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State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Rhode Island’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.11%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,056,298
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-5.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74,090
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,506
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.08%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,051,511 1,055,173 1,056,298
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 66,444 78,439 74,090
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 22,784 26,599 26,506
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 459,153 457,699 462,979
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.29% 33.91% 35.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.27% 77.69% 78.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 9.30% 7.70% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30% 23.00% 23.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.40% 12.90% 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 59,007 66,587 65,580
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 72,576 79,300 74,256
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 110,141 120,865 118,903
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 8,401 9,807 7,147
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 13,572 19,586 17,513
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,009 790
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,937 2,409 2,152
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,591 3,794 3,909
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 5,675 8,003 6,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,324 1,295 1,383
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40% 4.30% 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 37,312 37,422 37,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,349 3,267 3,020
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,781 9,379 8,749
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 18,968 19,473 18,643
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70% 16.80% 16.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.40% 4.60% 5.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.60% 1.60% 1.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 18.00% 16.70% 20.70%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 828 692 750
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 403 242 221
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,764 2,505 2,690

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,348 1,615 1,698
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 3 6
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 2 2
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. 38.00% 67.00% 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.29 0.19 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,024
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 52 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 57 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 140 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 295 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 416 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 64 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.80% 26.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 1,628 1,875
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 57,604 58,024
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 35 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 33 38 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A $1,734,000 $1,734,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $493,000 $493,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A $18,665,000 $18,665,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $20,260,000 $20,260,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 33.00% 33.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,316 2,030 2,030
Number of people served in facility based work. 287 482 482
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,238 2,693 2,693
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A 108.80 108.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.18% 70.75% 71.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.55% 11.73% 12.50%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.87% 6.11% 5.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98% 99.93% 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 33.90% 32.27% 30.42%
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). 68.50% 68.90% 69.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 78.90% 81.51% 84.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 34.60% 36.63% 39.29%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 193,462
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 600
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 113
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $959,311

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 7 4 4
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 382 366
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 382 366

 

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work. The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services or ORS,
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education or RIDE and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals or BHDDH to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work. The three state agencies are developing Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 23) 

Two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are in place for RIDE, ORS, and the state Developmental Disability agency - Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). One MOU defines the working relationship between the three parties, and the other MOU addresses data sharing for the state agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree required that each of these MOUs be developed and implemented to ensure that the responsibility for services and implementation of Employment First principles occurs within RI in a manner consistent with the mandates of the DOJ/State Consent Decree. In-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities are entitled to access to an array of transition planning, career exploration/discovery services, and community-based work experiences prior to graduation from high school. The MOU describes the relationship between the parties and data collection to demonstrate that deliverables of the DOJ/State Consent Decree are occurring as prescribed. (Page 206)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work.

The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work.

The CD obligates ORS to 

  1. Provide in-school youth with I/DD a 120-day Trial Work Experience prior to leaving high school,
  2. CRP personnel providing Supported Employment job coaching and job placement services to meet certain criteria/credentials to provide services, and
  3. Establishment of a Continuous Quality Improvement review of each agency providing SE services. (Page 212)

As a component of the Pre-ETS program, ORS, in collaboration with other partners, has instituted several Project Search programs within the health care industry sector. The state emphasis and commitment to Employment First principles for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities has helped to facilitate RI Project Search becoming a reality. The first Miriam Hospital Project Search - 2014, was so successful, that the program was replicated with Blue Cross in 2015, and is planning to further expand to an additional site in 2016. In addition, ORS funds summer work experiences for youth since 2010. All of these work experiences are in integrated community based work settings at minimum wage or above. (Page 214)

The State of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment services in order to work.

The DOJ/State Consent Decree requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service-delivery system that ensures individuals, both adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully-informed choices about work. The three state agencies are obligated by the DOJ/State Consent Decree to develop Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 216)

Employment related themes included: 

  • Concern over the continuum of services related to the Employment First Initiative
  • Supported employment services, lack of long-term funding options, and service need ratio to staffing
  • Impact on individual benefits and services
  • Continuity of services for transition-age youth as they move from one system to another (Page 231)

OBJECTIVE 2: Change the culture of the Supported Employment (SE) vendor community to expect integrated competitive employment as the goal of services. 

  • Develop and implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process for vendors working with customers with Developmental Disabilities, as required by the DOJ/State Consent Decree.
  • Expand the CQI process to all vendors authorized to provide the array of SE services.
  • Implement training opportunities for SE vendors in assessment, job development/coaching, and business relationships.
  • Conduct quarterly VR meetings with SE vendors to reinforce and strengthen Employment First principles and practice.
  • Support and participate in the SE Developmental Disability and SE Behavioral Health vendor meetings.
  • Examine the VR fee structure to ensure it rewards integrated employment outcomes.  (Page 245)

Participation in employment experiences for individuals needing Supported Employment, in-school youth and clients attending college/training programs funded by ORS, will be encouraged and included in Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE). ORS will also ensure that services are focused on access to opportunities for real work experiences and integrated competitive employment outcomes at or above minimum wage. ORS will encourage and reinforce, with ORS approved Supported Employment providers and other state entities, Employment First and Recovery principles and practices into service delivery in order to increase expectations that individuals with significant intellectual and psychiatric disabilities can obtain quality employment outcomes in integrated settings at competitive wages. ORS will provide access to information about SSA Work Incentives, Ticket to Work, and other State-specific benefits to customers and their families, CRPs, support staff, and ORS staff in order to support informed choice and employment decisions. (Page 249)

STATE PLAN FOR SE Title VI FFY 2014 and FFY 2015: The State Plan for FFY2014 and FFY2015 incorporated tracking of admissions, service, and employment outcomes for general, transition, underserved, and supported employment customers in order to analyze these data elements. The use of this data was intended to modify, enhance, and/or develop new services and identify staff training needs.

  • Accomplishments: The DOJ/State Consent Decree with the state of RI created a state-wide commitment to Employment First principles in planning and service delivery for in-school youth and adult with significant intellectual disabilities. ORS has had a long standing commitment to Integrated Competitive Employment for all individuals with disabilities. However, continued support of sheltered workshops impeded resources being re-directed to employment and long term supports. The DOJ/State Consent Decree mandate forced a realignment of service delivery, funding and collaboration among state agencies. (Page 257)

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICE DELIVERY: ORS has employment services that are available to adults and in-school youth found eligible for Supported Employment Services. The values and principles of ORS to make integrated competitive employment available to all individuals with disabilities has been reinforced by a state of RI DOJ/State Consent Decree. This recently negotiated Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA), between RI and DOJ, resulted in a Governor’s proclamation declaring that RI is an Employment First state. The principles and practices of Employment First, consistent with the mission of ORS and the mandate of the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA), are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-of-school youth. (Page 260)

Attending to the training needs of CRPs is an ongoing commitment. The CRP Supervisor actively meets with providers/vendors who provide Supported Employment (SE) services in order to re-enforce the philosophy of Employment First. The CRP Supervisor, in collaboration with field supervisors, counselors, and ORS administrators, is actively involved in meetings with potential vendors to discuss becoming a Supported Employment vendor for ORS in order to increase service delivery capacity. These meetings with CRPs provide an opportunity to address concerns and questions as well as clarify the elements of a quality employment outcome. ORS participates on the two Supported Employment Advisory Councils as a means of dedicating resources and reinforcing a commitment to integrated competitive employment for individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 262)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

Four major factors of network government collaboration must be addressed between all partners included in this plan before the most effective service delivery can be provided. These factors include: clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated response team model, braiding resources across programs to maximize investments, establishing common standards around client intake and service referrals, and developing an IT infrastructure to support intelligence sharing and effective case management among partner entities, both government and non-government. (Page 78)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Additional information in addition to the requirements listed for training program initial and continued eligibility, training providers must meet the following: 

  1. Non-Discrimination: All training providers must comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations at 29 CFR Part 37, Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions, and 10 the USDOL Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.
  2. Accessibility: Training providers must provide physical and programmatic accessibility and reasonable accommodations/modifications, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; section 188 of WIOA; and the regulations implementing these statutory provisions.
  3. Criteria for Eligibility: a. State Criteria - In establishing criteria pursuant to WIOA sec. 122(b)(1), the State shall take into account each of the following: 
  • Performance Accountability and Outcomes
  • Ensure access to training services throughout the State (including use of technology)
  • Dissemination of Performance Outcomes and training information
  • Training must lead to “In-Demand” industry occupations
  • State licensing requirements and licensing status of providers. (Page 131)
DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): This program provides an integrated service system that creates a “One-Stop” entry point for individuals with disabilities to gain entrance to competitive and/or self-employment. This is accomplished by improving coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs implemented at state and local levels, including the “Ticket to Work” program under the SSA that enables disabled individuals to access employment services at an employment network site and other effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes. The array of services provided to DEI participants include; placement in suitable jobs, job search workshops, counseling, core, intensive, and training services, referral to supportive services, outreach to employers, and outreach to individuals with disabilities by providing services at various locations around the state.(Page 27-28)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated resource team model is critical in developing a coordinated and collaborative service delivery system. The integrated resource team model started as a pilot model under the Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative grant. In the pilot participating agencies committed to participating in ad-hoc teams developed around meeting the needs of individual clients. If one agency determined a client needed to be referred to additional services, the agency receiving the referral would commit to participating in a joint case management team with staff from other programs serving the same client. As a result, coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs fundamentally improved through a blending and braiding of resources at a customer level. (Page 78)

3. COORDINATION WITH NONPROFITS, EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYERS

SRC COMMENT: The SRC made several recommendations regarding interagency cooperation and coordination with other entities. At this point ORS has not, pursuant to Attachment 4.2(c) addressed many of these recommendations. Among our recommendations included that ORS update broken links on its website. We also suggested that ORS review its expired MOU between it and RIDE as well as other MOU partners. In addition, we look forward to working with ORS on the revised Comprehensive Needs Assessment to capture WIOA expectations and employer needs. With regard to coordination with employers, we assisted ORS in framing goals. As this is a new attachment, we

Look forward to hearing more about ORS efforts to create new pilot projects such as Project Search expansion and additional partnerships with businesses. We continue to be interested in ORS serving as a leader in requiring Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to deliver services consistent with the spirit of WIOA. We are interested in ORS efforts to modify fee structures, expand upon the competence of CRPs, and other efforts to change the culture to one that has an expectation that all services should ultimately culminate in competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Again, many of these issues were addressed in our January 19, 2016 communication to ORS. (Page 199-200)

  • ORS will use I&E funds to explore development of a performance-based contract specific to the services provided by the SE Vendor community to individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this pilot is to increase the employment outcomes, as per the DOJ/State Consent Decree, for this population of ORS clients. (Page 255)
  • I& E funds were used to support the licensing fees for two Project Search pilots as part of the ORS Pre-ETS initiative.
  • ORS utilized I&E funds for State Rehabilitation Council and State Independent Living Council activities.
  • ORS used I&E funds for CRP trainings. (Page 259)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Other criteria the grantee must meet includes the ability to provide services related to media literacy, financial literacy, exposure to emerging career choices, linkages with local after school opportunities, links to post high school opportunities, connection to Regional Vocational Centers, disability service provider and all other required WIOA activities. The grantee must also be capable of providing such services for all youth populations, including younger in-school youth (ages 14-18), younger out-of-school youth (ages 16-18), and older youth (ages 19-24).  (Page 138)

Benefits

Rhode Island’s goal in WIOA services is to continue to improve training, employment opportunities and outcomes of adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security Disability insurance benefits. Staff training is an essential component to ensure compliance and maintain excellent customer service levels. Training has been provided by the RI Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about the ADA and issues concerning the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Upcoming trainings are to include “Disability Discrimination and the ADA” presented by the RI Commission for Human Rights. In addition to Departmental trainings, the RI Department of Administration has held numerous trainings regarding diversity and inclusion. (Page 115)

In addition, ORS is the lead agency for the ATAP program. The program is structured into three contracts to deliver device loans, device demonstrations, and other mandated AT grant services. The VR program also has a contract with the Sherlock Center of Rhode Island College to build Rhode Island’s capacity of Certified Benefits Counselors for individuals receiving SSI and/or SSDI. (Page 205)

Rhode Island has a work incentive program called the Sherlock Plan which enables individuals with significant disabilities to maintain Medicaid while working. The Sherlock Plan is administered by the Department of Human Services. However, the complexities of increased income on other benefits such as the Developmental Disability agency’s service cost share, subsidized housing, and food stamps requires considerable coordination among the state agencies. ORS participates on a monthly case coordination team that examines the Sherlock Plan. In addition, the Department of Justice State Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) require all individuals with significant intellectual disabilities receive a complete Benefit Analysis by a Benefits Counselor. ORS is working with Medicaid and Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to examine how the service can be reimbursed by Medicaid. (Page 215)

  • Maintain a focus on quality employment outcomes (integrated, competitive employment at minimum wage or higher with benefits) (Page 227)
  • Availability of jobs, individual’s social skills, personal/home life barriers, and fear of losing SSI and SSDI, medical benefits, and other subsidies, ranked as the top four issues preventing individuals from obtaining employment
  • The top four issues preventing individuals from maintaining employment included personal home life barriers, social skills, availability of jobs and availability/cost of transportation
  • Organizations felt unable to meet customers’ needs for benefits counseling and off-site retention supports, including long term Supported Employment supports and job coaching. Work trials, internships and situational assessments were also noted, as was job preparation counseling, employment planning/assessments, interview preparation, and case management. (Page 228)

Since the 2011 CNA respondents to the survey indicated ORS has improved in preparing participants to obtain and maintain employment that matches their goals, interest, and abilities. The 2015 satisfaction survey results reflect an increase from the 2014 responses, and continue to reflect improvement over the 2014 data in the areas of better preparing participants for employment and providing information to enable individuals to make informed decisions regarding benefits, Social Security, and state specific benefits. Areas that continue to reflect need for monitoring are ensuring individuals are aware they can re-contact ORS for services after they are closed, continued learning and skill enhancement for advancement, and quality of employment outcomes. Overall respondents continue to indicate that they would refer a friend for family member to ORS services. Results of the satisfaction survey since the 2011 CNA reflect the following areas for continued monitoring: ensuring customers are provided information on work incentives, Social Security and state specific benefits, educating customers on the assessment process and identifying the need for assistive technology. 2015 surveys reflected positive informed choice trends in the areas of identification of interest, abilities and strengths as related to an employment goal and assistive technology assessments/needs.   (Page 229)

Exceptions to time limits apply in the instances of: 

  1. A minor child(ren) living with a single parent who receives SSI benefits, or with two-parents who both receive SSI benefits, and
  2. A minor child(ren) living with a legally responsible non-parent caretaker relative who is not in the cash assistance payment. (Page 277)

Rhode Island provides an objective process for the delivery of benefits and the determination of eligibility, for fair and equitable treatment, and for complaints and an appeals process for those recipients that have been adversely affected. Specific details pertaining to the policy and procedures are contained in Rhode Island DHS Manual Sections Civil Rights Compliance and Complaints and Hearings. (Page 300)

School to Work Transition

Additionally, through the Office of Rehabilitation (ORS) an extensive infrastructure is in place with the Rhode Island Department of Education a (RIDE) and every local education authority (LEA) to provide transition services to in-school youth with disabilities. The intent of this partnership is to ensure that youth with disabilities have an opportunity to experience career exploration, real work experiences and a plan for employment after high school. Through a Cooperative Agreement between RIDE and ORS, a Masters level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor from ORS works with every high school in the state of RI to provide technical assistance, case consultation and function as a referral source. Referrals to ORS occur while youth are still in high school so assessments, community based work experiences and transition planning can occur prior to graduation. This relationship between youth and ORS prior to graduation creates a link for youth to the world of adult services and ongoing movement toward employment. (Page 56)

A Cooperative Agreement (CA) between RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a robust collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. Incorporated into the ORS Transition and Pre-ETS Program is an expectation that all students who are found eligible for services will have an ORS-approved Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) developed within 90 days of eligibility. Transition and Pre-ETS focuses on employment-related information and services to in-school youth with significant disabilities, including those students with an IEP or 504 plan. In addition, the State of Rhode Island is obligated to provide an array of transition services based on a Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree/Interim Settlement Agreement to in-school youth identified as having a significant intellectual disability (I/DD). (Page 251)

Data Collection

ORS has an Electronic Case File/MIS that is cloud based, proprietary and uniquely designed to meet the data collection requirements of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs. The product, Libera System 7, provides data security, reporting compliance, project management, case management, integrated authorization & billing, customer service and customization options. This product currently serves at least 14 state VR agencies and is WIOA compliant. The software is specific to State operated VR programs, used nationally by several other State VR Agencies, facilitates the Agency’s ability to meet and report on its Federal mandates and captures 392 data elements required by RSA/WIOA - all necessary to maintain Title I and Title VI funding for and function of Vocational Rehabilitation Programs that assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment in integrated competitive work settings.  (Page 94)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

It is important to understand that career pathways are not linear, nor the opportunities presented under the sector strategy will be unattainable to those individuals with barriers to employment. In fact, sector strategies often result in diverse populations participating in the opportunities generated by the workforce intermediaries. For example, the EARN Maryland program served a total of 912 people between June 2014 and December 2015 in entry level opportunities and of those participants 60% were women and 83% were minorities. Participants in the EARN Maryland program were also diverse in age with 35% served under the age of 30 45% between the ages of 30 and 49, and 20% over the age of 50 including 6 people over the age of 70. (Page 52)

The office of adult education also supports a statewide literacy resource center, the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC), established to improve instruction at all of the AEFLA-funded agencies in the state. The PDC has developed, in collaboration with the state office, a statewide system of professional development to support local activities required under 231 (b), including specific focus points on reading instruction, contextualized curriculum as a component of a statewide Career Pathways system, the development of literacy volunteer training, and the increasing ability to virtually share promising practices and research based models. The PDC conducts several Professional Learning Community opportunities for program directors, instructors, and volunteers. Particular attention is given to program quality, proficiency based teaching and learning, transitions to college, learning disabilities, reading strategies and English language teaching strategies.  (Page 191)

Employment Networks

ORS recognizes the importance of ensuring that staff have the necessary skills and abilities to provide quality services in a professional and timely manner. Examples of areas identified for training included: Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling, disability specific training, Cultural Diversity, Supported Employment, Ticket to Work, Relationship Building with the Business Community, Social Security Reimbursements, Employment Networks Partnership Plus, 21st Century Best Practices for Job Development and Placement for VR staff, as well as for VR Vendors. (Page 223)

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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Rhode Island HB 5564 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island Governor’s Executive Order (10/2014) - 10/22/2014

"On October 22, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed into action the Employment First Executive Order; a nation-wide initiative supporting integrated employment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

“At the signing ceremony held this week at the RI State House, Governor Chaffee urged executive branch agencies in the state to increase their efforts, and strengthen their support, for aiding people with disabilities in establishing not only jobs, but careers, in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Biennial Employment and Training Plan - FY2016 and FY2017 - 11/15/2014

“People with Disabilities: These individuals often require intensive preparation and support, including skills training, the use of adaptive technology in the workplace, job coaching, education, and other services. Employment First, an initiative that addresses these needs, was signed into Executive Order in October, 2014. Prior to this signing, BHDDH, ORS, and RIDE adopted Employment First practices and/or policies and made progress in finding work for individuals with disabilities.”

