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State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,992,333
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.21%
Change from
2014 to 2015
259,265
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,339
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
0.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.52%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
70.11%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,991,207 2,994,079 2,992,333
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 273,148 267,593 259,265
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,721 73,264 71,339
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,052,946 1,066,946 1,061,622
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 26.26% 27.38% 27.52%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 69.38% 70.45% 70.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.70% 7.80% 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 28.20% 27.10% 27.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 23.30% 20.50% 21.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 236,285 231,514 223,702
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 251,131 250,464 250,610
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 299,067 298,920 297,654
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 176,370 170,931 164,801
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,187 6,380 7,006
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,233 2,632 2,147
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,241 1,808 2,733
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,167 6,202 5,206
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,280 1,464 1,733

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,553 2,562 2,668
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.20% 2.20% 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 132,736 132,596 131,143

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,088 8,345 7,194
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 32,931 28,442 13,834
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 67,040 58,875 52,960
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60% 14.20% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
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). 0.10% N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
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. 70 N/A N/A
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. 1,987 2,013 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 179 123 119
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 54 96 96
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. 30.00% 0.78% 81.00%
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. 1.81 3.21 3.21

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,221
7,537
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 708 729 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,200 1,443 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,331 2,480 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 972 1,308 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 176 168 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 834 1,409 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 51.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,224 2,150 1,925
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,698 204,438 203,145
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. 221 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,306,000 $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $161,000 $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,248,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 800 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,821 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.00 20.80

 

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). 67.05% 67.20% 64.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.82% 13.33% 14.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.26% 2.07% 2.08%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.89% 99.73% 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 26.00% 23.69% 22.45%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 59.00% 61.45% 54.96%
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). 79.00% 80.86% 73.85%
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). 33.00% 37.76% 32.51%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 26 22 22
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 23 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 4,684 4,743
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 66 66
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,750 4,809

 


MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

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

Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

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

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

MS DMH Operational Standards(on Supported Employment) for Mental Health, Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Community Service Providers - 11/01/2013

“Rule 28.5 Supported Employment A. Supported Employment is the ongoing support to individuals who, because of their disabilities, need intensive, ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment. B. Employment should be in an integrated work setting in the general workforce for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. These operational standards outline the employment options and services for job seekers with disabilities. The disabilities services include pre-vocational services, job discovery, supported employment and inclusive, community living services.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Customized Employment Demonstration Project

“Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. MDRS is also currently working with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment

"In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

 

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,992,333
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.21%
Change from
2014 to 2015
259,265
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,339
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
0.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.52%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
70.11%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,991,207 2,994,079 2,992,333
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 273,148 267,593 259,265
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,721 73,264 71,339
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,052,946 1,066,946 1,061,622
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 26.26% 27.38% 27.52%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 69.38% 70.45% 70.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.70% 7.80% 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 28.20% 27.10% 27.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 23.30% 20.50% 21.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 236,285 231,514 223,702
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 251,131 250,464 250,610
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 299,067 298,920 297,654
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 176,370 170,931 164,801
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,187 6,380 7,006
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,233 2,632 2,147
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,241 1,808 2,733
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,167 6,202 5,206
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,280 1,464 1,733

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,553 2,562 2,668
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.20% 2.20% 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 132,736 132,596 131,143

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,088 8,345 7,194
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 32,931 28,442 13,834
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 67,040 58,875 52,960
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60% 14.20% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
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). 0.10% N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
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. 70 N/A N/A
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. 1,987 2,013 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 179 123 119
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 54 96 96
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. 30.00% 0.78% 81.00%
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. 1.81 3.21 3.21

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,221
7,537
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 708 729 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,200 1,443 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,331 2,480 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 972 1,308 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 176 168 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 834 1,409 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 51.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,224 2,150 1,925
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,698 204,438 203,145
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. 221 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,306,000 $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $161,000 $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,248,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 800 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,821 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.00 20.80

 

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). 67.05% 67.20% 64.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.82% 13.33% 14.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.26% 2.07% 2.08%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.89% 99.73% 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 26.00% 23.69% 22.45%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 59.00% 61.45% 54.96%
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). 79.00% 80.86% 73.85%
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). 33.00% 37.76% 32.51%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 26 22 22
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 23 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 4,684 4,743
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 66 66
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,750 4,809

 

Legislation


MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

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

Executive Orders


Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Policy


Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

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

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

MS DMH Operational Standards(on Supported Employment) for Mental Health, Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Community Service Providers - 11/01/2013

