s goal has been to develop a five-year plan to increase both inclusive employment opportunities and higher earning potential for individuals with ID, while phasing out the use of sheltered workshops.  The Workgroup has achieved consensus on the following plan, which is reflected in proposed changes, goals, recommendations, and timelines to achieve the desired outcomes.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Pathways to Employment for Youth Grant Awarded to Massachusetts - 09/19/2016

“Purpose: To notify Local Workforce Development Boards, One-Stop Career Center Operators and other workforce investment partners that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,500,000 to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development to operate the Massachusetts Disability Employment Initiative Pathways to Employment for Youth (DEI Pathways for Youth) Project.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

MA Disability Employment Initiative - 10/01/2012

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, Massachusetts was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. 

  In 2014 Massachusetts was awarded a Round 5 grant.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Work Without Limits – About Us - 07/01/2009

~~Work Without Limits is an initiative of the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit, whose mission is to create solutions that maximize employment opportunities and improve the health and well-being of people with disabilities served by public programs.Since its inception in 2009, Work Without Limits has worked alongside a multitude of stakeholders including employers, employment service providers, state agencies, individuals with disabilities, and family members to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Employers and businesses become members of Work Without Limits through the Massachusetts Business Leadership Network (MABLN). Community based organizations and state agencies become partners through formal memorandums of understanding that support a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship, and optimize employment programs, services and outcomes for those who are seeking them.

 

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

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

Customized Employment Projects: Massachusetts

"This project proposes an approach to developing the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers in Massachusetts to serve all individuals, with a specific focus on individual with significant disabilities who have traditionally been unemployed or underemployed and have not been users of the One-Stop system. Particular emphasis is placed on individuals who have the most limited employment participation including individuals who are in sheltered workshops, day habilitation or day treatment programs; are recipients of SSI or SSDI, are on waiting lists for services with state MR/DD agencies; or individuals who are exiting education services and are likely to enter those programs. Developing the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to be responsive to this population established a clear benchmark that addresses the WIA value for universal access.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

MA Work Incentives Grant (Southern Essex)

“The North Shore Employment Consortium (NoSEC), led by the Southern Essex Workforce Investment Board, will address the need for full accessibility to employment and training services for all citizens. NoSEC partners are targeting this project for people with disabilities in the nineteen cities and towns of Southern Essex County, Massachusetts. NoSEC partners will institute a cultural paradigm shift towards improved physical and programmatic accessibility. This project will include a training/marketing program for employment service providers, employers, and disabled persons, and the community at large. The project will also focus on transportation needs of disabled persons seeking employment and on the creation of relevant internships for people with disabilities.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MA DDS Training Program - “Spring 2017 Comprehensive Employment Supports Training Series” - 06/01/2016

~~“This six-day, 36-hour training series incorporates state-of-the-art practices in career planning, job development, job coaching and support. This series includes full-day sessions that will be held between April 18 and May 25, 2017. It is expected that registrants will attend all six training days.”

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

MA DDS Training - Training for Massachusetts Employment Support Professionals Using Social Security Work Incentives - 06/01/2016

Many job seekers worry about losing their benefits when going to work. This training will provide an overview of the impact of earnings on Social Security benefits. Topics include the differences between SSI and SSDI, SSA Work Incentives, how to keep medical benefits while working, how to explain benefits to job seekers, families and other stakeholders, and resources available to assist job seekers with benefit planning issues.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Department of Education – Transition Specialist Training Requirements - 09/22/2015

Staff who provide employment services must have subject matter knowledge of:

“Foundations and implementation of transition education and transition services;” “Individual transition assessment and system evaluation, including conducting, interpreting, and overseeing individualized formal and informal transition assessments;” “How to develop transition systems and supports which include best practices in postsecondary education, competitive integrated employment (including supported employment), independent living, and community participation;” “Collaboration including strategies for active participation of students and families in IEP development, transition education and services, and support networks; development of partnerships with employers.”  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA Employment First Technical Assistance - 11/01/2014

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), in conjunction with the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The ARC of Massachusetts, released the [Blueprint for Success: Employing Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Massachusetts...The blueprint outlines a plan to implement [Employment First]…in Massachusetts. To assist providers with the transformation from center based work to work in the community, the ICI, with funding from DDS, has established the Employment First Technical Assistance Center. Through this center, the ICI provides training, technical assistance, and access to a wide range of tools and resources that support the blueprint.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MA DDS Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days" - 01/01/2010

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA DDS Employment Planning Guide - "School Days to Pay Days"

“DDS created this booklet to provide helpful information to families of young adults with intellectual disabilities in their transition from school to work. The mission of the Department is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities to fully and meaningfully participate in their communities as valued members.”