The Employment First Initiative was launched to provide increased job placements for adults with developmental disabilities.

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

14c (Subminimum Wages) Rhode Island Settlement - 04/08/2014

“The Justice Department announced… that it has entered into a statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The landmark ten year agreement is the nation’s first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. Approximately 450,000 people with I/DD across the country spend their days in segregated sheltered workshops or in segregated day programs. The agreement significantly advances the department's work to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires persons with I/DD be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Rhode Island Employment First Policy: A Time for Action - 01/22/2014

The Department is committed to helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency through work readiness, work force development and job creation. In order to achieve the intent outlined in the framework of this Employment First Policy, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working age adults with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island. While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. For those who successfully achieve the goal of employment in an integrated setting, future service planning must focus on maintaining employment as well as the consideration of additional career or advancement opportunities. For those not yet achieving employment, annual service planning shall include and reflect employment opportunities as the first and priority service option explored.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Services Supported Employment Policy

“The Supported Employment Services that may be enlisted to help an individual with a significant disability to move toward a goal of employment include:

An assessment or vocational evaluation to discover work interests, abilities and preferences. An opportunity to try real work in an interest area may also help clarify goals and identify support needs. Job Preparation services provide an opportunity to learn about the work routine, expectations of a boss, the interview process and identifying individual barriers that may hinder employment success. Job development and placement services that help to get a job consistent with the career goal of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Job coaching and retention services that cluster supports that help the individual learn and keep the job.  Supported Employment Services are available for up to 24 months to assist in sustaining employment. Transitional employment, as a Supported employment Service, is a series of temporary job placements in competitive, integrated work settings with ongoing support services, can be used to help build a resume, develop work skills and to identify strengths and barriers for individuals with the most significant disabilities until job permanency is achieved.”
Systems
  • Other

RI Comprehensive Needs Assessment

ORS will be conducting a state-wide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) in collaboration with the SRC in 2016. This CNA will incorporate a component related to the needs of the business community and create a foundation for developing new and innovative training and services specific to those needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Memorandum of Understanding Between the RI Department of Labor and Training and the RI Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services - 07/01/2012

“This agreement is entered into this first day of July, in the year 2012, by and between the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS). The purpose of this agreement is to maximize the resources of each party to increase the employment opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Both Departments have delineated activities toward mutually defined objectives (See paragraph 1) which will create an effective interagency system and increase the access of mutual customers to information, services and jobs via the One –Stop Career Centers or netWORKri Centers.”

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

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Workforce Development Unit

"People with disabilities are an untapped source of talented, reliable and hard-working employees. Hundreds of Rhode Island businesses have enriched their workforces by hiring people with disabilities. Our workforce development staff work closely with private-sector businesses, business groups and industry organizations to understand and address their current and future workforce needs."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Transition Services

“The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Updated Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule (1/14 – 3/1/16) - 01/01/2014

The purpose of the Conversion Institute is defined in the Consent Decree. “The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will be designed to assist qualified providers of sheltered workshops services to convert their employment programs to include Supported Employment Services. The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will provide individual analysis, technical assistance, and support to each qualified provider of sheltered workshop services, and will support individual providers in a process of conversion and transformation of service options.”   ….The day habilitation programs, including community based day program, supported employment and employment programs are all under the DOJ consent decree, there is no current need to offer any other type of relocation process for those beneficiaries.   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”

Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board (GWB): Workforce Innovative Grant Awards 2016

"The Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $2.4 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to provide work-readiness, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults… Collectively, the grants will serve hundreds of participants in such industries as hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and construction."

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board: Incumbent Worker Training Grants

“The GWB Incumbent Worker Training Grant program is funded by the Job Development Fund (JDF) and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Transition to Integrated Employment Brief: Discovery and Customized Employment - 04/01/2014

“Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities hosted the third of a series of public forums and workshops pertaining to integrated employment. Michael Callahan from Marc Gold and Associates (MG&A) led a day-long workshop focused on implementing discovery and customized employment. Customized Employment is a proven alternative to the typical supported employment approach of applying for competitive, demand job openings, an approach that tends not to work for many people with significant Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This Brief highlights strategies, tools, and a variety of free resources to help you get started with the discovery and customized employment process.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Biennial Employment & Training Plan (2014 & 2015) - 04/01/2013

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly directed the Governor’s Workforce Board to develop a biennial employment and training plan that would provide an analysis of current workforce funding, an analysis of gaps in meeting the needs of workers and employers, and a plan for workforce spending in Rhode Island.1 The Governor’s Workforce Board, in conjunction with an advisory group of relevant state agencies and other stakeholders, conducted an intensive planning and analysis process, resulting in this report and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This Biennial Plan report considers current and emerging needs of industry and employers, the ability of the workforce to meet those needs, and the capacity of the workforce system to provide services and programs to meet both of those needs. The plan also recommends major priorities for the public workforce system over the next two fiscal years, and offers action steps and funding strategies to accomplish these priorities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2011) - 07/01/2011

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS); in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counselor (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Between FFY 2010 and FFY 2011 ORS utilized, a series of assessment activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. These activities included: CNA surveys to VR staff and CRP, customer satisfaction surveys, public forums, review of available MIS data, and environmental scan of data from sources such as FFY 2009 RSA Annual Agency Review, Internal MIS reports, 2009 Information Works: Measuring Rhode Island Schools, 2010 Rhode Island Department of Labor and Department of Bureau of Labor Statistics, Training and American Community Survey. The results of the CNA were reviewed by a team of individuals from the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council to assist in the planning and development of a three-year strategic plan for the Office of Rehabilitation Services with a focus on improving services that increase employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities residing in Rhode Island.

Goals of the comprehensive need assessment:

1. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities including their needs for Supported Employment 2. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who are minorities

3.Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of unserved and underserved population in Rhode Island

4.Assess the utilization of services through the statewide workforce investment system by individuals with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community services providers

5.Assess the need to establish, develop, and enhance Community Rehabilitation Providers within the State

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2009) - 06/01/2009

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counsel (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Assessment activities, which document the needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities completed between 2008 and 2010, are included in this summary report entitled “2010 Comprehensive Needs Assessment”.

ORS used a series of activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities: a. 2008 Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Survey b. 2009 Customer Satisfaction Surveys c. 2008 - 2009 Rhode Island Governors’ Commission on Disabilities Public Forum Employment Workgroup Report d. 2009 Annual Personnel Training Needs Assessment e. 2008 Employer Survey f. Staff Strategic Planning Session g. ORS MIS, American Community Survey, RI S1820, and RI Department of Labor & Training Employment Bulletin Data and RSA Data

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

North Rhode Island Collaborative

In order to assist Local Educational Agencies in meeting the secondary Transition requirements, the three Rhode Island Educational Collaborative maintain four Regional Transition Centers (RTCs). These centers assist middle and high schools regionally and statewide through coordination of the four Regional Transition Coordinators.

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule of January 2014 - 01/01/2014

“In January 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule regarding Medicaid -funded home and community based services (HCBS). The rule applied to HCBS provided under 1915(c) authorities. Rhode Island’s authority to claim Federal Medicaid match for HCBS is under our 1115 Waiver…..   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact 1115 Waiver Taskforce Employment Workgroup Recommendations Paper - 01/16/2009

“The Global Waiver establishes a new federal/state compact that gives the state greater flexibility to provide [Medicare and Medicaid] services in a more cost-effective way that will better meet the needs of Rhode Islanders. On May 12, 2009, Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) held the first meeting of their 65 member Task Force. At this meeting, six workgroups, including the Employment Workgroup, were described to Task Force members who were then asked to join at least one of these workgroups. Any Rhode Islander could join any of the workgroups at the discretion of the respective Workgroup Chairperson.”

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

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”   Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode to Home (RI Money Follows the Person)

“Rhode Island’s ‘The Rhode to Home’ is a new program that will align with other State efforts to re-balance RI’s long-term care system. The Rhode to Home will provide support to transition eligible individuals who are in a qualified institutional setting for 90 days or more to home and community-based settings. It’s also referred to as Money Follows the Person or MFP. This demonstration project will assist individuals transition to and successfully remain in the community, with appropriate supports, so that they can experience more independence and a better quality of life. Participation is voluntary.”

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

Sherlock Plan

The Sherlock Plan is a Medicaid Buy-In Program for adults with disabilities that provides comprehensive health coverage. The program is intended to help individuals with disabilities maintain or obtain health coverage and other services and supports that will enable them to maintain employment. There may be a monthly premium. If an individual is offered employer-based coverage that is cost-effective the individual may be required to enroll in that plan.

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

Rhode Island Medicaid State Plan

“Medicaid State Plan – Not currently available in an electronic format.  To view the paper state plan, please contact:  kimberly.brito@dhs.ri.gov.”

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

Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee State Profile – Rhode Island

"This State Profile provides an overview of persons who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits in Rhode Island, referred to as Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Medicare-Medicaid enrollees are low-income seniors and people with disabilities."

"Medicare-Medicaid enrollees can be categorized into 3 groups, based on the level of benefit they receive from Medicaid: Full Benefit enrollees receive the full array of Medicaid benefits available in the state; Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay their Medicare premiums and cost-sharing obligations; and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMBs), Qualified Individuals (QIs) and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWIs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay Medicare premiums only.”

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

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Snapshot

With an incredible Employment First revolution happening in Rhode Island, there is "Hope" for a bright future for all workers with disabilities in the Ocean State.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Rhode Island’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.11%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,056,298
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-5.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74,090
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,506
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.08%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,051,511 1,055,173 1,056,298
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 66,444 78,439 74,090
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 22,784 26,599 26,506
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 459,153 457,699 462,979
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.29% 33.91% 35.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.27% 77.69% 78.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 9.30% 7.70% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30% 23.00% 23.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.40% 12.90% 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 59,007 66,587 65,580
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 72,576 79,300 74,256
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 110,141 120,865 118,903
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 8,401 9,807 7,147
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 13,572 19,586 17,513
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,009 790
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,937 2,409 2,152
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,591 3,794 3,909
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 5,675 8,003 6,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,324 1,295 1,383
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40% 4.30% 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 37,312 37,422 37,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,349 3,267 3,020
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,781 9,379 8,749
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 18,968 19,473 18,643
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70% 16.80% 16.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.40% 4.60% 5.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.60% 1.60% 1.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 18.00% 16.70% 20.70%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 828 692 750
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 403 242 221
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,764 2,505 2,690

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,348 1,615 1,698
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 3 6
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 2 2
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. 38.00% 67.00% 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.29 0.19 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,024
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 52 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 57 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 140 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 295 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 416 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 64 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.80% 26.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 1,628 1,875
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 57,604 58,024
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 35 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 33 38 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A $1,734,000 $1,734,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $493,000 $493,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A $18,665,000 $18,665,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $20,260,000 $20,260,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 33.00% 33.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,316 2,030 2,030
Number of people served in facility based work. 287 482 482
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,238 2,693 2,693
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A 108.80 108.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.18% 70.75% 71.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.55% 11.73% 12.50%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.87% 6.11% 5.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98% 99.93% 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 33.90% 32.27% 30.42%
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). 68.50% 68.90% 69.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 78.90% 81.51% 84.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 34.60% 36.63% 39.29%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 193,462
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 600
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 113
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $959,311

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 7 4 4
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 382 366
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 382 366

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work. The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services or ORS,
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education or RIDE and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals or BHDDH to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work. The three state agencies are developing Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 23) 

Two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are in place for RIDE, ORS, and the state Developmental Disability agency - Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). One MOU defines the working relationship between the three parties, and the other MOU addresses data sharing for the state agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree required that each of these MOUs be developed and implemented to ensure that the responsibility for services and implementation of Employment First principles occurs within RI in a manner consistent with the mandates of the DOJ/State Consent Decree. In-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities are entitled to access to an array of transition planning, career exploration/discovery services, and community-based work experiences prior to graduation from high school. The MOU describes the relationship between the parties and data collection to demonstrate that deliverables of the DOJ/State Consent Decree are occurring as prescribed. (Page 206)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work.

The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work.

The CD obligates ORS to 

  1. Provide in-school youth with I/DD a 120-day Trial Work Experience prior to leaving high school,
  2. CRP personnel providing Supported Employment job coaching and job placement services to meet certain criteria/credentials to provide services, and
  3. Establishment of a Continuous Quality Improvement review of each agency providing SE services. (Page 212)

As a component of the Pre-ETS program, ORS, in collaboration with other partners, has instituted several Project Search programs within the health care industry sector. The state emphasis and commitment to Employment First principles for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities has helped to facilitate RI Project Search becoming a reality. The first Miriam Hospital Project Search - 2014, was so successful, that the program was replicated with Blue Cross in 2015, and is planning to further expand to an additional site in 2016. In addition, ORS funds summer work experiences for youth since 2010. All of these work experiences are in integrated community based work settings at minimum wage or above. (Page 214)

The State of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment services in order to work.

The DOJ/State Consent Decree requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service-delivery system that ensures individuals, both adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully-informed choices about work. The three state agencies are obligated by the DOJ/State Consent Decree to develop Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 216)

Employment related themes included: 

  • Concern over the continuum of services related to the Employment First Initiative
  • Supported employment services, lack of long-term funding options, and service need ratio to staffing
  • Impact on individual benefits and services
  • Continuity of services for transition-age youth as they move from one system to another (Page 231)

OBJECTIVE 2: Change the culture of the Supported Employment (SE) vendor community to expect integrated competitive employment as the goal of services. 

  • Develop and implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process for vendors working with customers with Developmental Disabilities, as required by the DOJ/State Consent Decree.
  • Expand the CQI process to all vendors authorized to provide the array of SE services.
  • Implement training opportunities for SE vendors in assessment, job development/coaching, and business relationships.
  • Conduct quarterly VR meetings with SE vendors to reinforce and strengthen Employment First principles and practice.
  • Support and participate in the SE Developmental Disability and SE Behavioral Health vendor meetings.
  • Examine the VR fee structure to ensure it rewards integrated employment outcomes.  (Page 245)

Participation in employment experiences for individuals needing Supported Employment, in-school youth and clients attending college/training programs funded by ORS, will be encouraged and included in Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE). ORS will also ensure that services are focused on access to opportunities for real work experiences and integrated competitive employment outcomes at or above minimum wage. ORS will encourage and reinforce, with ORS approved Supported Employment providers and other state entities, Employment First and Recovery principles and practices into service delivery in order to increase expectations that individuals with significant intellectual and psychiatric disabilities can obtain quality employment outcomes in integrated settings at competitive wages. ORS will provide access to information about SSA Work Incentives, Ticket to Work, and other State-specific benefits to customers and their families, CRPs, support staff, and ORS staff in order to support informed choice and employment decisions. (Page 249)

STATE PLAN FOR SE Title VI FFY 2014 and FFY 2015: The State Plan for FFY2014 and FFY2015 incorporated tracking of admissions, service, and employment outcomes for general, transition, underserved, and supported employment customers in order to analyze these data elements. The use of this data was intended to modify, enhance, and/or develop new services and identify staff training needs.

