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2014 State Population.
0.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,746,227
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
1,106,507
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2013 to 2014
371,883
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.25%
Change from
2013 to 2014
33.61%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.99%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.04%

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 19,570,261 19,651,127 19,746,227
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,043,603 1,081,376 1,106,507
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 322,875 347,967 371,883
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,260,794 8,326,511 8,424,658
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.94% 32.18% 33.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.72% 73.31% 74.04%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.70% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.70% 24.40% 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80% 14.90% 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 949,498 995,998 1,014,857
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,149,960 1,175,583 1,221,604
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,435,301 1,483,851 1,512,303
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 355,213 359,509 377,340
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 353,196 372,022 381,900
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 13,036 11,991 12,169
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 93,394 97,635 108,436
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 744 1,030 511
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 57,998 59,942 57,365
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 143,782 157,623 168,337

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 26,327 25,437 20,647
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60% 4.40% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 603,876 614,426 516,900

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 68,218 68,218 75,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 135,329 135,329 151,373
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 427,109 427,109 484,231
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.00% 16.00% 15.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.40% 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.50% 4.80% 5.10%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,023 1,634 1,837
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 18,667 19,864 21,377
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,171 6,189 6,149
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 33,636 31,582 23,654
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 14,539 13,653 14,023
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5,405 5,058 5,527
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. 37.00% 37.00% 0.39%
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. 27.77 25.85 28.13

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
19,278
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 82 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 962 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,207 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 7,738 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 4,766 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 2,523 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 36.20% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 28,260 26,744
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 870,853 863,707
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 1,144 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 863 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2010 2011 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $47,718,000 $47,499,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $282,029,000 $282,445,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $23,157,000 $17,037,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $975,580,000 $992,454,000 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 13.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 41,877 43,034 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 14,111 14,166 8,000
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,285 1,256 46,919
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 46.00 47.50 37.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.90% 57.50% 58.16%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.00% 21.30% 21.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.40% 6.50% 5.98%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.40% 86.10% 77.17%
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). 42.00% 42.10% 37.62%
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). 68.00% 66.30% 62.58%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 79.00% 76.40% 72.41%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.00% 24.20% 24.96%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 6,429,710
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 8,032
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 498,920
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,435,284
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,934,204
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,050
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,152
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,202
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,814,358
AbilityOne wages (services). $26,511,843

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2 11
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 92 102
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 9
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 122
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 342
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 13,903
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 573
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 14,818

 


Assembly Bill A8111 - 06/09/2015

“AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to establishing a customized employment demonstration program for persons with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

NY Assembly Bill 6516: ABLE Legislation - 03/26/2015

 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York achieving a better life experience (NY ABLE) savings account act".

§ 2.  Legislative intent. The legislative intent of this act is 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 existing sources.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

N.Y. Civil Service Law §55-b: Workers with Disabilities Program

Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. (Section 55-c authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.) In general, an entry-level position that is filled only through an open-competitive examination (one open to the public) may be used for a 55-b or 55-c appointment.

Systems
  • Other

Governor’s Executive Order Number 136 “Establishing the New York Employment First Initiative to Increase Employment of New Yorkers with Disabilities” - 10/03/2014

…”NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows: …

 

B. Employment First Commission 1. There is hereby established the Employment First Commission (the “Commission”) to provide guidance and advice to the Governor regarding the competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.   2. The members of the Commission shall be the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Health; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Human Services; the Chief Diversity Officer; the Counsel to the Governor; the Director of the Budget; the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities; the Commissioner of Health; the Commissioner of Mental Health; the Commissioner of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; the Commissioner of Children and Family Services; the Commissioner of Labor; the Commissioner of Economic Development; the Commissioner of Transportation; the Commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance; the Director of Veterans’ Affairs; the Director of the State Office for Aging; and the Executive Director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Additional members may be appointed to the Commission at the discretion of the Governor.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Instructions for Submission of Workshop Transformation Proposals - 12/21/2015

All workshop providers must submit a proposal to OPWDD for how they will continue to support the employment and meaningful community activities of individuals with developmental disabilities currently receiving workshop services.

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

New York State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report 2014-2015 - 09/30/2015

“ACCES has been hard at work this past year in responding to the opportunities and challenges in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). New WIOA provisions call for improved services for youth with disabilities, introduces new cross systems accountability measures and stresses the need for improved VR partnerships with the business community, to name a few. The Council has assisted in the review of current policies; specifically policies related to transition services, On-The Job Training and Work-Try-Out, ensuring revisions are consistent with the direction of WIOA. The Council has worked jointly with ACCES as we partnered with NYS entities on the development of the combined state plan and significantly enhanced our outreach into new businesses. The business connection is described later in this report. The Council has continued to be supportive in the implementation of the ACCES Strategic Plan, which was designed to increase access to services, improved service delivery and improve employment outcomes.”

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

New York Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations 3/1/2015 - 03/01/2015

Everyone has the right to work. It is this underlying premise that is the driving force behind the development of an Employment First policy in New York State. On September 17, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to create a commission to establish an Employment First policy for New York State. The state seeks to build on important economic development investments the governor has made to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improving economy and have sustained opportunities to engage in the competitive labor market. Specifically, the state aims to increase the employment rate of individuals with disabilities by 5%; decrease the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities by a comparable 5%; and engage 100 businesses in adopting policies and practices that support the integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.

 This report outlines the recommendations of the Employment First Commission, which held two statewide public listening sessions and received verbal and written input from more than 30 advocacy, trade, and provider organizations, as well as several individuals.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

New York Plan to Increase Competitive Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities - 05/01/2014

In accordance with the Health System Transformation for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Agreement as defined in the Special Terms and Conditions, this document sets forth New York State’s strategies and plan toward increasing competitive employment. This plan describes specific strategies to: increase the number of individuals engaged in competitive employment; increase the number of students that transition from high school to competitive employment; collaborate with the educational system to ensure that stakeholders are aware of employment services; and transition workshop participants to competitive employment or other meaningful community activities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

New York City Approved Employment Plan - 01/01/2014

The Plan outlines the administration of employment services for Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progran1 (SNAP) applicants and recipients for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

“Reforming the System, Transforming Lives” Progress Report - 10/01/2013

OPWDD continues its efforts to double the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed over the next 10 years. Individuals with developmental disabilities should have opportunities to work in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above the minimum wage. OPWDD fosters employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through:     • Developing job readiness skills for individuals who want to work.   • Expanding opportunities for individuals to engage in community service, volunteerism, and other meaningful community activities.   • Expanding provider capacity for quality job development and job coaching.   • Strengthening partnerships with other state agencies and building relationships with the business community  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - 04/01/2013

Road to Reform Report: April 2013 report from New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that delineates specific policies regarding policies and goals for improving employment outcomes, under a transformation agreement with CMS, including ending new admissions to sheltered workshops on July 1, 2013.

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

NY OPWDD Statewide Comprehensive Plan (2012-2016) - 10/01/2012

October 2010 report indicating that “OPWDD is promoting Employment First as a preferred outcome for all people with developmental disabilities.

OPWDD continues its efforts to greatly expand the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed and earning at least minimum wage. Individuals with disabilities must have opportunities to work in the community with people who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above minimum wage. As of July 2012, participation in supported employment programs grew to over 9,800 people, and OPWDD’s goal is to achieve continued growth through various initiatives.

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

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

App. B: Service Documentation Requirements for Enhanced Supported Employment Pilots - 10/01/2011

These are general definitions for services that may be provided to individuals through the Enhanced Supported Employment Pilot Project. They include Person Centered Vocational Planning: Comprehensive discovery process that assists the individual to identify their interests, capacities and strengths particular to the individualized employment planning process.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

2011 Interim Report on OPWDD State Plan - 02/15/2011

The objective of Employment First is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who are working in NYS. Many individuals could be successful in paying jobs with the appropriate level of supports, but for various reasons most individuals participate in other day programs. At the end of 2010, OPWDD supported 9,195 individuals in supported employment programs. Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) is one of the projects offering employment opportunities to individuals who would not likely succeed or qualify for traditional supported employment. Individuals receive greater levels of support, which could consist of person-centered planning, job development or job coaching. Currently, 405 individuals participate in ESEMP, with 259 individuals successfully working in the community. OPWDD anticipates that approximately 700 individuals will participate in this pilot.

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

Start-UP New York - Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 06/01/2010

Adoption of Discovery and Customized Team Planning policies represents an adjustment to the way in which SSIC conducts entrepreneurial awareness. This process now includes an informal assessment of the appropriateness of entrepreneurship for its customers, as well as an orientation to the demands and realities of entrepreneurship. By imbuing their existing processes with the essential characteristics of Discovery (e.g., flexibility, focus on the career seeker, willingness to look beyond formal and formulaic assessments), the process has become more open, inclusive, and effective for all customers of SSIC.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

New York ACCES-VR Policy 1301.00: Self-Employment Policy - 07/01/1988

“Establishing or maintaining a consumer in self-employment as a rehabilitation outcome allows the consumer to be productive and become financially independent and to contribute to the State's economic growth. Self-employment rehabilitations also allow the ACCES-VR counselor to be creative in the rehabilitation process. This policy defines the parameters of the ACCES-VR/consumer partnership needed to create a successful self-employment venture.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

NY State Commission for the Blind “Proposed Update to the State Plan" (FY 2016)

The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), in conjunction with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015). To assist in the development of the State Plan, teleconferences will be held to gather recommendations from people who are blind, their families, advocates and service providers on how NYSCB can improve vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NYESS Funding and Employment

NYESS, an integral part of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative, is the largest employment network for people with disabilities in the United States. To date, $2.4 million from the Social Security Administration has been received by 100 New York State organizations which have assisted 7,755 individuals with disabilities with employment services, helping 1,366 individuals find permanent employment. This webpage includes a breakdown of the 100 organizations in receipt of the funds

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

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Supported Employment Services

“OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.     OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP), Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). Below you will find links to related program standards, templates for required documentation formats, contact information for our DDSO employment coordinators and information on training opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of your supported employment programs.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 6.3)

“Individuals with most significant disabilities who participate in ACCES-VR supported employment programs engage in job planning, counseling, assessment, job development, intensive job-site training and extended job retention services. Training is also provided to direct service personnel, such as job coaches and job coaching supervisors. New York State’s Chapter 515 of the Laws of 1992 on integrated employment, including supported employment, is implemented through a collaborative interagency process in New York State.”

 

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

NY State Plan for VR Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 4.8(b)(2))

Goal 1.1.A Youth: Increase the percentage of youth with disabilities (applicants prior to age 22) exiting the VR Program after receiving services that achieve an employment outcome and exceed the national standard of 55.8 percent.    Baseline FFY 2010: 42.5 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2011: 46.9 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2012: 55.7 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance Target: Meet or exceed the RSA Performance Standard of 55.8 percent.    Results: The percentage of youth with disabilities that achieved an employment outcome after receiving VR services has increased by 13.2 percentage points, a significant increase. In FFY 2012 ACCES-VR achieved a performance indicator of 55.7 percent which is just below the national standard of 55.8 percent by one-tenth of one percent.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

NY Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief - The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self–employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utica Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment Grant in Utica, NY, has developed partnerships with community rehabilitation providers, legal services, arbitration and negotiation training centers, and substance abuse and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as well as with state partners, including VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Mental Health. During a strategic planning process at the beginning of the grant, the goal for the employment system was to be characterized by:

Knowledgeable staff and partners Accessibility and Consumer Focus Integration and Connection Coordination Effectiveness and Efficiency”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(1)

ACCES-VR works closely with a variety of entities to enhance vocational rehabilitation services and placement opportunities for ACCES-VR consumers. These efforts are described in the Memorandums of Agreement and the Memorandums of Understanding. Several of the key agreements include:            • Memorandum of Agreement for the Workforce Investment Act: Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy between the New York State Education Department Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –  Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Local Workforce Investment Boards, June 30, 2000;             • Memorandum of Agreement to Provide Services to Individuals who are Deaf/Blind, November 1999 between the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH);             • Memorandum of Interagency Understanding regarding Supported Employment, October 1999 between ACCES-VR, CBVH, Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD);             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the OMH, October 1999;             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), April 1999;             • Statement of Collaboration between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA), March 1, 1998;             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Higher and Professional Education (OHPE), August 4, 1994; and             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and Public Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), (SUNY and CUNY) August, 2007.   

 

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

NY Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(3)

 ACCES-VR works continuously with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to increase access to integrated employment opportunities. ACCES-VR’s district offices work with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to target resources to meet the consumer demand for employment outcomes. These programs assist consumers in achieving community-focused outcomes, such as supported employment, situational assessment, direct placement services and community-based training.    ACCES-VR currently manages over 400 Unified Contract Services (UCS) and Supported Employment (SE) contracts with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers across the State.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency working under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Council was created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 1970 to "engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purpose of the DD Act; and contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family-centered, consumer and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life."   The NYSDDPC Council is comprised of Governor-appointed volunteers. More than 60% of these volunteers must be individuals with developmental disabilities or family members. Other members include NYS State Agency representatives, UCEDD representatives, and representatives of the Protection and Advocacy System. In addition, a small staff of New York State employees supports the efforts of the Council in fulfilling its mission.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York Inclusive Entrepreneurship Program

“[South Side Innovation Center] SSIC provides services to all interested entrepreneurs, but it also has targeted programs for traditionally underserved entrepreneurial groups including low-income individuals, people with disabilities, women and minorities. “The expansion of Inclusive Entrepreneurship has led to our ability to provide services even to typically hard-to-reach populations, including a contract with the State Commission on the Blind and Visually Handicapped, under which we provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals….’”

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

Disability Employment Initiative Round 4 Grant - 10/01/2013

As a past Round 1 grantee, NY DEI will hire up to eleven (11) Disability Resource Coordinators and, in addition to the DEI Co-State Leads, the NY DEI will include up to two regional DRCs with extensive experience in Work Incentive/Benefits Advisement counseling. The programmatic strategies, policies, and monitoring components executed and refined during Round 1 will be replicated during Round 4. While still in the early stages, NYSDOL has embarked on a new approach to generating ticket revenue by establishing itself as a State Administrative Employment Network (AEN). Operating under the guidelines of the state AEN, all DRCs will be fully trained on appropriate strategies associated with Ticket to Work. Such areas of focus include outreach, benefits advisement, assigning appropriate tickets, and providing long-term supports to increase the potential of customers with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency and in effect, maximize ticket revenue.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NYS PROMISE - 10/01/2013

NYS PROMISE is a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security income (SSI). The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood. NYS PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

NY Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.

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

Add Us In Initiative 2011 - 10/01/2011

Grantee: National Organization on Disability in New York, N.Y.   Consortia Members: Workforce Investment Board; Vocational Rehabilitation; New Jersey Youth Corp.; the LGBT Chamber of Commerce; the African American Chamber of Commerce; the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; the MOASAIC Center on Disability Employment; and the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center   Grant Amount: $550,000  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

NY Partnerships in Employment - University of Rochester - 09/30/2011

The New York State Partnerships in Employment Systems Change (NYS PIE) project is aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The project brings together various state agencies serving individuals with IDD and their families with the goal of improving employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and young adults. 

