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When it comes to efforts to increase employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in Montana, the sky is the limit in the "Big Sky Country."

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 Montana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,032,949
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,852
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.69%
Change from
2014 to 2015
28,960
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.37%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.31%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.36%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,015,165 1,023,579 1,032,949
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 74,107 68,927 71,852
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 29,202 27,890 28,960
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 416,186 427,221 422,617
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.41% 40.46% 40.31%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.78% 77.73% 77.36%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.40% 4.70% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.00% 20.40% 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.80% 14.70% 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 74,170 66,825 75,099
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 65,643 65,921 64,678
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 125,606 119,162 125,953
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,707 3,985 4,767
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,608 9,053 8,945
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 239 636 531
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,767 3,025 3,085
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 507 381 1,002

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,830 1,812 1,874
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.30% 10.50% 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 28,170 27,807 27,848

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,069 1,152 1,433
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 2,924 3,082 3,347
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,062 7,793 9,753
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.10% 14.80% 14.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.80% 1.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.40% 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 92 125 128
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 382 407 423
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 333 329 316
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. 1,549 1,519 2,179
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 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. 15 859 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8 384 5
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. 53.00% 45.00% 50.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.80 38.20 0.48

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,037
1,945
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 185 135 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 114 84 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 611 570 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 491 494 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 597 631 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 39 31 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 25.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,200 1,163 1,496
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 40,218 39,902 40,038
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. 76 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,013,000 $1,148,000 $2,003,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $8,630,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $21,184,000 $11,401,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 12.00% 24.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 1,070
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A 1,630 959
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 25.50 22.10 43.50

 

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). 47.30% 47.19% 46.83%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.10% 13.00% 12.74%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.50% 1.43% 1.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 92.10% 100.00% 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.20% 21.57% 20.71%
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). 73.30% 71.24% 71.77%
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). 86.90% 84.62% 85.11%
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). 48.10% 49.66% 51.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 294,615
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,038
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 42,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 25,481
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 68,289
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 381
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 626
AbilityOne wages (products). $139,465
AbilityOne wages (services). $243,632

 

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). 27 27 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 27 28
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 1,202 1,202
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 54
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,202 1,256

 


House Bill 2 “AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY TO VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017, AND FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING 6 JUNE 30, 2019; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." - 04/24/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division is appropriated $775,000 of state special revenue from the Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) during each year of the 2019 biennium to cover a contingent FCC mandate, which would require states to provide both video and internet protocol relay services for people with severe hearing, mobility or speech impairments.”

Systems
  • Other

Montana ABLE Legislation Senate Bill 399 - 05/05/2015

It is the intent of the legislature to give Montana residents access to a program authorized section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A, to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life and to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and state medical and disability insurance, a beneficiary's employment, and other sources.

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


Presentation to the 2017 Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Subcommittee - 01/27/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DETD) is engaged in multiple reforms. In particular, the Division’s  Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) program is undergoing very significant changes due to new national and state public policies. The United States adopted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, and the regulations for this law became official in September 2016. These changes mesh with Montana’s and the Department’s priorities, especially the larger purposes of creating more high paying jobs and operating an efficient and cost-effective government.VRBS started down the path of flipping its focus from adult to youth services. We’ve partnered with 90 of Montana’s 177 school districts that include high schools and launched multiple other projects to prepare youth for employment. Competitive integrated employment is another outcome sought by national and state leaders. Workers with disabilities should be able to work in their communities for comparable wages and advancement opportunities, and the pipeline to segregated, sub-minimum wage employment must be disrupted with 21st Century approaches to employment, approaches that zero in on high quality, in-demand jobs and high expectations for workers with disabilities. Lastly, VRBS is aligning itself with other workforce development partners. We are now in a combined state plan and obligated to achieve common performance measures with the Department of Labor and Industry’s WIOA programs and the Office of Public Instruction’s Adult Basic Education. Other public and private partners are also involved in our combined effort to support Montana employers and workers with services that break free from organizational silos and provide seamless services across multiple employment agencies. The WIOA requires that that VRBS serve businesses so that the program has dual customers, Montana workers with disabilities and the businesses that employ their talent.” 

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

Disability Employment and Transitions - 01/15/2017

~~“Mission and GoalsAdvancing the employment, independence, and transitions of Montanans with disabilities.•Employment in a competitive integrated setting;•Independence grounded in self-determination, informed choice, and consumer control; and•Transitions from high school to post-secondary education and work that are collaborative and successful……The disability Employment and Transitions Division is comprised of two bureaus and multiple programs.The Disability Employment and Transitions Division includes three citizen councils. They are:• State Rehabilitation Council; and,• Statewide Independent Living Council; and,• The Telecommunications Access by People with Disabilities Committee..” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Mission and Vision - 07/12/2016

Mission

Our mission is real jobs with real wages.  We maximize the potential for Montanans with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high demand careers as persons without disabilities.  We deliver employment services consistent with an individual's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.

Vision

Youth and adults with disabilities face many disadvantages in employment, including when working for others or in self-employment.  VRBS reverses those disadvantages with high quality and timely employment services. … Moreover, VRBS champions competitive integrated employment, that is, quality jobs in the community for wages comparable to others performing the same work.  Very deliberately, VRBS presumes all people with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can work in competitive integrated settings … In addition, VRBS cultivates many partnerships including those with Community Rehabilitation Programs, Centers for Independent Living, tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, high schools, colleges, and workforce development programs.  Our primary partner is the State Rehabilitation Council, which reviews, analyzes, and advises VRBS.  And last but not least, VRBS serves employers and Montana’s business community.  Workers with disabilities contribute a great deal to Montana’s workforce.  We seek and apply employer input and the latest labor and management information to inform people with disabilities so that they can make choices based on job-driven information.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana Career Guide – Tips for Workers with Disabilities - 06/01/2016

Tips for Workers with Disabilities starting on page 41 this publication has information on reasonable accommodation, disclosing a disability, what questions cannot be asked by an employer and resources that are available to persons with disabilities. “Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MVR) helps Montanans with disabilities prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high-demand careers as persons without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

MT National Federation of the Blind 2015 Resolutions - Integrated Employment - 05/06/2016

WHEREAS The National Federation of the Blind of Montana believes that the blind and other people with disabilities can and should work in their communities for livable wages; and,   WHEREAS Montana and the nation far too frequently pipeline workers with disabilities into sheltered, crew, or sub-minimum wage jobs, rather than into competitive integrated employment; and,   WHEREAS The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requires that state vocational rehabilitation agencies support work in the community for minimum or higher wages: NOW, THEREFORE,   BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled on this Eleventh Day of October, 2015, in the city of Great Falls, Montana that this organization call upon the Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DET) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to assure quality Vocational Rehabilitation Services grounded in high expectations for workers with > disabilities by championing the cause of competitive integrated employment for all, and by dropping support of any kind for segregated sub-minimum wage employment for workers with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program - 07/01/2015

The state plan has provisions for supported employment services.  Provisions include:  Section 8: Provision of Supported Employment Services: 8.1 Scope of supported employment services. (Sections 7(36) and 625(b)(6)(F) and (G) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54), 363.11(g)(6) and (7)) (a) Supported employment services are those services as defined in Section 7(36) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54). (b) To the extent job skills training is provided, the training is provided on-site. (c) Supported employment services include placement in an integrated setting for the maximum number of hours possible based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of individuals with the most significant disabilities. 8.2 Comprehensive assessments of individuals with significant disabilities. (Sections 7(2)(B) and 625(b)(6)(B); 34 CFR 361.5(b)(6)(ii) and 363.11(g)(2)) The comprehensive assessment of individuals with significant disabilities conducted under Section 102(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act includes consideration of supported employment as an appropriate employment outcome. 8.3 Individualized plan for employment. (Sections 102(b)(3)(F) and 625(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.46(b) and 363.11(g)(3) and (5))  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Goals and Priorities - 06/01/2014

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation goals include:

“MVR/BLVS will increase the capacity to serve transition age (14‐24) youth with disabilities.” “MVR/BLVS will increase the quality of successful closures by placing more consumers in positions that pay a living wage and have employee benefits.” “MVR/BLVS will become a model of an accessible work place for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana National Federation of the Blind 2013 Resolutions - 10/27/2013

“WHEREAS, Section 511 links the Rehabilitation Act, which was established to assist people with disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment, with Section 14(C) of the FLSA, which is based on the false premise that people with disabilities cannot be competitively employed and therefore can be paid subminimum wages; and

WHEREAS, The language of Section 511 is only contained in the Senate version of the bill, S. 1356, and not in the House version: NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled this Twenty-seventh Day of October, 2013, in the city of Billings, Montana, that this organization calls on its United States Senators, The Honorable Max Baucus and The Honorable Jon Tester, to support fair wages for all American workers by actively working for the removal of > Title V, Section 511 from S. 1356 before its passage by the United States Senate, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our entire Montana Congressional Delegation to cosponsor the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of  2013.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

"What is Transition?" Montana Office of Public Instruction “Secondary Transition"

“Montana Workforce Investment Act For an individual to be eligible, they must be between the ages of 14-21 for in-school youth and 16-24 for out-of-school youth, have a low income, and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment: For youth who are still enrolled in schools the following eligibility: (681.220 In-School Youth) • Must be attending school, including secondary or postsecondary school; • Be not younger than 14 or older than 21 at the time or enrollment; • Be of low-income and have one or more of the following: o Have a basic skills deficiency o Be an English language learner o Be an offender o Be a homeless individual which may include: - runaway youth, - youth in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, - youth eligible for assistance under Sec. 477 of the Social Security Act, or - youth in an out-of-home placement. o Be pregnant or parenting o Be an individual with a disability o Be an individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an education o Be in a program to secure and hold employment. “

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

Secondary Transition “Transition Binder”

This site has the publication on Secondary Transition available in eight sections. The information can be opened in pdf or Word format.

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

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Policy on Extended Employment”

Extended Employment For some consumers receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services, additional support is necessary for them to continue working. Extended Employment offers guidance and follow-up services to these individuals, which can include:  Job coaching - Job coaches make sure an employee's work is going smoothly, and can work with the employee to overcome work barriers such as new work place rules or excessive absences  Supervised work crews - On-site supervisor monitors work quality and guides employee through required tasks”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recommended that VRBS serve high school youth with disabilities much earlier than before with a new set of services called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  Perhaps the most amazing characteristic of Pre-ETS is its collaboration between high schools and VRBS.  The WIOA wants schools and VRBS to work together to deliver Pre-ETS within the educational setting.  The change is relatively radical for VRBS because our model of service is one based on serving individuals through a vocational plan. VRBS still delivers those case services, but we now emphasize the delivery of Pre-ETS in the school setting.  The case services work in conjunction with the school’s transition services and are based on individual need.  In fact, high school students with disabilities do not have to be VRBS clients.  Pre-ETS are open to all students with disabilities, even those who have no intention of applying to VRBS.  The Pre-ETS are limited to those students turning 16 in the upcoming academic year up to their exit from high school.

With this in mind any paid work opportunities for students must be in a competitive and integrated setting. Internships, unpaid work experiences, job shadowing and volunteer experiences must also be in an integrated setting.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations - Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rights of Persons with Disabilities   Qualified persons with physical and mental disabilities: • May not be refused an application, interview or employment because of their disability • May not be terminated or discharged because of their disability • Have the right to a reasonable accommodation which would allow them to perform the essential functions of their position  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Rehab Act

“The purposes of this [Rehabilitation] Act are:(1) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society, through (A) statewide workforce investment systems implemented in accordance with title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that include, as integral components, comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation; (B) independent living centers and services; (C) research; (D) training; (E) demonstration projects; and (F) the guarantee of equal opportunity; and(2) to ensure that the Federal Government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting States and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of such individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

MT Employment First Initiative

“The Montana Developmental Disabilities Program believes that employment and inclusion in communities is important in the lives of individuals in services. All working-age individuals in services should have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in integrated community employment, earn at least minimum or competitive wages, and enjoy the benefits of community employment. The choice of the employment setting considered must use person centered planning concepts and should be based on informed choice. Although other employment options are valued as a pathway toward integrated employment, paid work in the community should be the primary service considered during the planning process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Montana Center for Inclusive Education - 06/01/2014

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.   Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project   The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)    • Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.    • Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.    • Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.    • Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.    • Provides healthcare planning and counseling.    • The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT DPHHS Developmental Services Division - 01/01/2010

In July 2009, the Disability Services Division (DSD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) was restructured under the Medicaid and Health Services Branch of DPHHS. In January 2010, the name was changed to Developmental Services Division.

The Montana Disability Services Division joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2011, since then it has worked to address concerns reflected in the State Strategic Employment Assessment. Building a focused state workplan through key stakeholder input is reflective of the Division’s strong interest in improving employment statewide, across both urban and rural settings.   The Division continues to engage self-advocates and families in planning efforts. This is helping to create strong external pressures and demands for increasing integrated employment opportunities and the expectation of work, regardless of disability.
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

~~The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)-Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.-Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.-Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.-Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.-Provides healthcare planning and counseling.-The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person. 

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

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

~~By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. 

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute Transition Projects

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:-Providing education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;-Developing creative strategies and transition models;-Offering training and assistance on-site and long distance;-Promoting systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and 

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has strived to collaborate with partners across Montana and across the nation to further its mission. Partners include Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network,  Missoula City/County Public Health Department, Montana Department of Commerce,  Montana’s Office of Public Instruction,  State Deaf-Blind Coordinator, and  Vocational Rehabilitation agencies throughout the state.

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute "MonTech"

 

 

~~The Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP) is the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MATP’s lead agency is Montana DPHHS: Disability Services Division, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. MATP is located within the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula and serves all Montanans with disabilities and their supports.

MATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. MATP’s services are consistent with the Rural Institute for Inclusive Community’s mission of enhancing the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.

 

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

Montana Youth Transitions (MYTransitions)

Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions). MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families."

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

Montana Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) - 06/01/2014

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.  Application dated October 1,2013”

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

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states.  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

-Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more.

-A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits.

-A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school.

-Self-determination training for the youth and families.

-Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

-Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Montana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

MT DHHS "Employing People with Disabilities" Self-Assessment Tool - 04/14/2016

Using this self-assessment tool, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana encourages the employers in his state to self-assess how “friendly” their business is to people with disabilities and encourages them to explore the potential of workers with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction- Secondary Transition Academy Module 3: - 01/01/2011

“Module 3 will provide information on how to develop instructional programs for teaching employment and employment-related skills. After completing this module, you will be able to: • Operationally define student learning objectives. • Understand how to use response prompting and fading procedures including: • System of most-to-least prompts. • System of least-to-most prompts. • Constant time delay. • Error correction. • Reinforcement strategies. • Describe the prompt hierarchy. • Develop a worksite analysis. • Develop a task analysis. • Understand data collection and summary formats”

Systems
  • Other

MT Teleconference Training - Transition Planning - 12/12/2006

The goal of this presentation is to “provide listeners with ideas to help them support students with disabilities in  grades 6 ¬- 8, their parents, teachers, and  community¬ based service providers to be  informed  and well¬ equipped to successfully navigate the gate the transition proc on process.  This will lead to increased post ¬ school success for these students.”

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

MT INVEST Employment Specialist Training

Many of us know somebody that has a disability. Individuals with disabilities can face additional challenges to obtaining and retaining good jobs. To create an opportunity for that person to be most successful, there are several activities and/or steps to identify employment options that are a good match to the person’s skills, interests, and workplace preference (likes quiet or likes noise and activity for example). The curriculum and testing will help learners develop the skill of facilitating Employment Supports, as well as inspire and motivate employment staff to new levels of performance and professionalism. Whether you are helping a family member or friend, or whether you are or plan to be, an employment specialist professional: this information can help you bring successful results to those you are assisting.

The course consists of five sections, including resources and sample forms:

1. Introduction to Community Employment

2. Assessment for the Job Seeker

3. Job Development

4. Job Analysis, Training & Job Coaching

5. Long-Term Supports, Customer Service & Review

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.

As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities.

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

Montana Center for Inclusive Education

The Montana Center on Disabilities (MCD) is part of Montana State University-Billings. MCD works to make sure that all people are part of the community.  The Center supports the idea that people with disabilities can make their own choices about how they live and work.  MCD does this by offering education and information to many people.  One focus is on giving young people with disabilities the tools to become leaders.

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Montana Community First Choice

The Community First Choice and Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Programs are …programs designed to provide long term supportive care in the home setting. These programs enable thousands of elderly and disabled citizens to remain in their homes. The type of care authorized is tailored to each individual in a person centered manner and dependent upon their needs, living situation, and availability of caregivers.

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

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy Training, Module 2

“One of the primary functions of transition-related planning and instruction… is to prepare students for post-school employment. Module 2 will provide information about how to help students plan for employment. Part I focuses on employment planning for transition-age student; it describes the stages of employment preparation for students with disabilities and describes ways to determine employment-related goals and objectives. Part II describes the roles and responsibilities of para-educators working in secondary transition settings.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy, Module 1

“Module 1 is an introduction to supporting students with disabilities in secondary transition settings. Part I of the module is an overview of disability awareness. Specifically, it describes who is eligible for special education and related services, it describes how labels can lead to stereotypes of disabilities, and it describes how educators can better advocate for students with disabilities. Part II is a brief review of the legislation and history of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. Part III provides a discussion of the overall structure of adult employment programs and the importance of developing a community-based employment program for students with disabilities.”

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute: Transition & Employment Projects

“The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:    • Provision of education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;    • Development of innovative strategies and transition models;    • Demonstration, outreach and technical assistance, both on-site and long distance;    • Promotion of systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and    • Information dissemination.   Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Montana Office of Public Instruction Paraprofessional Secondary Transition Academy

The site contains three modules on employment supports, employment planning, and job training. Other guides, informational flyers, sample planning guides, fact sheets, webinars, videos, etc. are also available on best practices for IEP transition planning.

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

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


“Enrollment Dashboard December 2016” - 03/02/2017

~~“This document shows the state data on the number of people who receive benefits from various Medicaid programs.”

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

The Montana Medicaid Program “Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Report to the 2017 Legislature” - 01/09/2017

~~“Money Follows the Person (MFP) - Montana was awarded a MFP demonstration grant from CMS to augment existing Montana’s community-based long term services and supports and to increase HCBS. The grant provides a temporary increase in the federal share of the Medicaid matching rate to pay for services to people who are already receiving Medicaid funded care in an institutional setting and choose to move into certain types of community settings…..

All waiver and demonstration services receive an enhanced FMAP rate for Medicaid benefits for a period of 365 days of service. At day 366, a participant is served under a HCBS waiver at regular FMAP. This grant was extended in the amount of $9,306,595. Montana will transition individuals to HCBS waiver programs with MFP funds through December 31, 2017. MFP funding will continue through the first quarter of calendar year 2019.”

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

MT HCB Waiver for Adults w/Severe Disabling Mental Illness (0455.R02.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, chore, community transition, dietitian/nutrition/meals, habilitation aide, health and wellness, illness management and recovery, non-medical transportation, pain and symptom management, personal assistance service/specially trained attendant care, PERS, private duty nursing (& registered nurse supervision), psychosocial counseling and consultation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance use related disorder services, supported living, wellness recovery action plan for individuals w/mental illness ages 18 - no max age.

The waiver expired 06/30/2015, and the renewal was approved 07/01/2015.

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

Montana HCBS Transition Plan - 06/01/2014

CMS has issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in, and support full access to, the greater community.  This includes opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, receive services in the community, and, when appropriate, seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS…   To assist states in making this transition, CMS has published guidance to provide further information about settings in which HCBS may or may not be allowed.  States will be allowed a maximum of five years to make the transition and must submit a transition plan to CMS within one year of the effective date of the rule   DPHHS submitted their transition plan late 2014  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Supported Employment, Individual Employment Support - 01/31/2014

“Individual employment supports are habilitation services and staff supports needed by a person to acquire integrated employment or career advancement in the general workforce. Individual employment support is delivered in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The outcome of this service is paid employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting within the general workforce that meets the person's personal and career goals, as documented in the plan of care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Support Employment, Follow Along Support - 01/31/2014

“Follow along support consists of habilitation services and supports that enable a person to stabilize or expand employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The person may require follow along support when:   (a) the person's job is in jeopardy; or   (b) a job promotion opportunity requires more complex, comprehensive, or intensive supports. Follow along support may be provided in an extended ongoing manner or intermittently as needed.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Job Preparation - 01/31/2014

“Job preparation provides formalized training and work experiences, based upon the goals identified during job discovery, intended to teach a person the skills necessary to succeed in a paid competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. Training may also address workplace social skills and the development of practices and behaviors necessary for successful employment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Supports for Community Work and Living Waiver (1037.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

~~Provides job discovery/job preparation, respite, supported employment-follow along support, supports brokerage, behavioral support services, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, PERS, personal supports, supported employment-co-worker supports, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals with IID and DD ages 16 - no max age.”

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

MT HCBW for Individuals w/DD Waiver (0208.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

~~Provides day supports and activities, homemaker, job discovery/job preparation, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, supported employment-follow along support, waiver-funded children's case management, OT, PT, psychological services, speech therapy, supports brokerage, adult companion services, adult foster support, assisted living, behavioral support, caregiver training and support, community transition, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, nutritionist, personal care, PERS, personal supports, private duty nursing, remote monitoring equipment, remote monitoring, retirement services, supported employment-co-worker support, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals w/IDD/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

MT Big Sky Waiver (0148.R05.00) - 07/01/2011

This waiver, 'provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, personal assistance, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, PT, respiratory therapy, speech therapy and audiology, FMS, independence advisor, community supports, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, consumer goods and services, dietetic services, environmental accessibility adaptations, family training and support, health and wellness, homemaker chore, non-medical transportation…”

This waiver expires 06/30/2016.

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

MT Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

When it comes to efforts to increase employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in Montana, the sky is the limit in the "Big Sky Country."

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 Montana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,032,949
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,852
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.69%
Change from
2014 to 2015
28,960
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.37%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.31%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.36%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,015,165 1,023,579 1,032,949
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 74,107 68,927 71,852
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 29,202 27,890 28,960
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 416,186 427,221 422,617
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.41% 40.46% 40.31%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.78% 77.73% 77.36%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.40% 4.70% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.00% 20.40% 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.80% 14.70% 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 74,170 66,825 75,099
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 65,643 65,921 64,678
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 125,606 119,162 125,953
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,707 3,985 4,767
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,608 9,053 8,945
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 239 636 531
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,767 3,025 3,085
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 507 381 1,002

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,830 1,812 1,874
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.30% 10.50% 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 28,170 27,807 27,848

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,069 1,152 1,433
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 2,924 3,082 3,347
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,062 7,793 9,753
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.10% 14.80% 14.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.80% 1.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.40% 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 92 125 128
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 382 407 423
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 333 329 316
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. 1,549 1,519 2,179
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 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. 15 859 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8 384 5
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. 53.00% 45.00% 50.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.80 38.20 0.48

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,037
1,945
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 185 135 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 114 84 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 611 570 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 491 494 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 597 631 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 39 31 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 25.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,200 1,163 1,496
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 40,218 39,902 40,038
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. 76 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,013,000 $1,148,000 $2,003,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $8,630,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $21,184,000 $11,401,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 12.00% 24.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 1,070
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A 1,630 959
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 25.50 22.10 43.50

 

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). 47.30% 47.19% 46.83%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.10% 13.00% 12.74%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.50% 1.43% 1.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 92.10% 100.00% 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.20% 21.57% 20.71%
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). 73.30% 71.24% 71.77%
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). 86.90% 84.62% 85.11%
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). 48.10% 49.66% 51.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 294,615
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,038
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 42,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 25,481
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 68,289
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 381
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 626
AbilityOne wages (products). $139,465
AbilityOne wages (services). $243,632

 

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). 27 27 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 27 28
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 1,202 1,202
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 54
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,202 1,256

 

Legislation


House Bill 2 “AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY TO VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017, AND FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING 6 JUNE 30, 2019; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." - 04/24/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division is appropriated $775,000 of state special revenue from the Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) during each year of the 2019 biennium to cover a contingent FCC mandate, which would require states to provide both video and internet protocol relay services for people with severe hearing, mobility or speech impairments.”

Systems
  • Other

Montana ABLE Legislation Senate Bill 399 - 05/05/2015

It is the intent of the legislature to give Montana residents access to a program authorized section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A, to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life and to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and state medical and disability insurance, a beneficiary's employment, and other sources.

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Presentation to the 2017 Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Subcommittee - 01/27/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DETD) is engaged in multiple reforms. In particular, the Division’s  Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) program is undergoing very significant changes due to new national and state public policies. The United States adopted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, and the regulations for this law became official in September 2016. These changes mesh with Montana’s and the Department’s priorities, especially the larger purposes of creating more high paying jobs and operating an efficient and cost-effective government.VRBS started down the path of flipping its focus from adult to youth services. We’ve partnered with 90 of Montana’s 177 school districts that include high schools and launched multiple other projects to prepare youth for employment. Competitive integrated employment is another outcome sought by national and state leaders. Workers with disabilities should be able to work in their communities for comparable wages and advancement opportunities, and the pipeline to segregated, sub-minimum wage employment must be disrupted with 21st Century approaches to employment, approaches that zero in on high quality, in-demand jobs and high expectations for workers with disabilities. Lastly, VRBS is aligning itself with other workforce development partners. We are now in a combined state plan and obligated to achieve common performance measures with the Department of Labor and Industry’s WIOA programs and the Office of Public Instruction’s Adult Basic Education. Other public and private partners are also involved in our combined effort to support Montana employers and workers with services that break free from organizational silos and provide seamless services across multiple employment agencies. The WIOA requires that that VRBS serve businesses so that the program has dual customers, Montana workers with disabilities and the businesses that employ their talent.” 

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

Disability Employment and Transitions - 01/15/2017

~~“Mission and GoalsAdvancing the employment, independence, and transitions of Montanans with disabilities.•Employment in a competitive integrated setting;•Independence grounded in self-determination, informed choice, and consumer control; and•Transitions from high school to post-secondary education and work that are collaborative and successful……The disability Employment and Transitions Division is comprised of two bureaus and multiple programs.The Disability Employment and Transitions Division includes three citizen councils. They are:• State Rehabilitation Council; and,• Statewide Independent Living Council; and,• The Telecommunications Access by People with Disabilities Committee..” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Mission and Vision - 07/12/2016

Mission

Our mission is real jobs with real wages.  We maximize the potential for Montanans with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high demand careers as persons without disabilities.  We deliver employment services consistent with an individual's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.