  • Accomplishments: The DOJ/State Consent Decree with the state of RI created a state-wide commitment to Employment First principles in planning and service delivery for in-school youth and adult with significant intellectual disabilities. ORS has had a long standing commitment to Integrated Competitive Employment for all individuals with disabilities. However, continued support of sheltered workshops impeded resources being re-directed to employment and long term supports. The DOJ/State Consent Decree mandate forced a realignment of service delivery, funding and collaboration among state agencies. (Page 257)

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICE DELIVERY: ORS has employment services that are available to adults and in-school youth found eligible for Supported Employment Services. The values and principles of ORS to make integrated competitive employment available to all individuals with disabilities has been reinforced by a state of RI DOJ/State Consent Decree. This recently negotiated Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA), between RI and DOJ, resulted in a Governor’s proclamation declaring that RI is an Employment First state. The principles and practices of Employment First, consistent with the mission of ORS and the mandate of the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA), are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-of-school youth. (Page 260)

Attending to the training needs of CRPs is an ongoing commitment. The CRP Supervisor actively meets with providers/vendors who provide Supported Employment (SE) services in order to re-enforce the philosophy of Employment First. The CRP Supervisor, in collaboration with field supervisors, counselors, and ORS administrators, is actively involved in meetings with potential vendors to discuss becoming a Supported Employment vendor for ORS in order to increase service delivery capacity. These meetings with CRPs provide an opportunity to address concerns and questions as well as clarify the elements of a quality employment outcome. ORS participates on the two Supported Employment Advisory Councils as a means of dedicating resources and reinforcing a commitment to integrated competitive employment for individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 262)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

Four major factors of network government collaboration must be addressed between all partners included in this plan before the most effective service delivery can be provided. These factors include: clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated response team model, braiding resources across programs to maximize investments, establishing common standards around client intake and service referrals, and developing an IT infrastructure to support intelligence sharing and effective case management among partner entities, both government and non-government. (Page 78)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Additional information in addition to the requirements listed for training program initial and continued eligibility, training providers must meet the following: 

  1. Non-Discrimination: All training providers must comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations at 29 CFR Part 37, Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions, and 10 the USDOL Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.
  2. Accessibility: Training providers must provide physical and programmatic accessibility and reasonable accommodations/modifications, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; section 188 of WIOA; and the regulations implementing these statutory provisions.
  3. Criteria for Eligibility: a. State Criteria - In establishing criteria pursuant to WIOA sec. 122(b)(1), the State shall take into account each of the following: 
  • Performance Accountability and Outcomes
  • Ensure access to training services throughout the State (including use of technology)
  • Dissemination of Performance Outcomes and training information
  • Training must lead to “In-Demand” industry occupations
  • State licensing requirements and licensing status of providers. (Page 131)
DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): This program provides an integrated service system that creates a “One-Stop” entry point for individuals with disabilities to gain entrance to competitive and/or self-employment. This is accomplished by improving coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs implemented at state and local levels, including the “Ticket to Work” program under the SSA that enables disabled individuals to access employment services at an employment network site and other effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes. The array of services provided to DEI participants include; placement in suitable jobs, job search workshops, counseling, core, intensive, and training services, referral to supportive services, outreach to employers, and outreach to individuals with disabilities by providing services at various locations around the state.(Page 27-28)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated resource team model is critical in developing a coordinated and collaborative service delivery system. The integrated resource team model started as a pilot model under the Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative grant. In the pilot participating agencies committed to participating in ad-hoc teams developed around meeting the needs of individual clients. If one agency determined a client needed to be referred to additional services, the agency receiving the referral would commit to participating in a joint case management team with staff from other programs serving the same client. As a result, coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs fundamentally improved through a blending and braiding of resources at a customer level. (Page 78)

3. COORDINATION WITH NONPROFITS, EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYERS

SRC COMMENT: The SRC made several recommendations regarding interagency cooperation and coordination with other entities. At this point ORS has not, pursuant to Attachment 4.2(c) addressed many of these recommendations. Among our recommendations included that ORS update broken links on its website. We also suggested that ORS review its expired MOU between it and RIDE as well as other MOU partners. In addition, we look forward to working with ORS on the revised Comprehensive Needs Assessment to capture WIOA expectations and employer needs. With regard to coordination with employers, we assisted ORS in framing goals. As this is a new attachment, we

Look forward to hearing more about ORS efforts to create new pilot projects such as Project Search expansion and additional partnerships with businesses. We continue to be interested in ORS serving as a leader in requiring Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to deliver services consistent with the spirit of WIOA. We are interested in ORS efforts to modify fee structures, expand upon the competence of CRPs, and other efforts to change the culture to one that has an expectation that all services should ultimately culminate in competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Again, many of these issues were addressed in our January 19, 2016 communication to ORS. (Page 199-200)

  • ORS will use I&E funds to explore development of a performance-based contract specific to the services provided by the SE Vendor community to individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this pilot is to increase the employment outcomes, as per the DOJ/State Consent Decree, for this population of ORS clients. (Page 255)
  • I& E funds were used to support the licensing fees for two Project Search pilots as part of the ORS Pre-ETS initiative.
  • ORS utilized I&E funds for State Rehabilitation Council and State Independent Living Council activities.
  • ORS used I&E funds for CRP trainings. (Page 259)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Other criteria the grantee must meet includes the ability to provide services related to media literacy, financial literacy, exposure to emerging career choices, linkages with local after school opportunities, links to post high school opportunities, connection to Regional Vocational Centers, disability service provider and all other required WIOA activities. The grantee must also be capable of providing such services for all youth populations, including younger in-school youth (ages 14-18), younger out-of-school youth (ages 16-18), and older youth (ages 19-24).  (Page 138)

Benefits

Rhode Island’s goal in WIOA services is to continue to improve training, employment opportunities and outcomes of adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security Disability insurance benefits. Staff training is an essential component to ensure compliance and maintain excellent customer service levels. Training has been provided by the RI Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about the ADA and issues concerning the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Upcoming trainings are to include “Disability Discrimination and the ADA” presented by the RI Commission for Human Rights. In addition to Departmental trainings, the RI Department of Administration has held numerous trainings regarding diversity and inclusion. (Page 115)

In addition, ORS is the lead agency for the ATAP program. The program is structured into three contracts to deliver device loans, device demonstrations, and other mandated AT grant services. The VR program also has a contract with the Sherlock Center of Rhode Island College to build Rhode Island’s capacity of Certified Benefits Counselors for individuals receiving SSI and/or SSDI. (Page 205)

Rhode Island has a work incentive program called the Sherlock Plan which enables individuals with significant disabilities to maintain Medicaid while working. The Sherlock Plan is administered by the Department of Human Services. However, the complexities of increased income on other benefits such as the Developmental Disability agency’s service cost share, subsidized housing, and food stamps requires considerable coordination among the state agencies. ORS participates on a monthly case coordination team that examines the Sherlock Plan. In addition, the Department of Justice State Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) require all individuals with significant intellectual disabilities receive a complete Benefit Analysis by a Benefits Counselor. ORS is working with Medicaid and Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to examine how the service can be reimbursed by Medicaid. (Page 215)

  • Maintain a focus on quality employment outcomes (integrated, competitive employment at minimum wage or higher with benefits) (Page 227)
  • Availability of jobs, individual’s social skills, personal/home life barriers, and fear of losing SSI and SSDI, medical benefits, and other subsidies, ranked as the top four issues preventing individuals from obtaining employment
  • The top four issues preventing individuals from maintaining employment included personal home life barriers, social skills, availability of jobs and availability/cost of transportation
  • Organizations felt unable to meet customers’ needs for benefits counseling and off-site retention supports, including long term Supported Employment supports and job coaching. Work trials, internships and situational assessments were also noted, as was job preparation counseling, employment planning/assessments, interview preparation, and case management. (Page 228)

Since the 2011 CNA respondents to the survey indicated ORS has improved in preparing participants to obtain and maintain employment that matches their goals, interest, and abilities. The 2015 satisfaction survey results reflect an increase from the 2014 responses, and continue to reflect improvement over the 2014 data in the areas of better preparing participants for employment and providing information to enable individuals to make informed decisions regarding benefits, Social Security, and state specific benefits. Areas that continue to reflect need for monitoring are ensuring individuals are aware they can re-contact ORS for services after they are closed, continued learning and skill enhancement for advancement, and quality of employment outcomes. Overall respondents continue to indicate that they would refer a friend for family member to ORS services. Results of the satisfaction survey since the 2011 CNA reflect the following areas for continued monitoring: ensuring customers are provided information on work incentives, Social Security and state specific benefits, educating customers on the assessment process and identifying the need for assistive technology. 2015 surveys reflected positive informed choice trends in the areas of identification of interest, abilities and strengths as related to an employment goal and assistive technology assessments/needs.   (Page 229)

Exceptions to time limits apply in the instances of: 

  1. A minor child(ren) living with a single parent who receives SSI benefits, or with two-parents who both receive SSI benefits, and
  2. A minor child(ren) living with a legally responsible non-parent caretaker relative who is not in the cash assistance payment. (Page 277)

Rhode Island provides an objective process for the delivery of benefits and the determination of eligibility, for fair and equitable treatment, and for complaints and an appeals process for those recipients that have been adversely affected. Specific details pertaining to the policy and procedures are contained in Rhode Island DHS Manual Sections Civil Rights Compliance and Complaints and Hearings. (Page 300)

School to Work Transition

Additionally, through the Office of Rehabilitation (ORS) an extensive infrastructure is in place with the Rhode Island Department of Education a (RIDE) and every local education authority (LEA) to provide transition services to in-school youth with disabilities. The intent of this partnership is to ensure that youth with disabilities have an opportunity to experience career exploration, real work experiences and a plan for employment after high school. Through a Cooperative Agreement between RIDE and ORS, a Masters level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor from ORS works with every high school in the state of RI to provide technical assistance, case consultation and function as a referral source. Referrals to ORS occur while youth are still in high school so assessments, community based work experiences and transition planning can occur prior to graduation. This relationship between youth and ORS prior to graduation creates a link for youth to the world of adult services and ongoing movement toward employment. (Page 56)

A Cooperative Agreement (CA) between RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a robust collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. Incorporated into the ORS Transition and Pre-ETS Program is an expectation that all students who are found eligible for services will have an ORS-approved Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) developed within 90 days of eligibility. Transition and Pre-ETS focuses on employment-related information and services to in-school youth with significant disabilities, including those students with an IEP or 504 plan. In addition, the State of Rhode Island is obligated to provide an array of transition services based on a Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree/Interim Settlement Agreement to in-school youth identified as having a significant intellectual disability (I/DD). (Page 251)

Data Collection

ORS has an Electronic Case File/MIS that is cloud based, proprietary and uniquely designed to meet the data collection requirements of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs. The product, Libera System 7, provides data security, reporting compliance, project management, case management, integrated authorization & billing, customer service and customization options. This product currently serves at least 14 state VR agencies and is WIOA compliant. The software is specific to State operated VR programs, used nationally by several other State VR Agencies, facilitates the Agency’s ability to meet and report on its Federal mandates and captures 392 data elements required by RSA/WIOA - all necessary to maintain Title I and Title VI funding for and function of Vocational Rehabilitation Programs that assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment in integrated competitive work settings.  (Page 94)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

It is important to understand that career pathways are not linear, nor the opportunities presented under the sector strategy will be unattainable to those individuals with barriers to employment. In fact, sector strategies often result in diverse populations participating in the opportunities generated by the workforce intermediaries. For example, the EARN Maryland program served a total of 912 people between June 2014 and December 2015 in entry level opportunities and of those participants 60% were women and 83% were minorities. Participants in the EARN Maryland program were also diverse in age with 35% served under the age of 30 45% between the ages of 30 and 49, and 20% over the age of 50 including 6 people over the age of 70. (Page 52)

The office of adult education also supports a statewide literacy resource center, the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC), established to improve instruction at all of the AEFLA-funded agencies in the state. The PDC has developed, in collaboration with the state office, a statewide system of professional development to support local activities required under 231 (b), including specific focus points on reading instruction, contextualized curriculum as a component of a statewide Career Pathways system, the development of literacy volunteer training, and the increasing ability to virtually share promising practices and research based models. The PDC conducts several Professional Learning Community opportunities for program directors, instructors, and volunteers. Particular attention is given to program quality, proficiency based teaching and learning, transitions to college, learning disabilities, reading strategies and English language teaching strategies.  (Page 191)

Employment Networks

ORS recognizes the importance of ensuring that staff have the necessary skills and abilities to provide quality services in a professional and timely manner. Examples of areas identified for training included: Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling, disability specific training, Cultural Diversity, Supported Employment, Ticket to Work, Relationship Building with the Business Community, Social Security Reimbursements, Employment Networks Partnership Plus, 21st Century Best Practices for Job Development and Placement for VR staff, as well as for VR Vendors. (Page 223)

Policies and Initiatives

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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Rhode Island HB 5564 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island Governor’s Executive Order (10/2014) - 10/22/2014

"On October 22, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed into action the Employment First Executive Order; a nation-wide initiative supporting integrated employment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

“At the signing ceremony held this week at the RI State House, Governor Chaffee urged executive branch agencies in the state to increase their efforts, and strengthen their support, for aiding people with disabilities in establishing not only jobs, but careers, in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Biennial Employment and Training Plan - FY2016 and FY2017 - 11/15/2014

“People with Disabilities: These individuals often require intensive preparation and support, including skills training, the use of adaptive technology in the workplace, job coaching, education, and other services. Employment First, an initiative that addresses these needs, was signed into Executive Order in October, 2014. Prior to this signing, BHDDH, ORS, and RIDE adopted Employment First practices and/or policies and made progress in finding work for individuals with disabilities.”

The Employment First Initiative was launched to provide increased job placements for adults with developmental disabilities.

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

14c (Subminimum Wages) Rhode Island Settlement - 04/08/2014

“The Justice Department announced… that it has entered into a statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The landmark ten year agreement is the nation’s first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. Approximately 450,000 people with I/DD across the country spend their days in segregated sheltered workshops or in segregated day programs. The agreement significantly advances the department's work to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires persons with I/DD be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Rhode Island Employment First Policy: A Time for Action - 01/22/2014

The Department is committed to helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency through work readiness, work force development and job creation. In order to achieve the intent outlined in the framework of this Employment First Policy, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working age adults with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island. While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. For those who successfully achieve the goal of employment in an integrated setting, future service planning must focus on maintaining employment as well as the consideration of additional career or advancement opportunities. For those not yet achieving employment, annual service planning shall include and reflect employment opportunities as the first and priority service option explored.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Services Supported Employment Policy

“The Supported Employment Services that may be enlisted to help an individual with a significant disability to move toward a goal of employment include:

An assessment or vocational evaluation to discover work interests, abilities and preferences. An opportunity to try real work in an interest area may also help clarify goals and identify support needs. Job Preparation services provide an opportunity to learn about the work routine, expectations of a boss, the interview process and identifying individual barriers that may hinder employment success. Job development and placement services that help to get a job consistent with the career goal of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Job coaching and retention services that cluster supports that help the individual learn and keep the job.  Supported Employment Services are available for up to 24 months to assist in sustaining employment. Transitional employment, as a Supported employment Service, is a series of temporary job placements in competitive, integrated work settings with ongoing support services, can be used to help build a resume, develop work skills and to identify strengths and barriers for individuals with the most significant disabilities until job permanency is achieved.”
Systems
  • Other

RI Comprehensive Needs Assessment

ORS will be conducting a state-wide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) in collaboration with the SRC in 2016. This CNA will incorporate a component related to the needs of the business community and create a foundation for developing new and innovative training and services specific to those needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Memorandum of Understanding Between the RI Department of Labor and Training and the RI Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services - 07/01/2012

“This agreement is entered into this first day of July, in the year 2012, by and between the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS). The purpose of this agreement is to maximize the resources of each party to increase the employment opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Both Departments have delineated activities toward mutually defined objectives (See paragraph 1) which will create an effective interagency system and increase the access of mutual customers to information, services and jobs via the One –Stop Career Centers or netWORKri Centers.”

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

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Workforce Development Unit

"People with disabilities are an untapped source of talented, reliable and hard-working employees. Hundreds of Rhode Island businesses have enriched their workforces by hiring people with disabilities. Our workforce development staff work closely with private-sector businesses, business groups and industry organizations to understand and address their current and future workforce needs."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Transition Services

“The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Updated Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule (1/14 – 3/1/16) - 01/01/2014

The purpose of the Conversion Institute is defined in the Consent Decree. “The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will be designed to assist qualified providers of sheltered workshops services to convert their employment programs to include Supported Employment Services. The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will provide individual analysis, technical assistance, and support to each qualified provider of sheltered workshop services, and will support individual providers in a process of conversion and transformation of service options.”   ….The day habilitation programs, including community based day program, supported employment and employment programs are all under the DOJ consent decree, there is no current need to offer any other type of relocation process for those beneficiaries.   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”

Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board (GWB): Workforce Innovative Grant Awards 2016

"The Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $2.4 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to provide work-readiness, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults… Collectively, the grants will serve hundreds of participants in such industries as hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and construction."

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board: Incumbent Worker Training Grants

“The GWB Incumbent Worker Training Grant program is funded by the Job Development Fund (JDF) and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Transition to Integrated Employment Brief: Discovery and Customized Employment - 04/01/2014

“Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities hosted the third of a series of public forums and workshops pertaining to integrated employment. Michael Callahan from Marc Gold and Associates (MG&A) led a day-long workshop focused on implementing discovery and customized employment. Customized Employment is a proven alternative to the typical supported employment approach of applying for competitive, demand job openings, an approach that tends not to work for many people with significant Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This Brief highlights strategies, tools, and a variety of free resources to help you get started with the discovery and customized employment process.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Biennial Employment & Training Plan (2014 & 2015) - 04/01/2013

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly directed the Governor’s Workforce Board to develop a biennial employment and training plan that would provide an analysis of current workforce funding, an analysis of gaps in meeting the needs of workers and employers, and a plan for workforce spending in Rhode Island.1 The Governor’s Workforce Board, in conjunction with an advisory group of relevant state agencies and other stakeholders, conducted an intensive planning and analysis process, resulting in this report and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This Biennial Plan report considers current and emerging needs of industry and employers, the ability of the workforce to meet those needs, and the capacity of the workforce system to provide services and programs to meet both of those needs. The plan also recommends major priorities for the public workforce system over the next two fiscal years, and offers action steps and funding strategies to accomplish these priorities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2011) - 07/01/2011

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS); in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counselor (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Between FFY 2010 and FFY 2011 ORS utilized, a series of assessment activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. These activities included: CNA surveys to VR staff and CRP, customer satisfaction surveys, public forums, review of available MIS data, and environmental scan of data from sources such as FFY 2009 RSA Annual Agency Review, Internal MIS reports, 2009 Information Works: Measuring Rhode Island Schools, 2010 Rhode Island Department of Labor and Department of Bureau of Labor Statistics, Training and American Community Survey. The results of the CNA were reviewed by a team of individuals from the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council to assist in the planning and development of a three-year strategic plan for the Office of Rehabilitation Services with a focus on improving services that increase employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities residing in Rhode Island.

Goals of the comprehensive need assessment:

1. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities including their needs for Supported Employment 2. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who are minorities

3.Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of unserved and underserved population in Rhode Island

4.Assess the utilization of services through the statewide workforce investment system by individuals with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community services providers

5.Assess the need to establish, develop, and enhance Community Rehabilitation Providers within the State

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2009) - 06/01/2009

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counsel (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Assessment activities, which document the needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities completed between 2008 and 2010, are included in this summary report entitled “2010 Comprehensive Needs Assessment”.

ORS used a series of activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities: a. 2008 Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Survey b. 2009 Customer Satisfaction Surveys c. 2008 - 2009 Rhode Island Governors’ Commission on Disabilities Public Forum Employment Workgroup Report d. 2009 Annual Personnel Training Needs Assessment e. 2008 Employer Survey f. Staff Strategic Planning Session g. ORS MIS, American Community Survey, RI S1820, and RI Department of Labor & Training Employment Bulletin Data and RSA Data

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

North Rhode Island Collaborative

In order to assist Local Educational Agencies in meeting the secondary Transition requirements, the three Rhode Island Educational Collaborative maintain four Regional Transition Centers (RTCs). These centers assist middle and high schools regionally and statewide through coordination of the four Regional Transition Coordinators.