 

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

Disability Employment Initiative Round 1 Grant - 10/01/2010

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant.  Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.  The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources.  Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies.  The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness.  The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

New York Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007, the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

"The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 1

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant. Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources. Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies. The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness. The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NY SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) (2001)

The goal of this project was to develop an IPS guidebook used by vocational staff members who are working with consumers who have expressed a clear interest in seeking employment.   The guidebook unifys clinical, rehabilitation and vocational services under one licensing entity.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

New York Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

NY Community First Choice

Community First Choice (CFC) Option will revolutionize the long term care system for New York State. Disability rights advocates applaud the Governor for his continued commitment to CFC. Although the State is awaiting final rules from the CMS, the State should (and is permitted to by CMS) move forward with the creation of the Development and Implementation Council. In his State of the State address, the Governor explicitly outlined his commitment to Olmstead and supporting people in the most integrated setting. We urge the Legislature to support an aggressive Olmstead plan, recognizing that CFC ought to be the centerpiece of this strategy.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

2016 Employment First Training Institute - 06/01/2016

Featuring:

Town-hall conversation with our funding partners

NYS CASE certificate course credits

OPWDD Innovations training hours

School-to-Work transition sessions

Resource experts on-hand

Networking opportunities with your colleagues from across the state

20 action-packed education sessions

Roll-back pricing and simple registration process

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

New York State APSE Supported Employment Training Institute - 2015 - 05/03/2015

The New York Supported Employment Training Institute includes Employment First Subject Matter Experts, Town-hall conversations with funding partners, sessions on Employment First promising practices and educational sessions, and networking opportunities for participants. 

Contains PowerPoint presentations from the conference.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Disability Employment Initiative, OSOS Guide - 09/26/2013

On September 26, 2013, the NYS Department of Labor received a forty-month Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant. This guide will provide an overview of which data fields in One-Stop Operating System are essential for reporting out on DEI.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Promising Practices Statewide Video Conference - 05/30/2013

This archived video conference on promising employment practices features providers discussing how customized employment works, the benefits of provider collaboration, and connecting volunteer opportunities to employment within a day habilitation curriculum.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York State APSE’s 2012 Supported Employment Training Institute - 04/30/2012

General theme: Employment in the community is the first/primary service opinion for individuals with disabilities. 

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

NY State Department of Education: Transition Services Professional Development Support Center - 07/01/2010

The Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) at Cornell University.  School districts are required, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide each student with a disability appropriate transition services to assist each student to meet his/her post-secondary goals for living, learning and working. Through the RSE-TASC transition specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but not limited to:     • individualized education program (IEP) development relating to transition planning;    • student exit summaries;    • transition assessments;    • work-based learning;    • self-advocacy/self-determination; and    • partnering with community agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Simply Speaking Inclusive Entrepreneurship Guidelines for SBDC Advisors - 05/17/2010

This whitepaper introduces and describes Start-Up NY and its efforts to improve disability employment in the state of New York. It discusses the 4 stage “Start-Up NY Process,” the economic impact, their work with veterans, success stories, and recommended tools, among other topics.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

A 'Primer’ on The StartUP New York 4-Phase Model - 09/28/2009

“START-UP/New York convened a multidisciplinary collaboration of highly skilled partners to provide a customized, intensive, and well-rounded training, technical assistance, counseling, and support program for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. Over the first three years, the project developed an improved model for developing community infrastructure and capacity through public and private investment and collaboration to support and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities who seek self-employment in Onondaga County. It was successful in documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the consortium model to assist in the start-up, sustainability, and replicable of successful micro-enterprise and small business ventures launched by individuals with disabilities. The project also succeeded in recruiting participants, including those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits, Veterans, youth and others in Onondaga County, representing a range of disabilities from diverse ethnic and racial groups who have aspirations for self-employment. The START-UP/New York model included developing customized training curricula, informed by Customized, Discovery-based results, personal preferences, and peer advisors.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –Vocational Rehabilitation…a basic guide"

What is ACCES? The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) is part of the New York State Education Department and is comprised of three primary areas: Vocational Rehabilitation (including Independent Living Program Administration), Adult Education, and the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. ACCES-VR: • Administers vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs • Provides a wide array of services to assist eligible individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment • Provides services to students, beginning up to 2 years prior to exiting high school • Provides individual consultation, recommendations and training to assist with maintaining a job • Provides information and support to employers

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Hiring Good People Is Good Business"

ACCES-VR can assist businesses with meeting compliance with Federal Laws Assistance for federal contractors/subcontractors in meeting OFCCP requirements. Technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ACCES-VR can lower hiring costs through these services ... Work Tryout ACCES-VR can reimburse an employer for 100% of an employee’s wages for up to 480 hours. This offers the employer the opportunity to evaluate the employee’s ability to satisfactorily perform the job. On the Job Training ACCES-VR can reimburse the worker’s salary, for an agreed upon period of time while he/she is being trained in a new occupation. ACCES-VR’s Partnership with Public Employers... ACCES-VR offers business customers in the public sector a designated point of contact to connect with qualified applicants, resources and support services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York ACCES-VR Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Disability Etiquette Guide"

Everyone Knows Someone with a Disability People with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority and the only one that any person can join at any time. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 54 million people have disabilities. That is nearly 1 in 5 people. Here are some general tips

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

SWIB Quarterly Meeting Presentation

he slide presentation from this meeting of the New York State Workforce Investment Board includes material on Customized Employment, WIOA, and Work Readiness Credentials.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Talent Development and Training Online Resource Library

This site provides various instructional resources for agencies interested in delivering their own training, as well as resources for individual learners interested in developing their professional education.

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

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

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New York Medicaid State Plan Proposed and Accepted Amendments - 10/01/2016

This page lists all proposed and accepted amendments to New York’s Medicaid State Plan, beginning in 2010.

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

NY State’s Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings - 04/16/2016

A five year plan to assure that all settings in which recipients of HCB services live and/or receive these services are fully compliant with 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4) and (5); 441.710(a)(1)(2).

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

New York People First Waiver - 04/01/2013

On April 1, 2013, OPWDD formalized its commitment to specific parts of its transformation agenda by submitting the People First Waiver to CMS. The waiver carries out OPWDD’s commitment to put people first by focusing on person-centered supports that facilitate living in community-based settings, and by promoting employment, community involvement, good health, and meaningful relationships. The waiver is an agreement with the federal government about the way services are provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and encompasses all of the five primary objectives.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

“New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.”

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

New York ESEA Flexibility Approval - 05/29/2012

The New York State Education Department’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MIG Brief: Impact: Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 02/01/2011

“Building upon the “Inclusive Entrepreneurship™” processes and partnerships modeled by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute, Whitman School, Onondaga SBDC and other partners, NYMWP (New York Makes Work Pay) implemented training and technical assistance, created and disseminated materials, and facilitated cross-sector dialogues to increase entrepreneurship outcomes for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief: Evidence-Based and Promising Employment and Asset Accumulation Practices - 02/01/2011

“Building upon 10 CE regional learning communities implemented by BBI and its experts during 2009 and continued in 2010, CE principles and practices are being introduced and replicated as tools to increase employment access and outcomes for people with disabilities, especially those with complex needs. CE pilot projects initially developed in 2009 in Hempstead and Utica, NY were replicated in other NYS locations, augmented by deployment of mentors trained in CE techniques are demonstrating validity of the approach.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self-employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 through 2011.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: Improving Self-Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities - 06/01/2010

“StartUP NY was one of three 3-year demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to test and demonstrate improved self-employment practices for people with disabilities. The NY project was led by Onondaga County and developed and managed by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and its partners the SU Whitman School of Management/Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, the Onondaga Small Business Development Center and other partners…To date, the project has trained over 188 people with diverse disabilities, over 60 businesses have been registered and 45 businesses are being operated. In 2009, funding was received through the US Small Business Administration grant and through a Center for Medicaid Services Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to continue to utilize the StartUP model to assist both entrepreneurs with disabilities but also other prospective entrepreneurs with low incomes that may not have a disability.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment Through NEW YORK MAKES WORK PAY - 04/01/2010

“New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP) is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 and 2010. The goals of New York Makes Work Pay are to:      1. Remove barriers to employment and a better economic future;      2. Improve cross-agency sustainable, coordinated systems of supports and services; (and)     3. Engage the business community in collaboration with government and employment service providers to recruit, hire, retain and advance workers with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007 , the  federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.

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

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

“The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Long Term Home Health Care Program (0034.R06.00)

“Provides respite, assistive technology, community transitional services, congregate and home delivered meals, environmental mods, home and community support services, home maintenance, medical social services, moving assistance, nutritional counseling/education services, respiratory therapy, social day care transportation, social day care for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 0 – 64.”

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

NY OPWDD Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver (0238.R05.00)

“Provides day habilitation, live-in caregiver, prevocational services, residential habilitation, respite, supported employment, community transition, fiscal intermediary, individual directed goods and services, support brokerage, assistive technology - adaptive devices, community habilitation, environmental modifications (home accessibility), family education and training, intensive behavioral services, pathway to employment, plan of care support services for individuals w/autism, IID, DD ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MIG-RATS

Medicaid Buy-In Program For Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) implemented July 2003 under the federal authority of  TWWIIA Basic + Medical Improvement.

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)
Citations

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 6

NYDEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and focus on health care and technology/manufacturing and 1) increase employment, retention and wage outcomes through aligned services and expanded partnerships; 2) assist jobseekers through training and support in navigating Career Development (WDBs/AJCs), Education and Training (Community Colleges) and Disability Service Resources (VR, developmental services, benefits counseling, Ticket to Work, etc.); 3) increase credential attainment through strengthened academic transitions incorporating innovative program design and delivery through postsecondary and/or industry-recognized credentials; and 4) increase work- based training approaches. Systems change activities include (a) expanded access to technical training and education in industry sectors; (b) increasing the number and type of businesses employing individuals with disabilities with a focus on emerging and in-demand job clusters; (c) expanding AJC capacity to use core, intensive, and training services as a part of Integrated Resource Teams; (d) increasing partnerships to strengthen alignment, braid and blend resources, integrate expertise, and actively engage businesses to improve services and outcomes; and (e) developing policies and practices to increase participation in job training and career pathways by all New Yorkers including those with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York State Medicaid Plan

Medicaid State Plan is an official document that describes the nature and scope of a state's Medicaid program. Each state develops its own Plan, as required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), which is then approved by the federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Any changes or amendments to the Plan are similarly developed by the state and approved by DHHS. Each state administers its own Plan and, in doing so, agrees to conform to the requirements of the Act and all other applicable federal statutes and regulations related to the Medicaid program.

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Career opportunities for people with disabilities in the Empire State of New York are growing "Ever upwards!" If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

2014 State Population.
0.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,746,227
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
1,106,507
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2013 to 2014
371,883
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.25%
Change from
2013 to 2014
33.61%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.99%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.04%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 19,570,261 19,651,127 19,746,227
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,043,603 1,081,376 1,106,507
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 322,875 347,967 371,883
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,260,794 8,326,511 8,424,658
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.94% 32.18% 33.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.72% 73.31% 74.04%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.70% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.70% 24.40% 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80% 14.90% 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 949,498 995,998 1,014,857
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,149,960 1,175,583 1,221,604
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,435,301 1,483,851 1,512,303
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 355,213 359,509 377,340
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 353,196 372,022 381,900
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 13,036 11,991 12,169
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 93,394 97,635 108,436
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 744 1,030 511
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 57,998 59,942 57,365
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 143,782 157,623 168,337

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 26,327 25,437 20,647
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60% 4.40% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 603,876 614,426 516,900

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 68,218 68,218 75,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 135,329 135,329 151,373
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 427,109 427,109 484,231
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.00% 16.00% 15.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.40% 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.50% 4.80% 5.10%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,023 1,634 1,837
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 18,667 19,864 21,377
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,171 6,189 6,149
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 33,636 31,582 23,654
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 14,539 13,653 14,023
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5,405 5,058 5,527
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. 37.00% 37.00% 0.39%
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. 27.77 25.85 28.13

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
19,278
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 82 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 962 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,207 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 7,738 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 4,766 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 2,523 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 36.20% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 28,260 26,744
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 870,853 863,707
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 1,144 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 863 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2010 2011 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $47,718,000 $47,499,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $282,029,000 $282,445,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $23,157,000 $17,037,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $975,580,000 $992,454,000 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 13.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 41,877 43,034 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 14,111 14,166 8,000
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,285 1,256 46,919
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 46.00 47.50 37.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.90% 57.50% 58.16%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.00% 21.30% 21.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.40% 6.50% 5.98%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.40% 86.10% 77.17%
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). 42.00% 42.10% 37.62%
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). 68.00% 66.30% 62.58%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 79.00% 76.40% 72.41%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.00% 24.20% 24.96%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 6,429,710
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 8,032
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 498,920
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,435,284
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,934,204
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,050
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,152
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,202
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,814,358
AbilityOne wages (services). $26,511,843

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2 11
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 92 102
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 9
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 122
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 342
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 13,903
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 573
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 14,818

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill A8111 - 06/09/2015

“AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to establishing a customized employment demonstration program for persons with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

NY Assembly Bill 6516: ABLE Legislation - 03/26/2015

 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York achieving a better life experience (NY ABLE) savings account act".

§ 2.  Legislative intent. The legislative intent of this act is 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 existing sources.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

N.Y. Civil Service Law §55-b: Workers with Disabilities Program

Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. (Section 55-c authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.) In general, an entry-level position that is filled only through an open-competitive examination (one open to the public) may be used for a 55-b or 55-c appointment.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Governor’s Executive Order Number 136 “Establishing the New York Employment First Initiative to Increase Employment of New Yorkers with Disabilities” - 10/03/2014

…”NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows: …

 

B. Employment First Commission 1. There is hereby established the Employment First Commission (the “Commission”) to provide guidance and advice to the Governor regarding the competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.   2. The members of the Commission shall be the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Health; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Human Services; the Chief Diversity Officer; the Counsel to the Governor; the Director of the Budget; the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities; the Commissioner of Health; the Commissioner of Mental Health; the Commissioner of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; the Commissioner of Children and Family Services; the Commissioner of Labor; the Commissioner of Economic Development; the Commissioner of Transportation; the Commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance; the Director of Veterans’ Affairs; the Director of the State Office for Aging; and the Executive Director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Additional members may be appointed to the Commission at the discretion of the Governor.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Instructions for Submission of Workshop Transformation Proposals - 12/21/2015

All workshop providers must submit a proposal to OPWDD for how they will continue to support the employment and meaningful community activities of individuals with developmental disabilities currently receiving workshop services.

