Rhode Island

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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%

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 private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 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

 


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

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

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)

 As a component of the PETS 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.

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

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Employer Engagement Services

The Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) has several existing partnerships and services that involve the business community. Employer Based Skill Evaluation (EBSE), a partnership between ORS and specific businesses, provides up to three months’ salary subsidized work experience in a particular career interest area of the client. This service provides a unique opportunity for ORS to assess an individual’s work skills and behaviors within a business environment. The employer provides feedback to the agency and the client about their skills and potential in a particular occupation. Some of these assessments have resulted in a job match, while others have provided information to justify on-going 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 12 education/training in the field or in some cases exploration of alternate careers. In addition, ORS participates in On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Community-Based Work Experiences (CBWE) opportunities.

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

Training Services for Out of School Youth

ORS develops IPEs with youth within 90 days of eligibility determination. The

IPE establishes an occupational goal for the individual that is updated prior to completion of high school. This IPE also establishes if employment, training, and/or college will be required to reach that occupational goal. ORS has fee-for-service arrangements for service arrangements with job developers that can be enlisted to assist the individual in obtaining a job or the training required for the job goal. This fee-for-service structure enables youth to receive the services and/or training necessary to transition to employment.

ORS has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the three state institutions of higher education: Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI)

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) for In-School Youth

The plans and procedures for coordination with RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. This collaboration has enabled ORS to have an MA level Rehabilitation Counselor at each high school to provide an array of services that were formerly referred to as Transition Services to the new WIOA term of Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS). The Cooperative Agreement describes interagency collaboration and coordination, the role and responsibilities of each partner and the process for resolving disagreements. In addition, a Collaborative Services Chart (CSC) identifies the agency primarily responsible for services in each of the following categories: Assessment Services, Career Development Services, Community Living Services, Related Services and Auxiliary Services.

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

2017 Vocational Rehabilitation & Supported Employment Section of the WIOA Unified State Plan

The Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) collaborates with programs and agencies providing services that will assist an individual with a disability to establish and reach an employment goal. Types of agencies that ORS works with include: hospitals, medical and disability support organizations, educational institutions (both public and private), professional associations, 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 2 domestic violence and homeless shelters, community centers, community mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, Department of Labor and Training, private medical offices, federal agencies, private businesses, and advocacy groups.

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

State of Rhode Island Employment First

“Changing Lives through Integrated Employment ...Employment First promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities. Conversations about Employment First are taking place in Rhode Island and across the nation. Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all other citizens.”

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

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

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

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

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

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 - Large 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 private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 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

 

Legislation


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

Executive Orders


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

Policy


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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)

 As a component of the PETS 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.

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

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Employer Engagement Services

The Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) has several existing partnerships and services that involve the business community. Employer Based Skill Evaluation (EBSE), a partnership between ORS and specific businesses, provides up to three months’ salary subsidized work experience in a particular career interest area of the client. This service provides a unique opportunity for ORS to assess an individual’s work skills and behaviors within a business environment. The employer provides feedback to the agency and the client about their skills and potential in a particular occupation. Some of these assessments have resulted in a job match, while others have provided information to justify on-going 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 12 education/training in the field or in some cases exploration of alternate careers. In addition, ORS participates in On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Community-Based Work Experiences (CBWE) opportunities.

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

Training Services for Out of School Youth

ORS develops IPEs with youth within 90 days of eligibility determination. The

IPE establishes an occupational goal for the individual that is updated prior to completion of high school. This IPE also establishes if employment, training, and/or college will be required to reach that occupational goal. ORS has fee-for-service arrangements for service arrangements with job developers that can be enlisted to assist the individual in obtaining a job or the training required for the job goal. This fee-for-service structure enables youth to receive the services and/or training necessary to transition to employment.

ORS has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the three state institutions of higher education: Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI)

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) for In-School Youth

The plans and procedures for coordination with RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. This collaboration has enabled ORS to have an MA level Rehabilitation Counselor at each high school to provide an array of services that were formerly referred to as Transition Services to the new WIOA term of Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS). The Cooperative Agreement describes interagency collaboration and coordination, the role and responsibilities of each partner and the process for resolving disagreements. In addition, a Collaborative Services Chart (CSC) identifies the agency primarily responsible for services in each of the following categories: Assessment Services, Career Development Services, Community Living Services, Related Services and Auxiliary Services.