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule of January 2014 - 01/01/2014

“In January 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule regarding Medicaid -funded home and community based services (HCBS). The rule applied to HCBS provided under 1915(c) authorities. Rhode Island’s authority to claim Federal Medicaid match for HCBS is under our 1115 Waiver…..   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact 1115 Waiver Taskforce Employment Workgroup Recommendations Paper - 01/16/2009

“The Global Waiver establishes a new federal/state compact that gives the state greater flexibility to provide [Medicare and Medicaid] services in a more cost-effective way that will better meet the needs of Rhode Islanders. On May 12, 2009, Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) held the first meeting of their 65 member Task Force. At this meeting, six workgroups, including the Employment Workgroup, were described to Task Force members who were then asked to join at least one of these workgroups. Any Rhode Islander could join any of the workgroups at the discretion of the respective Workgroup Chairperson.”

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

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”   Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode to Home (RI Money Follows the Person)

“Rhode Island’s ‘The Rhode to Home’ is a new program that will align with other State efforts to re-balance RI’s long-term care system. The Rhode to Home will provide support to transition eligible individuals who are in a qualified institutional setting for 90 days or more to home and community-based settings. It’s also referred to as Money Follows the Person or MFP. This demonstration project will assist individuals transition to and successfully remain in the community, with appropriate supports, so that they can experience more independence and a better quality of life. Participation is voluntary.”

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

Sherlock Plan

The Sherlock Plan is a Medicaid Buy-In Program for adults with disabilities that provides comprehensive health coverage. The program is intended to help individuals with disabilities maintain or obtain health coverage and other services and supports that will enable them to maintain employment. There may be a monthly premium. If an individual is offered employer-based coverage that is cost-effective the individual may be required to enroll in that plan.

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

Rhode Island Medicaid State Plan

“Medicaid State Plan – Not currently available in an electronic format.  To view the paper state plan, please contact:  kimberly.brito@dhs.ri.gov.”

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

Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee State Profile – Rhode Island

"This State Profile provides an overview of persons who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits in Rhode Island, referred to as Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Medicare-Medicaid enrollees are low-income seniors and people with disabilities."

"Medicare-Medicaid enrollees can be categorized into 3 groups, based on the level of benefit they receive from Medicaid: Full Benefit enrollees receive the full array of Medicaid benefits available in the state; Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay their Medicare premiums and cost-sharing obligations; and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMBs), Qualified Individuals (QIs) and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWIs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay Medicare premiums only.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With an incredible Employment First revolution happening in Rhode Island, there is "Hope" for a bright future for all workers with disabilities in the Ocean State.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Rhode Island’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.11%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,056,298
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-5.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74,090
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,506
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.08%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 1,051,511 1,055,173 1,056,298
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 66,444 78,439 74,090
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 22,784 26,599 26,506
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 459,153 457,699 462,979
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 34.29% 33.91% 35.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.27% 77.69% 78.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 9.30% 7.70% 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 20.30% 23.00% 23.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.40% 12.90% 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 59,007 66,587 65,580
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 72,576 79,300 74,256
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 110,141 120,865 118,903
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 8,401 9,807 7,147
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 13,572 19,586 17,513
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,009 790
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,937 2,409 2,152
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,591 3,794 3,909
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 5,675 8,003 6,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,324 1,295 1,383
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40% 4.30% 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 37,312 37,422 37,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,349 3,267 3,020
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,781 9,379 8,749
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 18,968 19,473 18,643
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 17.70% 16.80% 16.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.40% 4.60% 5.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 2.60% 1.60% 1.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 18.00% 16.70% 20.70%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 828 692 750
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 403 242 221
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,764 2,505 2,690

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,348 1,615 1,698
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 3 6
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 3 2 2
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. 38.00% 67.00% 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.29 0.19 0.19

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,024
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 52 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 57 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 140 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 295 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 416 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 64 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.80% 26.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 1,628 1,875
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 57,604 58,024
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 35 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 33 38 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A $1,734,000 $1,734,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $493,000 $493,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A $18,665,000 $18,665,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $20,260,000 $20,260,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00% 33.00% 33.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,316 2,030 2,030
Number of people served in facility based work. 287 482 482
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,238 2,693 2,693
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A 108.80 108.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.18% 70.75% 71.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.55% 11.73% 12.50%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.87% 6.11% 5.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98% 99.93% 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 33.90% 32.27% 30.42%
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). 68.50% 68.90% 69.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 78.90% 81.51% 84.73%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 34.60% 36.63% 39.29%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 193,462
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 600
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 113
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $959,311

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 7 4 4
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 382 366
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 382 366

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work. The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services or ORS,
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education or RIDE and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals or BHDDH to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work. The three state agencies are developing Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 23) 

Two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are in place for RIDE, ORS, and the state Developmental Disability agency - Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). One MOU defines the working relationship between the three parties, and the other MOU addresses data sharing for the state agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree required that each of these MOUs be developed and implemented to ensure that the responsibility for services and implementation of Employment First principles occurs within RI in a manner consistent with the mandates of the DOJ/State Consent Decree. In-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities are entitled to access to an array of transition planning, career exploration/discovery services, and community-based work experiences prior to graduation from high school. The MOU describes the relationship between the parties and data collection to demonstrate that deliverables of the DOJ/State Consent Decree are occurring as prescribed. (Page 206)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work.

The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work.

The CD obligates ORS to 

  1. Provide in-school youth with I/DD a 120-day Trial Work Experience prior to leaving high school,
  2. CRP personnel providing Supported Employment job coaching and job placement services to meet certain criteria/credentials to provide services, and
  3. Establishment of a Continuous Quality Improvement review of each agency providing SE services. (Page 212)

As a component of the Pre-ETS program, ORS, in collaboration with other partners, has instituted several Project Search programs within the health care industry sector. The state emphasis and commitment to Employment First principles for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities has helped to facilitate RI Project Search becoming a reality. The first Miriam Hospital Project Search - 2014, was so successful, that the program was replicated with Blue Cross in 2015, and is planning to further expand to an additional site in 2016. In addition, ORS funds summer work experiences for youth since 2010. All of these work experiences are in integrated community based work settings at minimum wage or above. (Page 214)

The State of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment services in order to work.

The DOJ/State Consent Decree requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service-delivery system that ensures individuals, both adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully-informed choices about work. The three state agencies are obligated by the DOJ/State Consent Decree to develop Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 216)

Employment related themes included: 

  • Concern over the continuum of services related to the Employment First Initiative
  • Supported employment services, lack of long-term funding options, and service need ratio to staffing
  • Impact on individual benefits and services
  • Continuity of services for transition-age youth as they move from one system to another (Page 231)

OBJECTIVE 2: Change the culture of the Supported Employment (SE) vendor community to expect integrated competitive employment as the goal of services. 

  • Develop and implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process for vendors working with customers with Developmental Disabilities, as required by the DOJ/State Consent Decree.
  • Expand the CQI process to all vendors authorized to provide the array of SE services.
  • Implement training opportunities for SE vendors in assessment, job development/coaching, and business relationships.
  • Conduct quarterly VR meetings with SE vendors to reinforce and strengthen Employment First principles and practice.
  • Support and participate in the SE Developmental Disability and SE Behavioral Health vendor meetings.
  • Examine the VR fee structure to ensure it rewards integrated employment outcomes.  (Page 245)

Participation in employment experiences for individuals needing Supported Employment, in-school youth and clients attending college/training programs funded by ORS, will be encouraged and included in Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE). ORS will also ensure that services are focused on access to opportunities for real work experiences and integrated competitive employment outcomes at or above minimum wage. ORS will encourage and reinforce, with ORS approved Supported Employment providers and other state entities, Employment First and Recovery principles and practices into service delivery in order to increase expectations that individuals with significant intellectual and psychiatric disabilities can obtain quality employment outcomes in integrated settings at competitive wages. ORS will provide access to information about SSA Work Incentives, Ticket to Work, and other State-specific benefits to customers and their families, CRPs, support staff, and ORS staff in order to support informed choice and employment decisions. (Page 249)

STATE PLAN FOR SE Title VI FFY 2014 and FFY 2015: The State Plan for FFY2014 and FFY2015 incorporated tracking of admissions, service, and employment outcomes for general, transition, underserved, and supported employment customers in order to analyze these data elements. The use of this data was intended to modify, enhance, and/or develop new services and identify staff training needs.

  • Accomplishments: The DOJ/State Consent Decree with the state of RI created a state-wide commitment to Employment First principles in planning and service delivery for in-school youth and adult with significant intellectual disabilities. ORS has had a long standing commitment to Integrated Competitive Employment for all individuals with disabilities. However, continued support of sheltered workshops impeded resources being re-directed to employment and long term supports. The DOJ/State Consent Decree mandate forced a realignment of service delivery, funding and collaboration among state agencies. (Page 257)

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICE DELIVERY: ORS has employment services that are available to adults and in-school youth found eligible for Supported Employment Services. The values and principles of ORS to make integrated competitive employment available to all individuals with disabilities has been reinforced by a state of RI DOJ/State Consent Decree. This recently negotiated Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA), between RI and DOJ, resulted in a Governor’s proclamation declaring that RI is an Employment First state. The principles and practices of Employment First, consistent with the mission of ORS and the mandate of the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA), are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-of-school youth. (Page 260)

Attending to the training needs of CRPs is an ongoing commitment. The CRP Supervisor actively meets with providers/vendors who provide Supported Employment (SE) services in order to re-enforce the philosophy of Employment First. The CRP Supervisor, in collaboration with field supervisors, counselors, and ORS administrators, is actively involved in meetings with potential vendors to discuss becoming a Supported Employment vendor for ORS in order to increase service delivery capacity. These meetings with CRPs provide an opportunity to address concerns and questions as well as clarify the elements of a quality employment outcome. ORS participates on the two Supported Employment Advisory Councils as a means of dedicating resources and reinforcing a commitment to integrated competitive employment for individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 262)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

Four major factors of network government collaboration must be addressed between all partners included in this plan before the most effective service delivery can be provided. These factors include: clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated response team model, braiding resources across programs to maximize investments, establishing common standards around client intake and service referrals, and developing an IT infrastructure to support intelligence sharing and effective case management among partner entities, both government and non-government. (Page 78)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Additional information in addition to the requirements listed for training program initial and continued eligibility, training providers must meet the following: 

  1. Non-Discrimination: All training providers must comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations at 29 CFR Part 37, Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions, and 10 the USDOL Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.
  2. Accessibility: Training providers must provide physical and programmatic accessibility and reasonable accommodations/modifications, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; section 188 of WIOA; and the regulations implementing these statutory provisions.
  3. Criteria for Eligibility: a. State Criteria - In establishing criteria pursuant to WIOA sec. 122(b)(1), the State shall take into account each of the following: 
  • Performance Accountability and Outcomes
  • Ensure access to training services throughout the State (including use of technology)
  • Dissemination of Performance Outcomes and training information
  • Training must lead to “In-Demand” industry occupations
  • State licensing requirements and licensing status of providers. (Page 131)
DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): This program provides an integrated service system that creates a “One-Stop” entry point for individuals with disabilities to gain entrance to competitive and/or self-employment. This is accomplished by improving coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs implemented at state and local levels, including the “Ticket to Work” program under the SSA that enables disabled individuals to access employment services at an employment network site and other effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes. The array of services provided to DEI participants include; placement in suitable jobs, job search workshops, counseling, core, intensive, and training services, referral to supportive services, outreach to employers, and outreach to individuals with disabilities by providing services at various locations around the state.(Page 27-28)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated resource team model is critical in developing a coordinated and collaborative service delivery system. The integrated resource team model started as a pilot model under the Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative grant. In the pilot participating agencies committed to participating in ad-hoc teams developed around meeting the needs of individual clients. If one agency determined a client needed to be referred to additional services, the agency receiving the referral would commit to participating in a joint case management team with staff from other programs serving the same client. As a result, coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs fundamentally improved through a blending and braiding of resources at a customer level. (Page 78)

3. COORDINATION WITH NONPROFITS, EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYERS

SRC COMMENT: The SRC made several recommendations regarding interagency cooperation and coordination with other entities. At this point ORS has not, pursuant to Attachment 4.2(c) addressed many of these recommendations. Among our recommendations included that ORS update broken links on its website. We also suggested that ORS review its expired MOU between it and RIDE as well as other MOU partners. In addition, we look forward to working with ORS on the revised Comprehensive Needs Assessment to capture WIOA expectations and employer needs. With regard to coordination with employers, we assisted ORS in framing goals. As this is a new attachment, we

Look forward to hearing more about ORS efforts to create new pilot projects such as Project Search expansion and additional partnerships with businesses. We continue to be interested in ORS serving as a leader in requiring Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to deliver services consistent with the spirit of WIOA. We are interested in ORS efforts to modify fee structures, expand upon the competence of CRPs, and other efforts to change the culture to one that has an expectation that all services should ultimately culminate in competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Again, many of these issues were addressed in our January 19, 2016 communication to ORS. (Page 199-200)

  • ORS will use I&E funds to explore development of a performance-based contract specific to the services provided by the SE Vendor community to individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this pilot is to increase the employment outcomes, as per the DOJ/State Consent Decree, for this population of ORS clients. (Page 255)
  • I& E funds were used to support the licensing fees for two Project Search pilots as part of the ORS Pre-ETS initiative.
  • ORS utilized I&E funds for State Rehabilitation Council and State Independent Living Council activities.
  • ORS used I&E funds for CRP trainings. (Page 259)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Other criteria the grantee must meet includes the ability to provide services related to media literacy, financial literacy, exposure to emerging career choices, linkages with local after school opportunities, links to post high school opportunities, connection to Regional Vocational Centers, disability service provider and all other required WIOA activities. The grantee must also be capable of providing such services for all youth populations, including younger in-school youth (ages 14-18), younger out-of-school youth (ages 16-18), and older youth (ages 19-24).  (Page 138)

Benefits

Rhode Island’s goal in WIOA services is to continue to improve training, employment opportunities and outcomes of adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security Disability insurance benefits. Staff training is an essential component to ensure compliance and maintain excellent customer service levels. Training has been provided by the RI Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about the ADA and issues concerning the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Upcoming trainings are to include “Disability Discrimination and the ADA” presented by the RI Commission for Human Rights. In addition to Departmental trainings, the RI Department of Administration has held numerous trainings regarding diversity and inclusion. (Page 115)

In addition, ORS is the lead agency for the ATAP program. The program is structured into three contracts to deliver device loans, device demonstrations, and other mandated AT grant services. The VR program also has a contract with the Sherlock Center of Rhode Island College to build Rhode Island’s capacity of Certified Benefits Counselors for individuals receiving SSI and/or SSDI. (Page 205)

Rhode Island has a work incentive program called the Sherlock Plan which enables individuals with significant disabilities to maintain Medicaid while working. The Sherlock Plan is administered by the Department of Human Services. However, the complexities of increased income on other benefits such as the Developmental Disability agency’s service cost share, subsidized housing, and food stamps requires considerable coordination among the state agencies. ORS participates on a monthly case coordination team that examines the Sherlock Plan. In addition, the Department of Justice State Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) require all individuals with significant intellectual disabilities receive a complete Benefit Analysis by a Benefits Counselor. ORS is working with Medicaid and Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to examine how the service can be reimbursed by Medicaid. (Page 215)

  • Maintain a focus on quality employment outcomes (integrated, competitive employment at minimum wage or higher with benefits) (Page 227)
  • Availability of jobs, individual’s social skills, personal/home life barriers, and fear of losing SSI and SSDI, medical benefits, and other subsidies, ranked as the top four issues preventing individuals from obtaining employment
  • The top four issues preventing individuals from maintaining employment included personal home life barriers, social skills, availability of jobs and availability/cost of transportation
  • Organizations felt unable to meet customers’ needs for benefits counseling and off-site retention supports, including long term Supported Employment supports and job coaching. Work trials, internships and situational assessments were also noted, as was job preparation counseling, employment planning/assessments, interview preparation, and case management. (Page 228)

Since the 2011 CNA respondents to the survey indicated ORS has improved in preparing participants to obtain and maintain employment that matches their goals, interest, and abilities. The 2015 satisfaction survey results reflect an increase from the 2014 responses, and continue to reflect improvement over the 2014 data in the areas of better preparing participants for employment and providing information to enable individuals to make informed decisions regarding benefits, Social Security, and state specific benefits. Areas that continue to reflect need for monitoring are ensuring individuals are aware they can re-contact ORS for services after they are closed, continued learning and skill enhancement for advancement, and quality of employment outcomes. Overall respondents continue to indicate that they would refer a friend for family member to ORS services. Results of the satisfaction survey since the 2011 CNA reflect the following areas for continued monitoring: ensuring customers are provided information on work incentives, Social Security and state specific benefits, educating customers on the assessment process and identifying the need for assistive technology. 2015 surveys reflected positive informed choice trends in the areas of identification of interest, abilities and strengths as related to an employment goal and assistive technology assessments/needs.   (Page 229)

Exceptions to time limits apply in the instances of: 

  1. A minor child(ren) living with a single parent who receives SSI benefits, or with two-parents who both receive SSI benefits, and
  2. A minor child(ren) living with a legally responsible non-parent caretaker relative who is not in the cash assistance payment. (Page 277)

Rhode Island provides an objective process for the delivery of benefits and the determination of eligibility, for fair and equitable treatment, and for complaints and an appeals process for those recipients that have been adversely affected. Specific details pertaining to the policy and procedures are contained in Rhode Island DHS Manual Sections Civil Rights Compliance and Complaints and Hearings. (Page 300)

School to Work Transition

Additionally, through the Office of Rehabilitation (ORS) an extensive infrastructure is in place with the Rhode Island Department of Education a (RIDE) and every local education authority (LEA) to provide transition services to in-school youth with disabilities. The intent of this partnership is to ensure that youth with disabilities have an opportunity to experience career exploration, real work experiences and a plan for employment after high school. Through a Cooperative Agreement between RIDE and ORS, a Masters level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor from ORS works with every high school in the state of RI to provide technical assistance, case consultation and function as a referral source. Referrals to ORS occur while youth are still in high school so assessments, community based work experiences and transition planning can occur prior to graduation. This relationship between youth and ORS prior to graduation creates a link for youth to the world of adult services and ongoing movement toward employment. (Page 56)

A Cooperative Agreement (CA) between RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a robust collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. Incorporated into the ORS Transition and Pre-ETS Program is an expectation that all students who are found eligible for services will have an ORS-approved Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) developed within 90 days of eligibility. Transition and Pre-ETS focuses on employment-related information and services to in-school youth with significant disabilities, including those students with an IEP or 504 plan. In addition, the State of Rhode Island is obligated to provide an array of transition services based on a Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree/Interim Settlement Agreement to in-school youth identified as having a significant intellectual disability (I/DD). (Page 251)