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

MA Webinar Archives

This page contains past webinar presentations sponsored by DDS in partnership with ICI.  Webinars contain information on disability employment, partnerships, accommodations, and work place supports.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Career Planning

~~“This is a page of links to information and training on career planning, particularly that which is  “person centered” 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Citations

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Proposed Adoption “101 CMR 359.00 Rates for Home and Community Based Services Waivers” - 01/01/2017

“101 CMR 359.00 governs the payment rates, effective January 1, 2017, for services in four Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) Waivers purchased by a governmental unit. The four HCBS Waivers are: Acquired Brain Injury Non-Residential Habilitation (ABI-N) Waiver, Acquired Brain Injury ResidentialHabilitation (ABI-RH) Waiver, Money Follows the Person Community Living (MFP-CL)Waiver, and Money Follows the Person Residential Supports (MFP-RS) Waiver. Listed below are the waiver services available in each waiver.”

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

Massachusetts HCBS Transition Plan - 12/01/2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule related to Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Medicaid-funded long term services and supports provided in residential and non-residential home and community-based settings. The final rule took effect March 17, 2014. States are required to submit transition plans to CMS within one year of the effective date indicating how they intend to comply with the new requirements within a reasonable time period. If states amend or renew any of their currently operating waivers or state plan amendments prior to the effective date, that action serves as a trigger for the state to submit a transition plan for all its waivers under 1915(c), as well as any state plan amendments under 1915(i) or 1915(k) within 120 days of the amendment/renewal submission. The following is Massachusetts’ statewide transition plan pursuant to this requirement. The main focus of this Transition Plan is on residential supports offered through HCBS waivers.

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

MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration - 10/30/2014

“The MassHealth demonstration is a statewide multi-faceted health reform effort. The demonstration was initially implemented in July 1997, and has developed over time through amendments and renewals reflecting new priorities and the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The demonstration authorizes Medicaid income eligibility for certain categorically eligible populations including pregnant women, parents or adult caretakers, infants, children and individuals with disabilities, and provides premium subsidies to qualifying individuals who are enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) consistent with levels provided under the demonstration prior to the Affordable Care Act.”

The fifth renewal was approved October 30, 2014. It expires June 30, 2019.

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

MA Community Living Waiver (1915c) - 07/01/2013

This waiver, "provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID"

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

MA Adult Supports Waiver (0828.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Intensive Supports Waiver (0827.R01.00) [1915c] - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, day hab supplement, 24-hr self directed home sharing support, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transitional assistance services, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA Community Living (0826.R01.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides center based day supports, group supported employment, individualized home supports, live-in caregiver, respite, day hab supplement, adult companion, assistive technology, behavioral supports and consultation, chore, community based day supports, family training, home mods and adaptations, individual goods and services, individual supported employment, individualized day supports, OT, peer support, PT, specialized medical equipment and supplies, speech therapy, stabilization, transportation, vehicle mods for individuals w/ID ages 22 - no max age.

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

MA MFP Residential Supports Waiver (1028.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides prevocational services, residential habilitation, supported employment, addiction services, assisted living, community crisis stabilization, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, residential family training, shared living 24-hr supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, transportation for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA MFP Community Living Waiver (1027.R00.00) - 04/01/2013

Provides home health aide, homemaker, personal care, prevocational services, respite, supported employment, addiction services, adult companion, chore, community crisis stabilization, community family training, community psychiatric support and treatment, day services, home accessibility adaptations, independent living supports, individual support and community habilitation, medication administration, OT, peer support, PT, shared home supports, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, speech therapy, supportive home care aide, transportation, vehicle mods for aged individuals 65 no max age, and physically disabled individuals ages 18-64.

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

MA Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The… program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities”. 

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

MassOptions (Balancing Incentives Program)

“MassOptions connects elders, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers with agencies and organizations that can best meet their needs. Learn more about MassOptions, the network of partners and State agencies and how to contact them here.”

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