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

New York State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report 2014-2015 - 09/30/2015

“ACCES has been hard at work this past year in responding to the opportunities and challenges in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). New WIOA provisions call for improved services for youth with disabilities, introduces new cross systems accountability measures and stresses the need for improved VR partnerships with the business community, to name a few. The Council has assisted in the review of current policies; specifically policies related to transition services, On-The Job Training and Work-Try-Out, ensuring revisions are consistent with the direction of WIOA. The Council has worked jointly with ACCES as we partnered with NYS entities on the development of the combined state plan and significantly enhanced our outreach into new businesses. The business connection is described later in this report. The Council has continued to be supportive in the implementation of the ACCES Strategic Plan, which was designed to increase access to services, improved service delivery and improve employment outcomes.”

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

New York Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations 3/1/2015 - 03/01/2015

Everyone has the right to work. It is this underlying premise that is the driving force behind the development of an Employment First policy in New York State. On September 17, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to create a commission to establish an Employment First policy for New York State. The state seeks to build on important economic development investments the governor has made to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improving economy and have sustained opportunities to engage in the competitive labor market. Specifically, the state aims to increase the employment rate of individuals with disabilities by 5%; decrease the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities by a comparable 5%; and engage 100 businesses in adopting policies and practices that support the integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.

 This report outlines the recommendations of the Employment First Commission, which held two statewide public listening sessions and received verbal and written input from more than 30 advocacy, trade, and provider organizations, as well as several individuals.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

New York Plan to Increase Competitive Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities - 05/01/2014

In accordance with the Health System Transformation for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Agreement as defined in the Special Terms and Conditions, this document sets forth New York State’s strategies and plan toward increasing competitive employment. This plan describes specific strategies to: increase the number of individuals engaged in competitive employment; increase the number of students that transition from high school to competitive employment; collaborate with the educational system to ensure that stakeholders are aware of employment services; and transition workshop participants to competitive employment or other meaningful community activities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

New York City Approved Employment Plan - 01/01/2014

The Plan outlines the administration of employment services for Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progran1 (SNAP) applicants and recipients for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

“Reforming the System, Transforming Lives” Progress Report - 10/01/2013

OPWDD continues its efforts to double the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed over the next 10 years. Individuals with developmental disabilities should have opportunities to work in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above the minimum wage. OPWDD fosters employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through:     • Developing job readiness skills for individuals who want to work.   • Expanding opportunities for individuals to engage in community service, volunteerism, and other meaningful community activities.   • Expanding provider capacity for quality job development and job coaching.   • Strengthening partnerships with other state agencies and building relationships with the business community  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - 04/01/2013

Road to Reform Report: April 2013 report from New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that delineates specific policies regarding policies and goals for improving employment outcomes, under a transformation agreement with CMS, including ending new admissions to sheltered workshops on July 1, 2013.

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

NY OPWDD Statewide Comprehensive Plan (2012-2016) - 10/01/2012

October 2010 report indicating that “OPWDD is promoting Employment First as a preferred outcome for all people with developmental disabilities.

OPWDD continues its efforts to greatly expand the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed and earning at least minimum wage. Individuals with disabilities must have opportunities to work in the community with people who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above minimum wage. As of July 2012, participation in supported employment programs grew to over 9,800 people, and OPWDD’s goal is to achieve continued growth through various initiatives.

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

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

App. B: Service Documentation Requirements for Enhanced Supported Employment Pilots - 10/01/2011

These are general definitions for services that may be provided to individuals through the Enhanced Supported Employment Pilot Project. They include Person Centered Vocational Planning: Comprehensive discovery process that assists the individual to identify their interests, capacities and strengths particular to the individualized employment planning process.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

2011 Interim Report on OPWDD State Plan - 02/15/2011

The objective of Employment First is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who are working in NYS. Many individuals could be successful in paying jobs with the appropriate level of supports, but for various reasons most individuals participate in other day programs. At the end of 2010, OPWDD supported 9,195 individuals in supported employment programs. Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) is one of the projects offering employment opportunities to individuals who would not likely succeed or qualify for traditional supported employment. Individuals receive greater levels of support, which could consist of person-centered planning, job development or job coaching. Currently, 405 individuals participate in ESEMP, with 259 individuals successfully working in the community. OPWDD anticipates that approximately 700 individuals will participate in this pilot.

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

Start-UP New York - Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 06/01/2010

Adoption of Discovery and Customized Team Planning policies represents an adjustment to the way in which SSIC conducts entrepreneurial awareness. This process now includes an informal assessment of the appropriateness of entrepreneurship for its customers, as well as an orientation to the demands and realities of entrepreneurship. By imbuing their existing processes with the essential characteristics of Discovery (e.g., flexibility, focus on the career seeker, willingness to look beyond formal and formulaic assessments), the process has become more open, inclusive, and effective for all customers of SSIC.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

New York ACCES-VR Policy 1301.00: Self-Employment Policy - 07/01/1988

“Establishing or maintaining a consumer in self-employment as a rehabilitation outcome allows the consumer to be productive and become financially independent and to contribute to the State's economic growth. Self-employment rehabilitations also allow the ACCES-VR counselor to be creative in the rehabilitation process. This policy defines the parameters of the ACCES-VR/consumer partnership needed to create a successful self-employment venture.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

NY State Commission for the Blind “Proposed Update to the State Plan" (FY 2016)

The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), in conjunction with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015). To assist in the development of the State Plan, teleconferences will be held to gather recommendations from people who are blind, their families, advocates and service providers on how NYSCB can improve vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NYESS Funding and Employment

NYESS, an integral part of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative, is the largest employment network for people with disabilities in the United States. To date, $2.4 million from the Social Security Administration has been received by 100 New York State organizations which have assisted 7,755 individuals with disabilities with employment services, helping 1,366 individuals find permanent employment. This webpage includes a breakdown of the 100 organizations in receipt of the funds

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

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Supported Employment Services

“OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.     OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP), Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). Below you will find links to related program standards, templates for required documentation formats, contact information for our DDSO employment coordinators and information on training opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of your supported employment programs.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 6.3)

“Individuals with most significant disabilities who participate in ACCES-VR supported employment programs engage in job planning, counseling, assessment, job development, intensive job-site training and extended job retention services. Training is also provided to direct service personnel, such as job coaches and job coaching supervisors. New York State’s Chapter 515 of the Laws of 1992 on integrated employment, including supported employment, is implemented through a collaborative interagency process in New York State.”

 

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

NY State Plan for VR Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 4.8(b)(2))

Goal 1.1.A Youth: Increase the percentage of youth with disabilities (applicants prior to age 22) exiting the VR Program after receiving services that achieve an employment outcome and exceed the national standard of 55.8 percent.    Baseline FFY 2010: 42.5 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2011: 46.9 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2012: 55.7 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance Target: Meet or exceed the RSA Performance Standard of 55.8 percent.    Results: The percentage of youth with disabilities that achieved an employment outcome after receiving VR services has increased by 13.2 percentage points, a significant increase. In FFY 2012 ACCES-VR achieved a performance indicator of 55.7 percent which is just below the national standard of 55.8 percent by one-tenth of one percent.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Partnerships


NY Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief - The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self–employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utica Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment Grant in Utica, NY, has developed partnerships with community rehabilitation providers, legal services, arbitration and negotiation training centers, and substance abuse and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as well as with state partners, including VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Mental Health. During a strategic planning process at the beginning of the grant, the goal for the employment system was to be characterized by:

Knowledgeable staff and partners Accessibility and Consumer Focus Integration and Connection Coordination Effectiveness and Efficiency”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(1)

ACCES-VR works closely with a variety of entities to enhance vocational rehabilitation services and placement opportunities for ACCES-VR consumers. These efforts are described in the Memorandums of Agreement and the Memorandums of Understanding. Several of the key agreements include:            • Memorandum of Agreement for the Workforce Investment Act: Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy between the New York State Education Department Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –  Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Local Workforce Investment Boards, June 30, 2000;             • Memorandum of Agreement to Provide Services to Individuals who are Deaf/Blind, November 1999 between the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH);             • Memorandum of Interagency Understanding regarding Supported Employment, October 1999 between ACCES-VR, CBVH, Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD);             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the OMH, October 1999;             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), April 1999;             • Statement of Collaboration between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA), March 1, 1998;             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Higher and Professional Education (OHPE), August 4, 1994; and             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and Public Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), (SUNY and CUNY) August, 2007.   

 

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

NY Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(3)

 ACCES-VR works continuously with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to increase access to integrated employment opportunities. ACCES-VR’s district offices work with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to target resources to meet the consumer demand for employment outcomes. These programs assist consumers in achieving community-focused outcomes, such as supported employment, situational assessment, direct placement services and community-based training.    ACCES-VR currently manages over 400 Unified Contract Services (UCS) and Supported Employment (SE) contracts with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers across the State.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency working under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Council was created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 1970 to "engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purpose of the DD Act; and contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family-centered, consumer and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life."   The NYSDDPC Council is comprised of Governor-appointed volunteers. More than 60% of these volunteers must be individuals with developmental disabilities or family members. Other members include NYS State Agency representatives, UCEDD representatives, and representatives of the Protection and Advocacy System. In addition, a small staff of New York State employees supports the efforts of the Council in fulfilling its mission.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York Inclusive Entrepreneurship Program

“[South Side Innovation Center] SSIC provides services to all interested entrepreneurs, but it also has targeted programs for traditionally underserved entrepreneurial groups including low-income individuals, people with disabilities, women and minorities. “The expansion of Inclusive Entrepreneurship has led to our ability to provide services even to typically hard-to-reach populations, including a contract with the State Commission on the Blind and Visually Handicapped, under which we provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals….’”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative Round 4 Grant - 10/01/2013

As a past Round 1 grantee, NY DEI will hire up to eleven (11) Disability Resource Coordinators and, in addition to the DEI Co-State Leads, the NY DEI will include up to two regional DRCs with extensive experience in Work Incentive/Benefits Advisement counseling. The programmatic strategies, policies, and monitoring components executed and refined during Round 1 will be replicated during Round 4. While still in the early stages, NYSDOL has embarked on a new approach to generating ticket revenue by establishing itself as a State Administrative Employment Network (AEN). Operating under the guidelines of the state AEN, all DRCs will be fully trained on appropriate strategies associated with Ticket to Work. Such areas of focus include outreach, benefits advisement, assigning appropriate tickets, and providing long-term supports to increase the potential of customers with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency and in effect, maximize ticket revenue.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NYS PROMISE - 10/01/2013

NYS PROMISE is a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security income (SSI). The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood. NYS PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

NY Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.

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

Add Us In Initiative 2011 - 10/01/2011

Grantee: National Organization on Disability in New York, N.Y.   Consortia Members: Workforce Investment Board; Vocational Rehabilitation; New Jersey Youth Corp.; the LGBT Chamber of Commerce; the African American Chamber of Commerce; the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; the MOASAIC Center on Disability Employment; and the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center   Grant Amount: $550,000  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

NY Partnerships in Employment - University of Rochester - 09/30/2011

The New York State Partnerships in Employment Systems Change (NYS PIE) project is aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The project brings together various state agencies serving individuals with IDD and their families with the goal of improving employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and young adults. 

 

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

Disability Employment Initiative Round 1 Grant - 10/01/2010

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant.  Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.  The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources.  Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies.  The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness.  The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

New York Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007, the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

"The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 1

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant. Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources. Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies. The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness. The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NY SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) (2001)

The goal of this project was to develop an IPS guidebook used by vocational staff members who are working with consumers who have expressed a clear interest in seeking employment.   The guidebook unifys clinical, rehabilitation and vocational services under one licensing entity.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

New York Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

NY Community First Choice

Community First Choice (CFC) Option will revolutionize the long term care system for New York State. Disability rights advocates applaud the Governor for his continued commitment to CFC. Although the State is awaiting final rules from the CMS, the State should (and is permitted to by CMS) move forward with the creation of the Development and Implementation Council. In his State of the State address, the Governor explicitly outlined his commitment to Olmstead and supporting people in the most integrated setting. We urge the Legislature to support an aggressive Olmstead plan, recognizing that CFC ought to be the centerpiece of this strategy.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


2016 Employment First Training Institute - 06/01/2016

Featuring:

Town-hall conversation with our funding partners

NYS CASE certificate course credits

OPWDD Innovations training hours

School-to-Work transition sessions

Resource experts on-hand

Networking opportunities with your colleagues from across the state

20 action-packed education sessions

Roll-back pricing and simple registration process

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

New York State APSE Supported Employment Training Institute - 2015 - 05/03/2015

The New York Supported Employment Training Institute includes Employment First Subject Matter Experts, Town-hall conversations with funding partners, sessions on Employment First promising practices and educational sessions, and networking opportunities for participants. 

Contains PowerPoint presentations from the conference.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Disability Employment Initiative, OSOS Guide - 09/26/2013

On September 26, 2013, the NYS Department of Labor received a forty-month Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant. This guide will provide an overview of which data fields in One-Stop Operating System are essential for reporting out on DEI.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Promising Practices Statewide Video Conference - 05/30/2013

This archived video conference on promising employment practices features providers discussing how customized employment works, the benefits of provider collaboration, and connecting volunteer opportunities to employment within a day habilitation curriculum.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York State APSE’s 2012 Supported Employment Training Institute - 04/30/2012

General theme: Employment in the community is the first/primary service opinion for individuals with disabilities. 