Data Collection

ORS has an Electronic Case File/MIS that is cloud based, proprietary and uniquely designed to meet the data collection requirements of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs. The product, Libera System 7, provides data security, reporting compliance, project management, case management, integrated authorization & billing, customer service and customization options. This product currently serves at least 14 state VR agencies and is WIOA compliant. The software is specific to State operated VR programs, used nationally by several other State VR Agencies, facilitates the Agency’s ability to meet and report on its Federal mandates and captures 392 data elements required by RSA/WIOA - all necessary to maintain Title I and Title VI funding for and function of Vocational Rehabilitation Programs that assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment in integrated competitive work settings.  (Page 94)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

It is important to understand that career pathways are not linear, nor the opportunities presented under the sector strategy will be unattainable to those individuals with barriers to employment. In fact, sector strategies often result in diverse populations participating in the opportunities generated by the workforce intermediaries. For example, the EARN Maryland program served a total of 912 people between June 2014 and December 2015 in entry level opportunities and of those participants 60% were women and 83% were minorities. Participants in the EARN Maryland program were also diverse in age with 35% served under the age of 30 45% between the ages of 30 and 49, and 20% over the age of 50 including 6 people over the age of 70. (Page 52)

The office of adult education also supports a statewide literacy resource center, the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC), established to improve instruction at all of the AEFLA-funded agencies in the state. The PDC has developed, in collaboration with the state office, a statewide system of professional development to support local activities required under 231 (b), including specific focus points on reading instruction, contextualized curriculum as a component of a statewide Career Pathways system, the development of literacy volunteer training, and the increasing ability to virtually share promising practices and research based models. The PDC conducts several Professional Learning Community opportunities for program directors, instructors, and volunteers. Particular attention is given to program quality, proficiency based teaching and learning, transitions to college, learning disabilities, reading strategies and English language teaching strategies.  (Page 191)

Employment Networks

ORS recognizes the importance of ensuring that staff have the necessary skills and abilities to provide quality services in a professional and timely manner. Examples of areas identified for training included: Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling, disability specific training, Cultural Diversity, Supported Employment, Ticket to Work, Relationship Building with the Business Community, Social Security Reimbursements, Employment Networks Partnership Plus, 21st Century Best Practices for Job Development and Placement for VR staff, as well as for VR Vendors. (Page 223)

Policies and Initiatives

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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Rhode Island HB 5564 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island Governor’s Executive Order (10/2014) - 10/22/2014

"On October 22, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed into action the Employment First Executive Order; a nation-wide initiative supporting integrated employment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

“At the signing ceremony held this week at the RI State House, Governor Chaffee urged executive branch agencies in the state to increase their efforts, and strengthen their support, for aiding people with disabilities in establishing not only jobs, but careers, in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Biennial Employment and Training Plan - FY2016 and FY2017 - 11/15/2014

“People with Disabilities: These individuals often require intensive preparation and support, including skills training, the use of adaptive technology in the workplace, job coaching, education, and other services. Employment First, an initiative that addresses these needs, was signed into Executive Order in October, 2014. Prior to this signing, BHDDH, ORS, and RIDE adopted Employment First practices and/or policies and made progress in finding work for individuals with disabilities.”

The Employment First Initiative was launched to provide increased job placements for adults with developmental disabilities.

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

14c (Subminimum Wages) Rhode Island Settlement - 04/08/2014

“The Justice Department announced… that it has entered into a statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The landmark ten year agreement is the nation’s first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. Approximately 450,000 people with I/DD across the country spend their days in segregated sheltered workshops or in segregated day programs. The agreement significantly advances the department's work to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires persons with I/DD be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Rhode Island Employment First Policy: A Time for Action - 01/22/2014

The Department is committed to helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency through work readiness, work force development and job creation. In order to achieve the intent outlined in the framework of this Employment First Policy, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working age adults with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island. While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. For those who successfully achieve the goal of employment in an integrated setting, future service planning must focus on maintaining employment as well as the consideration of additional career or advancement opportunities. For those not yet achieving employment, annual service planning shall include and reflect employment opportunities as the first and priority service option explored.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Services Supported Employment Policy

“The Supported Employment Services that may be enlisted to help an individual with a significant disability to move toward a goal of employment include:

An assessment or vocational evaluation to discover work interests, abilities and preferences. An opportunity to try real work in an interest area may also help clarify goals and identify support needs. Job Preparation services provide an opportunity to learn about the work routine, expectations of a boss, the interview process and identifying individual barriers that may hinder employment success. Job development and placement services that help to get a job consistent with the career goal of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Job coaching and retention services that cluster supports that help the individual learn and keep the job.  Supported Employment Services are available for up to 24 months to assist in sustaining employment. Transitional employment, as a Supported employment Service, is a series of temporary job placements in competitive, integrated work settings with ongoing support services, can be used to help build a resume, develop work skills and to identify strengths and barriers for individuals with the most significant disabilities until job permanency is achieved.”
Systems
  • Other

RI Comprehensive Needs Assessment

ORS will be conducting a state-wide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) in collaboration with the SRC in 2016. This CNA will incorporate a component related to the needs of the business community and create a foundation for developing new and innovative training and services specific to those needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Memorandum of Understanding Between the RI Department of Labor and Training and the RI Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services - 07/01/2012

“This agreement is entered into this first day of July, in the year 2012, by and between the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS). The purpose of this agreement is to maximize the resources of each party to increase the employment opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Both Departments have delineated activities toward mutually defined objectives (See paragraph 1) which will create an effective interagency system and increase the access of mutual customers to information, services and jobs via the One –Stop Career Centers or netWORKri Centers.”

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

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Workforce Development Unit

"People with disabilities are an untapped source of talented, reliable and hard-working employees. Hundreds of Rhode Island businesses have enriched their workforces by hiring people with disabilities. Our workforce development staff work closely with private-sector businesses, business groups and industry organizations to understand and address their current and future workforce needs."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Transition Services

“The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Updated Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule (1/14 – 3/1/16) - 01/01/2014

The purpose of the Conversion Institute is defined in the Consent Decree. “The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will be designed to assist qualified providers of sheltered workshops services to convert their employment programs to include Supported Employment Services. The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will provide individual analysis, technical assistance, and support to each qualified provider of sheltered workshop services, and will support individual providers in a process of conversion and transformation of service options.”   ….The day habilitation programs, including community based day program, supported employment and employment programs are all under the DOJ consent decree, there is no current need to offer any other type of relocation process for those beneficiaries.   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”

Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board (GWB): Workforce Innovative Grant Awards 2016

"The Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $2.4 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to provide work-readiness, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults… Collectively, the grants will serve hundreds of participants in such industries as hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and construction."

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board: Incumbent Worker Training Grants

“The GWB Incumbent Worker Training Grant program is funded by the Job Development Fund (JDF) and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Transition to Integrated Employment Brief: Discovery and Customized Employment - 04/01/2014

“Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities hosted the third of a series of public forums and workshops pertaining to integrated employment. Michael Callahan from Marc Gold and Associates (MG&A) led a day-long workshop focused on implementing discovery and customized employment. Customized Employment is a proven alternative to the typical supported employment approach of applying for competitive, demand job openings, an approach that tends not to work for many people with significant Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This Brief highlights strategies, tools, and a variety of free resources to help you get started with the discovery and customized employment process.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Biennial Employment & Training Plan (2014 & 2015) - 04/01/2013

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly directed the Governor’s Workforce Board to develop a biennial employment and training plan that would provide an analysis of current workforce funding, an analysis of gaps in meeting the needs of workers and employers, and a plan for workforce spending in Rhode Island.1 The Governor’s Workforce Board, in conjunction with an advisory group of relevant state agencies and other stakeholders, conducted an intensive planning and analysis process, resulting in this report and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This Biennial Plan report considers current and emerging needs of industry and employers, the ability of the workforce to meet those needs, and the capacity of the workforce system to provide services and programs to meet both of those needs. The plan also recommends major priorities for the public workforce system over the next two fiscal years, and offers action steps and funding strategies to accomplish these priorities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2011) - 07/01/2011

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS); in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counselor (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Between FFY 2010 and FFY 2011 ORS utilized, a series of assessment activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. These activities included: CNA surveys to VR staff and CRP, customer satisfaction surveys, public forums, review of available MIS data, and environmental scan of data from sources such as FFY 2009 RSA Annual Agency Review, Internal MIS reports, 2009 Information Works: Measuring Rhode Island Schools, 2010 Rhode Island Department of Labor and Department of Bureau of Labor Statistics, Training and American Community Survey. The results of the CNA were reviewed by a team of individuals from the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council to assist in the planning and development of a three-year strategic plan for the Office of Rehabilitation Services with a focus on improving services that increase employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities residing in Rhode Island.

Goals of the comprehensive need assessment:

1. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities including their needs for Supported Employment 2. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who are minorities

3.Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of unserved and underserved population in Rhode Island

4.Assess the utilization of services through the statewide workforce investment system by individuals with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community services providers

5.Assess the need to establish, develop, and enhance Community Rehabilitation Providers within the State

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2009) - 06/01/2009

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counsel (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Assessment activities, which document the needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities completed between 2008 and 2010, are included in this summary report entitled “2010 Comprehensive Needs Assessment”.

ORS used a series of activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities: a. 2008 Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Survey b. 2009 Customer Satisfaction Surveys c. 2008 - 2009 Rhode Island Governors’ Commission on Disabilities Public Forum Employment Workgroup Report d. 2009 Annual Personnel Training Needs Assessment e. 2008 Employer Survey f. Staff Strategic Planning Session g. ORS MIS, American Community Survey, RI S1820, and RI Department of Labor & Training Employment Bulletin Data and RSA Data

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

North Rhode Island Collaborative

In order to assist Local Educational Agencies in meeting the secondary Transition requirements, the three Rhode Island Educational Collaborative maintain four Regional Transition Centers (RTCs). These centers assist middle and high schools regionally and statewide through coordination of the four Regional Transition Coordinators.

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule of January 2014 - 01/01/2014

“In January 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule regarding Medicaid -funded home and community based services (HCBS). The rule applied to HCBS provided under 1915(c) authorities. Rhode Island’s authority to claim Federal Medicaid match for HCBS is under our 1115 Waiver…..   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact 1115 Waiver Taskforce Employment Workgroup Recommendations Paper - 01/16/2009

“The Global Waiver establishes a new federal/state compact that gives the state greater flexibility to provide [Medicare and Medicaid] services in a more cost-effective way that will better meet the needs of Rhode Islanders. On May 12, 2009, Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) held the first meeting of their 65 member Task Force. At this meeting, six workgroups, including the Employment Workgroup, were described to Task Force members who were then asked to join at least one of these workgroups. Any Rhode Islander could join any of the workgroups at the discretion of the respective Workgroup Chairperson.”

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

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”   Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode to Home (RI Money Follows the Person)

“Rhode Island’s ‘The Rhode to Home’ is a new program that will align with other State efforts to re-balance RI’s long-term care system. The Rhode to Home will provide support to transition eligible individuals who are in a qualified institutional setting for 90 days or more to home and community-based settings. It’s also referred to as Money Follows the Person or MFP. This demonstration project will assist individuals transition to and successfully remain in the community, with appropriate supports, so that they can experience more independence and a better quality of life. Participation is voluntary.”

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

Sherlock Plan

The Sherlock Plan is a Medicaid Buy-In Program for adults with disabilities that provides comprehensive health coverage. The program is intended to help individuals with disabilities maintain or obtain health coverage and other services and supports that will enable them to maintain employment. There may be a monthly premium. If an individual is offered employer-based coverage that is cost-effective the individual may be required to enroll in that plan.

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

Rhode Island Medicaid State Plan

“Medicaid State Plan – Not currently available in an electronic format.  To view the paper state plan, please contact:  kimberly.brito@dhs.ri.gov.”

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

Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee State Profile – Rhode Island

"This State Profile provides an overview of persons who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits in Rhode Island, referred to as Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Medicare-Medicaid enrollees are low-income seniors and people with disabilities."

"Medicare-Medicaid enrollees can be categorized into 3 groups, based on the level of benefit they receive from Medicaid: Full Benefit enrollees receive the full array of Medicaid benefits available in the state; Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay their Medicare premiums and cost-sharing obligations; and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMBs), Qualified Individuals (QIs) and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWIs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay Medicare premiums only.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With an incredible Employment First revolution happening in Rhode Island, there is "Hope" for a bright future for all workers with disabilities in the Ocean State.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Rhode Island’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.11%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,056,298
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-5.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74,090
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,506
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.08%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 1,056,298
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 74,090
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 26,506
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 462,979
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 65,580
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 74,256
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 118,903
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 7,147
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 17,513
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 790
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,152
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,909
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 6,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,383
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 37,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,020
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,749
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 18,643
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 20.70%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 750
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 221
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,690

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,698
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 6
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 2
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. 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.19

 

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. 1,875
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 58,024
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,734,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $493,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $18,665,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $20,260,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 33.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,030
Number of people served in facility based work. 482
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,693
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 108.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.50%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 30.42%
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). 69.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 84.73%
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). 39.29%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 193,462
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 600
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 113
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $959,311

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 366
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 366

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work. The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services or ORS,
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education or RIDE and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals or BHDDH to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work. The three state agencies are developing Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 23) 

Two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are in place for RIDE, ORS, and the state Developmental Disability agency - Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). One MOU defines the working relationship between the three parties, and the other MOU addresses data sharing for the state agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree required that each of these MOUs be developed and implemented to ensure that the responsibility for services and implementation of Employment First principles occurs within RI in a manner consistent with the mandates of the DOJ/State Consent Decree. In-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities are entitled to access to an array of transition planning, career exploration/discovery services, and community-based work experiences prior to graduation from high school. The MOU describes the relationship between the parties and data collection to demonstrate that deliverables of the DOJ/State Consent Decree are occurring as prescribed. (Page 206)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work.

The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work.

The CD obligates ORS to 

  1. Provide in-school youth with I/DD a 120-day Trial Work Experience prior to leaving high school,
  2. CRP personnel providing Supported Employment job coaching and job placement services to meet certain criteria/credentials to provide services, and
  3. Establishment of a Continuous Quality Improvement review of each agency providing SE services. (Page 212)

As a component of the Pre-ETS program, ORS, in collaboration with other partners, has instituted several Project Search programs within the health care industry sector. The state emphasis and commitment to Employment First principles for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities has helped to facilitate RI Project Search becoming a reality. The first Miriam Hospital Project Search - 2014, was so successful, that the program was replicated with Blue Cross in 2015, and is planning to further expand to an additional site in 2016. In addition, ORS funds summer work experiences for youth since 2010. All of these work experiences are in integrated community based work settings at minimum wage or above. (Page 214)

The State of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment services in order to work.

The DOJ/State Consent Decree requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service-delivery system that ensures individuals, both adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully-informed choices about work. The three state agencies are obligated by the DOJ/State Consent Decree to develop Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 216)

Employment related themes included: 

  • Concern over the continuum of services related to the Employment First Initiative
  • Supported employment services, lack of long-term funding options, and service need ratio to staffing
  • Impact on individual benefits and services
  • Continuity of services for transition-age youth as they move from one system to another (Page 231)

OBJECTIVE 2: Change the culture of the Supported Employment (SE) vendor community to expect integrated competitive employment as the goal of services. 

  • Develop and implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process for vendors working with customers with Developmental Disabilities, as required by the DOJ/State Consent Decree.
  • Expand the CQI process to all vendors authorized to provide the array of SE services.
  • Implement training opportunities for SE vendors in assessment, job development/coaching, and business relationships.
  • Conduct quarterly VR meetings with SE vendors to reinforce and strengthen Employment First principles and practice.
  • Support and participate in the SE Developmental Disability and SE Behavioral Health vendor meetings.
  • Examine the VR fee structure to ensure it rewards integrated employment outcomes.  (Page 245)

Participation in employment experiences for individuals needing Supported Employment, in-school youth and clients attending college/training programs funded by ORS, will be encouraged and included in Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE). ORS will also ensure that services are focused on access to opportunities for real work experiences and integrated competitive employment outcomes at or above minimum wage. ORS will encourage and reinforce, with ORS approved Supported Employment providers and other state entities, Employment First and Recovery principles and practices into service delivery in order to increase expectations that individuals with significant intellectual and psychiatric disabilities can obtain quality employment outcomes in integrated settings at competitive wages. ORS will provide access to information about SSA Work Incentives, Ticket to Work, and other State-specific benefits to customers and their families, CRPs, support staff, and ORS staff in order to support informed choice and employment decisions. (Page 249)

STATE PLAN FOR SE Title VI FFY 2014 and FFY 2015: The State Plan for FFY2014 and FFY2015 incorporated tracking of admissions, service, and employment outcomes for general, transition, underserved, and supported employment customers in order to analyze these data elements. The use of this data was intended to modify, enhance, and/or develop new services and identify staff training needs.