Vision

Youth and adults with disabilities face many disadvantages in employment, including when working for others or in self-employment.  VRBS reverses those disadvantages with high quality and timely employment services. … Moreover, VRBS champions competitive integrated employment, that is, quality jobs in the community for wages comparable to others performing the same work.  Very deliberately, VRBS presumes all people with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can work in competitive integrated settings … In addition, VRBS cultivates many partnerships including those with Community Rehabilitation Programs, Centers for Independent Living, tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, high schools, colleges, and workforce development programs.  Our primary partner is the State Rehabilitation Council, which reviews, analyzes, and advises VRBS.  And last but not least, VRBS serves employers and Montana’s business community.  Workers with disabilities contribute a great deal to Montana’s workforce.  We seek and apply employer input and the latest labor and management information to inform people with disabilities so that they can make choices based on job-driven information.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana Career Guide – Tips for Workers with Disabilities - 06/01/2016

Tips for Workers with Disabilities starting on page 41 this publication has information on reasonable accommodation, disclosing a disability, what questions cannot be asked by an employer and resources that are available to persons with disabilities. “Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MVR) helps Montanans with disabilities prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high-demand careers as persons without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

MT National Federation of the Blind 2015 Resolutions - Integrated Employment - 05/06/2016

WHEREAS The National Federation of the Blind of Montana believes that the blind and other people with disabilities can and should work in their communities for livable wages; and,   WHEREAS Montana and the nation far too frequently pipeline workers with disabilities into sheltered, crew, or sub-minimum wage jobs, rather than into competitive integrated employment; and,   WHEREAS The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requires that state vocational rehabilitation agencies support work in the community for minimum or higher wages: NOW, THEREFORE,   BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled on this Eleventh Day of October, 2015, in the city of Great Falls, Montana that this organization call upon the Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DET) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to assure quality Vocational Rehabilitation Services grounded in high expectations for workers with > disabilities by championing the cause of competitive integrated employment for all, and by dropping support of any kind for segregated sub-minimum wage employment for workers with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program - 07/01/2015

The state plan has provisions for supported employment services.  Provisions include:  Section 8: Provision of Supported Employment Services: 8.1 Scope of supported employment services. (Sections 7(36) and 625(b)(6)(F) and (G) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54), 363.11(g)(6) and (7)) (a) Supported employment services are those services as defined in Section 7(36) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54). (b) To the extent job skills training is provided, the training is provided on-site. (c) Supported employment services include placement in an integrated setting for the maximum number of hours possible based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of individuals with the most significant disabilities. 8.2 Comprehensive assessments of individuals with significant disabilities. (Sections 7(2)(B) and 625(b)(6)(B); 34 CFR 361.5(b)(6)(ii) and 363.11(g)(2)) The comprehensive assessment of individuals with significant disabilities conducted under Section 102(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act includes consideration of supported employment as an appropriate employment outcome. 8.3 Individualized plan for employment. (Sections 102(b)(3)(F) and 625(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.46(b) and 363.11(g)(3) and (5))  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Goals and Priorities - 06/01/2014

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation goals include:

“MVR/BLVS will increase the capacity to serve transition age (14‐24) youth with disabilities.” “MVR/BLVS will increase the quality of successful closures by placing more consumers in positions that pay a living wage and have employee benefits.” “MVR/BLVS will become a model of an accessible work place for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana National Federation of the Blind 2013 Resolutions - 10/27/2013

“WHEREAS, Section 511 links the Rehabilitation Act, which was established to assist people with disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment, with Section 14(C) of the FLSA, which is based on the false premise that people with disabilities cannot be competitively employed and therefore can be paid subminimum wages; and

WHEREAS, The language of Section 511 is only contained in the Senate version of the bill, S. 1356, and not in the House version: NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled this Twenty-seventh Day of October, 2013, in the city of Billings, Montana, that this organization calls on its United States Senators, The Honorable Max Baucus and The Honorable Jon Tester, to support fair wages for all American workers by actively working for the removal of > Title V, Section 511 from S. 1356 before its passage by the United States Senate, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our entire Montana Congressional Delegation to cosponsor the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of  2013.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

"What is Transition?" Montana Office of Public Instruction “Secondary Transition"

“Montana Workforce Investment Act For an individual to be eligible, they must be between the ages of 14-21 for in-school youth and 16-24 for out-of-school youth, have a low income, and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment: For youth who are still enrolled in schools the following eligibility: (681.220 In-School Youth) • Must be attending school, including secondary or postsecondary school; • Be not younger than 14 or older than 21 at the time or enrollment; • Be of low-income and have one or more of the following: o Have a basic skills deficiency o Be an English language learner o Be an offender o Be a homeless individual which may include: - runaway youth, - youth in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, - youth eligible for assistance under Sec. 477 of the Social Security Act, or - youth in an out-of-home placement. o Be pregnant or parenting o Be an individual with a disability o Be an individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an education o Be in a program to secure and hold employment. “

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

Secondary Transition “Transition Binder”

This site has the publication on Secondary Transition available in eight sections. The information can be opened in pdf or Word format.

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

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Policy on Extended Employment”

Extended Employment For some consumers receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services, additional support is necessary for them to continue working. Extended Employment offers guidance and follow-up services to these individuals, which can include:  Job coaching - Job coaches make sure an employee's work is going smoothly, and can work with the employee to overcome work barriers such as new work place rules or excessive absences  Supervised work crews - On-site supervisor monitors work quality and guides employee through required tasks”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recommended that VRBS serve high school youth with disabilities much earlier than before with a new set of services called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  Perhaps the most amazing characteristic of Pre-ETS is its collaboration between high schools and VRBS.  The WIOA wants schools and VRBS to work together to deliver Pre-ETS within the educational setting.  The change is relatively radical for VRBS because our model of service is one based on serving individuals through a vocational plan. VRBS still delivers those case services, but we now emphasize the delivery of Pre-ETS in the school setting.  The case services work in conjunction with the school’s transition services and are based on individual need.  In fact, high school students with disabilities do not have to be VRBS clients.  Pre-ETS are open to all students with disabilities, even those who have no intention of applying to VRBS.  The Pre-ETS are limited to those students turning 16 in the upcoming academic year up to their exit from high school.

With this in mind any paid work opportunities for students must be in a competitive and integrated setting. Internships, unpaid work experiences, job shadowing and volunteer experiences must also be in an integrated setting.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations - Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rights of Persons with Disabilities   Qualified persons with physical and mental disabilities: • May not be refused an application, interview or employment because of their disability • May not be terminated or discharged because of their disability • Have the right to a reasonable accommodation which would allow them to perform the essential functions of their position  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Rehab Act

“The purposes of this [Rehabilitation] Act are:(1) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society, through (A) statewide workforce investment systems implemented in accordance with title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that include, as integral components, comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation; (B) independent living centers and services; (C) research; (D) training; (E) demonstration projects; and (F) the guarantee of equal opportunity; and(2) to ensure that the Federal Government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting States and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of such individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

MT Employment First Initiative

“The Montana Developmental Disabilities Program believes that employment and inclusion in communities is important in the lives of individuals in services. All working-age individuals in services should have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in integrated community employment, earn at least minimum or competitive wages, and enjoy the benefits of community employment. The choice of the employment setting considered must use person centered planning concepts and should be based on informed choice. Although other employment options are valued as a pathway toward integrated employment, paid work in the community should be the primary service considered during the planning process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Montana Center for Inclusive Education - 06/01/2014

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.   Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project   The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)    • Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.    • Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.    • Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.    • Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.    • Provides healthcare planning and counseling.    • The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT DPHHS Developmental Services Division - 01/01/2010

In July 2009, the Disability Services Division (DSD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) was restructured under the Medicaid and Health Services Branch of DPHHS. In January 2010, the name was changed to Developmental Services Division.

The Montana Disability Services Division joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2011, since then it has worked to address concerns reflected in the State Strategic Employment Assessment. Building a focused state workplan through key stakeholder input is reflective of the Division’s strong interest in improving employment statewide, across both urban and rural settings.   The Division continues to engage self-advocates and families in planning efforts. This is helping to create strong external pressures and demands for increasing integrated employment opportunities and the expectation of work, regardless of disability.
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

~~The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)-Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.-Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.-Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.-Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.-Provides healthcare planning and counseling.-The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person. 

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

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

~~By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. 

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute Transition Projects

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:-Providing education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;-Developing creative strategies and transition models;-Offering training and assistance on-site and long distance;-Promoting systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and 

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has strived to collaborate with partners across Montana and across the nation to further its mission. Partners include Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network,  Missoula City/County Public Health Department, Montana Department of Commerce,  Montana’s Office of Public Instruction,  State Deaf-Blind Coordinator, and  Vocational Rehabilitation agencies throughout the state.

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute "MonTech"

 

 

~~The Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP) is the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MATP’s lead agency is Montana DPHHS: Disability Services Division, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. MATP is located within the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula and serves all Montanans with disabilities and their supports.

MATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. MATP’s services are consistent with the Rural Institute for Inclusive Community’s mission of enhancing the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.

 

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

Montana Youth Transitions (MYTransitions)

Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions). MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families."

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

Systems-Change Funding


Montana Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) - 06/01/2014

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.  Application dated October 1,2013”

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

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states.  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

-Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more.

-A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits.

-A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school.

-Self-determination training for the youth and families.

-Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

-Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Montana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MT DHHS "Employing People with Disabilities" Self-Assessment Tool - 04/14/2016

Using this self-assessment tool, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana encourages the employers in his state to self-assess how “friendly” their business is to people with disabilities and encourages them to explore the potential of workers with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction- Secondary Transition Academy Module 3: - 01/01/2011

“Module 3 will provide information on how to develop instructional programs for teaching employment and employment-related skills. After completing this module, you will be able to: • Operationally define student learning objectives. • Understand how to use response prompting and fading procedures including: • System of most-to-least prompts. • System of least-to-most prompts. • Constant time delay. • Error correction. • Reinforcement strategies. • Describe the prompt hierarchy. • Develop a worksite analysis. • Develop a task analysis. • Understand data collection and summary formats”

Systems
  • Other

MT Teleconference Training - Transition Planning - 12/12/2006

The goal of this presentation is to “provide listeners with ideas to help them support students with disabilities in  grades 6 ¬- 8, their parents, teachers, and  community¬ based service providers to be  informed  and well¬ equipped to successfully navigate the gate the transition proc on process.  This will lead to increased post ¬ school success for these students.”

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

MT INVEST Employment Specialist Training

Many of us know somebody that has a disability. Individuals with disabilities can face additional challenges to obtaining and retaining good jobs. To create an opportunity for that person to be most successful, there are several activities and/or steps to identify employment options that are a good match to the person’s skills, interests, and workplace preference (likes quiet or likes noise and activity for example). The curriculum and testing will help learners develop the skill of facilitating Employment Supports, as well as inspire and motivate employment staff to new levels of performance and professionalism. Whether you are helping a family member or friend, or whether you are or plan to be, an employment specialist professional: this information can help you bring successful results to those you are assisting.

The course consists of five sections, including resources and sample forms:

1. Introduction to Community Employment

2. Assessment for the Job Seeker

3. Job Development

4. Job Analysis, Training & Job Coaching

5. Long-Term Supports, Customer Service & Review

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.

As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities.

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

Montana Center for Inclusive Education

The Montana Center on Disabilities (MCD) is part of Montana State University-Billings. MCD works to make sure that all people are part of the community.  The Center supports the idea that people with disabilities can make their own choices about how they live and work.  MCD does this by offering education and information to many people.  One focus is on giving young people with disabilities the tools to become leaders.

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Montana Community First Choice

The Community First Choice and Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Programs are …programs designed to provide long term supportive care in the home setting. These programs enable thousands of elderly and disabled citizens to remain in their homes. The type of care authorized is tailored to each individual in a person centered manner and dependent upon their needs, living situation, and availability of caregivers.

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

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy Training, Module 2

“One of the primary functions of transition-related planning and instruction… is to prepare students for post-school employment. Module 2 will provide information about how to help students plan for employment. Part I focuses on employment planning for transition-age student; it describes the stages of employment preparation for students with disabilities and describes ways to determine employment-related goals and objectives. Part II describes the roles and responsibilities of para-educators working in secondary transition settings.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy, Module 1

“Module 1 is an introduction to supporting students with disabilities in secondary transition settings. Part I of the module is an overview of disability awareness. Specifically, it describes who is eligible for special education and related services, it describes how labels can lead to stereotypes of disabilities, and it describes how educators can better advocate for students with disabilities. Part II is a brief review of the legislation and history of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. Part III provides a discussion of the overall structure of adult employment programs and the importance of developing a community-based employment program for students with disabilities.”

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute: Transition & Employment Projects

“The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:    • Provision of education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;    • Development of innovative strategies and transition models;    • Demonstration, outreach and technical assistance, both on-site and long distance;    • Promotion of systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and    • Information dissemination.   Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Montana Office of Public Instruction Paraprofessional Secondary Transition Academy

The site contains three modules on employment supports, employment planning, and job training. Other guides, informational flyers, sample planning guides, fact sheets, webinars, videos, etc. are also available on best practices for IEP transition planning.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Enrollment Dashboard December 2016” - 03/02/2017

~~“This document shows the state data on the number of people who receive benefits from various Medicaid programs.”

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

The Montana Medicaid Program “Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Report to the 2017 Legislature” - 01/09/2017

~~“Money Follows the Person (MFP) - Montana was awarded a MFP demonstration grant from CMS to augment existing Montana’s community-based long term services and supports and to increase HCBS. The grant provides a temporary increase in the federal share of the Medicaid matching rate to pay for services to people who are already receiving Medicaid funded care in an institutional setting and choose to move into certain types of community settings…..

All waiver and demonstration services receive an enhanced FMAP rate for Medicaid benefits for a period of 365 days of service. At day 366, a participant is served under a HCBS waiver at regular FMAP. This grant was extended in the amount of $9,306,595. Montana will transition individuals to HCBS waiver programs with MFP funds through December 31, 2017. MFP funding will continue through the first quarter of calendar year 2019.”

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

MT HCB Waiver for Adults w/Severe Disabling Mental Illness (0455.R02.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, chore, community transition, dietitian/nutrition/meals, habilitation aide, health and wellness, illness management and recovery, non-medical transportation, pain and symptom management, personal assistance service/specially trained attendant care, PERS, private duty nursing (& registered nurse supervision), psychosocial counseling and consultation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance use related disorder services, supported living, wellness recovery action plan for individuals w/mental illness ages 18 - no max age.

The waiver expired 06/30/2015, and the renewal was approved 07/01/2015.

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

Montana HCBS Transition Plan - 06/01/2014

CMS has issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in, and support full access to, the greater community.  This includes opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, receive services in the community, and, when appropriate, seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS…   To assist states in making this transition, CMS has published guidance to provide further information about settings in which HCBS may or may not be allowed.  States will be allowed a maximum of five years to make the transition and must submit a transition plan to CMS within one year of the effective date of the rule   DPHHS submitted their transition plan late 2014  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Supported Employment, Individual Employment Support - 01/31/2014

“Individual employment supports are habilitation services and staff supports needed by a person to acquire integrated employment or career advancement in the general workforce. Individual employment support is delivered in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The outcome of this service is paid employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting within the general workforce that meets the person's personal and career goals, as documented in the plan of care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Support Employment, Follow Along Support - 01/31/2014

“Follow along support consists of habilitation services and supports that enable a person to stabilize or expand employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The person may require follow along support when:   (a) the person's job is in jeopardy; or   (b) a job promotion opportunity requires more complex, comprehensive, or intensive supports. Follow along support may be provided in an extended ongoing manner or intermittently as needed.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Job Preparation - 01/31/2014

“Job preparation provides formalized training and work experiences, based upon the goals identified during job discovery, intended to teach a person the skills necessary to succeed in a paid competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. Training may also address workplace social skills and the development of practices and behaviors necessary for successful employment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Supports for Community Work and Living Waiver (1037.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

~~Provides job discovery/job preparation, respite, supported employment-follow along support, supports brokerage, behavioral support services, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, PERS, personal supports, supported employment-co-worker supports, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals with IID and DD ages 16 - no max age.”