“Rule 28.5 Supported Employment A. Supported Employment is the ongoing support to individuals who, because of their disabilities, need intensive, ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment. B. Employment should be in an integrated work setting in the general workforce for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. These operational standards outline the employment options and services for job seekers with disabilities. The disabilities services include pre-vocational services, job discovery, supported employment and inclusive, community living services.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Customized Employment Demonstration Project

“Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. MDRS is also currently working with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment

"In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

 

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,992,333
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.21%
Change from
2014 to 2015
259,265
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,339
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
0.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.52%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
70.11%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,991,207 2,994,079 2,992,333
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 273,148 267,593 259,265
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,721 73,264 71,339
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,052,946 1,066,946 1,061,622
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 26.26% 27.38% 27.52%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 69.38% 70.45% 70.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.70% 7.80% 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 28.20% 27.10% 27.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 23.30% 20.50% 21.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 236,285 231,514 223,702
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 251,131 250,464 250,610
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 299,067 298,920 297,654
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 176,370 170,931 164,801
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 5,187 6,380 7,006
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 3,233 2,632 2,147
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,241 1,808 2,733
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,167 6,202 5,206
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,280 1,464 1,733

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,553 2,562 2,668
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.20% 2.20% 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 132,736 132,596 131,143

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 9,088 8,345 7,194
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 32,931 28,442 13,834
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 67,040 58,875 52,960
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60% 14.20% 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
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). 0.10% N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
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. 70 N/A N/A
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. 1,987 2,013 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 179 123 119
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 54 96 96
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. 30.00% 0.78% 81.00%
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. 1.81 3.21 3.21

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,221
7,537
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 708 729 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 1,200 1,443 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 2,331 2,480 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 972 1,308 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 176 168 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 834 1,409 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 51.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,224 2,150 1,925
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 204,698 204,438 203,145
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. 221 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2011 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,306,000 $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $161,000 $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $13,248,000 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 11.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 800 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,821 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 11.00 20.80

 

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). 67.05% 67.20% 64.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.82% 13.33% 14.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.26% 2.07% 2.08%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.89% 99.73% 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 26.00% 23.69% 22.45%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 59.00% 61.45% 54.96%
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). 79.00% 80.86% 73.85%
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). 33.00% 37.76% 32.51%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 26 22 22
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 23 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 4,684 4,743
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 66 66
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,750 4,809

 

Legislation


MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

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

Executive Orders


Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Policy


Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

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

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

MS DMH Operational Standards(on Supported Employment) for Mental Health, Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Community Service Providers - 11/01/2013

“Rule 28.5 Supported Employment A. Supported Employment is the ongoing support to individuals who, because of their disabilities, need intensive, ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment. B. Employment should be in an integrated work setting in the general workforce for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. These operational standards outline the employment options and services for job seekers with disabilities. The disabilities services include pre-vocational services, job discovery, supported employment and inclusive, community living services.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Customized Employment Demonstration Project

“Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. MDRS is also currently working with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment

"In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

 

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,992,333
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.21%
Change from
2014 to 2015
259,265
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,339
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
0.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.52%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
70.11%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 2,992,333
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 259,265
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,339
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,061,622
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.52%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 21.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 223,702
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 250,610
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 297,654
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 164,801
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 7,006
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,147
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,733
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,206
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,733

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,668
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 131,143

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 7,194
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 13,834
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 52,960
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 119
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 96
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. 81.00%
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. 3.21

 

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. 1,925
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 203,145
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. $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.08%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 22.45%
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). 54.96%
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). 73.85%
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). 32.51%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 22
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,743
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 66
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,809

 

Legislation


MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

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

Executive Orders


Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Policy


Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

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

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

MS DMH Operational Standards(on Supported Employment) for Mental Health, Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Community Service Providers - 11/01/2013

“Rule 28.5 Supported Employment A. Supported Employment is the ongoing support to individuals who, because of their disabilities, need intensive, ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment. B. Employment should be in an integrated work setting in the general workforce for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. These operational standards outline the employment options and services for job seekers with disabilities. The disabilities services include pre-vocational services, job discovery, supported employment and inclusive, community living services.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Customized Employment Demonstration Project

“Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. MDRS is also currently working with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment

"In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

 

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

Mississippi "feels like coming home" for workers with disabilities who have found great jobs in their communities in the Magnolia State.