  • Accomplishments: The DOJ/State Consent Decree with the state of RI created a state-wide commitment to Employment First principles in planning and service delivery for in-school youth and adult with significant intellectual disabilities. ORS has had a long standing commitment to Integrated Competitive Employment for all individuals with disabilities. However, continued support of sheltered workshops impeded resources being re-directed to employment and long term supports. The DOJ/State Consent Decree mandate forced a realignment of service delivery, funding and collaboration among state agencies. (Page 257)

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICE DELIVERY: ORS has employment services that are available to adults and in-school youth found eligible for Supported Employment Services. The values and principles of ORS to make integrated competitive employment available to all individuals with disabilities has been reinforced by a state of RI DOJ/State Consent Decree. This recently negotiated Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA), between RI and DOJ, resulted in a Governor’s proclamation declaring that RI is an Employment First state. The principles and practices of Employment First, consistent with the mission of ORS and the mandate of the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA), are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-of-school youth. (Page 260)

Attending to the training needs of CRPs is an ongoing commitment. The CRP Supervisor actively meets with providers/vendors who provide Supported Employment (SE) services in order to re-enforce the philosophy of Employment First. The CRP Supervisor, in collaboration with field supervisors, counselors, and ORS administrators, is actively involved in meetings with potential vendors to discuss becoming a Supported Employment vendor for ORS in order to increase service delivery capacity. These meetings with CRPs provide an opportunity to address concerns and questions as well as clarify the elements of a quality employment outcome. ORS participates on the two Supported Employment Advisory Councils as a means of dedicating resources and reinforcing a commitment to integrated competitive employment for individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 262)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

Four major factors of network government collaboration must be addressed between all partners included in this plan before the most effective service delivery can be provided. These factors include: clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated response team model, braiding resources across programs to maximize investments, establishing common standards around client intake and service referrals, and developing an IT infrastructure to support intelligence sharing and effective case management among partner entities, both government and non-government. (Page 78)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Additional information in addition to the requirements listed for training program initial and continued eligibility, training providers must meet the following: 

  1. Non-Discrimination: All training providers must comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations at 29 CFR Part 37, Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions, and 10 the USDOL Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.
  2. Accessibility: Training providers must provide physical and programmatic accessibility and reasonable accommodations/modifications, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; section 188 of WIOA; and the regulations implementing these statutory provisions.
  3. Criteria for Eligibility: a. State Criteria - In establishing criteria pursuant to WIOA sec. 122(b)(1), the State shall take into account each of the following: 
  • Performance Accountability and Outcomes
  • Ensure access to training services throughout the State (including use of technology)
  • Dissemination of Performance Outcomes and training information
  • Training must lead to “In-Demand” industry occupations
  • State licensing requirements and licensing status of providers. (Page 131)
DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): This program provides an integrated service system that creates a “One-Stop” entry point for individuals with disabilities to gain entrance to competitive and/or self-employment. This is accomplished by improving coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs implemented at state and local levels, including the “Ticket to Work” program under the SSA that enables disabled individuals to access employment services at an employment network site and other effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes. The array of services provided to DEI participants include; placement in suitable jobs, job search workshops, counseling, core, intensive, and training services, referral to supportive services, outreach to employers, and outreach to individuals with disabilities by providing services at various locations around the state.(Page 27-28)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated resource team model is critical in developing a coordinated and collaborative service delivery system. The integrated resource team model started as a pilot model under the Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative grant. In the pilot participating agencies committed to participating in ad-hoc teams developed around meeting the needs of individual clients. If one agency determined a client needed to be referred to additional services, the agency receiving the referral would commit to participating in a joint case management team with staff from other programs serving the same client. As a result, coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs fundamentally improved through a blending and braiding of resources at a customer level. (Page 78)

3. COORDINATION WITH NONPROFITS, EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYERS

SRC COMMENT: The SRC made several recommendations regarding interagency cooperation and coordination with other entities. At this point ORS has not, pursuant to Attachment 4.2(c) addressed many of these recommendations. Among our recommendations included that ORS update broken links on its website. We also suggested that ORS review its expired MOU between it and RIDE as well as other MOU partners. In addition, we look forward to working with ORS on the revised Comprehensive Needs Assessment to capture WIOA expectations and employer needs. With regard to coordination with employers, we assisted ORS in framing goals. As this is a new attachment, we

Look forward to hearing more about ORS efforts to create new pilot projects such as Project Search expansion and additional partnerships with businesses. We continue to be interested in ORS serving as a leader in requiring Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to deliver services consistent with the spirit of WIOA. We are interested in ORS efforts to modify fee structures, expand upon the competence of CRPs, and other efforts to change the culture to one that has an expectation that all services should ultimately culminate in competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Again, many of these issues were addressed in our January 19, 2016 communication to ORS. (Page 199-200)

  • ORS will use I&E funds to explore development of a performance-based contract specific to the services provided by the SE Vendor community to individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this pilot is to increase the employment outcomes, as per the DOJ/State Consent Decree, for this population of ORS clients. (Page 255)
  • I& E funds were used to support the licensing fees for two Project Search pilots as part of the ORS Pre-ETS initiative.
  • ORS utilized I&E funds for State Rehabilitation Council and State Independent Living Council activities.
  • ORS used I&E funds for CRP trainings. (Page 259)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Other criteria the grantee must meet includes the ability to provide services related to media literacy, financial literacy, exposure to emerging career choices, linkages with local after school opportunities, links to post high school opportunities, connection to Regional Vocational Centers, disability service provider and all other required WIOA activities. The grantee must also be capable of providing such services for all youth populations, including younger in-school youth (ages 14-18), younger out-of-school youth (ages 16-18), and older youth (ages 19-24).  (Page 138)

Benefits

Rhode Island’s goal in WIOA services is to continue to improve training, employment opportunities and outcomes of adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security Disability insurance benefits. Staff training is an essential component to ensure compliance and maintain excellent customer service levels. Training has been provided by the RI Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about the ADA and issues concerning the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Upcoming trainings are to include “Disability Discrimination and the ADA” presented by the RI Commission for Human Rights. In addition to Departmental trainings, the RI Department of Administration has held numerous trainings regarding diversity and inclusion. (Page 115)

In addition, ORS is the lead agency for the ATAP program. The program is structured into three contracts to deliver device loans, device demonstrations, and other mandated AT grant services. The VR program also has a contract with the Sherlock Center of Rhode Island College to build Rhode Island’s capacity of Certified Benefits Counselors for individuals receiving SSI and/or SSDI. (Page 205)

Rhode Island has a work incentive program called the Sherlock Plan which enables individuals with significant disabilities to maintain Medicaid while working. The Sherlock Plan is administered by the Department of Human Services. However, the complexities of increased income on other benefits such as the Developmental Disability agency’s service cost share, subsidized housing, and food stamps requires considerable coordination among the state agencies. ORS participates on a monthly case coordination team that examines the Sherlock Plan. In addition, the Department of Justice State Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) require all individuals with significant intellectual disabilities receive a complete Benefit Analysis by a Benefits Counselor. ORS is working with Medicaid and Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to examine how the service can be reimbursed by Medicaid. (Page 215)

  • Maintain a focus on quality employment outcomes (integrated, competitive employment at minimum wage or higher with benefits) (Page 227)
  • Availability of jobs, individual’s social skills, personal/home life barriers, and fear of losing SSI and SSDI, medical benefits, and other subsidies, ranked as the top four issues preventing individuals from obtaining employment
  • The top four issues preventing individuals from maintaining employment included personal home life barriers, social skills, availability of jobs and availability/cost of transportation
  • Organizations felt unable to meet customers’ needs for benefits counseling and off-site retention supports, including long term Supported Employment supports and job coaching. Work trials, internships and situational assessments were also noted, as was job preparation counseling, employment planning/assessments, interview preparation, and case management. (Page 228)

Since the 2011 CNA respondents to the survey indicated ORS has improved in preparing participants to obtain and maintain employment that matches their goals, interest, and abilities. The 2015 satisfaction survey results reflect an increase from the 2014 responses, and continue to reflect improvement over the 2014 data in the areas of better preparing participants for employment and providing information to enable individuals to make informed decisions regarding benefits, Social Security, and state specific benefits. Areas that continue to reflect need for monitoring are ensuring individuals are aware they can re-contact ORS for services after they are closed, continued learning and skill enhancement for advancement, and quality of employment outcomes. Overall respondents continue to indicate that they would refer a friend for family member to ORS services. Results of the satisfaction survey since the 2011 CNA reflect the following areas for continued monitoring: ensuring customers are provided information on work incentives, Social Security and state specific benefits, educating customers on the assessment process and identifying the need for assistive technology. 2015 surveys reflected positive informed choice trends in the areas of identification of interest, abilities and strengths as related to an employment goal and assistive technology assessments/needs.   (Page 229)

Exceptions to time limits apply in the instances of: 

  1. A minor child(ren) living with a single parent who receives SSI benefits, or with two-parents who both receive SSI benefits, and
  2. A minor child(ren) living with a legally responsible non-parent caretaker relative who is not in the cash assistance payment. (Page 277)

Rhode Island provides an objective process for the delivery of benefits and the determination of eligibility, for fair and equitable treatment, and for complaints and an appeals process for those recipients that have been adversely affected. Specific details pertaining to the policy and procedures are contained in Rhode Island DHS Manual Sections Civil Rights Compliance and Complaints and Hearings. (Page 300)

School to Work Transition

Additionally, through the Office of Rehabilitation (ORS) an extensive infrastructure is in place with the Rhode Island Department of Education a (RIDE) and every local education authority (LEA) to provide transition services to in-school youth with disabilities. The intent of this partnership is to ensure that youth with disabilities have an opportunity to experience career exploration, real work experiences and a plan for employment after high school. Through a Cooperative Agreement between RIDE and ORS, a Masters level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor from ORS works with every high school in the state of RI to provide technical assistance, case consultation and function as a referral source. Referrals to ORS occur while youth are still in high school so assessments, community based work experiences and transition planning can occur prior to graduation. This relationship between youth and ORS prior to graduation creates a link for youth to the world of adult services and ongoing movement toward employment. (Page 56)

A Cooperative Agreement (CA) between RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a robust collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. Incorporated into the ORS Transition and Pre-ETS Program is an expectation that all students who are found eligible for services will have an ORS-approved Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) developed within 90 days of eligibility. Transition and Pre-ETS focuses on employment-related information and services to in-school youth with significant disabilities, including those students with an IEP or 504 plan. In addition, the State of Rhode Island is obligated to provide an array of transition services based on a Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree/Interim Settlement Agreement to in-school youth identified as having a significant intellectual disability (I/DD). (Page 251)

Data Collection

ORS has an Electronic Case File/MIS that is cloud based, proprietary and uniquely designed to meet the data collection requirements of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs. The product, Libera System 7, provides data security, reporting compliance, project management, case management, integrated authorization & billing, customer service and customization options. This product currently serves at least 14 state VR agencies and is WIOA compliant. The software is specific to State operated VR programs, used nationally by several other State VR Agencies, facilitates the Agency’s ability to meet and report on its Federal mandates and captures 392 data elements required by RSA/WIOA - all necessary to maintain Title I and Title VI funding for and function of Vocational Rehabilitation Programs that assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment in integrated competitive work settings.  (Page 94)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

It is important to understand that career pathways are not linear, nor the opportunities presented under the sector strategy will be unattainable to those individuals with barriers to employment. In fact, sector strategies often result in diverse populations participating in the opportunities generated by the workforce intermediaries. For example, the EARN Maryland program served a total of 912 people between June 2014 and December 2015 in entry level opportunities and of those participants 60% were women and 83% were minorities. Participants in the EARN Maryland program were also diverse in age with 35% served under the age of 30 45% between the ages of 30 and 49, and 20% over the age of 50 including 6 people over the age of 70. (Page 52)

The office of adult education also supports a statewide literacy resource center, the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC), established to improve instruction at all of the AEFLA-funded agencies in the state. The PDC has developed, in collaboration with the state office, a statewide system of professional development to support local activities required under 231 (b), including specific focus points on reading instruction, contextualized curriculum as a component of a statewide Career Pathways system, the development of literacy volunteer training, and the increasing ability to virtually share promising practices and research based models. The PDC conducts several Professional Learning Community opportunities for program directors, instructors, and volunteers. Particular attention is given to program quality, proficiency based teaching and learning, transitions to college, learning disabilities, reading strategies and English language teaching strategies.  (Page 191)

Employment Networks

ORS recognizes the importance of ensuring that staff have the necessary skills and abilities to provide quality services in a professional and timely manner. Examples of areas identified for training included: Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling, disability specific training, Cultural Diversity, Supported Employment, Ticket to Work, Relationship Building with the Business Community, Social Security Reimbursements, Employment Networks Partnership Plus, 21st Century Best Practices for Job Development and Placement for VR staff, as well as for VR Vendors. (Page 223)

Policies and Initiatives

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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Rhode Island HB 5564 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island Governor’s Executive Order (10/2014) - 10/22/2014

"On October 22, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed into action the Employment First Executive Order; a nation-wide initiative supporting integrated employment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

“At the signing ceremony held this week at the RI State House, Governor Chaffee urged executive branch agencies in the state to increase their efforts, and strengthen their support, for aiding people with disabilities in establishing not only jobs, but careers, in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Biennial Employment and Training Plan - FY2016 and FY2017 - 11/15/2014

“People with Disabilities: These individuals often require intensive preparation and support, including skills training, the use of adaptive technology in the workplace, job coaching, education, and other services. Employment First, an initiative that addresses these needs, was signed into Executive Order in October, 2014. Prior to this signing, BHDDH, ORS, and RIDE adopted Employment First practices and/or policies and made progress in finding work for individuals with disabilities.”

The Employment First Initiative was launched to provide increased job placements for adults with developmental disabilities.

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

14c (Subminimum Wages) Rhode Island Settlement - 04/08/2014

“The Justice Department announced… that it has entered into a statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The landmark ten year agreement is the nation’s first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. Approximately 450,000 people with I/DD across the country spend their days in segregated sheltered workshops or in segregated day programs. The agreement significantly advances the department's work to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires persons with I/DD be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Rhode Island Employment First Policy: A Time for Action - 01/22/2014

The Department is committed to helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency through work readiness, work force development and job creation. In order to achieve the intent outlined in the framework of this Employment First Policy, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working age adults with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island. While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. For those who successfully achieve the goal of employment in an integrated setting, future service planning must focus on maintaining employment as well as the consideration of additional career or advancement opportunities. For those not yet achieving employment, annual service planning shall include and reflect employment opportunities as the first and priority service option explored.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Services Supported Employment Policy

“The Supported Employment Services that may be enlisted to help an individual with a significant disability to move toward a goal of employment include:

An assessment or vocational evaluation to discover work interests, abilities and preferences. An opportunity to try real work in an interest area may also help clarify goals and identify support needs. Job Preparation services provide an opportunity to learn about the work routine, expectations of a boss, the interview process and identifying individual barriers that may hinder employment success. Job development and placement services that help to get a job consistent with the career goal of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Job coaching and retention services that cluster supports that help the individual learn and keep the job.  Supported Employment Services are available for up to 24 months to assist in sustaining employment. Transitional employment, as a Supported employment Service, is a series of temporary job placements in competitive, integrated work settings with ongoing support services, can be used to help build a resume, develop work skills and to identify strengths and barriers for individuals with the most significant disabilities until job permanency is achieved.”
Systems
  • Other

RI Comprehensive Needs Assessment

ORS will be conducting a state-wide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) in collaboration with the SRC in 2016. This CNA will incorporate a component related to the needs of the business community and create a foundation for developing new and innovative training and services specific to those needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Memorandum of Understanding Between the RI Department of Labor and Training and the RI Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services - 07/01/2012

“This agreement is entered into this first day of July, in the year 2012, by and between the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS). The purpose of this agreement is to maximize the resources of each party to increase the employment opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Both Departments have delineated activities toward mutually defined objectives (See paragraph 1) which will create an effective interagency system and increase the access of mutual customers to information, services and jobs via the One –Stop Career Centers or netWORKri Centers.”

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

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Workforce Development Unit

"People with disabilities are an untapped source of talented, reliable and hard-working employees. Hundreds of Rhode Island businesses have enriched their workforces by hiring people with disabilities. Our workforce development staff work closely with private-sector businesses, business groups and industry organizations to understand and address their current and future workforce needs."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Transition Services

“The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Updated Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule (1/14 – 3/1/16) - 01/01/2014

The purpose of the Conversion Institute is defined in the Consent Decree. “The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will be designed to assist qualified providers of sheltered workshops services to convert their employment programs to include Supported Employment Services. The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will provide individual analysis, technical assistance, and support to each qualified provider of sheltered workshop services, and will support individual providers in a process of conversion and transformation of service options.”   ….The day habilitation programs, including community based day program, supported employment and employment programs are all under the DOJ consent decree, there is no current need to offer any other type of relocation process for those beneficiaries.   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”

Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board (GWB): Workforce Innovative Grant Awards 2016

"The Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $2.4 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to provide work-readiness, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults… Collectively, the grants will serve hundreds of participants in such industries as hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and construction."

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board: Incumbent Worker Training Grants

“The GWB Incumbent Worker Training Grant program is funded by the Job Development Fund (JDF) and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Transition to Integrated Employment Brief: Discovery and Customized Employment - 04/01/2014

“Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities hosted the third of a series of public forums and workshops pertaining to integrated employment. Michael Callahan from Marc Gold and Associates (MG&A) led a day-long workshop focused on implementing discovery and customized employment. Customized Employment is a proven alternative to the typical supported employment approach of applying for competitive, demand job openings, an approach that tends not to work for many people with significant Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This Brief highlights strategies, tools, and a variety of free resources to help you get started with the discovery and customized employment process.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Biennial Employment & Training Plan (2014 & 2015) - 04/01/2013

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly directed the Governor’s Workforce Board to develop a biennial employment and training plan that would provide an analysis of current workforce funding, an analysis of gaps in meeting the needs of workers and employers, and a plan for workforce spending in Rhode Island.1 The Governor’s Workforce Board, in conjunction with an advisory group of relevant state agencies and other stakeholders, conducted an intensive planning and analysis process, resulting in this report and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This Biennial Plan report considers current and emerging needs of industry and employers, the ability of the workforce to meet those needs, and the capacity of the workforce system to provide services and programs to meet both of those needs. The plan also recommends major priorities for the public workforce system over the next two fiscal years, and offers action steps and funding strategies to accomplish these priorities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2011) - 07/01/2011

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS); in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counselor (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Between FFY 2010 and FFY 2011 ORS utilized, a series of assessment activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. These activities included: CNA surveys to VR staff and CRP, customer satisfaction surveys, public forums, review of available MIS data, and environmental scan of data from sources such as FFY 2009 RSA Annual Agency Review, Internal MIS reports, 2009 Information Works: Measuring Rhode Island Schools, 2010 Rhode Island Department of Labor and Department of Bureau of Labor Statistics, Training and American Community Survey. The results of the CNA were reviewed by a team of individuals from the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council to assist in the planning and development of a three-year strategic plan for the Office of Rehabilitation Services with a focus on improving services that increase employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities residing in Rhode Island.

Goals of the comprehensive need assessment:

1. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities including their needs for Supported Employment 2. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who are minorities

3.Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of unserved and underserved population in Rhode Island

4.Assess the utilization of services through the statewide workforce investment system by individuals with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community services providers

5.Assess the need to establish, develop, and enhance Community Rehabilitation Providers within the State

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2009) - 06/01/2009

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counsel (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Assessment activities, which document the needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities completed between 2008 and 2010, are included in this summary report entitled “2010 Comprehensive Needs Assessment”.