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

NY State Department of Education: Transition Services Professional Development Support Center - 07/01/2010

The Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) at Cornell University.  School districts are required, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide each student with a disability appropriate transition services to assist each student to meet his/her post-secondary goals for living, learning and working. Through the RSE-TASC transition specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but not limited to:     • individualized education program (IEP) development relating to transition planning;    • student exit summaries;    • transition assessments;    • work-based learning;    • self-advocacy/self-determination; and    • partnering with community agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Simply Speaking Inclusive Entrepreneurship Guidelines for SBDC Advisors - 05/17/2010

This whitepaper introduces and describes Start-Up NY and its efforts to improve disability employment in the state of New York. It discusses the 4 stage “Start-Up NY Process,” the economic impact, their work with veterans, success stories, and recommended tools, among other topics.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

A 'Primer’ on The StartUP New York 4-Phase Model - 09/28/2009

“START-UP/New York convened a multidisciplinary collaboration of highly skilled partners to provide a customized, intensive, and well-rounded training, technical assistance, counseling, and support program for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. Over the first three years, the project developed an improved model for developing community infrastructure and capacity through public and private investment and collaboration to support and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities who seek self-employment in Onondaga County. It was successful in documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the consortium model to assist in the start-up, sustainability, and replicable of successful micro-enterprise and small business ventures launched by individuals with disabilities. The project also succeeded in recruiting participants, including those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits, Veterans, youth and others in Onondaga County, representing a range of disabilities from diverse ethnic and racial groups who have aspirations for self-employment. The START-UP/New York model included developing customized training curricula, informed by Customized, Discovery-based results, personal preferences, and peer advisors.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –Vocational Rehabilitation…a basic guide"

What is ACCES? The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) is part of the New York State Education Department and is comprised of three primary areas: Vocational Rehabilitation (including Independent Living Program Administration), Adult Education, and the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. ACCES-VR: • Administers vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs • Provides a wide array of services to assist eligible individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment • Provides services to students, beginning up to 2 years prior to exiting high school • Provides individual consultation, recommendations and training to assist with maintaining a job • Provides information and support to employers

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Hiring Good People Is Good Business"

ACCES-VR can assist businesses with meeting compliance with Federal Laws Assistance for federal contractors/subcontractors in meeting OFCCP requirements. Technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ACCES-VR can lower hiring costs through these services ... Work Tryout ACCES-VR can reimburse an employer for 100% of an employee’s wages for up to 480 hours. This offers the employer the opportunity to evaluate the employee’s ability to satisfactorily perform the job. On the Job Training ACCES-VR can reimburse the worker’s salary, for an agreed upon period of time while he/she is being trained in a new occupation. ACCES-VR’s Partnership with Public Employers... ACCES-VR offers business customers in the public sector a designated point of contact to connect with qualified applicants, resources and support services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York ACCES-VR Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Disability Etiquette Guide"

Everyone Knows Someone with a Disability People with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority and the only one that any person can join at any time. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 54 million people have disabilities. That is nearly 1 in 5 people. Here are some general tips

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

SWIB Quarterly Meeting Presentation

he slide presentation from this meeting of the New York State Workforce Investment Board includes material on Customized Employment, WIOA, and Work Readiness Credentials.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Talent Development and Training Online Resource Library

This site provides various instructional resources for agencies interested in delivering their own training, as well as resources for individual learners interested in developing their professional education.

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

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New York Medicaid State Plan Proposed and Accepted Amendments - 10/01/2016

This page lists all proposed and accepted amendments to New York’s Medicaid State Plan, beginning in 2010.

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

NY State’s Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings - 04/16/2016

A five year plan to assure that all settings in which recipients of HCB services live and/or receive these services are fully compliant with 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4) and (5); 441.710(a)(1)(2).

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

New York People First Waiver - 04/01/2013

On April 1, 2013, OPWDD formalized its commitment to specific parts of its transformation agenda by submitting the People First Waiver to CMS. The waiver carries out OPWDD’s commitment to put people first by focusing on person-centered supports that facilitate living in community-based settings, and by promoting employment, community involvement, good health, and meaningful relationships. The waiver is an agreement with the federal government about the way services are provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and encompasses all of the five primary objectives.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

“New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.”

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

New York ESEA Flexibility Approval - 05/29/2012

The New York State Education Department’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MIG Brief: Impact: Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 02/01/2011

“Building upon the “Inclusive Entrepreneurship™” processes and partnerships modeled by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute, Whitman School, Onondaga SBDC and other partners, NYMWP (New York Makes Work Pay) implemented training and technical assistance, created and disseminated materials, and facilitated cross-sector dialogues to increase entrepreneurship outcomes for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief: Evidence-Based and Promising Employment and Asset Accumulation Practices - 02/01/2011

“Building upon 10 CE regional learning communities implemented by BBI and its experts during 2009 and continued in 2010, CE principles and practices are being introduced and replicated as tools to increase employment access and outcomes for people with disabilities, especially those with complex needs. CE pilot projects initially developed in 2009 in Hempstead and Utica, NY were replicated in other NYS locations, augmented by deployment of mentors trained in CE techniques are demonstrating validity of the approach.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self-employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 through 2011.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: Improving Self-Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities - 06/01/2010

“StartUP NY was one of three 3-year demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to test and demonstrate improved self-employment practices for people with disabilities. The NY project was led by Onondaga County and developed and managed by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and its partners the SU Whitman School of Management/Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, the Onondaga Small Business Development Center and other partners…To date, the project has trained over 188 people with diverse disabilities, over 60 businesses have been registered and 45 businesses are being operated. In 2009, funding was received through the US Small Business Administration grant and through a Center for Medicaid Services Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to continue to utilize the StartUP model to assist both entrepreneurs with disabilities but also other prospective entrepreneurs with low incomes that may not have a disability.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment Through NEW YORK MAKES WORK PAY - 04/01/2010

“New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP) is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 and 2010. The goals of New York Makes Work Pay are to:      1. Remove barriers to employment and a better economic future;      2. Improve cross-agency sustainable, coordinated systems of supports and services; (and)     3. Engage the business community in collaboration with government and employment service providers to recruit, hire, retain and advance workers with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007 , the  federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.

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

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

“The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Long Term Home Health Care Program (0034.R06.00)

“Provides respite, assistive technology, community transitional services, congregate and home delivered meals, environmental mods, home and community support services, home maintenance, medical social services, moving assistance, nutritional counseling/education services, respiratory therapy, social day care transportation, social day care for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 0 – 64.”

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

NY OPWDD Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver (0238.R05.00)

“Provides day habilitation, live-in caregiver, prevocational services, residential habilitation, respite, supported employment, community transition, fiscal intermediary, individual directed goods and services, support brokerage, assistive technology - adaptive devices, community habilitation, environmental modifications (home accessibility), family education and training, intensive behavioral services, pathway to employment, plan of care support services for individuals w/autism, IID, DD ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MIG-RATS

Medicaid Buy-In Program For Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) implemented July 2003 under the federal authority of  TWWIIA Basic + Medical Improvement.

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)
Citations

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 6

NYDEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and focus on health care and technology/manufacturing and 1) increase employment, retention and wage outcomes through aligned services and expanded partnerships; 2) assist jobseekers through training and support in navigating Career Development (WDBs/AJCs), Education and Training (Community Colleges) and Disability Service Resources (VR, developmental services, benefits counseling, Ticket to Work, etc.); 3) increase credential attainment through strengthened academic transitions incorporating innovative program design and delivery through postsecondary and/or industry-recognized credentials; and 4) increase work- based training approaches. Systems change activities include (a) expanded access to technical training and education in industry sectors; (b) increasing the number and type of businesses employing individuals with disabilities with a focus on emerging and in-demand job clusters; (c) expanding AJC capacity to use core, intensive, and training services as a part of Integrated Resource Teams; (d) increasing partnerships to strengthen alignment, braid and blend resources, integrate expertise, and actively engage businesses to improve services and outcomes; and (e) developing policies and practices to increase participation in job training and career pathways by all New Yorkers including those with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York State Medicaid Plan

Medicaid State Plan is an official document that describes the nature and scope of a state's Medicaid program. Each state develops its own Plan, as required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), which is then approved by the federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Any changes or amendments to the Plan are similarly developed by the state and approved by DHHS. Each state administers its own Plan and, in doing so, agrees to conform to the requirements of the Act and all other applicable federal statutes and regulations related to the Medicaid program.

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Career opportunities for people with disabilities in the Empire State of New York are growing "Ever upwards!" If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

2014 State Population.
0.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,746,227
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
1,106,507
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2013 to 2014
371,883
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.25%
Change from
2013 to 2014
33.61%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.99%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.04%

State Data

General

2012 2013 2014
Population. 19,570,261 19,651,127 19,746,227
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,043,603 1,081,376 1,106,507
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 322,875 347,967 371,883
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,260,794 8,326,511 8,424,658
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.94% 32.18% 33.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.72% 73.31% 74.04%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.70% 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.70% 24.40% 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80% 14.90% 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 949,498 995,998 1,014,857
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,149,960 1,175,583 1,221,604
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,435,301 1,483,851 1,512,303
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 355,213 359,509 377,340
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 353,196 372,022 381,900
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 13,036 11,991 12,169
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 93,394 97,635 108,436
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 744 1,030 511
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 57,998 59,942 57,365
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 143,782 157,623 168,337

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 26,327 25,437 20,647
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60% 4.40% 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 603,876 614,426 516,900

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 68,218 68,218 75,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 135,329 135,329 151,373
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 427,109 427,109 484,231
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.00% 16.00% 15.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50% 0.40% 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.50% 4.80% 5.10%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50% 1.50% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 2,023 1,634 1,837
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 18,667 19,864 21,377
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,171 6,189 6,149
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 33,636 31,582 23,654
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2011 2012 2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 14,539 13,653 14,023
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5,405 5,058 5,527
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. 37.00% 37.00% 0.39%
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. 27.77 25.85 28.13

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
19,278
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 82 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 962 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 3,207 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 7,738 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 4,766 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 2,523 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 36.20% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 28,260 26,744
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 870,853 863,707
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 1,144 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 863 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2010 2011 2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $47,718,000 $47,499,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $282,029,000 $282,445,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $23,157,000 $17,037,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $975,580,000 $992,454,000 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00% 13.00% 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 41,877 43,034 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 14,111 14,166 8,000
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,285 1,256 46,919
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 46.00 47.50 37.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2011 2012 2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.90% 57.50% 58.16%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 22.00% 21.30% 21.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 6.40% 6.50% 5.98%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.40% 86.10% 77.17%
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). 42.00% 42.10% 37.62%
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). 68.00% 66.30% 62.58%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 79.00% 76.40% 72.41%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 26.00% 24.20% 24.96%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 6,429,710
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 8,032
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 498,920
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,435,284
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,934,204
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,050
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,152
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,202
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,814,358
AbilityOne wages (services). $26,511,843

 

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

2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 2 11
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 92 102
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 9
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 122
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 342
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 13,903
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 573
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 14,818

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill A8111 - 06/09/2015

“AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to establishing a customized employment demonstration program for persons with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

NY Assembly Bill 6516: ABLE Legislation - 03/26/2015

 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York achieving a better life experience (NY ABLE) savings account act".

§ 2.  Legislative intent. The legislative intent of this act is 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 existing sources.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

N.Y. Civil Service Law §55-b: Workers with Disabilities Program

Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. (Section 55-c authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.) In general, an entry-level position that is filled only through an open-competitive examination (one open to the public) may be used for a 55-b or 55-c appointment.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Governor’s Executive Order Number 136 “Establishing the New York Employment First Initiative to Increase Employment of New Yorkers with Disabilities” - 10/03/2014

…”NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows: …

 

B. Employment First Commission 1. There is hereby established the Employment First Commission (the “Commission”) to provide guidance and advice to the Governor regarding the competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.   2. The members of the Commission shall be the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Health; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Human Services; the Chief Diversity Officer; the Counsel to the Governor; the Director of the Budget; the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities; the Commissioner of Health; the Commissioner of Mental Health; the Commissioner of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; the Commissioner of Children and Family Services; the Commissioner of Labor; the Commissioner of Economic Development; the Commissioner of Transportation; the Commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance; the Director of Veterans’ Affairs; the Director of the State Office for Aging; and the Executive Director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Additional members may be appointed to the Commission at the discretion of the Governor.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Instructions for Submission of Workshop Transformation Proposals - 12/21/2015

All workshop providers must submit a proposal to OPWDD for how they will continue to support the employment and meaningful community activities of individuals with developmental disabilities currently receiving workshop services.

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

New York State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report 2014-2015 - 09/30/2015

“ACCES has been hard at work this past year in responding to the opportunities and challenges in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). New WIOA provisions call for improved services for youth with disabilities, introduces new cross systems accountability measures and stresses the need for improved VR partnerships with the business community, to name a few. The Council has assisted in the review of current policies; specifically policies related to transition services, On-The Job Training and Work-Try-Out, ensuring revisions are consistent with the direction of WIOA. The Council has worked jointly with ACCES as we partnered with NYS entities on the development of the combined state plan and significantly enhanced our outreach into new businesses. The business connection is described later in this report. The Council has continued to be supportive in the implementation of the ACCES Strategic Plan, which was designed to increase access to services, improved service delivery and improve employment outcomes.”

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

New York Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations 3/1/2015 - 03/01/2015

Everyone has the right to work. It is this underlying premise that is the driving force behind the development of an Employment First policy in New York State. On September 17, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to create a commission to establish an Employment First policy for New York State. The state seeks to build on important economic development investments the governor has made to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improving economy and have sustained opportunities to engage in the competitive labor market. Specifically, the state aims to increase the employment rate of individuals with disabilities by 5%; decrease the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities by a comparable 5%; and engage 100 businesses in adopting policies and practices that support the integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.

 This report outlines the recommendations of the Employment First Commission, which held two statewide public listening sessions and received verbal and written input from more than 30 advocacy, trade, and provider organizations, as well as several individuals.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

New York Plan to Increase Competitive Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities - 05/01/2014

In accordance with the Health System Transformation for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Agreement as defined in the Special Terms and Conditions, this document sets forth New York State’s strategies and plan toward increasing competitive employment. This plan describes specific strategies to: increase the number of individuals engaged in competitive employment; increase the number of students that transition from high school to competitive employment; collaborate with the educational system to ensure that stakeholders are aware of employment services; and transition workshop participants to competitive employment or other meaningful community activities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

New York City Approved Employment Plan - 01/01/2014

The Plan outlines the administration of employment services for Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progran1 (SNAP) applicants and recipients for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

“Reforming the System, Transforming Lives” Progress Report - 10/01/2013

OPWDD continues its efforts to double the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed over the next 10 years. Individuals with developmental disabilities should have opportunities to work in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above the minimum wage. OPWDD fosters employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through:     • Developing job readiness skills for individuals who want to work.   • Expanding opportunities for individuals to engage in community service, volunteerism, and other meaningful community activities.   • Expanding provider capacity for quality job development and job coaching.   • Strengthening partnerships with other state agencies and building relationships with the business community  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - 04/01/2013

Road to Reform Report: April 2013 report from New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that delineates specific policies regarding policies and goals for improving employment outcomes, under a transformation agreement with CMS, including ending new admissions to sheltered workshops on July 1, 2013.

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

NY OPWDD Statewide Comprehensive Plan (2012-2016) - 10/01/2012

October 2010 report indicating that “OPWDD is promoting Employment First as a preferred outcome for all people with developmental disabilities.

OPWDD continues its efforts to greatly expand the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed and earning at least minimum wage. Individuals with disabilities must have opportunities to work in the community with people who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above minimum wage. As of July 2012, participation in supported employment programs grew to over 9,800 people, and OPWDD’s goal is to achieve continued growth through various initiatives.

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

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

App. B: Service Documentation Requirements for Enhanced Supported Employment Pilots - 10/01/2011

These are general definitions for services that may be provided to individuals through the Enhanced Supported Employment Pilot Project. They include Person Centered Vocational Planning: Comprehensive discovery process that assists the individual to identify their interests, capacities and strengths particular to the individualized employment planning process.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

2011 Interim Report on OPWDD State Plan - 02/15/2011

The objective of Employment First is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who are working in NYS. Many individuals could be successful in paying jobs with the appropriate level of supports, but for various reasons most individuals participate in other day programs. At the end of 2010, OPWDD supported 9,195 individuals in supported employment programs. Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) is one of the projects offering employment opportunities to individuals who would not likely succeed or qualify for traditional supported employment. Individuals receive greater levels of support, which could consist of person-centered planning, job development or job coaching. Currently, 405 individuals participate in ESEMP, with 259 individuals successfully working in the community. OPWDD anticipates that approximately 700 individuals will participate in this pilot.