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

2017 Vocational Rehabilitation & Supported Employment Section of the WIOA Unified State Plan

The Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) collaborates with programs and agencies providing services that will assist an individual with a disability to establish and reach an employment goal. Types of agencies that ORS works with include: hospitals, medical and disability support organizations, educational institutions (both public and private), professional associations, 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 2 domestic violence and homeless shelters, community centers, community mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, Department of Labor and Training, private medical offices, federal agencies, private businesses, and advocacy groups.

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

State of Rhode Island Employment First

“Changing Lives through Integrated Employment ...Employment First promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities. Conversations about Employment First are taking place in Rhode Island and across the nation. Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all other citizens.”

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

Partnerships


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

Systems-Change Funding


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

Training/Capacity Building


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

Enforcement


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

Medicaid & Employment


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 - 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 private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 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

 

Legislation


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

Executive Orders


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

Policy


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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)

 As a component of the PETS 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.

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

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Employer Engagement Services

The Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) has several existing partnerships and services that involve the business community. Employer Based Skill Evaluation (EBSE), a partnership between ORS and specific businesses, provides up to three months’ salary subsidized work experience in a particular career interest area of the client. This service provides a unique opportunity for ORS to assess an individual’s work skills and behaviors within a business environment. The employer provides feedback to the agency and the client about their skills and potential in a particular occupation. Some of these assessments have resulted in a job match, while others have provided information to justify on-going 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 12 education/training in the field or in some cases exploration of alternate careers. In addition, ORS participates in On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Community-Based Work Experiences (CBWE) opportunities.

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

Training Services for Out of School Youth

ORS develops IPEs with youth within 90 days of eligibility determination. The

IPE establishes an occupational goal for the individual that is updated prior to completion of high school. This IPE also establishes if employment, training, and/or college will be required to reach that occupational goal. ORS has fee-for-service arrangements for service arrangements with job developers that can be enlisted to assist the individual in obtaining a job or the training required for the job goal. This fee-for-service structure enables youth to receive the services and/or training necessary to transition to employment.

ORS has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the three state institutions of higher education: Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI)

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) for In-School Youth

The plans and procedures for coordination with RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. This collaboration has enabled ORS to have an MA level Rehabilitation Counselor at each high school to provide an array of services that were formerly referred to as Transition Services to the new WIOA term of Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS). The Cooperative Agreement describes interagency collaboration and coordination, the role and responsibilities of each partner and the process for resolving disagreements. In addition, a Collaborative Services Chart (CSC) identifies the agency primarily responsible for services in each of the following categories: Assessment Services, Career Development Services, Community Living Services, Related Services and Auxiliary Services.

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

2017 Vocational Rehabilitation & Supported Employment Section of the WIOA Unified State Plan

The Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) collaborates with programs and agencies providing services that will assist an individual with a disability to establish and reach an employment goal. Types of agencies that ORS works with include: hospitals, medical and disability support organizations, educational institutions (both public and private), professional associations, 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 2 domestic violence and homeless shelters, community centers, community mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, Department of Labor and Training, private medical offices, federal agencies, private businesses, and advocacy groups.

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

State of Rhode Island Employment First

“Changing Lives through Integrated Employment ...Employment First promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities. Conversations about Employment First are taking place in Rhode Island and across the nation. Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all other citizens.”

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

Partnerships


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

Systems-Change Funding


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

Training/Capacity Building


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

Enforcement


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

Medicaid & Employment


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 private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 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

 

Legislation


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

Executive Orders


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

Policy


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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)

 As a component of the PETS 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.

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

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Employer Engagement Services

The Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) has several existing partnerships and services that involve the business community. Employer Based Skill Evaluation (EBSE), a partnership between ORS and specific businesses, provides up to three months’ salary subsidized work experience in a particular career interest area of the client. This service provides a unique opportunity for ORS to assess an individual’s work skills and behaviors within a business environment. The employer provides feedback to the agency and the client about their skills and potential in a particular occupation. Some of these assessments have resulted in a job match, while others have provided information to justify on-going 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 12 education/training in the field or in some cases exploration of alternate careers. In addition, ORS participates in On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Community-Based Work Experiences (CBWE) opportunities.

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

Training Services for Out of School Youth

ORS develops IPEs with youth within 90 days of eligibility determination. The

IPE establishes an occupational goal for the individual that is updated prior to completion of high school. This IPE also establishes if employment, training, and/or college will be required to reach that occupational goal. ORS has fee-for-service arrangements for service arrangements with job developers that can be enlisted to assist the individual in obtaining a job or the training required for the job goal. This fee-for-service structure enables youth to receive the services and/or training necessary to transition to employment.