ORS used a series of activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities: a. 2008 Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Survey b. 2009 Customer Satisfaction Surveys c. 2008 - 2009 Rhode Island Governors’ Commission on Disabilities Public Forum Employment Workgroup Report d. 2009 Annual Personnel Training Needs Assessment e. 2008 Employer Survey f. Staff Strategic Planning Session g. ORS MIS, American Community Survey, RI S1820, and RI Department of Labor & Training Employment Bulletin Data and RSA Data

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

North Rhode Island Collaborative

In order to assist Local Educational Agencies in meeting the secondary Transition requirements, the three Rhode Island Educational Collaborative maintain four Regional Transition Centers (RTCs). These centers assist middle and high schools regionally and statewide through coordination of the four Regional Transition Coordinators.

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule of January 2014 - 01/01/2014

“In January 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule regarding Medicaid -funded home and community based services (HCBS). The rule applied to HCBS provided under 1915(c) authorities. Rhode Island’s authority to claim Federal Medicaid match for HCBS is under our 1115 Waiver…..   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact 1115 Waiver Taskforce Employment Workgroup Recommendations Paper - 01/16/2009

“The Global Waiver establishes a new federal/state compact that gives the state greater flexibility to provide [Medicare and Medicaid] services in a more cost-effective way that will better meet the needs of Rhode Islanders. On May 12, 2009, Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) held the first meeting of their 65 member Task Force. At this meeting, six workgroups, including the Employment Workgroup, were described to Task Force members who were then asked to join at least one of these workgroups. Any Rhode Islander could join any of the workgroups at the discretion of the respective Workgroup Chairperson.”

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

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”   Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode to Home (RI Money Follows the Person)

“Rhode Island’s ‘The Rhode to Home’ is a new program that will align with other State efforts to re-balance RI’s long-term care system. The Rhode to Home will provide support to transition eligible individuals who are in a qualified institutional setting for 90 days or more to home and community-based settings. It’s also referred to as Money Follows the Person or MFP. This demonstration project will assist individuals transition to and successfully remain in the community, with appropriate supports, so that they can experience more independence and a better quality of life. Participation is voluntary.”

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

Sherlock Plan

The Sherlock Plan is a Medicaid Buy-In Program for adults with disabilities that provides comprehensive health coverage. The program is intended to help individuals with disabilities maintain or obtain health coverage and other services and supports that will enable them to maintain employment. There may be a monthly premium. If an individual is offered employer-based coverage that is cost-effective the individual may be required to enroll in that plan.

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

Rhode Island Medicaid State Plan

“Medicaid State Plan – Not currently available in an electronic format.  To view the paper state plan, please contact:  kimberly.brito@dhs.ri.gov.”

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

Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee State Profile – Rhode Island

"This State Profile provides an overview of persons who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits in Rhode Island, referred to as Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. Medicare-Medicaid enrollees are low-income seniors and people with disabilities."

"Medicare-Medicaid enrollees can be categorized into 3 groups, based on the level of benefit they receive from Medicaid: Full Benefit enrollees receive the full array of Medicaid benefits available in the state; Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay their Medicare premiums and cost-sharing obligations; and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMBs), Qualified Individuals (QIs) and Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWIs) are Partial Benefit enrollees who receive assistance from Medicaid to pay Medicare premiums only.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

With an incredible Employment First revolution happening in Rhode Island, there is "Hope" for a bright future for all workers with disabilities in the Ocean State.

State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Rhode Island’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.11%
Change from
2014 to 2015
1,056,298
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-5.87%
Change from
2014 to 2015
74,090
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.35%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,506
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
5.23%
Change from
2014 to 2015
35.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.5%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.08%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 1,056,298
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 74,090
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 26,506
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 462,979
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 35.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.08%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.00%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 65,580
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 74,256
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 118,903
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 7,147
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 17,513
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 790
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,152
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,909
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 6,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,383
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 37,476

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,020
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 8,749
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 18,643
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 16.20%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 5.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 20.70%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 750
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 221
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,690

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,698
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 6
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 2
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. 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.19

 

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. 1,875
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 58,024
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,734,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $493,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $18,665,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $20,260,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 33.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,030
Number of people served in facility based work. 482
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 2,693
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 108.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 71.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.50%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 5.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.98%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 30.42%
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). 69.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or 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). 84.73%
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). 39.29%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 193,462
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 600
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 77,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 113
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $959,311

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 366
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 366

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work. The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services or ORS,
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education or RIDE and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals or BHDDH to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work. The three state agencies are developing Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 23) 

Two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are in place for RIDE, ORS, and the state Developmental Disability agency - Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). One MOU defines the working relationship between the three parties, and the other MOU addresses data sharing for the state agencies. The Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree required that each of these MOUs be developed and implemented to ensure that the responsibility for services and implementation of Employment First principles occurs within RI in a manner consistent with the mandates of the DOJ/State Consent Decree. In-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities are entitled to access to an array of transition planning, career exploration/discovery services, and community-based work experiences prior to graduation from high school. The MOU describes the relationship between the parties and data collection to demonstrate that deliverables of the DOJ/State Consent Decree are occurring as prescribed. (Page 206)

The state of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment Services in order to work.

The DOJ court order requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service delivery system that ensures individuals, adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully informed choices about work.

The CD obligates ORS to 

  1. Provide in-school youth with I/DD a 120-day Trial Work Experience prior to leaving high school,
  2. CRP personnel providing Supported Employment job coaching and job placement services to meet certain criteria/credentials to provide services, and
  3. Establishment of a Continuous Quality Improvement review of each agency providing SE services. (Page 212)

As a component of the Pre-ETS program, ORS, in collaboration with other partners, has instituted several Project Search programs within the health care industry sector. The state emphasis and commitment to Employment First principles for individuals with significant intellectual disabilities has helped to facilitate RI Project Search becoming a reality. The first Miriam Hospital Project Search - 2014, was so successful, that the program was replicated with Blue Cross in 2015, and is planning to further expand to an additional site in 2016. In addition, ORS funds summer work experiences for youth since 2010. All of these work experiences are in integrated community based work settings at minimum wage or above. (Page 214)

The State of RI recently negotiated a Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to ensure that Employment First Principles and practices are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-school youth with significant intellectual disabilities (I/DD) who need access to the continuum of Supported Employment services in order to work.

The DOJ/State Consent Decree requires three state agencies: 

  1. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS),
  2. The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), and
  3. The Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to develop and implement a service-delivery system that ensures individuals, both adults and youth, with I/DD have access to integrated competitive employment opportunities in order to make fully-informed choices about work. The three state agencies are obligated by the DOJ/State Consent Decree to develop Cooperative Agreements, Data Exchange Agreements, and joint Continuous Quality Improvement efforts as elements/requirements of the CD and ISA. (Page 216)

Employment related themes included: 

  • Concern over the continuum of services related to the Employment First Initiative
  • Supported employment services, lack of long-term funding options, and service need ratio to staffing
  • Impact on individual benefits and services
  • Continuity of services for transition-age youth as they move from one system to another (Page 231)

OBJECTIVE 2: Change the culture of the Supported Employment (SE) vendor community to expect integrated competitive employment as the goal of services. 

  • Develop and implement a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process for vendors working with customers with Developmental Disabilities, as required by the DOJ/State Consent Decree.
  • Expand the CQI process to all vendors authorized to provide the array of SE services.
  • Implement training opportunities for SE vendors in assessment, job development/coaching, and business relationships.
  • Conduct quarterly VR meetings with SE vendors to reinforce and strengthen Employment First principles and practice.
  • Support and participate in the SE Developmental Disability and SE Behavioral Health vendor meetings.
  • Examine the VR fee structure to ensure it rewards integrated employment outcomes.  (Page 245)

Participation in employment experiences for individuals needing Supported Employment, in-school youth and clients attending college/training programs funded by ORS, will be encouraged and included in Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE). ORS will also ensure that services are focused on access to opportunities for real work experiences and integrated competitive employment outcomes at or above minimum wage. ORS will encourage and reinforce, with ORS approved Supported Employment providers and other state entities, Employment First and Recovery principles and practices into service delivery in order to increase expectations that individuals with significant intellectual and psychiatric disabilities can obtain quality employment outcomes in integrated settings at competitive wages. ORS will provide access to information about SSA Work Incentives, Ticket to Work, and other State-specific benefits to customers and their families, CRPs, support staff, and ORS staff in order to support informed choice and employment decisions. (Page 249)

STATE PLAN FOR SE Title VI FFY 2014 and FFY 2015: The State Plan for FFY2014 and FFY2015 incorporated tracking of admissions, service, and employment outcomes for general, transition, underserved, and supported employment customers in order to analyze these data elements. The use of this data was intended to modify, enhance, and/or develop new services and identify staff training needs.

  • Accomplishments: The DOJ/State Consent Decree with the state of RI created a state-wide commitment to Employment First principles in planning and service delivery for in-school youth and adult with significant intellectual disabilities. ORS has had a long standing commitment to Integrated Competitive Employment for all individuals with disabilities. However, continued support of sheltered workshops impeded resources being re-directed to employment and long term supports. The DOJ/State Consent Decree mandate forced a realignment of service delivery, funding and collaboration among state agencies. (Page 257)

SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT SERVICE DELIVERY: ORS has employment services that are available to adults and in-school youth found eligible for Supported Employment Services. The values and principles of ORS to make integrated competitive employment available to all individuals with disabilities has been reinforced by a state of RI DOJ/State Consent Decree. This recently negotiated Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA), between RI and DOJ, resulted in a Governor’s proclamation declaring that RI is an Employment First state. The principles and practices of Employment First, consistent with the mission of ORS and the mandate of the Rehabilitation Service Administration (RSA), are utilized in planning and service delivery to adults, in-school youth, and out-of-school youth. (Page 260)

Attending to the training needs of CRPs is an ongoing commitment. The CRP Supervisor actively meets with providers/vendors who provide Supported Employment (SE) services in order to re-enforce the philosophy of Employment First. The CRP Supervisor, in collaboration with field supervisors, counselors, and ORS administrators, is actively involved in meetings with potential vendors to discuss becoming a Supported Employment vendor for ORS in order to increase service delivery capacity. These meetings with CRPs provide an opportunity to address concerns and questions as well as clarify the elements of a quality employment outcome. ORS participates on the two Supported Employment Advisory Councils as a means of dedicating resources and reinforcing a commitment to integrated competitive employment for individuals with significant disabilities. (Page 262)

Customized Employment

No specific disability related information found.

Braiding/Blending Resources

Four major factors of network government collaboration must be addressed between all partners included in this plan before the most effective service delivery can be provided. These factors include: clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated response team model, braiding resources across programs to maximize investments, establishing common standards around client intake and service referrals, and developing an IT infrastructure to support intelligence sharing and effective case management among partner entities, both government and non-government. (Page 78)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

Additional information in addition to the requirements listed for training program initial and continued eligibility, training providers must meet the following: 

  1. Non-Discrimination: All training providers must comply with the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations at 29 CFR Part 37, Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions, and 10 the USDOL Section 188 Disability Reference Guide.
  2. Accessibility: Training providers must provide physical and programmatic accessibility and reasonable accommodations/modifications, as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; section 188 of WIOA; and the regulations implementing these statutory provisions.
  3. Criteria for Eligibility: a. State Criteria - In establishing criteria pursuant to WIOA sec. 122(b)(1), the State shall take into account each of the following: 
  • Performance Accountability and Outcomes
  • Ensure access to training services throughout the State (including use of technology)
  • Dissemination of Performance Outcomes and training information
  • Training must lead to “In-Demand” industry occupations
  • State licensing requirements and licensing status of providers. (Page 131)
DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

Disability Employment Initiative (DEI): This program provides an integrated service system that creates a “One-Stop” entry point for individuals with disabilities to gain entrance to competitive and/or self-employment. This is accomplished by improving coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs implemented at state and local levels, including the “Ticket to Work” program under the SSA that enables disabled individuals to access employment services at an employment network site and other effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes. The array of services provided to DEI participants include; placement in suitable jobs, job search workshops, counseling, core, intensive, and training services, referral to supportive services, outreach to employers, and outreach to individuals with disabilities by providing services at various locations around the state.(Page 27-28)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

Clarifying partner roles and implementing an integrated resource team model is critical in developing a coordinated and collaborative service delivery system. The integrated resource team model started as a pilot model under the Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative grant. In the pilot participating agencies committed to participating in ad-hoc teams developed around meeting the needs of individual clients. If one agency determined a client needed to be referred to additional services, the agency receiving the referral would commit to participating in a joint case management team with staff from other programs serving the same client. As a result, coordination and collaboration among employment and training programs fundamentally improved through a blending and braiding of resources at a customer level. (Page 78)

3. COORDINATION WITH NONPROFITS, EDUCATION OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYERS

SRC COMMENT: The SRC made several recommendations regarding interagency cooperation and coordination with other entities. At this point ORS has not, pursuant to Attachment 4.2(c) addressed many of these recommendations. Among our recommendations included that ORS update broken links on its website. We also suggested that ORS review its expired MOU between it and RIDE as well as other MOU partners. In addition, we look forward to working with ORS on the revised Comprehensive Needs Assessment to capture WIOA expectations and employer needs. With regard to coordination with employers, we assisted ORS in framing goals. As this is a new attachment, we

Look forward to hearing more about ORS efforts to create new pilot projects such as Project Search expansion and additional partnerships with businesses. We continue to be interested in ORS serving as a leader in requiring Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) to deliver services consistent with the spirit of WIOA. We are interested in ORS efforts to modify fee structures, expand upon the competence of CRPs, and other efforts to change the culture to one that has an expectation that all services should ultimately culminate in competitive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Again, many of these issues were addressed in our January 19, 2016 communication to ORS. (Page 199-200)

  • ORS will use I&E funds to explore development of a performance-based contract specific to the services provided by the SE Vendor community to individuals with significant intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this pilot is to increase the employment outcomes, as per the DOJ/State Consent Decree, for this population of ORS clients. (Page 255)
  • I& E funds were used to support the licensing fees for two Project Search pilots as part of the ORS Pre-ETS initiative.
  • ORS utilized I&E funds for State Rehabilitation Council and State Independent Living Council activities.
  • ORS used I&E funds for CRP trainings. (Page 259)
Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

Other criteria the grantee must meet includes the ability to provide services related to media literacy, financial literacy, exposure to emerging career choices, linkages with local after school opportunities, links to post high school opportunities, connection to Regional Vocational Centers, disability service provider and all other required WIOA activities. The grantee must also be capable of providing such services for all youth populations, including younger in-school youth (ages 14-18), younger out-of-school youth (ages 16-18), and older youth (ages 19-24).  (Page 138)

Benefits

Rhode Island’s goal in WIOA services is to continue to improve training, employment opportunities and outcomes of adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security Disability insurance benefits. Staff training is an essential component to ensure compliance and maintain excellent customer service levels. Training has been provided by the RI Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about the ADA and issues concerning the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. Upcoming trainings are to include “Disability Discrimination and the ADA” presented by the RI Commission for Human Rights. In addition to Departmental trainings, the RI Department of Administration has held numerous trainings regarding diversity and inclusion. (Page 115)

In addition, ORS is the lead agency for the ATAP program. The program is structured into three contracts to deliver device loans, device demonstrations, and other mandated AT grant services. The VR program also has a contract with the Sherlock Center of Rhode Island College to build Rhode Island’s capacity of Certified Benefits Counselors for individuals receiving SSI and/or SSDI. (Page 205)

Rhode Island has a work incentive program called the Sherlock Plan which enables individuals with significant disabilities to maintain Medicaid while working. The Sherlock Plan is administered by the Department of Human Services. However, the complexities of increased income on other benefits such as the Developmental Disability agency’s service cost share, subsidized housing, and food stamps requires considerable coordination among the state agencies. ORS participates on a monthly case coordination team that examines the Sherlock Plan. In addition, the Department of Justice State Consent Decree (CD) and Interim Settlement Agreement (ISA) require all individuals with significant intellectual disabilities receive a complete Benefit Analysis by a Benefits Counselor. ORS is working with Medicaid and Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) to examine how the service can be reimbursed by Medicaid. (Page 215)

  • Maintain a focus on quality employment outcomes (integrated, competitive employment at minimum wage or higher with benefits) (Page 227)
  • Availability of jobs, individual’s social skills, personal/home life barriers, and fear of losing SSI and SSDI, medical benefits, and other subsidies, ranked as the top four issues preventing individuals from obtaining employment
  • The top four issues preventing individuals from maintaining employment included personal home life barriers, social skills, availability of jobs and availability/cost of transportation
  • Organizations felt unable to meet customers’ needs for benefits counseling and off-site retention supports, including long term Supported Employment supports and job coaching. Work trials, internships and situational assessments were also noted, as was job preparation counseling, employment planning/assessments, interview preparation, and case management. (Page 228)

Since the 2011 CNA respondents to the survey indicated ORS has improved in preparing participants to obtain and maintain employment that matches their goals, interest, and abilities. The 2015 satisfaction survey results reflect an increase from the 2014 responses, and continue to reflect improvement over the 2014 data in the areas of better preparing participants for employment and providing information to enable individuals to make informed decisions regarding benefits, Social Security, and state specific benefits. Areas that continue to reflect need for monitoring are ensuring individuals are aware they can re-contact ORS for services after they are closed, continued learning and skill enhancement for advancement, and quality of employment outcomes. Overall respondents continue to indicate that they would refer a friend for family member to ORS services. Results of the satisfaction survey since the 2011 CNA reflect the following areas for continued monitoring: ensuring customers are provided information on work incentives, Social Security and state specific benefits, educating customers on the assessment process and identifying the need for assistive technology. 2015 surveys reflected positive informed choice trends in the areas of identification of interest, abilities and strengths as related to an employment goal and assistive technology assessments/needs.   (Page 229)

Exceptions to time limits apply in the instances of: 

  1. A minor child(ren) living with a single parent who receives SSI benefits, or with two-parents who both receive SSI benefits, and
  2. A minor child(ren) living with a legally responsible non-parent caretaker relative who is not in the cash assistance payment. (Page 277)

Rhode Island provides an objective process for the delivery of benefits and the determination of eligibility, for fair and equitable treatment, and for complaints and an appeals process for those recipients that have been adversely affected. Specific details pertaining to the policy and procedures are contained in Rhode Island DHS Manual Sections Civil Rights Compliance and Complaints and Hearings. (Page 300)

School to Work Transition

Additionally, through the Office of Rehabilitation (ORS) an extensive infrastructure is in place with the Rhode Island Department of Education a (RIDE) and every local education authority (LEA) to provide transition services to in-school youth with disabilities. The intent of this partnership is to ensure that youth with disabilities have an opportunity to experience career exploration, real work experiences and a plan for employment after high school. Through a Cooperative Agreement between RIDE and ORS, a Masters level Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor from ORS works with every high school in the state of RI to provide technical assistance, case consultation and function as a referral source. Referrals to ORS occur while youth are still in high school so assessments, community based work experiences and transition planning can occur prior to graduation. This relationship between youth and ORS prior to graduation creates a link for youth to the world of adult services and ongoing movement toward employment. (Page 56)

A Cooperative Agreement (CA) between RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a robust collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. Incorporated into the ORS Transition and Pre-ETS Program is an expectation that all students who are found eligible for services will have an ORS-approved Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) developed within 90 days of eligibility. Transition and Pre-ETS focuses on employment-related information and services to in-school youth with significant disabilities, including those students with an IEP or 504 plan. In addition, the State of Rhode Island is obligated to provide an array of transition services based on a Department of Justice (DOJ)/State Consent Decree/Interim Settlement Agreement to in-school youth identified as having a significant intellectual disability (I/DD). (Page 251)

Data Collection

ORS has an Electronic Case File/MIS that is cloud based, proprietary and uniquely designed to meet the data collection requirements of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Programs. The product, Libera System 7, provides data security, reporting compliance, project management, case management, integrated authorization & billing, customer service and customization options. This product currently serves at least 14 state VR agencies and is WIOA compliant. The software is specific to State operated VR programs, used nationally by several other State VR Agencies, facilitates the Agency’s ability to meet and report on its Federal mandates and captures 392 data elements required by RSA/WIOA - all necessary to maintain Title I and Title VI funding for and function of Vocational Rehabilitation Programs that assist individuals with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment in integrated competitive work settings.  (Page 94)

Small business/Entrepreneurship

No specific disability related information found.

Career Pathways

It is important to understand that career pathways are not linear, nor the opportunities presented under the sector strategy will be unattainable to those individuals with barriers to employment. In fact, sector strategies often result in diverse populations participating in the opportunities generated by the workforce intermediaries. For example, the EARN Maryland program served a total of 912 people between June 2014 and December 2015 in entry level opportunities and of those participants 60% were women and 83% were minorities. Participants in the EARN Maryland program were also diverse in age with 35% served under the age of 30 45% between the ages of 30 and 49, and 20% over the age of 50 including 6 people over the age of 70. (Page 52)

The office of adult education also supports a statewide literacy resource center, the RI Adult Education Professional Development Center (the PDC), established to improve instruction at all of the AEFLA-funded agencies in the state. The PDC has developed, in collaboration with the state office, a statewide system of professional development to support local activities required under 231 (b), including specific focus points on reading instruction, contextualized curriculum as a component of a statewide Career Pathways system, the development of literacy volunteer training, and the increasing ability to virtually share promising practices and research based models. The PDC conducts several Professional Learning Community opportunities for program directors, instructors, and volunteers. Particular attention is given to program quality, proficiency based teaching and learning, transitions to college, learning disabilities, reading strategies and English language teaching strategies.  (Page 191)

Employment Networks

ORS recognizes the importance of ensuring that staff have the necessary skills and abilities to provide quality services in a professional and timely manner. Examples of areas identified for training included: Motivational Interviewing, Substance Abuse, Ethics in Rehabilitation Counseling, disability specific training, Cultural Diversity, Supported Employment, Ticket to Work, Relationship Building with the Business Community, Social Security Reimbursements, Employment Networks Partnership Plus, 21st Century Best Practices for Job Development and Placement for VR staff, as well as for VR Vendors. (Page 223)

Policies and Initiatives

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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island SB 2853 Relating to the Governor's Workforce Board - 06/28/2016

This bill modifies the composition of the Governor's Workforce Board by adding two additional members: one representative from the Office of Rehabilitation Services, and one additional representative of the employment community.

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

Rhode Island SB 465 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Rhode Island HB 5564 - 07/09/2015

"There shall be established within the executive office and administered, in conjunction with, the SIC, the achieving a better life experience program for the purposes of administering ABLE accounts established to encourage and assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
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Rhode Island Governor’s Executive Order (10/2014) - 10/22/2014

"On October 22, 2014, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee signed into action the Employment First Executive Order; a nation-wide initiative supporting integrated employment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

“At the signing ceremony held this week at the RI State House, Governor Chaffee urged executive branch agencies in the state to increase their efforts, and strengthen their support, for aiding people with disabilities in establishing not only jobs, but careers, in the community.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services 2017 Comprehensive Needs Assessment - 07/01/2017

“The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services, in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council to complete a Statewide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) at three-year increments. The Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, identify the needs of individuals with the most significant disabilities, including those in need of Supported Employment, minorities with significant disabilities, underserved individuals, youth with disabilities and individuals served by other components of the workforce development network. Also, the Comprehensive Needs Assessment is intended to identify the need to develop or improve Community Rehabilitation Programs.”

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

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals Supported Employment Services Package Person Centered Supported Employment Services Program - 09/03/2016

“BHDDH is implementing a performance-based payment program that promotes the expansion of integrated employment for DD Division clients. BHDDH is doing so in fulfillment of the following provisions of the May 18 Order of the Federal District Court.”

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

Rhode Island Consolidated Plan 2015-2019 (Revised Final Draft 10/16/15) - 10/16/2015

Recognizing the importance of earned income for the homeless disabled population in permanent supportive housing, BHDDH is creating an Employment First program, which helps permanent supportive housing residents identify supportive companies and provide the necessary services to maintain a job.   Employment first  The Employment First Program promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities.  The RI Continuum of Care has experienced low frequencies with regards to increasing earned income from entry to exit. Recognizing the importance of earned income for the disabled, BHDDH is creating an Employment First Program, adopted by the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the Rhode Island Department of Education. The policy will impact the populations housed in permanent supportive housing by identifying supportive companies and providing the necessary services to maintain a job.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Biennial Employment and Training Plan - FY2016 and FY2017 - 11/15/2014

“People with Disabilities: These individuals often require intensive preparation and support, including skills training, the use of adaptive technology in the workplace, job coaching, education, and other services. Employment First, an initiative that addresses these needs, was signed into Executive Order in October, 2014. Prior to this signing, BHDDH, ORS, and RIDE adopted Employment First practices and/or policies and made progress in finding work for individuals with disabilities.”

The Employment First Initiative was launched to provide increased job placements for adults with developmental disabilities.

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Employment First Policy - 09/16/2014

“It is the policy of the Rhode Island Department of Education to support and promote practices in local education agencies and with partner state agencies that support students with intellectual/ developmental disabilities in exiting the public education system to post-secondary education, training and/ or work in integrated settings.”

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

14c (Subminimum Wages) Rhode Island Settlement - 04/08/2014

“The Justice Department announced… that it has entered into a statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The landmark ten year agreement is the nation’s first statewide settlement to address the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. Approximately 450,000 people with I/DD across the country spend their days in segregated sheltered workshops or in segregated day programs. The agreement significantly advances the department's work to enforce the Supreme Court's decision in Olmstead v. L.C, which requires persons with I/DD be served in the most integrated setting appropriate.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

Rhode Island Employment First Policy: A Time for Action - 01/22/2014

The Department is committed to helping adults with developmental disabilities achieve self-sufficiency through work readiness, work force development and job creation. In order to achieve the intent outlined in the framework of this Employment First Policy, employment opportunities in fully integrated work settings shall be the first and priority option explored in the service planning for working age adults with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island. While all options are important and valued, integrated employment is more valued than non-employment, segregated employment, facility-based employment, or day habilitation in terms of employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. For those who successfully achieve the goal of employment in an integrated setting, future service planning must focus on maintaining employment as well as the consideration of additional career or advancement opportunities. For those not yet achieving employment, annual service planning shall include and reflect employment opportunities as the first and priority service option explored.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Services Supported Employment Policy

“The Supported Employment Services that may be enlisted to help an individual with a significant disability to move toward a goal of employment include:

An assessment or vocational evaluation to discover work interests, abilities and preferences. An opportunity to try real work in an interest area may also help clarify goals and identify support needs. Job Preparation services provide an opportunity to learn about the work routine, expectations of a boss, the interview process and identifying individual barriers that may hinder employment success. Job development and placement services that help to get a job consistent with the career goal of the Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). Job coaching and retention services that cluster supports that help the individual learn and keep the job.  Supported Employment Services are available for up to 24 months to assist in sustaining employment. Transitional employment, as a Supported employment Service, is a series of temporary job placements in competitive, integrated work settings with ongoing support services, can be used to help build a resume, develop work skills and to identify strengths and barriers for individuals with the most significant disabilities until job permanency is achieved.”
Systems
  • Other

RI Comprehensive Needs Assessment

ORS will be conducting a state-wide Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) in collaboration with the SRC in 2016. This CNA will incorporate a component related to the needs of the business community and create a foundation for developing new and innovative training and services specific to those needs.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Memorandum of Understanding Between the RI Department of Labor and Training and the RI Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services - 07/01/2012

“This agreement is entered into this first day of July, in the year 2012, by and between the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) and the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS), the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS). The purpose of this agreement is to maximize the resources of each party to increase the employment opportunities for Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Both Departments have delineated activities toward mutually defined objectives (See paragraph 1) which will create an effective interagency system and increase the access of mutual customers to information, services and jobs via the One –Stop Career Centers or netWORKri Centers.”

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

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Workforce Development Unit

"People with disabilities are an untapped source of talented, reliable and hard-working employees. Hundreds of Rhode Island businesses have enriched their workforces by hiring people with disabilities. Our workforce development staff work closely with private-sector businesses, business groups and industry organizations to understand and address their current and future workforce needs."

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Rhode Island Department Office of Rehabilitation Services Transition Services

“The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families and students to prepare for job training, career development and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri and other agencies to improve transition planning.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Report of the Court Monitor Progress on the Consent Decree United States v. Rhode Island, Civil Action Number CA14-175 - 09/09/2016

"This review assesses the documentation and actions taken by the State of Rhode Island as described in the Defendant’s Fourth Status Report to determine progress and compliance with respect to certain requirements set forth in the Court’s Order of May 18, 2016. Specifically addressed are provisions of the Order that were required to be completed or addressed by the State by July 29, 2016 through August 1, 2016. This progress report follows the organizational format of the State’s Fourth Status Report to facilitate comprehension and tracking."

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Rhode Island Disability Employment Initiative - 11/01/2015

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2012, was awarded a Round 3 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

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

Updated Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule (1/14 – 3/1/16) - 01/01/2014

The purpose of the Conversion Institute is defined in the Consent Decree. “The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will be designed to assist qualified providers of sheltered workshops services to convert their employment programs to include Supported Employment Services. The Sheltered Workshop Conversion Institute will provide individual analysis, technical assistance, and support to each qualified provider of sheltered workshop services, and will support individual providers in a process of conversion and transformation of service options.”   ….The day habilitation programs, including community based day program, supported employment and employment programs are all under the DOJ consent decree, there is no current need to offer any other type of relocation process for those beneficiaries.   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that reduce barriers to employment. RTI focuses on health care, transportation, housing, youth transitions, and diversity.”

Provides links for relevant information on Accessibility, Employment Programs, Transition/Diversion from Institutions, and Medicaid

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board (GWB): Workforce Innovative Grant Awards 2016

"The Governor’s Workforce Board RI has awarded $2.4 million dollars in Workforce Innovation Grants, which bring employers and educational providers together to provide work-readiness, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students, out-of-school youth and unemployed or underemployed adults… Collectively, the grants will serve hundreds of participants in such industries as hospitality, health care, information technology, marine trades and construction."

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

Rhode Island Governor's Workforce Board: Incumbent Worker Training Grants

“The GWB Incumbent Worker Training Grant program is funded by the Job Development Fund (JDF) and provides matching grants to businesses to increase the skills of current employees and increase the competiveness and productivity of RI businesses and workers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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Rhode Island Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute - 03/09/2017

“Rhode Island Department of Education, in collaboration with the Regional Transition Centers, has hosted a Statewide Transition Capacity Building Institute for the last five years.  Our National partners assist our state and districts in improving secondary education and transition services.  Participating district teams are comprised of a Special Education Administrator, a Special Education Teacher and/or Transition Advisory Council Member, a District Parent representative, ORS Counselor, and others.  Teams are limited to four to five members.  Districts receive intensive professional development from state, regional and national transition professionals, district planning, and interagency collaboration.”

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

Transition to Integrated Employment Brief: Discovery and Customized Employment - 04/01/2014

“Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities hosted the third of a series of public forums and workshops pertaining to integrated employment. Michael Callahan from Marc Gold and Associates (MG&A) led a day-long workshop focused on implementing discovery and customized employment. Customized Employment is a proven alternative to the typical supported employment approach of applying for competitive, demand job openings, an approach that tends not to work for many people with significant Intellectual and Developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This Brief highlights strategies, tools, and a variety of free resources to help you get started with the discovery and customized employment process.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Biennial Employment & Training Plan (2014 & 2015) - 04/01/2013

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly directed the Governor’s Workforce Board to develop a biennial employment and training plan that would provide an analysis of current workforce funding, an analysis of gaps in meeting the needs of workers and employers, and a plan for workforce spending in Rhode Island.1 The Governor’s Workforce Board, in conjunction with an advisory group of relevant state agencies and other stakeholders, conducted an intensive planning and analysis process, resulting in this report and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This Biennial Plan report considers current and emerging needs of industry and employers, the ability of the workforce to meet those needs, and the capacity of the workforce system to provide services and programs to meet both of those needs. The plan also recommends major priorities for the public workforce system over the next two fiscal years, and offers action steps and funding strategies to accomplish these priorities.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2011) - 07/01/2011

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS); in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counselor (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Between FFY 2010 and FFY 2011 ORS utilized, a series of assessment activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. These activities included: CNA surveys to VR staff and CRP, customer satisfaction surveys, public forums, review of available MIS data, and environmental scan of data from sources such as FFY 2009 RSA Annual Agency Review, Internal MIS reports, 2009 Information Works: Measuring Rhode Island Schools, 2010 Rhode Island Department of Labor and Department of Bureau of Labor Statistics, Training and American Community Survey. The results of the CNA were reviewed by a team of individuals from the Office of Rehabilitation Services and the State Rehabilitation Council to assist in the planning and development of a three-year strategic plan for the Office of Rehabilitation Services with a focus on improving services that increase employment outcomes of individuals with disabilities residing in Rhode Island.

Goals of the comprehensive need assessment:

1. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities including their needs for Supported Employment 2. Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of individuals with disabilities who are minorities

3.Assess the vocational rehabilitation needs of unserved and underserved population in Rhode Island

4.Assess the utilization of services through the statewide workforce investment system by individuals with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community services providers

5.Assess the need to establish, develop, and enhance Community Rehabilitation Providers within the State

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development

RI Training Need assessment (2009) - 06/01/2009

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, mandates the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), in partnership with the Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Counsel (SRC) complete a statewide needs assessment every three years to determine the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Assessment activities, which document the needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities completed between 2008 and 2010, are included in this summary report entitled “2010 Comprehensive Needs Assessment”.

ORS used a series of activities to formulate an understanding of the rehabilitation needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities: a. 2008 Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) Survey b. 2009 Customer Satisfaction Surveys c. 2008 - 2009 Rhode Island Governors’ Commission on Disabilities Public Forum Employment Workgroup Report d. 2009 Annual Personnel Training Needs Assessment e. 2008 Employer Survey f. Staff Strategic Planning Session g. ORS MIS, American Community Survey, RI S1820, and RI Department of Labor & Training Employment Bulletin Data and RSA Data

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

North Rhode Island Collaborative

In order to assist Local Educational Agencies in meeting the secondary Transition requirements, the three Rhode Island Educational Collaborative maintain four Regional Transition Centers (RTCs). These centers assist middle and high schools regionally and statewide through coordination of the four Regional Transition Coordinators.

 
Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Progress of the Consent Decree United States v. State of Rhode Island, Civil Action No. CA14-175 (Issued August 17, 2015) - 08/17/2015

"Benchmark 1 - RIDE Employment First Policy §VIII(1).

RIDE shall adopt an Employment First Policy, making work in integrated employment settings the first and priority service option for youth seeking transition work placements and for transition--‐age youth’s postsecondary vocational planning objectives. RIDE’s Employment First Policy will set forth values for the State’s transition planning process that reflect the State’s expectations for supporting youth in transition to integrated  employment settings through a systemic and collaborative framework."

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Legislation Committee - Access to Medicaid Coverage - 01/04/2016

1500.04 HCBS CORE AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES  “Supported Employment-- includes activities needed to maintain paid work by individuals receiving HCBS, 24 including supervision, transportation, and training. Covers only the adaptations, supervision and training 25 provided at a work-site for beneficiaries who are receiving the service as a result of the clinical/functional 26 disability which is the basis for their Medicaid LTSS eligibility.”   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Transition Plan to Implement the Settings Requirement for Home and Community Based Services CMS Final Rule of January 2014 - 01/01/2014

“In January 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule regarding Medicaid -funded home and community based services (HCBS). The rule applied to HCBS provided under 1915(c) authorities. Rhode Island’s authority to claim Federal Medicaid match for HCBS is under our 1115 Waiver…..   Supported Employment: Includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals receiving waiver services, including supervision, transportation and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision, and training required by an individual receiving waiver services as a result of his/her disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting.”  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Rhode Island Global Consumer Choice Compact 1115 Waiver Taskforce Employment Workgroup Recommendations Paper - 01/16/2009

“The Global Waiver establishes a new federal/state compact that gives the state greater flexibility to provide [Medicare and Medicaid] services in a more cost-effective way that will better meet the needs of Rhode Islanders. On May 12, 2009, Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) held the first meeting of their 65 member Task Force. At this meeting, six workgroups, including the Employment Workgroup, were described to Task Force members who were then asked to join at least one of these workgroups. Any Rhode Islander could join any of the workgroups at the discretion of the respective Workgroup Chairperson.”

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

Rhode Island Medicaid Infrastructure Grant "Rhodes to Independence" (RTI) - 08/06/2006

“In 2000, Rhode Island launched an initiative called “Rhodes to Independence” (RTI) to promote systems changes that re