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

Start-UP New York - Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 06/01/2010

Adoption of Discovery and Customized Team Planning policies represents an adjustment to the way in which SSIC conducts entrepreneurial awareness. This process now includes an informal assessment of the appropriateness of entrepreneurship for its customers, as well as an orientation to the demands and realities of entrepreneurship. By imbuing their existing processes with the essential characteristics of Discovery (e.g., flexibility, focus on the career seeker, willingness to look beyond formal and formulaic assessments), the process has become more open, inclusive, and effective for all customers of SSIC.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

New York ACCES-VR Policy 1301.00: Self-Employment Policy - 07/01/1988

“Establishing or maintaining a consumer in self-employment as a rehabilitation outcome allows the consumer to be productive and become financially independent and to contribute to the State's economic growth. Self-employment rehabilitations also allow the ACCES-VR counselor to be creative in the rehabilitation process. This policy defines the parameters of the ACCES-VR/consumer partnership needed to create a successful self-employment venture.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

NY State Commission for the Blind “Proposed Update to the State Plan" (FY 2016)

The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), in conjunction with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015). To assist in the development of the State Plan, teleconferences will be held to gather recommendations from people who are blind, their families, advocates and service providers on how NYSCB can improve vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NYESS Funding and Employment

NYESS, an integral part of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative, is the largest employment network for people with disabilities in the United States. To date, $2.4 million from the Social Security Administration has been received by 100 New York State organizations which have assisted 7,755 individuals with disabilities with employment services, helping 1,366 individuals find permanent employment. This webpage includes a breakdown of the 100 organizations in receipt of the funds

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

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Supported Employment Services

“OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.     OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP), Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). Below you will find links to related program standards, templates for required documentation formats, contact information for our DDSO employment coordinators and information on training opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of your supported employment programs.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 6.3)

“Individuals with most significant disabilities who participate in ACCES-VR supported employment programs engage in job planning, counseling, assessment, job development, intensive job-site training and extended job retention services. Training is also provided to direct service personnel, such as job coaches and job coaching supervisors. New York State’s Chapter 515 of the Laws of 1992 on integrated employment, including supported employment, is implemented through a collaborative interagency process in New York State.”

 

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

NY State Plan for VR Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 4.8(b)(2))

Goal 1.1.A Youth: Increase the percentage of youth with disabilities (applicants prior to age 22) exiting the VR Program after receiving services that achieve an employment outcome and exceed the national standard of 55.8 percent.    Baseline FFY 2010: 42.5 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2011: 46.9 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2012: 55.7 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance Target: Meet or exceed the RSA Performance Standard of 55.8 percent.    Results: The percentage of youth with disabilities that achieved an employment outcome after receiving VR services has increased by 13.2 percentage points, a significant increase. In FFY 2012 ACCES-VR achieved a performance indicator of 55.7 percent which is just below the national standard of 55.8 percent by one-tenth of one percent.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Partnerships


NY Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief - The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self–employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utica Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment Grant in Utica, NY, has developed partnerships with community rehabilitation providers, legal services, arbitration and negotiation training centers, and substance abuse and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as well as with state partners, including VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Mental Health. During a strategic planning process at the beginning of the grant, the goal for the employment system was to be characterized by:

Knowledgeable staff and partners Accessibility and Consumer Focus Integration and Connection Coordination Effectiveness and Efficiency”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(1)

ACCES-VR works closely with a variety of entities to enhance vocational rehabilitation services and placement opportunities for ACCES-VR consumers. These efforts are described in the Memorandums of Agreement and the Memorandums of Understanding. Several of the key agreements include:            • Memorandum of Agreement for the Workforce Investment Act: Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy between the New York State Education Department Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –  Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Local Workforce Investment Boards, June 30, 2000;             • Memorandum of Agreement to Provide Services to Individuals who are Deaf/Blind, November 1999 between the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH);             • Memorandum of Interagency Understanding regarding Supported Employment, October 1999 between ACCES-VR, CBVH, Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD);             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the OMH, October 1999;             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), April 1999;             • Statement of Collaboration between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA), March 1, 1998;             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Higher and Professional Education (OHPE), August 4, 1994; and             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and Public Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), (SUNY and CUNY) August, 2007.   

 

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

NY Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(3)

 ACCES-VR works continuously with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to increase access to integrated employment opportunities. ACCES-VR’s district offices work with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to target resources to meet the consumer demand for employment outcomes. These programs assist consumers in achieving community-focused outcomes, such as supported employment, situational assessment, direct placement services and community-based training.    ACCES-VR currently manages over 400 Unified Contract Services (UCS) and Supported Employment (SE) contracts with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers across the State.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency working under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Council was created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 1970 to "engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purpose of the DD Act; and contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family-centered, consumer and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life."   The NYSDDPC Council is comprised of Governor-appointed volunteers. More than 60% of these volunteers must be individuals with developmental disabilities or family members. Other members include NYS State Agency representatives, UCEDD representatives, and representatives of the Protection and Advocacy System. In addition, a small staff of New York State employees supports the efforts of the Council in fulfilling its mission.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York Inclusive Entrepreneurship Program

“[South Side Innovation Center] SSIC provides services to all interested entrepreneurs, but it also has targeted programs for traditionally underserved entrepreneurial groups including low-income individuals, people with disabilities, women and minorities. “The expansion of Inclusive Entrepreneurship has led to our ability to provide services even to typically hard-to-reach populations, including a contract with the State Commission on the Blind and Visually Handicapped, under which we provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals….’”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative Round 4 Grant - 10/01/2013

As a past Round 1 grantee, NY DEI will hire up to eleven (11) Disability Resource Coordinators and, in addition to the DEI Co-State Leads, the NY DEI will include up to two regional DRCs with extensive experience in Work Incentive/Benefits Advisement counseling. The programmatic strategies, policies, and monitoring components executed and refined during Round 1 will be replicated during Round 4. While still in the early stages, NYSDOL has embarked on a new approach to generating ticket revenue by establishing itself as a State Administrative Employment Network (AEN). Operating under the guidelines of the state AEN, all DRCs will be fully trained on appropriate strategies associated with Ticket to Work. Such areas of focus include outreach, benefits advisement, assigning appropriate tickets, and providing long-term supports to increase the potential of customers with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency and in effect, maximize ticket revenue.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NYS PROMISE - 10/01/2013

NYS PROMISE is a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security income (SSI). The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood. NYS PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

NY Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.

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

Add Us In Initiative 2011 - 10/01/2011

Grantee: National Organization on Disability in New York, N.Y.   Consortia Members: Workforce Investment Board; Vocational Rehabilitation; New Jersey Youth Corp.; the LGBT Chamber of Commerce; the African American Chamber of Commerce; the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; the MOASAIC Center on Disability Employment; and the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center   Grant Amount: $550,000  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

NY Partnerships in Employment - University of Rochester - 09/30/2011

The New York State Partnerships in Employment Systems Change (NYS PIE) project is aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The project brings together various state agencies serving individuals with IDD and their families with the goal of improving employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and young adults. 

 

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

Disability Employment Initiative Round 1 Grant - 10/01/2010

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant.  Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.  The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources.  Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies.  The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness.  The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

New York Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007, the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

"The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 1

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant. Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources. Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies. The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness. The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NY SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) (2001)

The goal of this project was to develop an IPS guidebook used by vocational staff members who are working with consumers who have expressed a clear interest in seeking employment.   The guidebook unifys clinical, rehabilitation and vocational services under one licensing entity.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

New York Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

NY Community First Choice

Community First Choice (CFC) Option will revolutionize the long term care system for New York State. Disability rights advocates applaud the Governor for his continued commitment to CFC. Although the State is awaiting final rules from the CMS, the State should (and is permitted to by CMS) move forward with the creation of the Development and Implementation Council. In his State of the State address, the Governor explicitly outlined his commitment to Olmstead and supporting people in the most integrated setting. We urge the Legislature to support an aggressive Olmstead plan, recognizing that CFC ought to be the centerpiece of this strategy.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


2016 Employment First Training Institute - 06/01/2016

Featuring:

Town-hall conversation with our funding partners

NYS CASE certificate course credits

OPWDD Innovations training hours

School-to-Work transition sessions

Resource experts on-hand

Networking opportunities with your colleagues from across the state

20 action-packed education sessions

Roll-back pricing and simple registration process

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

New York State APSE Supported Employment Training Institute - 2015 - 05/03/2015

The New York Supported Employment Training Institute includes Employment First Subject Matter Experts, Town-hall conversations with funding partners, sessions on Employment First promising practices and educational sessions, and networking opportunities for participants. 

Contains PowerPoint presentations from the conference.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Disability Employment Initiative, OSOS Guide - 09/26/2013

On September 26, 2013, the NYS Department of Labor received a forty-month Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant. This guide will provide an overview of which data fields in One-Stop Operating System are essential for reporting out on DEI.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Promising Practices Statewide Video Conference - 05/30/2013

This archived video conference on promising employment practices features providers discussing how customized employment works, the benefits of provider collaboration, and connecting volunteer opportunities to employment within a day habilitation curriculum.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York State APSE’s 2012 Supported Employment Training Institute - 04/30/2012

General theme: Employment in the community is the first/primary service opinion for individuals with disabilities. 

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

NY State Department of Education: Transition Services Professional Development Support Center - 07/01/2010

The Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) at Cornell University.  School districts are required, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide each student with a disability appropriate transition services to assist each student to meet his/her post-secondary goals for living, learning and working. Through the RSE-TASC transition specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but not limited to:     • individualized education program (IEP) development relating to transition planning;    • student exit summaries;    • transition assessments;    • work-based learning;    • self-advocacy/self-determination; and    • partnering with community agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Simply Speaking Inclusive Entrepreneurship Guidelines for SBDC Advisors - 05/17/2010

This whitepaper introduces and describes Start-Up NY and its efforts to improve disability employment in the state of New York. It discusses the 4 stage “Start-Up NY Process,” the economic impact, their work with veterans, success stories, and recommended tools, among other topics.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

A 'Primer’ on The StartUP New York 4-Phase Model - 09/28/2009

“START-UP/New York convened a multidisciplinary collaboration of highly skilled partners to provide a customized, intensive, and well-rounded training, technical assistance, counseling, and support program for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. Over the first three years, the project developed an improved model for developing community infrastructure and capacity through public and private investment and collaboration to support and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities who seek self-employment in Onondaga County. It was successful in documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the consortium model to assist in the start-up, sustainability, and replicable of successful micro-enterprise and small business ventures launched by individuals with disabilities. The project also succeeded in recruiting participants, including those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits, Veterans, youth and others in Onondaga County, representing a range of disabilities from diverse ethnic and racial groups who have aspirations for self-employment. The START-UP/New York model included developing customized training curricula, informed by Customized, Discovery-based results, personal preferences, and peer advisors.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –Vocational Rehabilitation…a basic guide"

What is ACCES? The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) is part of the New York State Education Department and is comprised of three primary areas: Vocational Rehabilitation (including Independent Living Program Administration), Adult Education, and the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. ACCES-VR: • Administers vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs • Provides a wide array of services to assist eligible individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment • Provides services to students, beginning up to 2 years prior to exiting high school • Provides individual consultation, recommendations and training to assist with maintaining a job • Provides information and support to employers

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Hiring Good People Is Good Business"

ACCES-VR can assist businesses with meeting compliance with Federal Laws Assistance for federal contractors/subcontractors in meeting OFCCP requirements. Technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ACCES-VR can lower hiring costs through these services ... Work Tryout ACCES-VR can reimburse an employer for 100% of an employee’s wages for up to 480 hours. This offers the employer the opportunity to evaluate the employee’s ability to satisfactorily perform the job. On the Job Training ACCES-VR can reimburse the worker’s salary, for an agreed upon period of time while he/she is being trained in a new occupation. ACCES-VR’s Partnership with Public Employers... ACCES-VR offers business customers in the public sector a designated point of contact to connect with qualified applicants, resources and support services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York ACCES-VR Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Disability Etiquette Guide"

Everyone Knows Someone with a Disability People with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority and the only one that any person can join at any time. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 54 million people have disabilities. That is nearly 1 in 5 people. Here are some general tips

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

SWIB Quarterly Meeting Presentation

he slide presentation from this meeting of the New York State Workforce Investment Board includes material on Customized Employment, WIOA, and Work Readiness Credentials.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Talent Development and Training Online Resource Library

This site provides various instructional resources for agencies interested in delivering their own training, as well as resources for individual learners interested in developing their professional education.

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

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New York Medicaid State Plan Proposed and Accepted Amendments - 10/01/2016

This page lists all proposed and accepted amendments to New York’s Medicaid State Plan, beginning in 2010.

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

NY State’s Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings - 04/16/2016

A five year plan to assure that all settings in which recipients of HCB services live and/or receive these services are fully compliant with 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4) and (5); 441.710(a)(1)(2).

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

New York People First Waiver - 04/01/2013

On April 1, 2013, OPWDD formalized its commitment to specific parts of its transformation agenda by submitting the People First Waiver to CMS. The waiver carries out OPWDD’s commitment to put people first by focusing on person-centered supports that facilitate living in community-based settings, and by promoting employment, community involvement, good health, and meaningful relationships. The waiver is an agreement with the federal government about the way services are provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and encompasses all of the five primary objectives.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

“New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.”

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

New York ESEA Flexibility Approval - 05/29/2012

The New York State Education Department’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MIG Brief: Impact: Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 02/01/2011

“Building upon the “Inclusive Entrepreneurship™” processes and partnerships modeled by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute, Whitman School, Onondaga SBDC and other partners, NYMWP (New York Makes Work Pay) implemented training and technical assistance, created and disseminated materials, and facilitated cross-sector dialogues to increase entrepreneurship outcomes for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief: Evidence-Based and Promising Employment and Asset Accumulation Practices - 02/01/2011

“Building upon 10 CE regional learning communities implemented by BBI and its experts during 2009 and continued in 2010, CE principles and practices are being introduced and replicated as tools to increase employment access and outcomes for people with disabilities, especially those with complex needs. CE pilot projects initially developed in 2009 in Hempstead and Utica, NY were replicated in other NYS locations, augmented by deployment of mentors trained in CE techniques are demonstrating validity of the approach.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self-employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 through 2011.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: Improving Self-Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities - 06/01/2010

“StartUP NY was one of three 3-year demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to test and demonstrate improved self-employment practices for people with disabilities. The NY project was led by Onondaga County and developed and managed by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and its partners the SU Whitman School of Management/Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, the Onondaga Small Business Development Center and other partners…To date, the project has trained over 188 people with diverse disabilities, over 60 businesses have been registered and 45 businesses are being operated. In 2009, funding was received through the US Small Business Administration grant and through a Center for Medicaid Services Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to continue to utilize the StartUP model to assist both entrepreneurs with disabilities but also other prospective entrepreneurs with low incomes that may not have a disability.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment Through NEW YORK MAKES WORK PAY - 04/01/2010

“New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP) is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 and 2010. The goals of New York Makes Work Pay are to:      1. Remove barriers to employment and a better economic future;      2. Improve cross-agency sustainable, coordinated systems of supports and services; (and)     3. Engage the business community in collaboration with government and employment service providers to recruit, hire, retain and advance workers with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007 , the  federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.