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

MT HCBW for Individuals w/DD Waiver (0208.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

~~Provides day supports and activities, homemaker, job discovery/job preparation, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, supported employment-follow along support, waiver-funded children's case management, OT, PT, psychological services, speech therapy, supports brokerage, adult companion services, adult foster support, assisted living, behavioral support, caregiver training and support, community transition, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, nutritionist, personal care, PERS, personal supports, private duty nursing, remote monitoring equipment, remote monitoring, retirement services, supported employment-co-worker support, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals w/IDD/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

MT Big Sky Waiver (0148.R05.00) - 07/01/2011

This waiver, 'provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, personal assistance, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, PT, respiratory therapy, speech therapy and audiology, FMS, independence advisor, community supports, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, consumer goods and services, dietetic services, environmental accessibility adaptations, family training and support, health and wellness, homemaker chore, non-medical transportation…”

This waiver expires 06/30/2016.

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

MT Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

When it comes to efforts to increase employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in Montana, the sky is the limit in the "Big Sky Country."

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 Montana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,032,949
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,852
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.69%
Change from
2014 to 2015
28,960
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.37%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.31%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.36%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,015,165 1,023,579 1,032,949
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 74,107 68,927 71,852
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 29,202 27,890 28,960
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 416,186 427,221 422,617
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 39.41% 40.46% 40.31%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.78% 77.73% 77.36%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.40% 4.70% 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.00% 20.40% 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.80% 14.70% 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 74,170 66,825 75,099
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 65,643 65,921 64,678
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 125,606 119,162 125,953
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,707 3,985 4,767
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,608 9,053 8,945
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 239 636 531
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,767 3,025 3,085
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 507 381 1,002

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,830 1,812 1,874
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.30% 10.50% 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 28,170 27,807 27,848

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,069 1,152 1,433
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 2,924 3,082 3,347
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,062 7,793 9,753
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.10% 14.80% 14.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70% 1.80% 1.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.40% 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 92 125 128
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 382 407 423
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 333 329 316
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. 1,549 1,519 2,179
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.02

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 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. 15 859 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8 384 5
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. 53.00% 45.00% 50.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.80 38.20 0.48

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
2,037
1,945
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 185 135 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 114 84 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 611 570 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 491 494 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 597 631 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 39 31 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 25.30% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 1,200 1,163 1,496
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 40,218 39,902 40,038
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. 76 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,013,000 $1,148,000 $2,003,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $8,630,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $21,184,000 $11,401,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 12.00% 24.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 1,070
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A 1,630 959
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 25.50 22.10 43.50

 

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). 47.30% 47.19% 46.83%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.10% 13.00% 12.74%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.50% 1.43% 1.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 92.10% 100.00% 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.20% 21.57% 20.71%
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). 73.30% 71.24% 71.77%
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). 86.90% 84.62% 85.11%
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). 48.10% 49.66% 51.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 294,615
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,038
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 42,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 25,481
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 68,289
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 381
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 626
AbilityOne wages (products). $139,465
AbilityOne wages (services). $243,632

 

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). 27 27 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 27 28
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 1,202 1,202
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 54
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,202 1,256

 

Legislation


House Bill 2 “AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY TO VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017, AND FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING 6 JUNE 30, 2019; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." - 04/24/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division is appropriated $775,000 of state special revenue from the Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) during each year of the 2019 biennium to cover a contingent FCC mandate, which would require states to provide both video and internet protocol relay services for people with severe hearing, mobility or speech impairments.”

Systems
  • Other

Montana ABLE Legislation Senate Bill 399 - 05/05/2015

It is the intent of the legislature to give Montana residents access to a program authorized section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A, to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life and to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and state medical and disability insurance, a beneficiary's employment, and other sources.

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Presentation to the 2017 Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Subcommittee - 01/27/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DETD) is engaged in multiple reforms. In particular, the Division’s  Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) program is undergoing very significant changes due to new national and state public policies. The United States adopted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, and the regulations for this law became official in September 2016. These changes mesh with Montana’s and the Department’s priorities, especially the larger purposes of creating more high paying jobs and operating an efficient and cost-effective government.VRBS started down the path of flipping its focus from adult to youth services. We’ve partnered with 90 of Montana’s 177 school districts that include high schools and launched multiple other projects to prepare youth for employment. Competitive integrated employment is another outcome sought by national and state leaders. Workers with disabilities should be able to work in their communities for comparable wages and advancement opportunities, and the pipeline to segregated, sub-minimum wage employment must be disrupted with 21st Century approaches to employment, approaches that zero in on high quality, in-demand jobs and high expectations for workers with disabilities. Lastly, VRBS is aligning itself with other workforce development partners. We are now in a combined state plan and obligated to achieve common performance measures with the Department of Labor and Industry’s WIOA programs and the Office of Public Instruction’s Adult Basic Education. Other public and private partners are also involved in our combined effort to support Montana employers and workers with services that break free from organizational silos and provide seamless services across multiple employment agencies. The WIOA requires that that VRBS serve businesses so that the program has dual customers, Montana workers with disabilities and the businesses that employ their talent.” 

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

Disability Employment and Transitions - 01/15/2017

~~“Mission and GoalsAdvancing the employment, independence, and transitions of Montanans with disabilities.•Employment in a competitive integrated setting;•Independence grounded in self-determination, informed choice, and consumer control; and•Transitions from high school to post-secondary education and work that are collaborative and successful……The disability Employment and Transitions Division is comprised of two bureaus and multiple programs.The Disability Employment and Transitions Division includes three citizen councils. They are:• State Rehabilitation Council; and,• Statewide Independent Living Council; and,• The Telecommunications Access by People with Disabilities Committee..” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Mission and Vision - 07/12/2016

Mission

Our mission is real jobs with real wages.  We maximize the potential for Montanans with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high demand careers as persons without disabilities.  We deliver employment services consistent with an individual's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.

Vision

Youth and adults with disabilities face many disadvantages in employment, including when working for others or in self-employment.  VRBS reverses those disadvantages with high quality and timely employment services. … Moreover, VRBS champions competitive integrated employment, that is, quality jobs in the community for wages comparable to others performing the same work.  Very deliberately, VRBS presumes all people with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can work in competitive integrated settings … In addition, VRBS cultivates many partnerships including those with Community Rehabilitation Programs, Centers for Independent Living, tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, high schools, colleges, and workforce development programs.  Our primary partner is the State Rehabilitation Council, which reviews, analyzes, and advises VRBS.  And last but not least, VRBS serves employers and Montana’s business community.  Workers with disabilities contribute a great deal to Montana’s workforce.  We seek and apply employer input and the latest labor and management information to inform people with disabilities so that they can make choices based on job-driven information.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana Career Guide – Tips for Workers with Disabilities - 06/01/2016

Tips for Workers with Disabilities starting on page 41 this publication has information on reasonable accommodation, disclosing a disability, what questions cannot be asked by an employer and resources that are available to persons with disabilities. “Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MVR) helps Montanans with disabilities prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high-demand careers as persons without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

MT National Federation of the Blind 2015 Resolutions - Integrated Employment - 05/06/2016

WHEREAS The National Federation of the Blind of Montana believes that the blind and other people with disabilities can and should work in their communities for livable wages; and,   WHEREAS Montana and the nation far too frequently pipeline workers with disabilities into sheltered, crew, or sub-minimum wage jobs, rather than into competitive integrated employment; and,   WHEREAS The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requires that state vocational rehabilitation agencies support work in the community for minimum or higher wages: NOW, THEREFORE,   BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled on this Eleventh Day of October, 2015, in the city of Great Falls, Montana that this organization call upon the Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DET) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to assure quality Vocational Rehabilitation Services grounded in high expectations for workers with > disabilities by championing the cause of competitive integrated employment for all, and by dropping support of any kind for segregated sub-minimum wage employment for workers with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program - 07/01/2015

The state plan has provisions for supported employment services.  Provisions include:  Section 8: Provision of Supported Employment Services: 8.1 Scope of supported employment services. (Sections 7(36) and 625(b)(6)(F) and (G) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54), 363.11(g)(6) and (7)) (a) Supported employment services are those services as defined in Section 7(36) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54). (b) To the extent job skills training is provided, the training is provided on-site. (c) Supported employment services include placement in an integrated setting for the maximum number of hours possible based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of individuals with the most significant disabilities. 8.2 Comprehensive assessments of individuals with significant disabilities. (Sections 7(2)(B) and 625(b)(6)(B); 34 CFR 361.5(b)(6)(ii) and 363.11(g)(2)) The comprehensive assessment of individuals with significant disabilities conducted under Section 102(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act includes consideration of supported employment as an appropriate employment outcome. 8.3 Individualized plan for employment. (Sections 102(b)(3)(F) and 625(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.46(b) and 363.11(g)(3) and (5))  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Goals and Priorities - 06/01/2014

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation goals include:

“MVR/BLVS will increase the capacity to serve transition age (14‐24) youth with disabilities.” “MVR/BLVS will increase the quality of successful closures by placing more consumers in positions that pay a living wage and have employee benefits.” “MVR/BLVS will become a model of an accessible work place for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana National Federation of the Blind 2013 Resolutions - 10/27/2013

“WHEREAS, Section 511 links the Rehabilitation Act, which was established to assist people with disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment, with Section 14(C) of the FLSA, which is based on the false premise that people with disabilities cannot be competitively employed and therefore can be paid subminimum wages; and

WHEREAS, The language of Section 511 is only contained in the Senate version of the bill, S. 1356, and not in the House version: NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled this Twenty-seventh Day of October, 2013, in the city of Billings, Montana, that this organization calls on its United States Senators, The Honorable Max Baucus and The Honorable Jon Tester, to support fair wages for all American workers by actively working for the removal of > Title V, Section 511 from S. 1356 before its passage by the United States Senate, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our entire Montana Congressional Delegation to cosponsor the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of  2013.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

"What is Transition?" Montana Office of Public Instruction “Secondary Transition"

“Montana Workforce Investment Act For an individual to be eligible, they must be between the ages of 14-21 for in-school youth and 16-24 for out-of-school youth, have a low income, and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment: For youth who are still enrolled in schools the following eligibility: (681.220 In-School Youth) • Must be attending school, including secondary or postsecondary school; • Be not younger than 14 or older than 21 at the time or enrollment; • Be of low-income and have one or more of the following: o Have a basic skills deficiency o Be an English language learner o Be an offender o Be a homeless individual which may include: - runaway youth, - youth in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, - youth eligible for assistance under Sec. 477 of the Social Security Act, or - youth in an out-of-home placement. o Be pregnant or parenting o Be an individual with a disability o Be an individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an education o Be in a program to secure and hold employment. “

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

Secondary Transition “Transition Binder”

This site has the publication on Secondary Transition available in eight sections. The information can be opened in pdf or Word format.

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

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Policy on Extended Employment”

Extended Employment For some consumers receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services, additional support is necessary for them to continue working. Extended Employment offers guidance and follow-up services to these individuals, which can include:  Job coaching - Job coaches make sure an employee's work is going smoothly, and can work with the employee to overcome work barriers such as new work place rules or excessive absences  Supervised work crews - On-site supervisor monitors work quality and guides employee through required tasks”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recommended that VRBS serve high school youth with disabilities much earlier than before with a new set of services called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  Perhaps the most amazing characteristic of Pre-ETS is its collaboration between high schools and VRBS.  The WIOA wants schools and VRBS to work together to deliver Pre-ETS within the educational setting.  The change is relatively radical for VRBS because our model of service is one based on serving individuals through a vocational plan. VRBS still delivers those case services, but we now emphasize the delivery of Pre-ETS in the school setting.  The case services work in conjunction with the school’s transition services and are based on individual need.  In fact, high school students with disabilities do not have to be VRBS clients.  Pre-ETS are open to all students with disabilities, even those who have no intention of applying to VRBS.  The Pre-ETS are limited to those students turning 16 in the upcoming academic year up to their exit from high school.

With this in mind any paid work opportunities for students must be in a competitive and integrated setting. Internships, unpaid work experiences, job shadowing and volunteer experiences must also be in an integrated setting.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations - Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rights of Persons with Disabilities   Qualified persons with physical and mental disabilities: • May not be refused an application, interview or employment because of their disability • May not be terminated or discharged because of their disability • Have the right to a reasonable accommodation which would allow them to perform the essential functions of their position  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Rehab Act

“The purposes of this [Rehabilitation] Act are:(1) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society, through (A) statewide workforce investment systems implemented in accordance with title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that include, as integral components, comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation; (B) independent living centers and services; (C) research; (D) training; (E) demonstration projects; and (F) the guarantee of equal opportunity; and(2) to ensure that the Federal Government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting States and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of such individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

MT Employment First Initiative

“The Montana Developmental Disabilities Program believes that employment and inclusion in communities is important in the lives of individuals in services. All working-age individuals in services should have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in integrated community employment, earn at least minimum or competitive wages, and enjoy the benefits of community employment. The choice of the employment setting considered must use person centered planning concepts and should be based on informed choice. Although other employment options are valued as a pathway toward integrated employment, paid work in the community should be the primary service considered during the planning process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Montana Center for Inclusive Education - 06/01/2014

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.   Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project   The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)    • Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.    • Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.    • Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.    • Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.    • Provides healthcare planning and counseling.    • The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT DPHHS Developmental Services Division - 01/01/2010

In July 2009, the Disability Services Division (DSD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) was restructured under the Medicaid and Health Services Branch of DPHHS. In January 2010, the name was changed to Developmental Services Division.