ORS has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the three state institutions of higher education: Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI)

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) for In-School Youth

The plans and procedures for coordination with RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. This collaboration has enabled ORS to have an MA level Rehabilitation Counselor at each high school to provide an array of services that were formerly referred to as Transition Services to the new WIOA term of Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS). The Cooperative Agreement describes interagency collaboration and coordination, the role and responsibilities of each partner and the process for resolving disagreements. In addition, a Collaborative Services Chart (CSC) identifies the agency primarily responsible for services in each of the following categories: Assessment Services, Career Development Services, Community Living Services, Related Services and Auxiliary Services.

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

2017 Vocational Rehabilitation & Supported Employment Section of the WIOA Unified State Plan

The Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) collaborates with programs and agencies providing services that will assist an individual with a disability to establish and reach an employment goal. Types of agencies that ORS works with include: hospitals, medical and disability support organizations, educational institutions (both public and private), professional associations, 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 2 domestic violence and homeless shelters, community centers, community mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, Department of Labor and Training, private medical offices, federal agencies, private businesses, and advocacy groups.

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

State of Rhode Island Employment First

“Changing Lives through Integrated Employment ...Employment First promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities. Conversations about Employment First are taking place in Rhode Island and across the nation. Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all other citizens.”

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

Partnerships


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

Systems-Change Funding


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

Training/Capacity Building


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

Enforcement


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

Medicaid & Employment


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 private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 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

 

Legislation


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

Executive Orders


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

Policy


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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS)

 As a component of the PETS 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.

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

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION: Employer Engagement Services

The Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) has several existing partnerships and services that involve the business community. Employer Based Skill Evaluation (EBSE), a partnership between ORS and specific businesses, provides up to three months’ salary subsidized work experience in a particular career interest area of the client. This service provides a unique opportunity for ORS to assess an individual’s work skills and behaviors within a business environment. The employer provides feedback to the agency and the client about their skills and potential in a particular occupation. Some of these assessments have resulted in a job match, while others have provided information to justify on-going 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 12 education/training in the field or in some cases exploration of alternate careers. In addition, ORS participates in On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Community-Based Work Experiences (CBWE) opportunities.

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

Training Services for Out of School Youth

ORS develops IPEs with youth within 90 days of eligibility determination. The

IPE establishes an occupational goal for the individual that is updated prior to completion of high school. This IPE also establishes if employment, training, and/or college will be required to reach that occupational goal. ORS has fee-for-service arrangements for service arrangements with job developers that can be enlisted to assist the individual in obtaining a job or the training required for the job goal. This fee-for-service structure enables youth to receive the services and/or training necessary to transition to employment.

ORS has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the three state institutions of higher education: Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), Rhode Island College (RIC), and the University of Rhode Island (URI)

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

Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) for In-School Youth

The plans and procedures for coordination with RIDE and ORS, an RSA Best Practice, has been the foundation of a collaborative relationship focused on school-to-work transition for over 16 years. This collaboration has enabled ORS to have an MA level Rehabilitation Counselor at each high school to provide an array of services that were formerly referred to as Transition Services to the new WIOA term of Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS). The Cooperative Agreement describes interagency collaboration and coordination, the role and responsibilities of each partner and the process for resolving disagreements. In addition, a Collaborative Services Chart (CSC) identifies the agency primarily responsible for services in each of the following categories: Assessment Services, Career Development Services, Community Living Services, Related Services and Auxiliary Services.

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

2017 Vocational Rehabilitation & Supported Employment Section of the WIOA Unified State Plan

The Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) collaborates with programs and agencies providing services that will assist an individual with a disability to establish and reach an employment goal. Types of agencies that ORS works with include: hospitals, medical and disability support organizations, educational institutions (both public and private), professional associations, 2017 ORS State Plan pg. 2 domestic violence and homeless shelters, community centers, community mental health agencies, substance abuse treatment facilities, Department of Labor and Training, private medical offices, federal agencies, private businesses, and advocacy groups.

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

State of Rhode Island Employment First

“Changing Lives through Integrated Employment ...Employment First promotes community-based, integrated employment as the first option for employment services for individuals with disabilities. Conversations about Employment First are taking place in Rhode Island and across the nation. Rhode Island is part of the national movement toward a greater emphasis on community employment that echoes a general shift toward services designed to integrate individuals with disabilities into their communities, providing them with the same opportunities and responsibilities as all other citizens.”

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

Partnerships


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

Systems-Change Funding


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

Training/Capacity Building


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

Enforcement


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

Medicaid & Employment


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)