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

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

“The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Long Term Home Health Care Program (0034.R06.00)

“Provides respite, assistive technology, community transitional services, congregate and home delivered meals, environmental mods, home and community support services, home maintenance, medical social services, moving assistance, nutritional counseling/education services, respiratory therapy, social day care transportation, social day care for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 0 – 64.”

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

NY OPWDD Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver (0238.R05.00)

“Provides day habilitation, live-in caregiver, prevocational services, residential habilitation, respite, supported employment, community transition, fiscal intermediary, individual directed goods and services, support brokerage, assistive technology - adaptive devices, community habilitation, environmental modifications (home accessibility), family education and training, intensive behavioral services, pathway to employment, plan of care support services for individuals w/autism, IID, DD ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MIG-RATS

Medicaid Buy-In Program For Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) implemented July 2003 under the federal authority of  TWWIIA Basic + Medical Improvement.

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)
Citations

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 6

NYDEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and focus on health care and technology/manufacturing and 1) increase employment, retention and wage outcomes through aligned services and expanded partnerships; 2) assist jobseekers through training and support in navigating Career Development (WDBs/AJCs), Education and Training (Community Colleges) and Disability Service Resources (VR, developmental services, benefits counseling, Ticket to Work, etc.); 3) increase credential attainment through strengthened academic transitions incorporating innovative program design and delivery through postsecondary and/or industry-recognized credentials; and 4) increase work- based training approaches. Systems change activities include (a) expanded access to technical training and education in industry sectors; (b) increasing the number and type of businesses employing individuals with disabilities with a focus on emerging and in-demand job clusters; (c) expanding AJC capacity to use core, intensive, and training services as a part of Integrated Resource Teams; (d) increasing partnerships to strengthen alignment, braid and blend resources, integrate expertise, and actively engage businesses to improve services and outcomes; and (e) developing policies and practices to increase participation in job training and career pathways by all New Yorkers including those with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York State Medicaid Plan

Medicaid State Plan is an official document that describes the nature and scope of a state's Medicaid program. Each state develops its own Plan, as required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), which is then approved by the federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Any changes or amendments to the Plan are similarly developed by the state and approved by DHHS. Each state administers its own Plan and, in doing so, agrees to conform to the requirements of the Act and all other applicable federal statutes and regulations related to the Medicaid program.

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Career opportunities for people with disabilities in the Empire State of New York are growing "Ever upwards!" If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

2014 State Population.
0.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,746,227
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
1,106,507
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2013 to 2014
371,883
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.25%
Change from
2013 to 2014
33.61%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.99%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.04%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 19,746,227
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,106,507
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 371,883
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,424,658
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.04%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,014,857
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,221,604
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,512,303
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 377,340
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 381,900
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,169
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 108,436
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 511
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 57,365
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 168,337

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 20,647
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 516,900

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 151,373
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 484,231
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.10%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,837
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 21,377
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,149
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 23,654
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 14,023
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5,527
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. 0.39%
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. 28.13

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 26,744
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 863,707
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 8,000
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 46,919
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 37.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 58.16%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 21.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.98%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 77.17%
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). 37.62%
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). 62.58%
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). 72.41%
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). 24.96%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 6,429,710
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 8,032
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 498,920
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,435,284
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,934,204
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,050
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,152
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,202
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,814,358
AbilityOne wages (services). $26,511,843

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 11
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 102
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 9
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 122
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). 342
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 13,903
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 573
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 14,818

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill A8111 - 06/09/2015

“AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to establishing a customized employment demonstration program for persons with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

NY Assembly Bill 6516: ABLE Legislation - 03/26/2015

 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York achieving a better life experience (NY ABLE) savings account act".

§ 2.  Legislative intent. The legislative intent of this act is 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 existing sources.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

N.Y. Civil Service Law §55-b: Workers with Disabilities Program

Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. (Section 55-c authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.) In general, an entry-level position that is filled only through an open-competitive examination (one open to the public) may be used for a 55-b or 55-c appointment.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Governor’s Executive Order Number 136 “Establishing the New York Employment First Initiative to Increase Employment of New Yorkers with Disabilities” - 10/03/2014

…”NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows: …

 

B. Employment First Commission 1. There is hereby established the Employment First Commission (the “Commission”) to provide guidance and advice to the Governor regarding the competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.   2. The members of the Commission shall be the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Health; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Human Services; the Chief Diversity Officer; the Counsel to the Governor; the Director of the Budget; the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities; the Commissioner of Health; the Commissioner of Mental Health; the Commissioner of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; the Commissioner of Children and Family Services; the Commissioner of Labor; the Commissioner of Economic Development; the Commissioner of Transportation; the Commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance; the Director of Veterans’ Affairs; the Director of the State Office for Aging; and the Executive Director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Additional members may be appointed to the Commission at the discretion of the Governor.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Instructions for Submission of Workshop Transformation Proposals - 12/21/2015

All workshop providers must submit a proposal to OPWDD for how they will continue to support the employment and meaningful community activities of individuals with developmental disabilities currently receiving workshop services.

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

New York State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report 2014-2015 - 09/30/2015

“ACCES has been hard at work this past year in responding to the opportunities and challenges in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). New WIOA provisions call for improved services for youth with disabilities, introduces new cross systems accountability measures and stresses the need for improved VR partnerships with the business community, to name a few. The Council has assisted in the review of current policies; specifically policies related to transition services, On-The Job Training and Work-Try-Out, ensuring revisions are consistent with the direction of WIOA. The Council has worked jointly with ACCES as we partnered with NYS entities on the development of the combined state plan and significantly enhanced our outreach into new businesses. The business connection is described later in this report. The Council has continued to be supportive in the implementation of the ACCES Strategic Plan, which was designed to increase access to services, improved service delivery and improve employment outcomes.”

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

New York Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations 3/1/2015 - 03/01/2015

Everyone has the right to work. It is this underlying premise that is the driving force behind the development of an Employment First policy in New York State. On September 17, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to create a commission to establish an Employment First policy for New York State. The state seeks to build on important economic development investments the governor has made to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improving economy and have sustained opportunities to engage in the competitive labor market. Specifically, the state aims to increase the employment rate of individuals with disabilities by 5%; decrease the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities by a comparable 5%; and engage 100 businesses in adopting policies and practices that support the integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.

 This report outlines the recommendations of the Employment First Commission, which held two statewide public listening sessions and received verbal and written input from more than 30 advocacy, trade, and provider organizations, as well as several individuals.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

New York Plan to Increase Competitive Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities - 05/01/2014

In accordance with the Health System Transformation for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Agreement as defined in the Special Terms and Conditions, this document sets forth New York State’s strategies and plan toward increasing competitive employment. This plan describes specific strategies to: increase the number of individuals engaged in competitive employment; increase the number of students that transition from high school to competitive employment; collaborate with the educational system to ensure that stakeholders are aware of employment services; and transition workshop participants to competitive employment or other meaningful community activities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

New York City Approved Employment Plan - 01/01/2014

The Plan outlines the administration of employment services for Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progran1 (SNAP) applicants and recipients for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

“Reforming the System, Transforming Lives” Progress Report - 10/01/2013

OPWDD continues its efforts to double the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed over the next 10 years. Individuals with developmental disabilities should have opportunities to work in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above the minimum wage. OPWDD fosters employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through:     • Developing job readiness skills for individuals who want to work.   • Expanding opportunities for individuals to engage in community service, volunteerism, and other meaningful community activities.   • Expanding provider capacity for quality job development and job coaching.   • Strengthening partnerships with other state agencies and building relationships with the business community  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - 04/01/2013

Road to Reform Report: April 2013 report from New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that delineates specific policies regarding policies and goals for improving employment outcomes, under a transformation agreement with CMS, including ending new admissions to sheltered workshops on July 1, 2013.

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

NY OPWDD Statewide Comprehensive Plan (2012-2016) - 10/01/2012

October 2010 report indicating that “OPWDD is promoting Employment First as a preferred outcome for all people with developmental disabilities.

OPWDD continues its efforts to greatly expand the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed and earning at least minimum wage. Individuals with disabilities must have opportunities to work in the community with people who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above minimum wage. As of July 2012, participation in supported employment programs grew to over 9,800 people, and OPWDD’s goal is to achieve continued growth through various initiatives.

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

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

App. B: Service Documentation Requirements for Enhanced Supported Employment Pilots - 10/01/2011

These are general definitions for services that may be provided to individuals through the Enhanced Supported Employment Pilot Project. They include Person Centered Vocational Planning: Comprehensive discovery process that assists the individual to identify their interests, capacities and strengths particular to the individualized employment planning process.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

2011 Interim Report on OPWDD State Plan - 02/15/2011

The objective of Employment First is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who are working in NYS. Many individuals could be successful in paying jobs with the appropriate level of supports, but for various reasons most individuals participate in other day programs. At the end of 2010, OPWDD supported 9,195 individuals in supported employment programs. Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) is one of the projects offering employment opportunities to individuals who would not likely succeed or qualify for traditional supported employment. Individuals receive greater levels of support, which could consist of person-centered planning, job development or job coaching. Currently, 405 individuals participate in ESEMP, with 259 individuals successfully working in the community. OPWDD anticipates that approximately 700 individuals will participate in this pilot.

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

Start-UP New York - Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 06/01/2010

Adoption of Discovery and Customized Team Planning policies represents an adjustment to the way in which SSIC conducts entrepreneurial awareness. This process now includes an informal assessment of the appropriateness of entrepreneurship for its customers, as well as an orientation to the demands and realities of entrepreneurship. By imbuing their existing processes with the essential characteristics of Discovery (e.g., flexibility, focus on the career seeker, willingness to look beyond formal and formulaic assessments), the process has become more open, inclusive, and effective for all customers of SSIC.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

New York ACCES-VR Policy 1301.00: Self-Employment Policy - 07/01/1988

“Establishing or maintaining a consumer in self-employment as a rehabilitation outcome allows the consumer to be productive and become financially independent and to contribute to the State's economic growth. Self-employment rehabilitations also allow the ACCES-VR counselor to be creative in the rehabilitation process. This policy defines the parameters of the ACCES-VR/consumer partnership needed to create a successful self-employment venture.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

NY State Commission for the Blind “Proposed Update to the State Plan" (FY 2016)

The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), in conjunction with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015). To assist in the development of the State Plan, teleconferences will be held to gather recommendations from people who are blind, their families, advocates and service providers on how NYSCB can improve vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NYESS Funding and Employment

NYESS, an integral part of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative, is the largest employment network for people with disabilities in the United States. To date, $2.4 million from the Social Security Administration has been received by 100 New York State organizations which have assisted 7,755 individuals with disabilities with employment services, helping 1,366 individuals find permanent employment. This webpage includes a breakdown of the 100 organizations in receipt of the funds

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

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Supported Employment Services

“OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.     OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP), Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). Below you will find links to related program standards, templates for required documentation formats, contact information for our DDSO employment coordinators and information on training opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of your supported employment programs.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 6.3)

“Individuals with most significant disabilities who participate in ACCES-VR supported employment programs engage in job planning, counseling, assessment, job development, intensive job-site training and extended job retention services. Training is also provided to direct service personnel, such as job coaches and job coaching supervisors. New York State’s Chapter 515 of the Laws of 1992 on integrated employment, including supported employment, is implemented through a collaborative interagency process in New York State.”

 

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

NY State Plan for VR Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 4.8(b)(2))

Goal 1.1.A Youth: Increase the percentage of youth with disabilities (applicants prior to age 22) exiting the VR Program after receiving services that achieve an employment outcome and exceed the national standard of 55.8 percent.    Baseline FFY 2010: 42.5 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2011: 46.9 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2012: 55.7 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance Target: Meet or exceed the RSA Performance Standard of 55.8 percent.    Results: The percentage of youth with disabilities that achieved an employment outcome after receiving VR services has increased by 13.2 percentage points, a significant increase. In FFY 2012 ACCES-VR achieved a performance indicator of 55.7 percent which is just below the national standard of 55.8 percent by one-tenth of one percent.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Partnerships


NY Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief - The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self–employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utica Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment Grant in Utica, NY, has developed partnerships with community rehabilitation providers, legal services, arbitration and negotiation training centers, and substance abuse and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as well as with state partners, including VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Mental Health. During a strategic planning process at the beginning of the grant, the goal for the employment system was to be characterized by:

Knowledgeable staff and partners Accessibility and Consumer Focus Integration and Connection Coordination Effectiveness and Efficiency”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(1)

ACCES-VR works closely with a variety of entities to enhance vocational rehabilitation services and placement opportunities for ACCES-VR consumers. These efforts are described in the Memorandums of Agreement and the Memorandums of Understanding. Several of the key agreements include:            • Memorandum of Agreement for the Workforce Investment Act: Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy between the New York State Education Department Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –  Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Local Workforce Investment Boards, June 30, 2000;             • Memorandum of Agreement to Provide Services to Individuals who are Deaf/Blind, November 1999 between the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH);             • Memorandum of Interagency Understanding regarding Supported Employment, October 1999 between ACCES-VR, CBVH, Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD);             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the OMH, October 1999;             • Memorandum of Understanding between the State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), April 1999;             • Statement of Collaboration between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA), March 1, 1998;             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Higher and Professional Education (OHPE), August 4, 1994; and             • Joint Agreement between the New York State Education Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation and Public Institutions of Higher Education (IHE), (SUNY and CUNY) August, 2007.   

 

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

NY Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(3)

 ACCES-VR works continuously with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to increase access to integrated employment opportunities. ACCES-VR’s district offices work with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers to target resources to meet the consumer demand for employment outcomes. These programs assist consumers in achieving community-focused outcomes, such as supported employment, situational assessment, direct placement services and community-based training.    ACCES-VR currently manages over 400 Unified Contract Services (UCS) and Supported Employment (SE) contracts with non-profit vocational rehabilitation service providers across the State.  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) is a Federally-funded, New York State Agency working under the direction of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The Council was created through the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) of 1970 to "engage in advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change activities that are consistent with the purpose of the DD Act; and contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family-centered, consumer and family-directed, comprehensive system of community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, be productive and be integrated and included in all facets of community life."   The NYSDDPC Council is comprised of Governor-appointed volunteers. More than 60% of these volunteers must be individuals with developmental disabilities or family members. Other members include NYS State Agency representatives, UCEDD representatives, and representatives of the Protection and Advocacy System. In addition, a small staff of New York State employees supports the efforts of the Council in fulfilling its mission.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York Inclusive Entrepreneurship Program

“[South Side Innovation Center] SSIC provides services to all interested entrepreneurs, but it also has targeted programs for traditionally underserved entrepreneurial groups including low-income individuals, people with disabilities, women and minorities. “The expansion of Inclusive Entrepreneurship has led to our ability to provide services even to typically hard-to-reach populations, including a contract with the State Commission on the Blind and Visually Handicapped, under which we provide services to blind and visually impaired individuals….’”