The Montana Disability Services Division joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2011, since then it has worked to address concerns reflected in the State Strategic Employment Assessment. Building a focused state workplan through key stakeholder input is reflective of the Division’s strong interest in improving employment statewide, across both urban and rural settings.   The Division continues to engage self-advocates and families in planning efforts. This is helping to create strong external pressures and demands for increasing integrated employment opportunities and the expectation of work, regardless of disability.
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

~~The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)-Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.-Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.-Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.-Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.-Provides healthcare planning and counseling.-The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person. 

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

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

~~By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. 

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute Transition Projects

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:-Providing education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;-Developing creative strategies and transition models;-Offering training and assistance on-site and long distance;-Promoting systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and 

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has strived to collaborate with partners across Montana and across the nation to further its mission. Partners include Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network,  Missoula City/County Public Health Department, Montana Department of Commerce,  Montana’s Office of Public Instruction,  State Deaf-Blind Coordinator, and  Vocational Rehabilitation agencies throughout the state.

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute "MonTech"

 

 

~~The Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP) is the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MATP’s lead agency is Montana DPHHS: Disability Services Division, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. MATP is located within the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula and serves all Montanans with disabilities and their supports.

MATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. MATP’s services are consistent with the Rural Institute for Inclusive Community’s mission of enhancing the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.

 

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

Montana Youth Transitions (MYTransitions)

Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions). MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families."

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

Systems-Change Funding


Montana Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) - 06/01/2014

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.  Application dated October 1,2013”

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

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states.  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

-Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more.

-A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits.

-A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school.

-Self-determination training for the youth and families.

-Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

-Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Montana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MT DHHS "Employing People with Disabilities" Self-Assessment Tool - 04/14/2016

Using this self-assessment tool, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana encourages the employers in his state to self-assess how “friendly” their business is to people with disabilities and encourages them to explore the potential of workers with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction- Secondary Transition Academy Module 3: - 01/01/2011

“Module 3 will provide information on how to develop instructional programs for teaching employment and employment-related skills. After completing this module, you will be able to: • Operationally define student learning objectives. • Understand how to use response prompting and fading procedures including: • System of most-to-least prompts. • System of least-to-most prompts. • Constant time delay. • Error correction. • Reinforcement strategies. • Describe the prompt hierarchy. • Develop a worksite analysis. • Develop a task analysis. • Understand data collection and summary formats”

Systems
  • Other

MT Teleconference Training - Transition Planning - 12/12/2006

The goal of this presentation is to “provide listeners with ideas to help them support students with disabilities in  grades 6 ¬- 8, their parents, teachers, and  community¬ based service providers to be  informed  and well¬ equipped to successfully navigate the gate the transition proc on process.  This will lead to increased post ¬ school success for these students.”

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

MT INVEST Employment Specialist Training

Many of us know somebody that has a disability. Individuals with disabilities can face additional challenges to obtaining and retaining good jobs. To create an opportunity for that person to be most successful, there are several activities and/or steps to identify employment options that are a good match to the person’s skills, interests, and workplace preference (likes quiet or likes noise and activity for example). The curriculum and testing will help learners develop the skill of facilitating Employment Supports, as well as inspire and motivate employment staff to new levels of performance and professionalism. Whether you are helping a family member or friend, or whether you are or plan to be, an employment specialist professional: this information can help you bring successful results to those you are assisting.

The course consists of five sections, including resources and sample forms:

1. Introduction to Community Employment

2. Assessment for the Job Seeker

3. Job Development

4. Job Analysis, Training & Job Coaching

5. Long-Term Supports, Customer Service & Review

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.

As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities.

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

Montana Center for Inclusive Education

The Montana Center on Disabilities (MCD) is part of Montana State University-Billings. MCD works to make sure that all people are part of the community.  The Center supports the idea that people with disabilities can make their own choices about how they live and work.  MCD does this by offering education and information to many people.  One focus is on giving young people with disabilities the tools to become leaders.

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Montana Community First Choice

The Community First Choice and Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Programs are …programs designed to provide long term supportive care in the home setting. These programs enable thousands of elderly and disabled citizens to remain in their homes. The type of care authorized is tailored to each individual in a person centered manner and dependent upon their needs, living situation, and availability of caregivers.

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

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy Training, Module 2

“One of the primary functions of transition-related planning and instruction… is to prepare students for post-school employment. Module 2 will provide information about how to help students plan for employment. Part I focuses on employment planning for transition-age student; it describes the stages of employment preparation for students with disabilities and describes ways to determine employment-related goals and objectives. Part II describes the roles and responsibilities of para-educators working in secondary transition settings.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy, Module 1

“Module 1 is an introduction to supporting students with disabilities in secondary transition settings. Part I of the module is an overview of disability awareness. Specifically, it describes who is eligible for special education and related services, it describes how labels can lead to stereotypes of disabilities, and it describes how educators can better advocate for students with disabilities. Part II is a brief review of the legislation and history of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. Part III provides a discussion of the overall structure of adult employment programs and the importance of developing a community-based employment program for students with disabilities.”

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute: Transition & Employment Projects

“The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:    • Provision of education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;    • Development of innovative strategies and transition models;    • Demonstration, outreach and technical assistance, both on-site and long distance;    • Promotion of systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and    • Information dissemination.   Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Montana Office of Public Instruction Paraprofessional Secondary Transition Academy

The site contains three modules on employment supports, employment planning, and job training. Other guides, informational flyers, sample planning guides, fact sheets, webinars, videos, etc. are also available on best practices for IEP transition planning.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Enrollment Dashboard December 2016” - 03/02/2017

~~“This document shows the state data on the number of people who receive benefits from various Medicaid programs.”

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

The Montana Medicaid Program “Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Report to the 2017 Legislature” - 01/09/2017

~~“Money Follows the Person (MFP) - Montana was awarded a MFP demonstration grant from CMS to augment existing Montana’s community-based long term services and supports and to increase HCBS. The grant provides a temporary increase in the federal share of the Medicaid matching rate to pay for services to people who are already receiving Medicaid funded care in an institutional setting and choose to move into certain types of community settings…..

All waiver and demonstration services receive an enhanced FMAP rate for Medicaid benefits for a period of 365 days of service. At day 366, a participant is served under a HCBS waiver at regular FMAP. This grant was extended in the amount of $9,306,595. Montana will transition individuals to HCBS waiver programs with MFP funds through December 31, 2017. MFP funding will continue through the first quarter of calendar year 2019.”

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

MT HCB Waiver for Adults w/Severe Disabling Mental Illness (0455.R02.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, chore, community transition, dietitian/nutrition/meals, habilitation aide, health and wellness, illness management and recovery, non-medical transportation, pain and symptom management, personal assistance service/specially trained attendant care, PERS, private duty nursing (& registered nurse supervision), psychosocial counseling and consultation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance use related disorder services, supported living, wellness recovery action plan for individuals w/mental illness ages 18 - no max age.

The waiver expired 06/30/2015, and the renewal was approved 07/01/2015.

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

Montana HCBS Transition Plan - 06/01/2014

CMS has issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in, and support full access to, the greater community.  This includes opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, receive services in the community, and, when appropriate, seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS…   To assist states in making this transition, CMS has published guidance to provide further information about settings in which HCBS may or may not be allowed.  States will be allowed a maximum of five years to make the transition and must submit a transition plan to CMS within one year of the effective date of the rule   DPHHS submitted their transition plan late 2014  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Supported Employment, Individual Employment Support - 01/31/2014

“Individual employment supports are habilitation services and staff supports needed by a person to acquire integrated employment or career advancement in the general workforce. Individual employment support is delivered in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The outcome of this service is paid employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting within the general workforce that meets the person's personal and career goals, as documented in the plan of care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Support Employment, Follow Along Support - 01/31/2014

“Follow along support consists of habilitation services and supports that enable a person to stabilize or expand employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The person may require follow along support when:   (a) the person's job is in jeopardy; or   (b) a job promotion opportunity requires more complex, comprehensive, or intensive supports. Follow along support may be provided in an extended ongoing manner or intermittently as needed.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Job Preparation - 01/31/2014

“Job preparation provides formalized training and work experiences, based upon the goals identified during job discovery, intended to teach a person the skills necessary to succeed in a paid competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. Training may also address workplace social skills and the development of practices and behaviors necessary for successful employment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Supports for Community Work and Living Waiver (1037.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

~~Provides job discovery/job preparation, respite, supported employment-follow along support, supports brokerage, behavioral support services, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, PERS, personal supports, supported employment-co-worker supports, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals with IID and DD ages 16 - no max age.”

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

MT HCBW for Individuals w/DD Waiver (0208.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

~~Provides day supports and activities, homemaker, job discovery/job preparation, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, supported employment-follow along support, waiver-funded children's case management, OT, PT, psychological services, speech therapy, supports brokerage, adult companion services, adult foster support, assisted living, behavioral support, caregiver training and support, community transition, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, nutritionist, personal care, PERS, personal supports, private duty nursing, remote monitoring equipment, remote monitoring, retirement services, supported employment-co-worker support, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals w/IDD/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

MT Big Sky Waiver (0148.R05.00) - 07/01/2011

This waiver, 'provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, personal assistance, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, PT, respiratory therapy, speech therapy and audiology, FMS, independence advisor, community supports, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, consumer goods and services, dietetic services, environmental accessibility adaptations, family training and support, health and wellness, homemaker chore, non-medical transportation…”

This waiver expires 06/30/2016.

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

MT Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

When it comes to efforts to increase employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in Montana, the sky is the limit in the "Big Sky Country."

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 Montana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,032,949
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,852
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.69%
Change from
2014 to 2015
28,960
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.37%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.31%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.36%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 1,032,949
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,852
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 28,960
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 422,617
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.31%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.36%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 75,099
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 64,678
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 125,953
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,767
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 8,945
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 531
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,085
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,002

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,874
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,848

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,433
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,347
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,753
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 128
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 423
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 316
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,179
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. 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5
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. 50.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.48

 

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. 1,496
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 40,038
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. $2,003,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,630,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $11,401,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,070
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 959
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.50

 

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). 46.83%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.74%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 20.71%
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). 71.77%
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). 85.11%
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). 51.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 294,615
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,038
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 42,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 25,481
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 68,289
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 381
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 626
AbilityOne wages (products). $139,465
AbilityOne wages (services). $243,632

 

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). 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,202
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 54
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,256

 

Legislation


House Bill 2 “AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY TO VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017, AND FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING 6 JUNE 30, 2019; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." - 04/24/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division is appropriated $775,000 of state special revenue from the Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) during each year of the 2019 biennium to cover a contingent FCC mandate, which would require states to provide both video and internet protocol relay services for people with severe hearing, mobility or speech impairments.”

Systems
  • Other

Montana ABLE Legislation Senate Bill 399 - 05/05/2015

It is the intent of the legislature to give Montana residents access to a program authorized section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A, to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life and to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and state medical and disability insurance, a beneficiary's employment, and other sources.

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Presentation to the 2017 Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Subcommittee - 01/27/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DETD) is engaged in multiple reforms. In particular, the Division’s  Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) program is undergoing very significant changes due to new national and state public policies. The United States adopted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, and the regulations for this law became official in September 2016. These changes mesh with Montana’s and the Department’s priorities, especially the larger purposes of creating more high paying jobs and operating an efficient and cost-effective government.VRBS started down the path of flipping its focus from adult to youth services. We’ve partnered with 90 of Montana’s 177 school districts that include high schools and launched multiple other projects to prepare youth for employment. Competitive integrated employment is another outcome sought by national and state leaders. Workers with disabilities should be able to work in their communities for comparable wages and advancement opportunities, and the pipeline to segregated, sub-minimum wage employment must be disrupted with 21st Century approaches to employment, approaches that zero in on high quality, in-demand jobs and high expectations for workers with disabilities. Lastly, VRBS is aligning itself with other workforce development partners. We are now in a combined state plan and obligated to achieve common performance measures with the Department of Labor and Industry’s WIOA programs and the Office of Public Instruction’s Adult Basic Education. Other public and private partners are also involved in our combined effort to support Montana employers and workers with services that break free from organizational silos and provide seamless services across multiple employment agencies. The WIOA requires that that VRBS serve businesses so that the program has dual customers, Montana workers with disabilities and the businesses that employ their talent.” 

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

Disability Employment and Transitions - 01/15/2017

~~“Mission and GoalsAdvancing the employment, independence, and transitions of Montanans with disabilities.•Employment in a competitive integrated setting;•Independence grounded in self-determination, informed choice, and consumer control; and•Transitions from high school to post-secondary education and work that are collaborative and successful……The disability Employment and Transitions Division is comprised of two bureaus and multiple programs.The Disability Employment and Transitions Division includes three citizen councils. They are:• State Rehabilitation Council; and,• Statewide Independent Living Council; and,• The Telecommunications Access by People with Disabilities Committee..” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Mission and Vision - 07/12/2016

Mission

Our mission is real jobs with real wages.  We maximize the potential for Montanans with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high demand careers as persons without disabilities.  We deliver employment services consistent with an individual's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.

Vision

Youth and adults with disabilities face many disadvantages in employment, including when working for others or in self-employment.  VRBS reverses those disadvantages with high quality and timely employment services. … Moreover, VRBS champions competitive integrated employment, that is, quality jobs in the community for wages comparable to others performing the same work.  Very deliberately, VRBS presumes all people with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can work in competitive integrated settings … In addition, VRBS cultivates many partnerships including those with Community Rehabilitation Programs, Centers for Independent Living, tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, high schools, colleges, and workforce development programs.  Our primary partner is the State Rehabilitation Council, which reviews, analyzes, and advises VRBS.  And last but not least, VRBS serves employers and Montana’s business community.  Workers with disabilities contribute a great deal to Montana’s workforce.  We seek and apply employer input and the latest labor and management information to inform people with disabilities so that they can make choices based on job-driven information.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana Career Guide – Tips for Workers with Disabilities - 06/01/2016

Tips for Workers with Disabilities starting on page 41 this publication has information on reasonable accommodation, disclosing a disability, what questions cannot be asked by an employer and resources that are available to persons with disabilities. “Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MVR) helps Montanans with disabilities prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high-demand careers as persons without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

MT National Federation of the Blind 2015 Resolutions - Integrated Employment - 05/06/2016

WHEREAS The National Federation of the Blind of Montana believes that the blind and other people with disabilities can and should work in their communities for livable wages; and,   WHEREAS Montana and the nation far too frequently pipeline workers with disabilities into sheltered, crew, or sub-minimum wage jobs, rather than into competitive integrated employment; and,   WHEREAS The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requires that state vocational rehabilitation agencies support work in the community for minimum or higher wages: NOW, THEREFORE,   BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled on this Eleventh Day of October, 2015, in the city of Great Falls, Montana that this organization call upon the Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DET) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to assure quality Vocational Rehabilitation Services grounded in high expectations for workers with > disabilities by championing the cause of competitive integrated employment for all, and by dropping support of any kind for segregated sub-minimum wage employment for workers with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program - 07/01/2015

The state plan has provisions for supported employment services.  Provisions include:  Section 8: Provision of Supported Employment Services: 8.1 Scope of supported employment services. (Sections 7(36) and 625(b)(6)(F) and (G) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54), 363.11(g)(6) and (7)) (a) Supported employment services are those services as defined in Section 7(36) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54). (b) To the extent job skills training is provided, the training is provided on-site. (c) Supported employment services include placement in an integrated setting for the maximum number of hours possible based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of individuals with the most significant disabilities. 8.2 Comprehensive assessments of individuals with significant disabilities. (Sections 7(2)(B) and 625(b)(6)(B); 34 CFR 361.5(b)(6)(ii) and 363.11(g)(2)) The comprehensive assessment of individuals with significant disabilities conducted under Section 102(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act includes consideration of supported employment as an appropriate employment outcome. 8.3 Individualized plan for employment. (Sections 102(b)(3)(F) and 625(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.46(b) and 363.11(g)(3) and (5))  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Goals and Priorities - 06/01/2014

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation goals include:

“MVR/BLVS will increase the capacity to serve transition age (14‐24) youth with disabilities.” “MVR/BLVS will increase the quality of successful closures by placing more consumers in positions that pay a living wage and have employee benefits.” “MVR/BLVS will become a model of an accessible work place for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana National Federation of the Blind 2013 Resolutions - 10/27/2013

“WHEREAS, Section 511 links the Rehabilitation Act, which was established to assist people with disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment, with Section 14(C) of the FLSA, which is based on the false premise that people with disabilities cannot be competitively employed and therefore can be paid subminimum wages; and

WHEREAS, The language of Section 511 is only contained in the Senate version of the bill, S. 1356, and not in the House version: NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled this Twenty-seventh Day of October, 2013, in the city of Billings, Montana, that this organization calls on its United States Senators, The Honorable Max Baucus and The Honorable Jon Tester, to support fair wages for all American workers by actively working for the removal of > Title V, Section 511 from S. 1356 before its passage by the United States Senate, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our entire Montana Congressional Delegation to cosponsor the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of  2013.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

"What is Transition?" Montana Office of Public Instruction “Secondary Transition"

“Montana Workforce Investment Act For an individual to be eligible, they must be between the ages of 14-21 for in-school youth and 16-24 for out-of-school youth, have a low income, and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment: For youth who are still enrolled in schools the following eligibility: (681.220 In-School Youth) • Must be attending school, including secondary or postsecondary school; • Be not younger than 14 or older than 21 at the time or enrollment; • Be of low-income and have one or more of the following: o Have a basic skills deficiency o Be an English language learner o Be an offender o Be a homeless individual which may include: - runaway youth, - youth in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, - youth eligible for assistance under Sec. 477 of the Social Security Act, or - youth in an out-of-home placement. o Be pregnant or parenting o Be an individual with a disability o Be an individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an education o Be in a program to secure and hold employment. “

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

Secondary Transition “Transition Binder”

This site has the publication on Secondary Transition available in eight sections. The information can be opened in pdf or Word format.

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

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Policy on Extended Employment”

Extended Employment For some consumers receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services, additional support is necessary for them to continue working. Extended Employment offers guidance and follow-up services to these individuals, which can include:  Job coaching - Job coaches make sure an employee's work is going smoothly, and can work with the employee to overcome work barriers such as new work place rules or excessive absences  Supervised work crews - On-site supervisor monitors work quality and guides employee through required tasks”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recommended that VRBS serve high school youth with disabilities much earlier than before with a new set of services called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  Perhaps the most amazing characteristic of Pre-ETS is its collaboration between high schools and VRBS.  The WIOA wants schools and VRBS to work together to deliver Pre-ETS within the educational setting.  The change is relatively radical for VRBS because our model of service is one based on serving individuals through a vocational plan. VRBS still delivers those case services, but we now emphasize the delivery of Pre-ETS in the school setting.  The case services work in conjunction with the school’s transition services and are based on individual need.  In fact, high school students with disabilities do not have to be VRBS clients.  Pre-ETS are open to all students with disabilities, even those who have no intention of applying to VRBS.  The Pre-ETS are limited to those students turning 16 in the upcoming academic year up to their exit from high school.

With this in mind any paid work opportunities for students must be in a competitive and integrated setting. Internships, unpaid work experiences, job shadowing and volunteer experiences must also be in an integrated setting.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations - Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rights of Persons with Disabilities   Qualified persons with physical and mental disabilities: • May not be refused an application, interview or employment because of their disability • May not be terminated or discharged because of their disability • Have the right to a reasonable accommodation which would allow them to perform the essential functions of their position  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Rehab Act

“The purposes of this [Rehabilitation] Act are:(1) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society, through (A) statewide workforce investment systems implemented in accordance with title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that include, as integral components, comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation; (B) independent living centers and services; (C) research; (D) training; (E) demonstration projects; and (F) the guarantee of equal opportunity; and(2) to ensure that the Federal Government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting States and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of such individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

MT Employment First Initiative

“The Montana Developmental Disabilities Program believes that employment and inclusion in communities is important in the lives of individuals in services. All working-age individuals in services should have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in integrated community employment, earn at least minimum or competitive wages, and enjoy the benefits of community employment. The choice of the employment setting considered must use person centered planning concepts and should be based on informed choice. Although other employment options are valued as a pathway toward integrated employment, paid work in the community should be the primary service considered during the planning process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Montana Center for Inclusive Education - 06/01/2014

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.   Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project   The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)    • Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.    • Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.    • Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.    • Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.    • Provides healthcare planning and counseling.    • The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT DPHHS Developmental Services Division - 01/01/2010

In July 2009, the Disability Services Division (DSD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) was restructured under the Medicaid and Health Services Branch of DPHHS. In January 2010, the name was changed to Developmental Services Division.

The Montana Disability Services Division joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2011, since then it has worked to address concerns reflected in the State Strategic Employment Assessment. Building a focused state workplan through key stakeholder input is reflective of the Division’s strong interest in improving employment statewide, across both urban and rural settings.   The Division continues to engage self-advocates and families in planning efforts. This is helping to create strong external pressures and demands for increasing integrated employment opportunities and the expectation of work, regardless of disability.
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

~~The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)-Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.-Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.-Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.-Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.-Provides healthcare planning and counseling.-The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person. 

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

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

~~By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. 

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute Transition Projects

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:-Providing education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;-Developing creative strategies and transition models;-Offering training and assistance on-site and long distance;-Promoting systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and 

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has strived to collaborate with partners across Montana and across the nation to further its mission. Partners include Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network,  Missoula City/County Public Health Department, Montana Department of Commerce,  Montana’s Office of Public Instruction,  State Deaf-Blind Coordinator, and  Vocational Rehabilitation agencies throughout the state.

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute "MonTech"

 

 

~~The Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP) is the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MATP’s lead agency is Montana DPHHS: Disability Services Division, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. MATP is located within the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula and serves all Montanans with disabilities and their supports.

MATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. MATP’s services are consistent with the Rural Institute for Inclusive Community’s mission of enhancing the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.

 

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

Montana Youth Transitions (MYTransitions)

Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions). MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families."

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

Systems-Change Funding


Montana Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) - 06/01/2014

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.  Application dated October 1,2013”

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

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states.  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

-Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more.

-A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits.

-A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school.

-Self-determination training for the youth and families.

-Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

-Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Montana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MT DHHS "Employing People with Disabilities" Self-Assessment Tool - 04/14/2016

Using this self-assessment tool, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana encourages the employers in his state to self-assess how “friendly” their business is to people with disabilities and encourages them to explore the potential of workers with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction- Secondary Transition Academy Module 3: - 01/01/2011

“Module 3 will provide information on how to develop instructional programs for teaching employment and employment-related skills. After completing this module, you will be able to: • Operationally define student learning objectives. • Understand how to use response prompting and fading procedures including: • System of most-to-least prompts. • System of least-to-most prompts. • Constant time delay. • Error correction. • Reinforcement strategies. • Describe the prompt hierarchy. • Develop a worksite analysis. • Develop a task analysis. • Understand data collection and summary formats”

Systems
  • Other

MT Teleconference Training - Transition Planning - 12/12/2006

The goal of this presentation is to “provide listeners with ideas to help them support students with disabilities in  grades 6 ¬- 8, their parents, teachers, and  community¬ based service providers to be  informed  and well¬ equipped to successfully navigate the gate the transition proc on process.  This will lead to increased post ¬ school success for these students.”

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

MT INVEST Employment Specialist Training

Many of us know somebody that has a disability. Individuals with disabilities can face additional challenges to obtaining and retaining good jobs. To create an opportunity for that person to be most successful, there are several activities and/or steps to identify employment options that are a good match to the person’s skills, interests, and workplace preference (likes quiet or likes noise and activity for example). The curriculum and testing will help learners develop the skill of facilitating Employment Supports, as well as inspire and motivate employment staff to new levels of performance and professionalism. Whether you are helping a family member or friend, or whether you are or plan to be, an employment specialist professional: this information can help you bring successful results to those you are assisting.

The course consists of five sections, including resources and sample forms:

1. Introduction to Community Employment

2. Assessment for the Job Seeker

3. Job Development

4. Job Analysis, Training & Job Coaching

5. Long-Term Supports, Customer Service & Review

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.

As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities.

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

Montana Center for Inclusive Education

The Montana Center on Disabilities (MCD) is part of Montana State University-Billings. MCD works to make sure that all people are part of the community.  The Center supports the idea that people with disabilities can make their own choices about how they live and work.  MCD does this by offering education and information to many people.  One focus is on giving young people with disabilities the tools to become leaders.

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Montana Community First Choice

The Community First Choice and Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Programs are …programs designed to provide long term supportive care in the home setting. These programs enable thousands of elderly and disabled citizens to remain in their homes. The type of care authorized is tailored to each individual in a person centered manner and dependent upon their needs, living situation, and availability of caregivers.

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

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy Training, Module 2

“One of the primary functions of transition-related planning and instruction… is to prepare students for post-school employment. Module 2 will provide information about how to help students plan for employment. Part I focuses on employment planning for transition-age student; it describes the stages of employment preparation for students with disabilities and describes ways to determine employment-related goals and objectives. Part II describes the roles and responsibilities of para-educators working in secondary transition settings.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy, Module 1

“Module 1 is an introduction to supporting students with disabilities in secondary transition settings. Part I of the module is an overview of disability awareness. Specifically, it describes who is eligible for special education and related services, it describes how labels can lead to stereotypes of disabilities, and it describes how educators can better advocate for students with disabilities. Part II is a brief review of the legislation and history of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. Part III provides a discussion of the overall structure of adult employment programs and the importance of developing a community-based employment program for students with disabilities.”

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute: Transition & Employment Projects

“The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:    • Provision of education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;    • Development of innovative strategies and transition models;    • Demonstration, outreach and technical assistance, both on-site and long distance;    • Promotion of systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and    • Information dissemination.   Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Montana Office of Public Instruction Paraprofessional Secondary Transition Academy

The site contains three modules on employment supports, employment planning, and job training. Other guides, informational flyers, sample planning guides, fact sheets, webinars, videos, etc. are also available on best practices for IEP transition planning.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Enrollment Dashboard December 2016” - 03/02/2017

~~“This document shows the state data on the number of people who receive benefits from various Medicaid programs.”

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

The Montana Medicaid Program “Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Report to the 2017 Legislature” - 01/09/2017

~~“Money Follows the Person (MFP) - Montana was awarded a MFP demonstration grant from CMS to augment existing Montana’s community-based long term services and supports and to increase HCBS. The grant provides a temporary increase in the federal share of the Medicaid matching rate to pay for services to people who are already receiving Medicaid funded care in an institutional setting and choose to move into certain types of community settings…..

All waiver and demonstration services receive an enhanced FMAP rate for Medicaid benefits for a period of 365 days of service. At day 366, a participant is served under a HCBS waiver at regular FMAP. This grant was extended in the amount of $9,306,595. Montana will transition individuals to HCBS waiver programs with MFP funds through December 31, 2017. MFP funding will continue through the first quarter of calendar year 2019.”

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

MT HCB Waiver for Adults w/Severe Disabling Mental Illness (0455.R02.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, chore, community transition, dietitian/nutrition/meals, habilitation aide, health and wellness, illness management and recovery, non-medical transportation, pain and symptom management, personal assistance service/specially trained attendant care, PERS, private duty nursing (& registered nurse supervision), psychosocial counseling and consultation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance use related disorder services, supported living, wellness recovery action plan for individuals w/mental illness ages 18 - no max age.

The waiver expired 06/30/2015, and the renewal was approved 07/01/2015.

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

Montana HCBS Transition Plan - 06/01/2014

CMS has issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in, and support full access to, the greater community.  This includes opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, receive services in the community, and, when appropriate, seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS…   To assist states in making this transition, CMS has published guidance to provide further information about settings in which HCBS may or may not be allowed.  States will be allowed a maximum of five years to make the transition and must submit a transition plan to CMS within one year of the effective date of the rule   DPHHS submitted their transition plan late 2014  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Supported Employment, Individual Employment Support - 01/31/2014

“Individual employment supports are habilitation services and staff supports needed by a person to acquire integrated employment or career advancement in the general workforce. Individual employment support is delivered in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The outcome of this service is paid employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting within the general workforce that meets the person's personal and career goals, as documented in the plan of care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Support Employment, Follow Along Support - 01/31/2014

“Follow along support consists of habilitation services and supports that enable a person to stabilize or expand employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The person may require follow along support when:   (a) the person's job is in jeopardy; or   (b) a job promotion opportunity requires more complex, comprehensive, or intensive supports. Follow along support may be provided in an extended ongoing manner or intermittently as needed.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Job Preparation - 01/31/2014

“Job preparation provides formalized training and work experiences, based upon the goals identified during job discovery, intended to teach a person the skills necessary to succeed in a paid competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. Training may also address workplace social skills and the development of practices and behaviors necessary for successful employment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Supports for Community Work and Living Waiver (1037.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

~~Provides job discovery/job preparation, respite, supported employment-follow along support, supports brokerage, behavioral support services, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, PERS, personal supports, supported employment-co-worker supports, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals with IID and DD ages 16 - no max age.”

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

MT HCBW for Individuals w/DD Waiver (0208.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

~~Provides day supports and activities, homemaker, job discovery/job preparation, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, supported employment-follow along support, waiver-funded children's case management, OT, PT, psychological services, speech therapy, supports brokerage, adult companion services, adult foster support, assisted living, behavioral support, caregiver training and support, community transition, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, nutritionist, personal care, PERS, personal supports, private duty nursing, remote monitoring equipment, remote monitoring, retirement services, supported employment-co-worker support, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals w/IDD/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

MT Big Sky Waiver (0148.R05.00) - 07/01/2011

This waiver, 'provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, personal assistance, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, PT, respiratory therapy, speech therapy and audiology, FMS, independence advisor, community supports, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, consumer goods and services, dietetic services, environmental accessibility adaptations, family training and support, health and wellness, homemaker chore, non-medical transportation…”

This waiver expires 06/30/2016.

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

MT Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

When it comes to efforts to increase employment opportunities for workers with disabilities in Montana, the sky is the limit in the "Big Sky Country."

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 Montana’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.91%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,032,949
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.07%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,852
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.69%
Change from
2014 to 2015
28,960
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.37%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.31%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.48%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.36%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 1,032,949
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,852
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 28,960
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 422,617
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.31%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.36%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.60%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 75,099
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 64,678
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 125,953
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,767
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 8,945
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 531
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,085
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 1,002

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,874
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 10.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 27,848

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 1,433
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 3,347
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,753
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.70%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.30%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 128
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 423
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 316
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,179
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. 10
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5
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. 50.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.48

 

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. 1,496
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 40,038
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. $2,003,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $8,630,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $11,401,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,070
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 959
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.50

 

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). 46.83%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.74%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.40%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 20.71%
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). 71.77%
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). 85.11%
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). 51.06%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 294,615
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,038
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 42,808
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 25,481
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 68,289
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 245
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 381
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 626
AbilityOne wages (products). $139,465
AbilityOne wages (services). $243,632

 

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). 27
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 28
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,202
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 54
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,256

 

Legislation


House Bill 2 “AN ACT APPROPRIATING MONEY TO VARIOUS STATE AGENCIES FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2017, AND FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING 6 JUNE 30, 2019; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE." - 04/24/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division is appropriated $775,000 of state special revenue from the Montana Telecommunications Access Program (MTAP) during each year of the 2019 biennium to cover a contingent FCC mandate, which would require states to provide both video and internet protocol relay services for people with severe hearing, mobility or speech impairments.”

Systems
  • Other

Montana ABLE Legislation Senate Bill 399 - 05/05/2015

It is the intent of the legislature to give Montana residents access to a program authorized section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. 529A, to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life and to provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, federal and state medical and disability insurance, a beneficiary's employment, and other sources.

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


Presentation to the 2017 Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Subcommittee - 01/27/2017

~~“The Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DETD) is engaged in multiple reforms. In particular, the Division’s  Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services (VRBS) program is undergoing very significant changes due to new national and state public policies. The United States adopted the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in 2014, and the regulations for this law became official in September 2016. These changes mesh with Montana’s and the Department’s priorities, especially the larger purposes of creating more high paying jobs and operating an efficient and cost-effective government.VRBS started down the path of flipping its focus from adult to youth services. We’ve partnered with 90 of Montana’s 177 school districts that include high schools and launched multiple other projects to prepare youth for employment. Competitive integrated employment is another outcome sought by national and state leaders. Workers with disabilities should be able to work in their communities for comparable wages and advancement opportunities, and the pipeline to segregated, sub-minimum wage employment must be disrupted with 21st Century approaches to employment, approaches that zero in on high quality, in-demand jobs and high expectations for workers with disabilities. Lastly, VRBS is aligning itself with other workforce development partners. We are now in a combined state plan and obligated to achieve common performance measures with the Department of Labor and Industry’s WIOA programs and the Office of Public Instruction’s Adult Basic Education. Other public and private partners are also involved in our combined effort to support Montana employers and workers with services that break free from organizational silos and provide seamless services across multiple employment agencies. The WIOA requires that that VRBS serve businesses so that the program has dual customers, Montana workers with disabilities and the businesses that employ their talent.” 

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

Disability Employment and Transitions - 01/15/2017

~~“Mission and GoalsAdvancing the employment, independence, and transitions of Montanans with disabilities.•Employment in a competitive integrated setting;•Independence grounded in self-determination, informed choice, and consumer control; and•Transitions from high school to post-secondary education and work that are collaborative and successful……The disability Employment and Transitions Division is comprised of two bureaus and multiple programs.The Disability Employment and Transitions Division includes three citizen councils. They are:• State Rehabilitation Council; and,• Statewide Independent Living Council; and,• The Telecommunications Access by People with Disabilities Committee..” 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Mission and Vision - 07/12/2016

Mission

Our mission is real jobs with real wages.  We maximize the potential for Montanans with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high demand careers as persons without disabilities.  We deliver employment services consistent with an individual's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.

Vision

Youth and adults with disabilities face many disadvantages in employment, including when working for others or in self-employment.  VRBS reverses those disadvantages with high quality and timely employment services. … Moreover, VRBS champions competitive integrated employment, that is, quality jobs in the community for wages comparable to others performing the same work.  Very deliberately, VRBS presumes all people with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, can work in competitive integrated settings … In addition, VRBS cultivates many partnerships including those with Community Rehabilitation Programs, Centers for Independent Living, tribal vocational rehabilitation programs, high schools, colleges, and workforce development programs.  Our primary partner is the State Rehabilitation Council, which reviews, analyzes, and advises VRBS.  And last but not least, VRBS serves employers and Montana’s business community.  Workers with disabilities contribute a great deal to Montana’s workforce.  We seek and apply employer input and the latest labor and management information to inform people with disabilities so that they can make choices based on job-driven information.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana Career Guide – Tips for Workers with Disabilities - 06/01/2016

Tips for Workers with Disabilities starting on page 41 this publication has information on reasonable accommodation, disclosing a disability, what questions cannot be asked by an employer and resources that are available to persons with disabilities. “Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Services (MVR) helps Montanans with disabilities prepare for, obtain, retain, and advance in the same high-quality jobs and high-demand careers as persons without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

MT National Federation of the Blind 2015 Resolutions - Integrated Employment - 05/06/2016

WHEREAS The National Federation of the Blind of Montana believes that the blind and other people with disabilities can and should work in their communities for livable wages; and,   WHEREAS Montana and the nation far too frequently pipeline workers with disabilities into sheltered, crew, or sub-minimum wage jobs, rather than into competitive integrated employment; and,   WHEREAS The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) requires that state vocational rehabilitation agencies support work in the community for minimum or higher wages: NOW, THEREFORE,   BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled on this Eleventh Day of October, 2015, in the city of Great Falls, Montana that this organization call upon the Disability Employment and Transitions Division (DET) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) to assure quality Vocational Rehabilitation Services grounded in high expectations for workers with > disabilities by championing the cause of competitive integrated employment for all, and by dropping support of any kind for segregated sub-minimum wage employment for workers with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Montana State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program - 07/01/2015

The state plan has provisions for supported employment services.  Provisions include:  Section 8: Provision of Supported Employment Services: 8.1 Scope of supported employment services. (Sections 7(36) and 625(b)(6)(F) and (G) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54), 363.11(g)(6) and (7)) (a) Supported employment services are those services as defined in Section 7(36) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.5(b)(54). (b) To the extent job skills training is provided, the training is provided on-site. (c) Supported employment services include placement in an integrated setting for the maximum number of hours possible based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice of individuals with the most significant disabilities. 8.2 Comprehensive assessments of individuals with significant disabilities. (Sections 7(2)(B) and 625(b)(6)(B); 34 CFR 361.5(b)(6)(ii) and 363.11(g)(2)) The comprehensive assessment of individuals with significant disabilities conducted under Section 102(b)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and funded under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act includes consideration of supported employment as an appropriate employment outcome. 8.3 Individualized plan for employment. (Sections 102(b)(3)(F) and 625(b)(6)(C) and (E) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 361.46(b) and 363.11(g)(3) and (5))  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Goals and Priorities - 06/01/2014

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation goals include:

“MVR/BLVS will increase the capacity to serve transition age (14‐24) youth with disabilities.” “MVR/BLVS will increase the quality of successful closures by placing more consumers in positions that pay a living wage and have employee benefits.” “MVR/BLVS will become a model of an accessible work place for individuals with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Montana National Federation of the Blind 2013 Resolutions - 10/27/2013

“WHEREAS, Section 511 links the Rehabilitation Act, which was established to assist people with disabilities in obtaining competitive integrated employment, with Section 14(C) of the FLSA, which is based on the false premise that people with disabilities cannot be competitively employed and therefore can be paid subminimum wages; and

WHEREAS, The language of Section 511 is only contained in the Senate version of the bill, S. 1356, and not in the House version: NOW THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind of Montana in convention assembled this Twenty-seventh Day of October, 2013, in the city of Billings, Montana, that this organization calls on its United States Senators, The Honorable Max Baucus and The Honorable Jon Tester, to support fair wages for all American workers by actively working for the removal of > Title V, Section 511 from S. 1356 before its passage by the United States Senate, and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on our entire Montana Congressional Delegation to cosponsor the Fair Wages for Workers with Disabilities Act of  2013.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

"What is Transition?" Montana Office of Public Instruction “Secondary Transition"

“Montana Workforce Investment Act For an individual to be eligible, they must be between the ages of 14-21 for in-school youth and 16-24 for out-of-school youth, have a low income, and meet at least one of the following barriers to employment: For youth who are still enrolled in schools the following eligibility: (681.220 In-School Youth) • Must be attending school, including secondary or postsecondary school; • Be not younger than 14 or older than 21 at the time or enrollment; • Be of low-income and have one or more of the following: o Have a basic skills deficiency o Be an English language learner o Be an offender o Be a homeless individual which may include: - runaway youth, - youth in foster care or has aged out of the foster care system, - youth eligible for assistance under Sec. 477 of the Social Security Act, or - youth in an out-of-home placement. o Be pregnant or parenting o Be an individual with a disability o Be an individual who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an education o Be in a program to secure and hold employment. “

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

Secondary Transition “Transition Binder”

This site has the publication on Secondary Transition available in eight sections. The information can be opened in pdf or Word format.

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

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Policy on Extended Employment”

Extended Employment For some consumers receiving Vocational Rehabilitation services, additional support is necessary for them to continue working. Extended Employment offers guidance and follow-up services to these individuals, which can include:  Job coaching - Job coaches make sure an employee's work is going smoothly, and can work with the employee to overcome work barriers such as new work place rules or excessive absences  Supervised work crews - On-site supervisor monitors work quality and guides employee through required tasks”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recommended that VRBS serve high school youth with disabilities much earlier than before with a new set of services called Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS).  Perhaps the most amazing characteristic of Pre-ETS is its collaboration between high schools and VRBS.  The WIOA wants schools and VRBS to work together to deliver Pre-ETS within the educational setting.  The change is relatively radical for VRBS because our model of service is one based on serving individuals through a vocational plan. VRBS still delivers those case services, but we now emphasize the delivery of Pre-ETS in the school setting.  The case services work in conjunction with the school’s transition services and are based on individual need.  In fact, high school students with disabilities do not have to be VRBS clients.  Pre-ETS are open to all students with disabilities, even those who have no intention of applying to VRBS.  The Pre-ETS are limited to those students turning 16 in the upcoming academic year up to their exit from high school.

With this in mind any paid work opportunities for students must be in a competitive and integrated setting. Internships, unpaid work experiences, job shadowing and volunteer experiences must also be in an integrated setting.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT Department of Labor & Industry Employment Relations - Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Rights of Persons with Disabilities   Qualified persons with physical and mental disabilities: • May not be refused an application, interview or employment because of their disability • May not be terminated or discharged because of their disability • Have the right to a reasonable accommodation which would allow them to perform the essential functions of their position  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation Rehab Act

“The purposes of this [Rehabilitation] Act are:(1) to empower individuals with disabilities to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society, through (A) statewide workforce investment systems implemented in accordance with title I of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 that include, as integral components, comprehensive and coordinated state-of-the-art programs of vocational rehabilitation; (B) independent living centers and services; (C) research; (D) training; (E) demonstration projects; and (F) the guarantee of equal opportunity; and(2) to ensure that the Federal Government plays a leadership role in promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with significant disabilities, and in assisting States and providers of services in fulfilling the aspirations of such individuals with disabilities for meaningful and gainful employment and independent living.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

MT Employment First Initiative

“The Montana Developmental Disabilities Program believes that employment and inclusion in communities is important in the lives of individuals in services. All working-age individuals in services should have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in integrated community employment, earn at least minimum or competitive wages, and enjoy the benefits of community employment. The choice of the employment setting considered must use person centered planning concepts and should be based on informed choice. Although other employment options are valued as a pathway toward integrated employment, paid work in the community should be the primary service considered during the planning process.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Montana Center for Inclusive Education - 06/01/2014

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.   Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project   The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)    • Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.    • Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.    • Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.    • Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.    • Provides healthcare planning and counseling.    • The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

MT DPHHS Developmental Services Division - 01/01/2010

In July 2009, the Disability Services Division (DSD) of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) was restructured under the Medicaid and Health Services Branch of DPHHS. In January 2010, the name was changed to Developmental Services Division.

The Montana Disability Services Division joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2011, since then it has worked to address concerns reflected in the State Strategic Employment Assessment. Building a focused state workplan through key stakeholder input is reflective of the Division’s strong interest in improving employment statewide, across both urban and rural settings.   The Division continues to engage self-advocates and families in planning efforts. This is helping to create strong external pressures and demands for increasing integrated employment opportunities and the expectation of work, regardless of disability.
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project

~~The Montana State University Billings Montana Center for Inclusive Education WIPA project has been awarded a grant as part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act that was established in 1999. The goal of the WIPA project is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries understand and utilize employment supports and work incentives so they can achieve their employment and vocational goals. The Community Work Incentive Coordinator (CWIC)-Provides effective work incentives planning and assistance services to Social Security beneficiaries.-Promotes and supports employment outcomes for Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities.-Partners with community agencies and conducts community outreach.-Understands Social Security Disability benefits programs as well as other federal/state/local programs for which beneficiaries might be eligible.-Provides healthcare planning and counseling.-The project utilizes community networks such as Vocational Rehabilitation, and Montana Offices of Public Assistance to help in the identification of individuals with disabilities that could benefit from receiving this information. The CWIC provides statewide coverage in local areas either electronically or in person. 

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

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

~~By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities. 

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute Transition Projects

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:-Providing education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;-Developing creative strategies and transition models;-Offering training and assistance on-site and long distance;-Promoting systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and 

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute Center for Excellence in Disability Education, Research, And Service

~~The University of Montana Rural Institute has strived to collaborate with partners across Montana and across the nation to further its mission. Partners include Department of Public Health and Human Services, Montana Child Care Resource and Referral Network,  Missoula City/County Public Health Department, Montana Department of Commerce,  Montana’s Office of Public Instruction,  State Deaf-Blind Coordinator, and  Vocational Rehabilitation agencies throughout the state.

Systems
  • Other

University of Montana Rural Institute "MonTech"

 

 

~~The Montana Assistive Technology Program (MATP) is the Statewide AT Program funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended. MATP’s lead agency is Montana DPHHS: Disability Services Division, Vocational Rehabilitation Services. MATP is located within the University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities, Missoula and serves all Montanans with disabilities and their supports.

MATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and telecommunications. MATP’s services are consistent with the Rural Institute for Inclusive Community’s mission of enhancing the independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities through consumer responsiveness as defined in the AT act.

 

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

Montana Youth Transitions (MYTransitions)

Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions). MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families."

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

Systems-Change Funding


Montana Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) - 06/01/2014

“The Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver program is authorized in 1915(c) of the Social Security Act. The program permits a State to furnish an array of home and community-based services that assist Medicaid beneficiaries to live in the community and avoid institutionalization. The State has broad discretion to design its waiver program to address the needs of the waiver’s target population. Waiver services complement and/or supplement the services that are available to participants through the Medicaid State plan and other federal, state and local public programs as well as the supports that families and communities provide.  Application dated October 1,2013”

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

ASPIRE PROMISE Grant - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.

The same interventions will be delivered to all youth in the six states.  Delivery of the ASPIRE Services may vary by state depending on each state’s infrastructure and framework.   Interventions for youth and families assigned to ASPIRE Services include:

-Training and information for parents and families, including advocacy, community resources, educational and employment opportunities, and more.

-A complete individualized explanation of the public benefits the youth and family are receiving and how working and increased earnings will impact those benefits.

-A paid employment opportunity for the youth while he or she is still in high school.

-Self-determination training for the youth and families.

-Financial education and capability training to assist families in understanding their values and available resources to move from poverty to self-sufficiency.

-Case management services provided to the youth and family to assist them in navigating the complicated systems of public benefits and assistance in accessing services, supports and information to support greater self-sufficiency

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Montana Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/01/2000

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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

Training/Capacity Building


MT DHHS "Employing People with Disabilities" Self-Assessment Tool - 04/14/2016

Using this self-assessment tool, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana encourages the employers in his state to self-assess how “friendly” their business is to people with disabilities and encourages them to explore the potential of workers with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction- Secondary Transition Academy Module 3: - 01/01/2011

“Module 3 will provide information on how to develop instructional programs for teaching employment and employment-related skills. After completing this module, you will be able to: • Operationally define student learning objectives. • Understand how to use response prompting and fading procedures including: • System of most-to-least prompts. • System of least-to-most prompts. • Constant time delay. • Error correction. • Reinforcement strategies. • Describe the prompt hierarchy. • Develop a worksite analysis. • Develop a task analysis. • Understand data collection and summary formats”

Systems
  • Other

MT Teleconference Training - Transition Planning - 12/12/2006

The goal of this presentation is to “provide listeners with ideas to help them support students with disabilities in  grades 6 ¬- 8, their parents, teachers, and  community¬ based service providers to be  informed  and well¬ equipped to successfully navigate the gate the transition proc on process.  This will lead to increased post ¬ school success for these students.”

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

MT INVEST Employment Specialist Training

Many of us know somebody that has a disability. Individuals with disabilities can face additional challenges to obtaining and retaining good jobs. To create an opportunity for that person to be most successful, there are several activities and/or steps to identify employment options that are a good match to the person’s skills, interests, and workplace preference (likes quiet or likes noise and activity for example). The curriculum and testing will help learners develop the skill of facilitating Employment Supports, as well as inspire and motivate employment staff to new levels of performance and professionalism. Whether you are helping a family member or friend, or whether you are or plan to be, an employment specialist professional: this information can help you bring successful results to those you are assisting.

The course consists of five sections, including resources and sample forms:

1. Introduction to Community Employment

2. Assessment for the Job Seeker

3. Job Development

4. Job Analysis, Training & Job Coaching

5. Long-Term Supports, Customer Service & Review

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities

By conducting research across the focus areas of health, employment, and community participation and independent living, RTC: Rural uncovers the relationships among personal and environmental factors that show how people experience the rural environment to maintain quality of life. This work has led to the development of health promotion programs, disability and employment policy, and support and education for providers who serve people with disabilities.

As leaders in rural disability research, our projects incorporate the collaboration of stakeholders and consumers from the disability community. We seek input and advice in shaping research projects both during their development and throughout the research process.  This partnership ensures the relevance of our research as we work to improve overall quality of life of people with disabilities.

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

Montana Center for Inclusive Education

The Montana Center on Disabilities (MCD) is part of Montana State University-Billings. MCD works to make sure that all people are part of the community.  The Center supports the idea that people with disabilities can make their own choices about how they live and work.  MCD does this by offering education and information to many people.  One focus is on giving young people with disabilities the tools to become leaders.

The vision of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education (MCIE) is creation of a fully inclusive society that values diversity. The mission supporting this vision states that MCIE serves the diverse population of Montana and provides continuing professional development opportunities for educators and direct service providers. MCIE also provides grant management and fiscal management for the Montana State University Billings (MSUB) College of Education’s externally funded projects.

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Montana Community First Choice

The Community First Choice and Personal Assistance Services (PAS) Programs are …programs designed to provide long term supportive care in the home setting. These programs enable thousands of elderly and disabled citizens to remain in their homes. The type of care authorized is tailored to each individual in a person centered manner and dependent upon their needs, living situation, and availability of caregivers.

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

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy Training, Module 2

“One of the primary functions of transition-related planning and instruction… is to prepare students for post-school employment. Module 2 will provide information about how to help students plan for employment. Part I focuses on employment planning for transition-age student; it describes the stages of employment preparation for students with disabilities and describes ways to determine employment-related goals and objectives. Part II describes the roles and responsibilities of para-educators working in secondary transition settings.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

MT Office of Public Instruction - Secondary Transition Academy, Module 1

“Module 1 is an introduction to supporting students with disabilities in secondary transition settings. Part I of the module is an overview of disability awareness. Specifically, it describes who is eligible for special education and related services, it describes how labels can lead to stereotypes of disabilities, and it describes how educators can better advocate for students with disabilities. Part II is a brief review of the legislation and history of secondary transition services for students with disabilities. Part III provides a discussion of the overall structure of adult employment programs and the importance of developing a community-based employment program for students with disabilities.”

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

The University of Montana Rural Institute: Transition & Employment Projects

“The University of Montana Rural Institute has been a leader in the area of transition planning for youth with disabilities since 1995. Activities have included:    • Provision of education and training to schools, families, students and agencies;    • Development of innovative strategies and transition models;    • Demonstration, outreach and technical assistance, both on-site and long distance;    • Promotion of systems changes to support effective transition for youth from school to adult life; and    • Information dissemination.   Since 2000, we’ve focused several of our projects on customized community employment for youth with significant disabilities. We have developed and implemented unique models of transition planning that continue to evolve as we learn more from the youth and families with whom we work.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Montana Office of Public Instruction Paraprofessional Secondary Transition Academy

The site contains three modules on employment supports, employment planning, and job training. Other guides, informational flyers, sample planning guides, fact sheets, webinars, videos, etc. are also available on best practices for IEP transition planning.

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

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


“Enrollment Dashboard December 2016” - 03/02/2017

~~“This document shows the state data on the number of people who receive benefits from various Medicaid programs.”

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

The Montana Medicaid Program “Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Report to the 2017 Legislature” - 01/09/2017

~~“Money Follows the Person (MFP) - Montana was awarded a MFP demonstration grant from CMS to augment existing Montana’s community-based long term services and supports and to increase HCBS. The grant provides a temporary increase in the federal share of the Medicaid matching rate to pay for services to people who are already receiving Medicaid funded care in an institutional setting and choose to move into certain types of community settings…..

All waiver and demonstration services receive an enhanced FMAP rate for Medicaid benefits for a period of 365 days of service. At day 366, a participant is served under a HCBS waiver at regular FMAP. This grant was extended in the amount of $9,306,595. Montana will transition individuals to HCBS waiver programs with MFP funds through December 31, 2017. MFP funding will continue through the first quarter of calendar year 2019.”

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

MT HCB Waiver for Adults w/Severe Disabling Mental Illness (0455.R02.00) - 07/01/2015

Provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, chore, community transition, dietitian/nutrition/meals, habilitation aide, health and wellness, illness management and recovery, non-medical transportation, pain and symptom management, personal assistance service/specially trained attendant care, PERS, private duty nursing (& registered nurse supervision), psychosocial counseling and consultation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, substance use related disorder services, supported living, wellness recovery action plan for individuals w/mental illness ages 18 - no max age.

The waiver expired 06/30/2015, and the renewal was approved 07/01/2015.

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

Montana HCBS Transition Plan - 06/01/2014

CMS has issued regulations that define the settings in which it is permissible for states to pay for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in, and support full access to, the greater community.  This includes opportunities to engage in community life, control personal resources, receive services in the community, and, when appropriate, seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS…   To assist states in making this transition, CMS has published guidance to provide further information about settings in which HCBS may or may not be allowed.  States will be allowed a maximum of five years to make the transition and must submit a transition plan to CMS within one year of the effective date of the rule   DPHHS submitted their transition plan late 2014  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Supported Employment, Individual Employment Support - 01/31/2014

“Individual employment supports are habilitation services and staff supports needed by a person to acquire integrated employment or career advancement in the general workforce. Individual employment support is delivered in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The outcome of this service is paid employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting within the general workforce that meets the person's personal and career goals, as documented in the plan of care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Support Employment, Follow Along Support - 01/31/2014

“Follow along support consists of habilitation services and supports that enable a person to stabilize or expand employment in a competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. The person may require follow along support when:   (a) the person's job is in jeopardy; or   (b) a job promotion opportunity requires more complex, comprehensive, or intensive supports. Follow along support may be provided in an extended ongoing manner or intermittently as needed.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Medicaid HCBS Program: Job Preparation - 01/31/2014

“Job preparation provides formalized training and work experiences, based upon the goals identified during job discovery, intended to teach a person the skills necessary to succeed in a paid competitive, customized, or self-employment setting. Training may also address workplace social skills and the development of practices and behaviors necessary for successful employment.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MT Supports for Community Work and Living Waiver (1037.R00.00) - 10/01/2013

~~Provides job discovery/job preparation, respite, supported employment-follow along support, supports brokerage, behavioral support services, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, PERS, personal supports, supported employment-co-worker supports, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals with IID and DD ages 16 - no max age.”

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

MT HCBW for Individuals w/DD Waiver (0208.R05.00) - 07/01/2013

~~Provides day supports and activities, homemaker, job discovery/job preparation, live-in caregiver, residential hab, respite, supported employment-follow along support, waiver-funded children's case management, OT, PT, psychological services, speech therapy, supports brokerage, adult companion services, adult foster support, assisted living, behavioral support, caregiver training and support, community transition, environmental mods/adaptive equipment, individual goods and services, meals, nutritionist, personal care, PERS, personal supports, private duty nursing, remote monitoring equipment, remote monitoring, retirement services, supported employment-co-worker support, supported employment-individual employment support, supported employment-small group employment support, transportation for individuals w/IDD/DD ages 0 - no max age

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

MT Big Sky Waiver (0148.R05.00) - 07/01/2011

This waiver, 'provides adult day health, case management, day hab, homemaker, personal assistance, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, OT, PT, respiratory therapy, speech therapy and audiology, FMS, independence advisor, community supports, community transition, consultative clinical and therapeutic services, consumer goods and services, dietetic services, environmental accessibility adaptations, family training and support, health and wellness, homemaker chore, non-medical transportation…”

This waiver expires 06/30/2016.

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

MT Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 10/12/2007

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Research Assistance to States (MIG-RATS) Center launched a website to provide resources and support to states implementing MIGs. The website is designed to help staff find research reports and resources, learn about MIG-RATS activities and initiatives, and connect with MIG researchers. The website includes info on topics such as Medicaid Buy-In programs, outreach and marketing, and youth in transition and also provides links to tools and a calendar of events.

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

Montana Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“MFP is a demonstration program [that] helps Montana shift its long term care system by reducing the use of institutionally based services and increasing the use of home and community based services (HCBS). MFP is focused on helping individuals transition from in-patient facilities to the community. [The Program’s vision is to] create a sustainable system that supports community options as a first choice for individuals needing long term care services.”

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