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 Mississippi’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
-0.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,992,333
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.21%
Change from
2014 to 2015
259,265
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-2.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,339
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
0.51%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.52%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
70.11%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 2,992,333
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 259,265
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,339
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,061,622
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.52%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.11%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.40%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 27.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 21.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 223,702
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 250,610
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 297,654
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 164,801
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 7,006
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,147
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,733
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 5,206
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,733

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,668
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 131,143

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 7,194
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 13,834
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 52,960
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.60%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,076
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 119
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 96
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. 81.00%
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. 3.21

 

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. 1,925
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 203,145
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. $201,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $237,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,927
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 472
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 20.80

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 64.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 14.42%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.08%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 22.45%
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). 54.96%
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). 73.85%
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). 32.51%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 558,965
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,561
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 63,390
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 241,418
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 304,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 49
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 300
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 349
AbilityOne wages (products). $548,297
AbilityOne wages (services). $3,097,679

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 22
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,743
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 66
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,809

 

Legislation


MS HB 836 (including amendments to Miss. Code Ann. §43-30-1) - 07/01/2015

An act to require state agencies that provide services an support to persons with disabilities to consider, as their first option, competitive employment in an integrated setting for persons with disabilities; to require all state agencies to follow this policy for employment by coordinating all collaborating efforts among agencies; to authorize state agencies to adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this act; to require the Disability Resource Commission to review measurable goals and objectives as submitting to it by each relevant state agency to ensure implementation of this act; to provide reporting requirements for state agencies; to amend Section 43-30-1, Mississippi Code of 1972, in conformity thereto; and for related purposes. 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Concurrent Resolution No. 563

“State agencies that provide services and support to persons with disabilities shall coordinate efforts and collaborate within and among such agencies to ensure that state programs, policies, procedures and funding support competitive employment in integrated settings for persons with disabilities who are of working age....

All state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems in order to track progress toward full implementation of ‘Employment First’ and shall adopt measurable goals and objectives to promote assessment of progress in implementing this resolution.

This resolution "died on calendar" in April 2013”

 

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

Executive Orders


Mississippi Executive Order 1335 - 01/14/2014

“Whereas, my administration is committed to supporting policies under which agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities and/or provide employment, economic development, or other related services explore employment in an integrated setting as the first priority option for persons with disabilities who are of working age.  Now, Therefore, I, Phil Bryant, Governor of the State of Mississippi, pursuant to the Constitution and laws of the State of Mississippi, do hereby order as follows:

State agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, and state agencies which provide employment, economic development, or other related services, shall coordinate efforts and collaborate to ensure that state programs, policies, and procedures support employment in integrated settings as the first priority option, to the extent feasible, for persons with disabilities who are of working age. The same state agencies shall, whenever feasible, share data and information across systems and adopt measureable goals and objectives to track progress toward the achievement of the goals of this Executive Order. The Mississippi Disability Resource Commission, Miss. Code Ann. § 43-30-1, is authorized to monitor implementation of this Executive Order.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Policy


Career Counseling and Information and Referral Request - 04/05/2017

~~“Section 511 of WIOA requires that any entity holding a special wage certificate under section 14(c) of the FLSA meets certain conditions in order to pay an individual with a disability subminimum wage. One of these conditions requires each 14(c) provider to ensure their clients receive Career Counseling and Information and Referral Services (CCIR). The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) has been mandated by WIOA to provide these services.  If you would like to request CCIR services from OVR, please complete the following form and submit it by email at ccirrequests@mdrs.ms.gov.  After your request is received, a member of our staff will contact you to schedule a date for the provision of CCIR services.”

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

“Secondary Transition: A Collaborative Planning Process” - 01/06/2017

“Mississippi Occupational Diploma (MOD): The MOD requires a student with a disability to earn 21 credits by successfully completing selected courses from the general education curriculum, vocational education programs, MOD portfolio objectives or a combination of these courses, create an occupational diploma portfolio, and successfully complete a two-year Career/Technical (Vocational) Program or document a minimum of five hundred forty (540) hours of successful, paid employment. Its primary focus is to teach employability skills and prepare students with disabilities for competitive employment.”

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

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services – Office of Business Development - 01/01/2017

~~“The Office of Business Development (OBD) is committed to being a valuable resource for any business.  Business Development Representatives help to customize recruitment efforts and provide a variety of services to employers…Our GoalsTo promote diversity in the workplace by recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilitiesTo sponsor employer-focused education and identify areas of need in supporting employeesTo provide resources, information and access to qualified job candidatesPromote best practices and bring talent to Mississippi's workplaceTo help individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in jobs and careers.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Mississippi Autism Advisory Council “2016 Report to Legislature” - 09/08/2016

“Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Office of Vocational Rehabilitation recognizes the importance of emphasizing the strengths and contributions that many of the clients with ASD can offer businesses. Individual characteristics such as punctuality, attention to detail, consistency, reliability, or good visual-spatial or mechanical skills can make these individuals more attractive to employers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors utilize different tools in seeking employment options for clients with ASD; they include but are not limited to: o Person-Centered Planning (PCP): where an action plan is developed to provide directions in employment by identifying client desires, dreams and employment goals. o Customized Employment (CE): Includes discovery, profile portfolio, resume, and negotiation with employers and job placement.”

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

Department of Mental Health Strategic Plan FY16-FY18 - 07/01/2015

Goal 1 and Goal 2 set forth DMH’s vision of individuals receiving services having a direct and active role in designing and planning the services they receive as well as evaluating how well the system meets and addresses their expressed needs. This includes all populations - mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These Goals also highlight the transformation to a community-based service system. This transformation is woven throughout the entire Strategic Plan; however, this goal emphasizes the development of new and expanded services in the priority areas of crisis services, housing, supported employment, long-term community supports and other specialized services to help individuals transition from institutions to the community and help individuals remain in the community.

Objective 2.5 Provide Supported Employment Services to people with IDD Outcome: Number of people receiving Supported Employment Services in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services

     Strategy 2.5.1 Implement the Memorandum of Understanding developed in FY15

     Strategy 2.5.2 Train Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, ID/DD Waiver Support Coordinators, and ID/DD Waiver Providers about MOU requirements

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Special Education Policies and Procedures Volume V: Secondary Transition - 01/01/2015

For children fourteen (14) years of age (or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP Committee), SBE Policy 7219 requires school districts to determine each child’s postsecondary goals in the areas of employment, education or training, and, where appropriate, independent living based on age-appropriate assessments. The Policy further defines transition services as a set of coordinated activities designed to be within a results-oriented process, focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities. These post-school activities may include, but not be limited to postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment, supported employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living or community participation. The services must be based on the individual child’s needs and take into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests. The IEP Committee is further required to develop a coordinated set of activities in the areas of instruction to promote the movement of a child from school to postsecondary adult living. These activities should include community experiences, activities that promote the development of employment and other post-school adult living skills and, if appropriate, activities that promote the acquisition of daily living skills (IDEA, 2004).

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

Mississippi Supported Employment - 09/01/2014

“Supported Employment provides the opportunity to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities in finding employment. The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) provides a team of professionals that identify the services and ongoing supports needed to maintain employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health

Department of Mental Health Operational Standards – effective October 2013 - 11/01/2013

Rule 29.1 Work Activity Services “Work Activity Services for persons with intellectual disabilities/developmental disabilities provide opportunities for the acquisition of necessary work and living skills. A person must be at least sixteen (16) years old to participate in Work Activity Services.” “The individual plan of all participants in Work Activity Services must include a career development plan that addresses an individual’s goals for integrated community employment and objectives to support the individual in the achievement of those goals.” “All certified providers of Work Activity Services must have and implement a ‘Return to Services’ policy which ensures individuals who leave Work Activity Services to work in the community can return to needed services if his/her community job ends.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health

MS DMH Operational Standards(on Supported Employment) for Mental Health, Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Community Service Providers - 11/01/2013

“Rule 28.5 Supported Employment A. Supported Employment is the ongoing support to individuals who, because of their disabilities, need intensive, ongoing support to obtain and maintain an individual job in competitive or customized employment, or self-employment. B. Employment should be in an integrated work setting in the general workforce for which an individual is compensated at or above the minimum wage but not less than the customary wage and level of benefits paid by the employer for the same or similar work performed by individuals without disabilities. These operational standards outline the employment options and services for job seekers with disabilities. The disabilities services include pre-vocational services, job discovery, supported employment and inclusive, community living services.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Mississippi Customized Employment Demonstration Project

“Early in FFY 2013 MDRS entered into an agreement with the MS Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD Council) to join the Customized Employment Demonstration Project with The Arc of MS, MDRS and Sheltered Workshop Agencies. The Arc of MS manages the project. MDRS is also currently working with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) to design a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a statewide system of coordinated, cost efficient vocational/employment service for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities with minimal overlap of responsibility and maximum utilization of resources between MDRS and DMH.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment

"In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

 

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities - 08/13/2012

Employment Objectives:

• “Identify and promote at least one Best Practice Model for increasing community employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Identify at least one barrier to increasing community development options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Determine and advocate for at least one Policy Change to improve Community Employment options for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.” • “Collaborate with other stakeholders to facilitate the transition [of] up to 15 individuals from work activity centers into community employment of their choosing.” • “Partner with others to achieve successful community employment for at least 10 individuals with Developmental Disabilities in their respective communities.”   Intermediaries and collaborators for this goal include State protection and advocacy system, university centers, and State DD Agency.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Balancing Incentives Program - 10/01/2011

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:

lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and] improving quality measurement & oversight.

It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”

 

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

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 10/01/2011

“The primary focus of this 5-year project is to build capacity across existing state services for sustainable systems change that improves outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The project will work together with critical stakeholders to develop policies, remove systemic barriers, implement strategies and best practices, and improve the transition process for Mississippi youth and young adults with DD/ID from school or training to competitive employment in integrated community settings.” This is a joint project with various organizations and agencies across the state.

MSPE Grantee Demonstration Projects:

Customized Employment: Linking Job Seekers with Employers will target three sheltered workshops to begin the process of Customized Employment to link job seekers to community employers. Gathering Grounds will be a community-based business (coffee/art shop) teaching students transitional work skills in an inclusive, safe environment. Students will operate the coffee shop featuring original student artwork. The goal is to provide the extensive job skills training needed in the areas of employability and social skills to reach each student’s goal of competitive, paid employment. Building Opportunities for Learning and Transition Success (BOLTS) is intended to increase competitive employment outcomes and/or transition service for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities who attend the Oxford School District. It will be accomplished through the development of on-campus work training opportunities, development of job/career videos or pod casts through digital media, development of a Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide, providing transition training opportunities, expanding the current array of transition services, and providing hands-on training for future teachers."  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Model Youth Transition Innovation (MYTI) - 09/01/2004

This was a collaborative demonstration program through the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (MDRS), Harrison County School District, Jackson County School District, Gulfport WIN Job Center, MS Social Security Administration, The Arc of Mississippi and Marc Gold & Associates. Youth from ages 10 to 25 were served with a focus on transition phases with designated vocational activities and benefits planning to lead to a career, earning a wage and reducing Social Security benefits.

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

Mississippi Department of Mental Health MOU with DRS

“SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH IDD: DMH has implemented an MOU with the Department of Rehabilitation Services that is providing supported employment for people with IDD. Three hundred employees from DMH, MDRS, and the Division of Medicaid received training in early 2016 regarding supported employment services. As of June 2016, 18 people had been employed. 41 people have been referred for supported employment services through MDRS.”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Mississippi Client Assistance Program (MSCAP)

This program provides “advocacy services for clients and client applicants of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation for the Blind, and the Independent Living programs.” The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services provides grant funding to the Mississippi Society for Disabilities for program administration.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Resource Leveraging

Systems-Change Funding


Recommendations for Improving School Funding in Mississippi - 01/16/2017

~~“Recommendation #3c: Create a commission to study and make recommendations related to service-based (IEP-based) fundingWhile multiple-tiered weights based on diagnosis alone would represent a big step forward for Mississippi, EdBuild believes that an IEP-based model, which incorporates consideration of both diagnosis and services, could move the needle even further to improve the precision of special education funding throughout the state. Funding based on student IEPs would take most of the guesswork out of the financing of special education and would significantly increase the impartiality of funding for students with special needs.” 

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program - 05/01/2012

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:  • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency  • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]  • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi DRS Customized Employment - 06/01/2011

“In a 2011 pilot project, Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MDRS) introduced Customized Employment as an option for counselors to use in serving individuals with the most significant disabilities. In the first phase of the project, staff were trained and assisted in working with jobseekers in teams, resulting in job placements for all participants. In the second phase, Customized Employment / Discovery was added as an MDRS service category for the Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). … TACE provided training and technical assistance for skill-building and focus group supports. Currently MDRS is proposing to expand the use of Customized Employment for individuals in sheltered workshops, partnering with community rehabilitation providers, with TACE providing capacity building resources.”

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

MS Partnerships in Employment

“Mississippi Partnerships in Employment (MSPE) will build capacity across existing state systems for sustainable systems change to improve outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings. The consortium will develop and implement policies that support competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with DD/ID seeking competitive employment in integrated settings by removing systemic barriers; identifying and implementing strategies and best practices that improve employment outcomes; and enhancing statewide collaboration that facilitates transition from secondary to post-secondary outcomes. Mississippi’s Partnership includes the DD Council, the University of Southern Mississippi’s UCEDD, Disability Rights Mississippi, VR, Department of Education, the Department of Mental Health Bureau of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, the Department of Employment Security, and self-advocates”.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MS Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


Mississippi DMH Web-Based Training

“The Department of Mental Health provides Web-Based Training through Relias Learning (formerly Essential Learning) for registered providers. Relias is a customized learning management system and staff development tool. This training website, developed for DMH staff, presents and tracks training requirements in an accessible and easy to use format.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Southeast Technical Assistance & Continuing Education (TACE) Center

“The mission of the Technical Assistance and Continuing Education (TACE) Center Region IV (Southeast TACE) is to provide  technical assistance (TA) and continuing education (CE) activities that meet the strategic goals and program performance needs of state Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their community partners.” 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Mississippi Department of Mental Health Findings Letter - 12/22/2011

We [United States Department of Justice] conclude that the State of Mississippi fails to provide services to qualified individuals with disabilities, including mental illness and developmental disabilities, in the most integrated settings appropriate to their needs, in violation of the ADA. This has led to the needless and prolonged institutionalization of adults and children with disabilities who could be served in more integrated settings in the community with adequate services and supports. Further, systemic failures in the State’s system place qualified individuals with disabilities at risk of unnecessary institutionalization now and going forward.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid & Employment


Public Notice for the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal - 02/28/2017

~~“Pursuant to 42 C.F.R. Section 441.304(e)-(f), public notice is hereby given to the submission of the Elderly and Disabled (E&D) Waiver renewal. The Division of Medicaid, in the Office of the Governor, will submit this proposed waiver renewal to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the E&D Waiver effective July 1, 2017.”

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

Revised Statewide Transition Plan Summary 1915(c) and 1915(i) Home and Community Based (HCB) Programs - 11/28/2016

“ID/DD Waiver services provided in the participant’s private home or a relative’s home which is fully integrated with opportunities for full access to the greater community include: • Home and Community Supports, • Occupational Therapy, • Physical Therapy, • Speech Therapy, • Crisis Support, • Crisis Intervention, • In-Home Nursing Respite, • Supported Living, • Transition Assistance, • Support Coordination, • Supported Employment, and • Specialized Medical Supplies.”

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

Mississippi HCBS Transition Plan - 03/17/2014

On Jan. 16, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule, effective March 17, 2014, which amends the requirements for qualities of home and community-based (HCB) settings. These requirements reflect CMS’s intent that individuals receive services and supports in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. The final rule requires the use of a person-centered planning process to develop a participant/beneficiary’s annual Plan for Services and Supports (PSS).

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

MS Intellectual Disabilities/DD Waiver (0282.R04.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day services-adults, prevocational, residential hab, respite, support coordination, supported employment, behavior support/intervention, home and community supports, specialized medical supplies, therapy services for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Mississippi ESEA Flexibility Request - 07/19/2012

“The Mississippi Department Education's ESEA flexibility request was approved on July 19, 2012.”

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Mississippi Medicaid State Plan

The Mississippi Medicaid State Plan (State Plan) is a detailed agreement between the State of Mississippi and the Federal Government that describes the nature and scope of Mississippi’s Medicaid Program. The State Plan is based on the federal requirements and regulations found in Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Changes to the State Plan, called State Plan Amendments (SPAs), must be approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) prior to implementation

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Mississippi Money Follows the Person

“Money Follows the Person is a federal initiative to help states enhance community living options for persons with disabilities and establish person-driven and sustainable long-term care systems. The program is for qualified residents of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities and for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) who want to explore community living options.”

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

Mississippi Balancing Incentives Program

“The Balancing Incentive Program authorizes grants to States to increase access to non-institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) … [to] transform their long-term care systems by:     • lowering costs through improved systems performance & efficiency     • creating tools to help consumers with care planning & assessment [and]     • improving quality measurement & oversight.   It “also provides new ways to serve more people in home and community-based settings, in keeping with the integration mandate of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as required by the Olmstead decision.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)