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

Systems-Change Funding


Disability Employment Initiative Round 4 Grant - 10/01/2013

As a past Round 1 grantee, NY DEI will hire up to eleven (11) Disability Resource Coordinators and, in addition to the DEI Co-State Leads, the NY DEI will include up to two regional DRCs with extensive experience in Work Incentive/Benefits Advisement counseling. The programmatic strategies, policies, and monitoring components executed and refined during Round 1 will be replicated during Round 4. While still in the early stages, NYSDOL has embarked on a new approach to generating ticket revenue by establishing itself as a State Administrative Employment Network (AEN). Operating under the guidelines of the state AEN, all DRCs will be fully trained on appropriate strategies associated with Ticket to Work. Such areas of focus include outreach, benefits advisement, assigning appropriate tickets, and providing long-term supports to increase the potential of customers with disabilities to achieve self-sufficiency and in effect, maximize ticket revenue.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NYS PROMISE - 10/01/2013

NYS PROMISE is a research project for 2,000 families in New York State with 14-16 year old teens who receive Supplemental Social Security income (SSI). The goal of the NYS PROMISE project is to explore the best ways to help kids with disabilities receiving SSI successfully transition from high school to adulthood. NYS PROMISE began October 1, 2013 and will continue until September 30, 2018.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

NY Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.

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

Add Us In Initiative 2011 - 10/01/2011

Grantee: National Organization on Disability in New York, N.Y.   Consortia Members: Workforce Investment Board; Vocational Rehabilitation; New Jersey Youth Corp.; the LGBT Chamber of Commerce; the African American Chamber of Commerce; the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; the MOASAIC Center on Disability Employment; and the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center   Grant Amount: $550,000  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

NY Partnerships in Employment - University of Rochester - 09/30/2011

The New York State Partnerships in Employment Systems Change (NYS PIE) project is aimed at addressing barriers to employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The project brings together various state agencies serving individuals with IDD and their families with the goal of improving employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and young adults. 

 

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

Disability Employment Initiative Round 1 Grant - 10/01/2010

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant.  Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.  The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources.  Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies.  The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness.  The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Resource Leveraging

New York Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007, the federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

"The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 1

The New York State Department of Labor will utilize their DEI project as their next generation approach building upon their significant commitment to expanded services under their former Disability Program Navigator grant. Collaborative activities include leveraging over $1 million in funds to further support DEI efforts, including $900,000 from the New York State Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities. The project will also be collaborating with the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant, “New York Makes Work Pay,” with plans to implement a unified case management system to minimize duplication and promote blending and braiding of diverse resources. Asset development activities include the development of expertise in work incentive and benefits planning strategies. The state will host “Asset Development Summits” for stakeholders, beneficiaries of Social Security disability programs, the banking community, and others to discuss and share resources to enhance asset development awareness. The DEI project includes the establishment of approximately 13 Employment Networks in participating workforce investment areas.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Provider Transformation

NY SAMHSA Employment Development Initiative (EDI) (2001)

The goal of this project was to develop an IPS guidebook used by vocational staff members who are working with consumers who have expressed a clear interest in seeking employment.   The guidebook unifys clinical, rehabilitation and vocational services under one licensing entity.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

New York Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

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

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

NY Community First Choice

Community First Choice (CFC) Option will revolutionize the long term care system for New York State. Disability rights advocates applaud the Governor for his continued commitment to CFC. Although the State is awaiting final rules from the CMS, the State should (and is permitted to by CMS) move forward with the creation of the Development and Implementation Council. In his State of the State address, the Governor explicitly outlined his commitment to Olmstead and supporting people in the most integrated setting. We urge the Legislature to support an aggressive Olmstead plan, recognizing that CFC ought to be the centerpiece of this strategy.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


2016 Employment First Training Institute - 06/01/2016

Featuring:

Town-hall conversation with our funding partners

NYS CASE certificate course credits

OPWDD Innovations training hours

School-to-Work transition sessions

Resource experts on-hand

Networking opportunities with your colleagues from across the state

20 action-packed education sessions

Roll-back pricing and simple registration process

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

New York State APSE Supported Employment Training Institute - 2015 - 05/03/2015

The New York Supported Employment Training Institute includes Employment First Subject Matter Experts, Town-hall conversations with funding partners, sessions on Employment First promising practices and educational sessions, and networking opportunities for participants. 

Contains PowerPoint presentations from the conference.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Disability Employment Initiative, OSOS Guide - 09/26/2013

On September 26, 2013, the NYS Department of Labor received a forty-month Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant. This guide will provide an overview of which data fields in One-Stop Operating System are essential for reporting out on DEI.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

Promising Practices Statewide Video Conference - 05/30/2013

This archived video conference on promising employment practices features providers discussing how customized employment works, the benefits of provider collaboration, and connecting volunteer opportunities to employment within a day habilitation curriculum.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York State APSE’s 2012 Supported Employment Training Institute - 04/30/2012

General theme: Employment in the community is the first/primary service opinion for individuals with disabilities. 

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

NY State Department of Education: Transition Services Professional Development Support Center - 07/01/2010

The Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (PDSC) at Cornell University.  School districts are required, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide each student with a disability appropriate transition services to assist each student to meet his/her post-secondary goals for living, learning and working. Through the RSE-TASC transition specialists, school districts can access technical assistance and professional development on a variety of topics related to effective transition planning and services, including but not limited to:     • individualized education program (IEP) development relating to transition planning;    • student exit summaries;    • transition assessments;    • work-based learning;    • self-advocacy/self-determination; and    • partnering with community agencies  
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Simply Speaking Inclusive Entrepreneurship Guidelines for SBDC Advisors - 05/17/2010

This whitepaper introduces and describes Start-Up NY and its efforts to improve disability employment in the state of New York. It discusses the 4 stage “Start-Up NY Process,” the economic impact, their work with veterans, success stories, and recommended tools, among other topics.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

A 'Primer’ on The StartUP New York 4-Phase Model - 09/28/2009

“START-UP/New York convened a multidisciplinary collaboration of highly skilled partners to provide a customized, intensive, and well-rounded training, technical assistance, counseling, and support program for people with disabilities interested in self-employment. Over the first three years, the project developed an improved model for developing community infrastructure and capacity through public and private investment and collaboration to support and provide technical assistance to individuals with disabilities who seek self-employment in Onondaga County. It was successful in documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the consortium model to assist in the start-up, sustainability, and replicable of successful micro-enterprise and small business ventures launched by individuals with disabilities. The project also succeeded in recruiting participants, including those receiving SSI/SSDI benefits, Veterans, youth and others in Onondaga County, representing a range of disabilities from diverse ethnic and racial groups who have aspirations for self-employment. The START-UP/New York model included developing customized training curricula, informed by Customized, Discovery-based results, personal preferences, and peer advisors.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –Vocational Rehabilitation…a basic guide"

What is ACCES? The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) is part of the New York State Education Department and is comprised of three primary areas: Vocational Rehabilitation (including Independent Living Program Administration), Adult Education, and the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision. ACCES-VR: • Administers vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs • Provides a wide array of services to assist eligible individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment • Provides services to students, beginning up to 2 years prior to exiting high school • Provides individual consultation, recommendations and training to assist with maintaining a job • Provides information and support to employers

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York (ACCES-VR) Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Hiring Good People Is Good Business"

ACCES-VR can assist businesses with meeting compliance with Federal Laws Assistance for federal contractors/subcontractors in meeting OFCCP requirements. Technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ACCES-VR can lower hiring costs through these services ... Work Tryout ACCES-VR can reimburse an employer for 100% of an employee’s wages for up to 480 hours. This offers the employer the opportunity to evaluate the employee’s ability to satisfactorily perform the job. On the Job Training ACCES-VR can reimburse the worker’s salary, for an agreed upon period of time while he/she is being trained in a new occupation. ACCES-VR’s Partnership with Public Employers... ACCES-VR offers business customers in the public sector a designated point of contact to connect with qualified applicants, resources and support services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

New York ACCES-VR Workforce Development and Business Relations Department "Disability Etiquette Guide"

Everyone Knows Someone with a Disability People with disabilities are the nation’s largest minority and the only one that any person can join at any time. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 54 million people have disabilities. That is nearly 1 in 5 people. Here are some general tips

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

SWIB Quarterly Meeting Presentation

he slide presentation from this meeting of the New York State Workforce Investment Board includes material on Customized Employment, WIOA, and Work Readiness Credentials.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Talent Development and Training Online Resource Library

This site provides various instructional resources for agencies interested in delivering their own training, as well as resources for individual learners interested in developing their professional education.

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

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


New York Medicaid State Plan Proposed and Accepted Amendments - 10/01/2016

This page lists all proposed and accepted amendments to New York’s Medicaid State Plan, beginning in 2010.

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

NY State’s Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings - 04/16/2016

A five year plan to assure that all settings in which recipients of HCB services live and/or receive these services are fully compliant with 42 CFR 441.301(c)(4) and (5); 441.710(a)(1)(2).

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

New York People First Waiver - 04/01/2013

On April 1, 2013, OPWDD formalized its commitment to specific parts of its transformation agenda by submitting the People First Waiver to CMS. The waiver carries out OPWDD’s commitment to put people first by focusing on person-centered supports that facilitate living in community-based settings, and by promoting employment, community involvement, good health, and meaningful relationships. The waiver is an agreement with the federal government about the way services are provided to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and encompasses all of the five primary objectives.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Balancing Incentives Program - 02/26/2013

“New York State plans to capitalize on its significant investment in home and community based long term services and supports (LTSS) across populations to further rebalance spending on LTSS through participation in the Balancing Incentive Program (BIP). Participation in the BIP program will reinforce our ongoing efforts to improve access to home and community based long term care services for those with physical, behavioral health needs and/or intellectual disabilities throughout New York State. Through improved access to information and assistance, individuals will be able to make informed choices regarding services, settings and related issues.”

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

New York ESEA Flexibility Approval - 05/29/2012

The New York State Education Department’s ESEA flexibility request was approved on May 29, 2012.

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

MIG Brief: Impact: Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 02/01/2011

“Building upon the “Inclusive Entrepreneurship™” processes and partnerships modeled by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute, Whitman School, Onondaga SBDC and other partners, NYMWP (New York Makes Work Pay) implemented training and technical assistance, created and disseminated materials, and facilitated cross-sector dialogues to increase entrepreneurship outcomes for people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief: Evidence-Based and Promising Employment and Asset Accumulation Practices - 02/01/2011

“Building upon 10 CE regional learning communities implemented by BBI and its experts during 2009 and continued in 2010, CE principles and practices are being introduced and replicated as tools to increase employment access and outcomes for people with disabilities, especially those with complex needs. CE pilot projects initially developed in 2009 in Hempstead and Utica, NY were replicated in other NYS locations, augmented by deployment of mentors trained in CE techniques are demonstrating validity of the approach.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self-employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 through 2011.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

MIG Brief: Improving Self-Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities - 06/01/2010

“StartUP NY was one of three 3-year demonstration projects funded by the US Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to test and demonstrate improved self-employment practices for people with disabilities. The NY project was led by Onondaga County and developed and managed by the Syracuse University Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) and its partners the SU Whitman School of Management/Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises, the Onondaga Small Business Development Center and other partners…To date, the project has trained over 188 people with diverse disabilities, over 60 businesses have been registered and 45 businesses are being operated. In 2009, funding was received through the US Small Business Administration grant and through a Center for Medicaid Services Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) to continue to utilize the StartUP model to assist both entrepreneurs with disabilities but also other prospective entrepreneurs with low incomes that may not have a disability.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment Through NEW YORK MAKES WORK PAY - 04/01/2010

“New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP) is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities. It is funded by the Center for Medicaid Services for calendar years 2009 and 2010. The goals of New York Makes Work Pay are to:      1. Remove barriers to employment and a better economic future;      2. Improve cross-agency sustainable, coordinated systems of supports and services; (and)     3. Engage the business community in collaboration with government and employment service providers to recruit, hire, retain and advance workers with disabilities.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health

Money Follows the Person - 01/15/2007

In January 2007 , the  federal Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved New York´s application to participate in the Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program (MFP). The MFP Demonstration, authorized under the Deficit Reduction Act and extended through the Affordable Care Act, involves transitioning eligible individuals from long-term institutions like nursing facilities and intermediate care facilities into qualified community-based settings. The initiative assists people who want to leave institutional care and receive services in their community of choice. The MFP Rebalancing Demonstration Grant helps states rebalance their Medicaid long-term care systems.

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

Medicaid Buy-in Program for Working People with Disabilities

“The Medicaid Buy-In program offers Medicaid coverage to people with disabilities who are working, and earning more than the allowable limits for regular Medicaid, the opportunity to retain their health care coverage through Medicaid. This program allows working people with disabilities to earn more income without the risk of losing vital health care coverage.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

NY Long Term Home Health Care Program (0034.R06.00)

“Provides respite, assistive technology, community transitional services, congregate and home delivered meals, environmental mods, home and community support services, home maintenance, medical social services, moving assistance, nutritional counseling/education services, respiratory therapy, social day care transportation, social day care for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physically disabled ages 0 – 64.”

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

NY OPWDD Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver (0238.R05.00)

“Provides day habilitation, live-in caregiver, prevocational services, residential habilitation, respite, supported employment, community transition, fiscal intermediary, individual directed goods and services, support brokerage, assistive technology - adaptive devices, community habilitation, environmental modifications (home accessibility), family education and training, intensive behavioral services, pathway to employment, plan of care support services for individuals w/autism, IID, DD ages 0 - no max age.”

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

MIG-RATS

Medicaid Buy-In Program For Working People with Disabilities (MBI-WPD) implemented July 2003 under the federal authority of  TWWIIA Basic + Medical Improvement.

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)
Citations

NY Disability Employment Initiative Grant Abstract - Round 6

NYDEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and focus on health care and technology/manufacturing and 1) increase employment, retention and wage outcomes through aligned services and expanded partnerships; 2) assist jobseekers through training and support in navigating Career Development (WDBs/AJCs), Education and Training (Community Colleges) and Disability Service Resources (VR, developmental services, benefits counseling, Ticket to Work, etc.); 3) increase credential attainment through strengthened academic transitions incorporating innovative program design and delivery through postsecondary and/or industry-recognized credentials; and 4) increase work- based training approaches. Systems change activities include (a) expanded access to technical training and education in industry sectors; (b) increasing the number and type of businesses employing individuals with disabilities with a focus on emerging and in-demand job clusters; (c) expanding AJC capacity to use core, intensive, and training services as a part of Integrated Resource Teams; (d) increasing partnerships to strengthen alignment, braid and blend resources, integrate expertise, and actively engage businesses to improve services and outcomes; and (e) developing policies and practices to increase participation in job training and career pathways by all New Yorkers including those with disabilities.
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New York State Medicaid Plan

Medicaid State Plan is an official document that describes the nature and scope of a state's Medicaid program. Each state develops its own Plan, as required under Section 1902 of the Social Security Act (Act), which is then approved by the federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Any changes or amendments to the Plan are similarly developed by the state and approved by DHHS. Each state administers its own Plan and, in doing so, agrees to conform to the requirements of the Act and all other applicable federal statutes and regulations related to the Medicaid program.

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

Career opportunities for people with disabilities in the Empire State of New York are growing "Ever upwards!" If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

2014 State Population.
0.48%
Change from
2013 to 2014
19,746,227
2014 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
2.27%
Change from
2013 to 2014
1,106,507
2014 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
6.43%
Change from
2013 to 2014
371,883
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.25%
Change from
2013 to 2014
33.61%
2014 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.99%
Change from
2013 to 2014
74.04%

State Data

General

2014
Population. 19,746,227
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 1,106,507
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 371,883
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 8,424,658
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.61%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.04%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.30%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 14.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 1,014,857
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 1,221,604
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 1,512,303
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 377,340
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 381,900
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,169
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 108,436
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 511
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 57,365
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 168,337

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2014
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 20,647
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 516,900

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2014
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 75,276
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 151,373
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 484,231
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 15.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.10%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,837
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 21,377
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 6,149
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2014
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 23,654
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 14,023
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5,527
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. 0.39%
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. 28.13

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 26,744
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 863,707
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2013
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 13.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 8,000
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 46,919
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 37.30

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2013
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 58.16%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 21.47%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.98%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 77.17%
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). 37.62%
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). 62.58%
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). 72.41%
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). 24.96%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 6,429,710
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 8,032
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 498,920
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,435,284
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,934,204
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 1,050
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,152
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 2,202
AbilityOne wages (products). $3,814,358
AbilityOne wages (services). $26,511,843

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 11
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 102
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 9
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 122
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). 342
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 13,903
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 573
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 14,818

 

Legislation


Assembly Bill A8111 - 06/09/2015

“AN ACT to amend the civil service law, in relation to establishing a customized employment demonstration program for persons with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

NY Assembly Bill 6516: ABLE Legislation - 03/26/2015

 Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "New York achieving a better life experience (NY ABLE) savings account act".

§ 2.  Legislative intent. The legislative intent of this act is 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 existing sources.

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

N.Y. Civil Service Law §55-b: Workers with Disabilities Program

Section 55-b of the New York State Civil Service Law authorizes the New York State Civil Service Commission to designate up to 1,200 positions normally filled through competitive examination to be filled through the appointment of qualified persons with disabilities. (Section 55-c authorizes the designation of up to 500 positions in the non-competitive class to be filled by qualified wartime veterans with disabilities.) In general, an entry-level position that is filled only through an open-competitive examination (one open to the public) may be used for a 55-b or 55-c appointment.

Systems
  • Other

Executive Orders


Governor’s Executive Order Number 136 “Establishing the New York Employment First Initiative to Increase Employment of New Yorkers with Disabilities” - 10/03/2014

…”NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows: …

 

B. Employment First Commission 1. There is hereby established the Employment First Commission (the “Commission”) to provide guidance and advice to the Governor regarding the competitive integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.   2. The members of the Commission shall be the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Health; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights; the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Human Services; the Chief Diversity Officer; the Counsel to the Governor; the Director of the Budget; the Commissioner for Developmental Disabilities; the Commissioner of Health; the Commissioner of Mental Health; the Commissioner of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services; the Commissioner of Children and Family Services; the Commissioner of Labor; the Commissioner of Economic Development; the Commissioner of Transportation; the Commissioner of Temporary and Disability Assistance; the Director of Veterans’ Affairs; the Director of the State Office for Aging; and the Executive Director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Additional members may be appointed to the Commission at the discretion of the Governor.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Instructions for Submission of Workshop Transformation Proposals - 12/21/2015

All workshop providers must submit a proposal to OPWDD for how they will continue to support the employment and meaningful community activities of individuals with developmental disabilities currently receiving workshop services.

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

New York State Rehabilitation Council Annual Report 2014-2015 - 09/30/2015

“ACCES has been hard at work this past year in responding to the opportunities and challenges in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). New WIOA provisions call for improved services for youth with disabilities, introduces new cross systems accountability measures and stresses the need for improved VR partnerships with the business community, to name a few. The Council has assisted in the review of current policies; specifically policies related to transition services, On-The Job Training and Work-Try-Out, ensuring revisions are consistent with the direction of WIOA. The Council has worked jointly with ACCES as we partnered with NYS entities on the development of the combined state plan and significantly enhanced our outreach into new businesses. The business connection is described later in this report. The Council has continued to be supportive in the implementation of the ACCES Strategic Plan, which was designed to increase access to services, improved service delivery and improve employment outcomes.”

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

New York Employment First Commission Report and Recommendations 3/1/2015 - 03/01/2015

Everyone has the right to work. It is this underlying premise that is the driving force behind the development of an Employment First policy in New York State. On September 17, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 to create a commission to establish an Employment First policy for New York State. The state seeks to build on important economic development investments the governor has made to ensure that individuals with disabilities equally benefit from the improving economy and have sustained opportunities to engage in the competitive labor market. Specifically, the state aims to increase the employment rate of individuals with disabilities by 5%; decrease the poverty rate of individuals with disabilities by a comparable 5%; and engage 100 businesses in adopting policies and practices that support the integrated employment of individuals with disabilities.

 This report outlines the recommendations of the Employment First Commission, which held two statewide public listening sessions and received verbal and written input from more than 30 advocacy, trade, and provider organizations, as well as several individuals.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

New York Plan to Increase Competitive Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities - 05/01/2014

In accordance with the Health System Transformation for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Agreement as defined in the Special Terms and Conditions, this document sets forth New York State’s strategies and plan toward increasing competitive employment. This plan describes specific strategies to: increase the number of individuals engaged in competitive employment; increase the number of students that transition from high school to competitive employment; collaborate with the educational system to ensure that stakeholders are aware of employment services; and transition workshop participants to competitive employment or other meaningful community activities.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

New York City Approved Employment Plan - 01/01/2014

The Plan outlines the administration of employment services for Temporary Assistance (TA) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progran1 (SNAP) applicants and recipients for the period January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

“Reforming the System, Transforming Lives” Progress Report - 10/01/2013

OPWDD continues its efforts to double the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed over the next 10 years. Individuals with developmental disabilities should have opportunities to work in the community alongside individuals who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above the minimum wage. OPWDD fosters employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities through:     • Developing job readiness skills for individuals who want to work.   • Expanding opportunities for individuals to engage in community service, volunteerism, and other meaningful community activities.   • Expanding provider capacity for quality job development and job coaching.   • Strengthening partnerships with other state agencies and building relationships with the business community  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

NY Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) - 04/01/2013

Road to Reform Report: April 2013 report from New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that delineates specific policies regarding policies and goals for improving employment outcomes, under a transformation agreement with CMS, including ending new admissions to sheltered workshops on July 1, 2013.

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

NY OPWDD Statewide Comprehensive Plan (2012-2016) - 10/01/2012

October 2010 report indicating that “OPWDD is promoting Employment First as a preferred outcome for all people with developmental disabilities.

OPWDD continues its efforts to greatly expand the number of people with developmental disabilities who are employed and earning at least minimum wage. Individuals with disabilities must have opportunities to work in the community with people who do not have disabilities, and earn wages that are at or above minimum wage. As of July 2012, participation in supported employment programs grew to over 9,800 people, and OPWDD’s goal is to achieve continued growth through various initiatives.

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

ACCES-VR 1310.00 Supported Employment Policy and Procedure Manual - 07/01/2012

This document contains the definitions, requirements and models of Supported Employment Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

App. B: Service Documentation Requirements for Enhanced Supported Employment Pilots - 10/01/2011

These are general definitions for services that may be provided to individuals through the Enhanced Supported Employment Pilot Project. They include Person Centered Vocational Planning: Comprehensive discovery process that assists the individual to identify their interests, capacities and strengths particular to the individualized employment planning process.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

2011 Interim Report on OPWDD State Plan - 02/15/2011

The objective of Employment First is to increase the number of people with developmental disabilities who are working in NYS. Many individuals could be successful in paying jobs with the appropriate level of supports, but for various reasons most individuals participate in other day programs. At the end of 2010, OPWDD supported 9,195 individuals in supported employment programs. Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) is one of the projects offering employment opportunities to individuals who would not likely succeed or qualify for traditional supported employment. Individuals receive greater levels of support, which could consist of person-centered planning, job development or job coaching. Currently, 405 individuals participate in ESEMP, with 259 individuals successfully working in the community. OPWDD anticipates that approximately 700 individuals will participate in this pilot.

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

Start-UP New York - Inclusive Entrepreneurship - 06/01/2010

Adoption of Discovery and Customized Team Planning policies represents an adjustment to the way in which SSIC conducts entrepreneurial awareness. This process now includes an informal assessment of the appropriateness of entrepreneurship for its customers, as well as an orientation to the demands and realities of entrepreneurship. By imbuing their existing processes with the essential characteristics of Discovery (e.g., flexibility, focus on the career seeker, willingness to look beyond formal and formulaic assessments), the process has become more open, inclusive, and effective for all customers of SSIC.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

New York ACCES-VR Policy 1301.00: Self-Employment Policy - 07/01/1988

“Establishing or maintaining a consumer in self-employment as a rehabilitation outcome allows the consumer to be productive and become financially independent and to contribute to the State's economic growth. Self-employment rehabilitations also allow the ACCES-VR counselor to be creative in the rehabilitation process. This policy defines the parameters of the ACCES-VR/consumer partnership needed to create a successful self-employment venture.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

NY State Commission for the Blind “Proposed Update to the State Plan" (FY 2016)

The New York State Commission for the Blind (NYSCB), in conjunction with the State Rehabilitation Council, is developing the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Services for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 (beginning October 1, 2015). To assist in the development of the State Plan, teleconferences will be held to gather recommendations from people who are blind, their families, advocates and service providers on how NYSCB can improve vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

NYESS Funding and Employment

NYESS, an integral part of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative, is the largest employment network for people with disabilities in the United States. To date, $2.4 million from the Social Security Administration has been received by 100 New York State organizations which have assisted 7,755 individuals with disabilities with employment services, helping 1,366 individuals find permanent employment. This webpage includes a breakdown of the 100 organizations in receipt of the funds

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

Various Person Centered Planning Methodologies

“Person-centered planning supports people with disabilities to express their needs, wishes, and goals with methods that reflect their individual culture and communication style. The person centered planning process helps to generate opportunities for social inclusion (e.g., community membership, employment, personalized living arrangements, etc.) through inclusion and participation.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Understanding Person Centered Planning

“Person centered planning is the first step towards ensuring the delivery of person centered supports. Person centered planning promotes the belief that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are people first. They have valuable gifts and contributions to bring to relationships with family and friends, and the community as a whole. Person centered planning views the entire person; not just the portion of the person that has identified needs. In simple terms, person centered planning is an approach to forming life plans that are centered on the individual for whom they are built.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

OPWDD Supported Employment Services

“OPWDD is committed to doubling the number of individuals with developmental disabilities who are working in their communities. Supported Employment Providers are important partners in assisting individuals to achieve their employment goals.     OPWDD’s supported employment services include Supported Employment (SEMP), Enhanced Supported Employment (ESEMP) and the Employment Training Program (ETP). Below you will find links to related program standards, templates for required documentation formats, contact information for our DDSO employment coordinators and information on training opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of your supported employment programs.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

NY State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 6.3)

“Individuals with most significant disabilities who participate in ACCES-VR supported employment programs engage in job planning, counseling, assessment, job development, intensive job-site training and extended job retention services. Training is also provided to direct service personnel, such as job coaches and job coaching supervisors. New York State’s Chapter 515 of the Laws of 1992 on integrated employment, including supported employment, is implemented through a collaborative interagency process in New York State.”

 

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

NY State Plan for VR Services and Supplement for Supported Employment Services Program (Attachment 4.8(b)(2))

Goal 1.1.A Youth: Increase the percentage of youth with disabilities (applicants prior to age 22) exiting the VR Program after receiving services that achieve an employment outcome and exceed the national standard of 55.8 percent.    Baseline FFY 2010: 42.5 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2011: 46.9 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance for FFY 2012: 55.7 percent achieved an employment outcome; does not meet the RSA Performance Standard.    Performance Target: Meet or exceed the RSA Performance Standard of 55.8 percent.    Results: The percentage of youth with disabilities that achieved an employment outcome after receiving VR services has increased by 13.2 percentage points, a significant increase. In FFY 2012 ACCES-VR achieved a performance indicator of 55.7 percent which is just below the national standard of 55.8 percent by one-tenth of one percent.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Partnerships


NY Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) Brief - The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting - 11/01/2010

“The Entrepreneurship Partners Dialogue Meeting that convened in Albany, New York on November 1, 2010 was designed to facilitate discussion about challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities who want to become self–employed. The meeting was one of the many activities funded by New York State’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG), New York Makes Work Pay (NYMWP). NYMWP is a statewide initiative intended to dramatically improve the rate of employment among people with disabilities.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utica Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment Grant in Utica, NY, has developed partnerships with community rehabilitation providers, legal services, arbitration and negotiation training centers, and substance abuse and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services as well as with state partners, including VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities), the Department of Social Services, and the Department of Mental Health. During a strategic planning process at the beginning of the grant, the goal for the employment system was to be characterized by:

Knowledgeable staff and partners Accessibility and Consumer Focus Integration and Connection Coordination Effectiveness and Efficiency”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-VR (ACCES-VR) - Attachment 4.8(b)(1)

ACCES-VR works closely with a variety of entities to enhance vocational rehabilitation services and placement opportunities for ACCES-VR consumers. These efforts are described in the Memorandums of Agreement and the Memorandums of Understanding. Several of the key agreements include:            • Memorandum of Agreement for the Workforce Investment Act: Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy between the New York State Education Department Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services –  Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Local Workforce Investment Boards, June 30, 2000;             • Memorandum of Agreement to Provide Services to Individuals who are Deaf/Blind, November 1999 between the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) and Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH);             • Memorandum of Interagency Understanding regarding Supported Employment, October 1999 between ACCES-VR, CBVH, Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD);