South Dakota

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The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 844,877 853,175 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 57,310 52,007 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 27,560 26,080 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 368,741 377,810 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.09% 50.15% 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.96% 83.74% 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80% 3.40% 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.90% 21.90% 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90% 13.10% 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,459 53,668 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 51,653 47,547 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 90,434 88,622 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 896 646 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,353 2,430 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,408 8,798 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 529 257 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,688 2,297 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A 523 N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,896 1,859 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80% 13.40% 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,216 19,250 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,937 3,033 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,559 5,708 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,851 9,982 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.80% 30.40% 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60% 3.50% 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 242 239 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

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. 51 64 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 41 39 27
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. 80.00% 61.00% 77.00%
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. 4.92 4.62 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,340
1,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1 0 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 60 47 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 307 286 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 531 506 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 334 301 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 107 87 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.90% 38.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,395 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 28,205 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 89 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 140 149 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $399,000 $471,000 $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,175,000 $7,331,000 $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,302,000 $3,413,000 $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,330,000 $3,544,000 $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 726 762 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,646 1,660 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 787 782 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 52.00 53.60 60.70

 

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). 69.53% 67.84% 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.42% 5.37% 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.29% 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.40% 86.19% 85.28%
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). 13.30% 11.65% 20.18%
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). 67.10% 71.65% 74.22%
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). 77.80% 85.32% 82.29%
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). 53.80% 60.00% 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8 6 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 21 18 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 25 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 19 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,466 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 134 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,619 1,612

 


South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

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

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

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

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

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

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

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

Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

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

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

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

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

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

Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 844,877 853,175 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 57,310 52,007 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 27,560 26,080 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 368,741 377,810 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.09% 50.15% 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.96% 83.74% 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80% 3.40% 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.90% 21.90% 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90% 13.10% 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,459 53,668 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 51,653 47,547 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 90,434 88,622 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 896 646 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,353 2,430 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,408 8,798 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 529 257 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,688 2,297 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A 523 N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,896 1,859 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80% 13.40% 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,216 19,250 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,937 3,033 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,559 5,708 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,851 9,982 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.80% 30.40% 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60% 3.50% 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 242 239 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

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. 51 64 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 41 39 27
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. 80.00% 61.00% 77.00%
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. 4.92 4.62 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,340
1,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1 0 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 60 47 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 307 286 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 531 506 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 334 301 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 107 87 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.90% 38.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,395 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 28,205 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 89 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 140 149 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $399,000 $471,000 $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,175,000 $7,331,000 $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,302,000 $3,413,000 $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,330,000 $3,544,000 $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 726 762 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,646 1,660 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 787 782 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 52.00 53.60 60.70

 

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). 69.53% 67.84% 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.42% 5.37% 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.29% 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.40% 86.19% 85.28%
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). 13.30% 11.65% 20.18%
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). 67.10% 71.65% 74.22%
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). 77.80% 85.32% 82.29%
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). 53.80% 60.00% 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8 6 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 21 18 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 25 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 19 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,466 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 134 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,619 1,612

 

Legislation


South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

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

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

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

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

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

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

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

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

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

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

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

Enforcement


Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 844,877 853,175 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 57,310 52,007 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 27,560 26,080 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 368,741 377,810 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 48.09% 50.15% 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.96% 83.74% 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.80% 3.40% 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.90% 21.90% 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.90% 13.10% 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 56,459 53,668 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 51,653 47,547 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 90,434 88,622 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 896 646 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,353 2,430 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 12,408 8,798 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 529 257 N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,688 2,297 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A 523 N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,896 1,859 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80% 13.40% 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,216 19,250 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,937 3,033 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 5,559 5,708 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 9,851 9,982 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 29.80% 30.40% 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.60% 3.50% 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 242 239 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,191 1,954 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03 0.03 0.03

 

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. 51 64 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 41 39 27
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. 80.00% 61.00% 77.00%
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. 4.92 4.62 3.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,340
1,227
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 1 0 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 60 47 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 307 286 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 531 506 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 334 301 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 107 87 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 35.90% 38.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 2,395 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 28,205 28,442
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 89 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 140 149 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $399,000 $471,000 $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,175,000 $7,331,000 $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,302,000 $3,413,000 $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,330,000 $3,544,000 $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 18.00% 18.00% 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 726 762 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,646 1,660 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 787 782 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 52.00 53.60 60.70

 

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). 69.53% 67.84% 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.42% 5.37% 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.20% 2.29% 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 78.40% 86.19% 85.28%
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). 13.30% 11.65% 20.18%
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). 67.10% 71.65% 74.22%
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). 77.80% 85.32% 82.29%
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). 53.80% 60.00% 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8 6 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 21 18 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 25 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 19 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,466 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 134 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,619 1,612

 

Legislation


South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

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

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

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

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

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

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

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

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

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

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

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

Enforcement


Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

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. 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
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. 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.15

 

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. 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,442
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. $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.70

 

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). 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.28%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 20.18%
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). 74.22%
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). 82.29%
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). 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,612

 

Legislation


South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

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

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

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

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

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

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

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

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

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

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

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

Enforcement


Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Mount Rushmore state of South Dakota is famous for "Great Faces, Great Places," including the great faces of individuals with disabilities, who want to work in great places that support their career development and advancement.

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 South Dakota’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.62%
Change from
2014 to 2015
858,469
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.71%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51,131
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
26,419
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
2.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
51.67%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-1.38%
Change from
2014 to 2015
82.60%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 858,469
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 51,131
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 26,419
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 453,583
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 51.67%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 82.60%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 22.70%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 51,012
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 49,763
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 85,083
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 1,382
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,413
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 9,616
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 3,197
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). N/A

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 1,901
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 13.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 19,212

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 3,246
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 6,102
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 10,338
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.40%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 293
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 1,814
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

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. 35
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 27
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. 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.15

 

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. 2,538
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 28,442
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. $475,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $7,463,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $3,540,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,677,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 794
Number of people served in facility based work. 1,652
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 812
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.70

 

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). 68.44%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 5.54%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.11%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 85.28%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 20.18%
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). 74.22%
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). 82.29%
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). 54.04%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 433,418
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 742
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 535
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 200,045
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 200,580
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 6
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 171
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 177
AbilityOne wages (products). $5,470
AbilityOne wages (services). $1,941,977

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 5
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 18
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 24
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,466
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 134
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 1,612

 

Legislation


South Dakota ARC ABLE Legislation - 03/11/2016

When determining the eligibility or amount of benefits to be received by a designated beneficiary of an ABLE savings program, a state or local agency may not consider a contribution to an account in a qualified ABLE savings program, earnings on the contribution, or a distribution from the account for qualified disability expenses as defined in section 529A(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code, U.S.C. 529A(e)(5), as of January 1, 2016.   Section 3. That the code be amended by adding a NEW SECTION to read: The council may enter into an agreement with one or more other states to allow residents of this state to participate in a qualified ABLE saving program under  such terms and conditions as the council determines. The state investment officer and the employees of the Division of Investment shall assist  the council in carrying out its duties under this Act.  
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Senate Bill 90 - 02/27/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties, municipalities, and school districts of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen and resident of the state, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Senate Bill 32 - 01/30/2015

“In all public departments and subdivisions and upon all public works of this state and of the counties and municipalities of this state, any veteran, as defined in § 33A-2-1, who is a citizen of the United States, shall receive preference for appointment, employment, and promotion. Age, loss of limb, or other physical impairment which does not in fact incapacitate does not disqualify the veteran if the veteran possesses the qualifications and business capacity necessary to discharge the duties of the position involved. A veteran who has a service-connected disability shall be given a preference over a nondisabled veteran.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Executive Orders


Executive Proclamation: Disability Employment Awareness Month - 09/16/2015

“…Dennis Daugaard, Governor of the state of South Dakota, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, and I call on all citizens to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to advance its important message that people with disabilities are equal to the task throughout the year.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


“Section 511 Questions and Answers” South Dakota Department of Human Services (Subminimum wage) - 07/22/2016

 Section 511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) added new requirements for employers who hold special wage certificates, commonly known as 14(c) certificates, under the FLSA (29 U.S.C. 214(c)). These new requirements must be satisfied before an employer hires a youth with disabilities at subminimum wage or continues to employ individuals with disabilities of any age at the subminimum wage level.   Section 511 goes into effect July 22, 2016  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

South Dakota Employment First Works Task Force: Recommendations - 01/10/2014

“Governor Daugaard announced his Employment Works Initiative in the spring of 2013, and a task force was created in July 2013 to help guide his efforts. Assembling a broad spectrum of interests was considered integral to the success of the South Dakota Employment Works Task Force: businesses, individuals with disabilities and their family members, legislators, nonprofit stakeholders, providers and state agency representatives. Members were recruited from across the state, and meetings began in August 2013. This report takes into account all of the observations, ideas and suggestions of the task force and crystallizes them into five prevailing recommendations: • Find and support businesses to employ people with disabilities. ; • Connect businesses to employees with disabilities. ; • Eliminate disincentives to employment for people with disabilities. ; • Develop flexible systems and promote promising practices. ; and• Educate the public, providers, employers and people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Disability Awareness Month - 09/26/2013

“Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in South Dakota, carrying the national theme “‘Because We Are Equal to the Task.’” “The state Department of Human Services (DHS) joins a broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.”

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

Governor Creates Task Force on Employing People with Disabilities - 07/10/2013

“Led by the state Department of Human Services, the task force will bring the private and public sectors together to ensure people with disabilities are a vital part of South Dakota’s workforce. The task force will offer a broad spectrum of perspectives, including people with disabilities and their family members, the business community, representatives of state government, service providers and nonprofit stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota Governor's Statement on Employment First - 07/10/2013

Dennis Daugaard, officially stated in July 2013 that he planned to make South Dakota an Employment First state ..“My goal is to make South Dakota an “employment-first state.” That means our government will commit itself to making employment the first priority and the preferred outcome for our citizens with disabilities. Although many with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, are employed in “shelter work environments,” which separate them into separate work places, our goal is to include these people in the regular workforce. Research has shown this to be far better, economically and socially.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Employment Work Plan - 12/31/2006

“South Dakota Employment First Alliance Vision: That all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to explore individual, integrated employment options that suit them best. This includes education, experience, and exposure to make an informed decision about choosing a career path based on interests, strengths, and support needs.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Meeting Minutes-PLANS Workgroup - 03/09/2006

Meeting Minutes of the PLANS Workgroup held on March 9, 2006 describes efforts throughout the state to improve employment options for people with disabilities including a summary, discussion and links to resources for CE driven self-employment.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

South Dakota State Wide Need Assessment (2016)

"The Designated State Units (DSU)’s in South Dakota submit this attachment to the "Needs Assessment" section of the VR Portion of the WIOA South Dakota State Unified Plan. The public vocational rehabilitation agencies in South Dakota are submitting attachment 4.11(a) with the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Portion state plan update to reflect that a comprehensive statewide needs assessment has been accomplished with this plan submission...

The Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 marked the first year of activity in carrying out a three year set of goals and strategy based on the Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA) conducted largely in the year 2014 and 2015. ...The foundational changes coming from the implementation of WIOA re-defined how VR programs in South Dakota approached the CSNA for the 2016 VR portion of the of new Unified Plan."

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

South Dakota Dept of Human Services Employment First Philosophy

“The S.D. Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is engaged in bringing integrated employment supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities into greater focus. Through funds granted by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, DDD initiated membership in the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in 2013. As we continue to learn about the best ways to approach necessary system change, we celebrate the significant progress already achieved.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Partnerships


South Dakota Cooperative Agreement Concerning Transition Services for Youth with Disabilities - 01/01/2014

“Current philosophies and technologies are challenging our past “best practices” as we reevaluate the potential contributions of citizens with disabilities. As the panorama of possibilities unfolds, the traditional human services structures, previously, often seen as obstacles to the general application of the new philosophies and technologies, are challenged to change and to modify so that they once again are on the fore-front of developing greater opportunities for the people they serve.

South Dakota’s human service agencies and education system have accepted the challenge, and have forged a strong coalition to implement the necessary changes. This agreement presents a common policy and conceptual framework for addressing interagency transition planning at the local level, thus insuring that youth with disabilities have access to the services and resources needed to enter adult life (and the world of work) successfully. Cooperating agencies will benefit from maximum coordination of services, more efficient utilization of agency resources, increased service options, and improved agency communication.”

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

ASPIRE South Dakota - 09/01/2013

In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded  the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment).  The six states of the ASPIRE consortium are Arizona, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Utah.  The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation is the lead and fiscal agency of ASPIRE. The purpose of ASPIRE is to 1)      Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement. 2)      Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota SELN - 02/20/2013

“The state Department of Human Services (DHS) recently became a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN), connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies across the country that are devoted to improving employment outcomes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities will collaborate with other states to share best practices and resources in an effort to develop, implement and support effective employment strategies.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 10/01/2011

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

 

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

SDRA Selected as Pilot Site for Department of Labor Disability Inclusion Pilot

The South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) is one of three membership associations in the nation selected to participate in a national pilot program designed to increase workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), "Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion" is providing the groups with customized assistance to help them increase the capacity of their members to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Project Search

“Project SEARCH is a unique business-led transition program for students with disabilities. It provides students who want to work a chance to explore careers and develop transferable job skills. The ultimate goal: independent adults working in a competitive environment.

Designed as an internship program, Project SEARCH places students in real-world situations where they learn all aspects of gaining and maintaining a job. Large organizations—such as banks, hospitals, or universities—host the program. This process of immersion facilitates the teaching and learning of new work skills on-site…

“East Dakota provides Project SEARCH through a partnership with Avera McKennan and Division of Rehabilitation Services and Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired.”

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

South Dakota Agencies for People with Disabilities

“SFBRN was designed to provide businesses within the local labor market the following services:• Provide educational opportunities regarding the employment of persons with disabilities.

• Create a greater awareness of the benefits of hiring persons with disabilities within the community.

• Act as a resource for both prospective employees and employers regarding employment opportunities and worksite modifications.”

– This is a list of groups that includes Freedom to Work and others that offer training and other help.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

SD Advocacy Services

“South Dakota Advocacy Services is South Dakota’s gubernatorial designated protection and advocacy (P&A) system. P&As are mandated under various federal statutes to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to all eligible persons with disabilities. These services are provided through a variety of vehicles: individual representation, educating policy makers, advocacy for groups, information and referral services, rights education, and self-advocacy training.

The fundamental mission of the P&A system is to respond to allegations of abuse, neglect, and violations of the rights of individuals with disabilities, including discrimination based on disability. P&As devote considerable resources to develop capacities of individuals with disabilities, ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlement programs (e.g., Medicaid and Social Security), health care, accessible housing, and productive employment opportunities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


South Dakota's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - 09/10/2015

The SDDEI's goal is to improve educational, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities as a means to economic self-sufficiency. The project has a comprehensive model for improving employment outcomes of youth with disabilities through the individualization of employment plans and the leveraging of existing programs and supports to achieve employment goals. The SDDEI will improve linkages with transition planning teams and other services within the workforce development system to market and redirect the enrollment of out-of-school youth and youth transitioning from school to the adult workforce system; and expand the capacity of the local One-Stop system to respond to the employment needs of youth with disabilities.

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

South Dakota Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program

“The Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS) program is a federally-funded initiative to assist beneficiaries of Social Security who are trying to return to or begin working…This Project is staffed by licensed attorneys and advocates who are able to provide legal and advocacy assistance with return to work issues.”

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

South Dakota Employment Resources for People with Disabilities

“This resource guide is intended to provide agency staff and service providers with information related to employment resources for people with disabilities. The guide should offer sufficient information to refer people with disabilities to the appropriate agency, organization, or program.”

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

South Dakota Medicaid Infrastructure Grant “Freedom To Work”

“It was a federally funded systems change grant, and its main purpose was to make improvements to the State's Medicaid system - to encourage people with disabilities to return to or enter employment and provide them with supports they might need to do so.” “

“The Freedom to Work Project has ended, however there are still activities carried out.”

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

South Dakota Transition Liaison Project

Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience. The project also includes training and capacity building.

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

Training/Capacity Building


Person Centered Employment Planning Guide - 01/06/2015

The purpose of the Person Centered Employment Guide is to assist Case Managers, job development staff and others to prepare for discussions with individuals, families, and support teams to choose and implement supports that will lead to a Path to Employment.

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

Person Centered Employment Planning Report (2014) - 05/09/2014

The South Dakota Work Plan created as part of membership in the State Employment Leadership Network includes a goal for person centered planning. The SD Employment First Alliance subcommittee for Person Centered Practices has met several times to discuss how to best incorporate the PCT tools and skills into employment planning efforts while remaining mindful of the cultural shift that needs to take place regarding expectations for employment and how to best provide education and exposure to those participants who may determine that employment is not a priority for them. In an effort to determine how providers are incorporating Person Centered Thinking into employment planning efforts, a survey was created and sent to all Community Support Providers and SDDC on March 27, 2014.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

University of South Dakota Employment Services Training

“We provide employment training for job coaches, employment specialists, vocational rehabilitation service providers and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

The two-day training focuses on:

Assessment and discovery processEmployer relationshipsJob developmentJob carvingJob matching

Instructional strategies and supports essential for job success”

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

University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Center for Disabilities, Community Training

Adult Service Provider Team Training   This training is a unique “train the trainer” opportunity for adult service providers working with adults with ASD. Participants will take part in hands-on sessions that will teach the several foundational evidence-based strategies to increase independence and on-task behavior. Staff from adult service provider agencies  are encouraged to sign up as a team and will receive on-going trainer assistance.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Transition Liaison Project

Through training and capacity building, the Transition Services Liaison Project assists students with disabilities, their families, schools and adult service agencies to make the transition from high school to post-school be a meaningful experience.

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

Enforcement


Letter of Findings Regarding South Dakota's Use of Nursing Facilities to Serve Individuals with Disabilities - 05/02/2016

“We conclude that South Dakota fails to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs, in violation of Title II of the ADA. Instead, South Dakota's system of care requires thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive the services they need and for which they are eligible under Medicaid, despite their preference to remain in their own homes and communities. These individuals include those with physical disabilities, such as mobility limitations or blindness; chronic illnesses, like diabetes or heart disease; or cognitive disabilities, like brain injury due to stroke or trauma. They include younger and working-age people as well as older adults who have developed a disability as part of the aging process. Many of these individuals, and their families, have sought long-term care services from the State only to find that a nursing facility is the only available option. And many have never been informed by the State that they could be receiving care while living in their own homes.”

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

EEOC v. Mitchell Temporary And Dakota Pork Industries - 08/24/2004

The EEOC's Denver district office sued Dakota Pork Industries, Inc., a South Dakota meat processing facility, and Mitchell Temporary, a South Dakota employment agency, on September 29, 2003 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The EEOC's complaint alleged that Mitchell and Dakota violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when they discriminated against the intervenor, who intervened in April 2004, based on a disability (deafness) when they failed to hire her and instead hired less qualified individuals without disabilities. 

The EEOC and the defendants entered into two separate consent decrees on August 27, 2004, both of which are substantively identical. The consent decrees stipulated that Mitchell and Dakota would be enjoined from discriminating based on disability in the future, would their employees for compliance with the ADA, post a notice of compliance with the ADA, affirmatively hire hearing impaired individuals, and report to the EEOC semiannually for three years about compliance with the consent decree. The decree further stated that Mitchell and Dakota would pay $125,000 in damages, attorney's fees, and costs to the intervenor. The intervenor and the defendants were granted a stipulated dismissal also on August 27, 2004.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Medicaid & Employment


South Dakota Medicaid Overview - Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver - 01/20/2010

“Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meetICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.”

“Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.”

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

SD CHOICES - Mentally Retarded/Developmentally Disabled Waiver - 01/10/2010

Provides supports to people with MR/DD who meet ICF/MR level of care requirements so they can remain at home or in the community.   Services include: service coordination, residential and day habilitation, prevocational services, supported employment, specialized medical equipment and supplies, and nursing.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

South Dakota Money Follows the Person

"Money Follows the Person (MFP) helps people living in nursing homes, hospitals, or intermediate care facilities for those with intellectual and development disabilities successfully return to their communities.

MFP helps people find a place to live that meets their needs and wants and helps them find the services they need to keep living there."

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

South Dakota Medicaid State Plan

The South Dakota Medicaid State Plan is a contract between the state of South Dakota and the Federal government describing how South Dakota administers its Medicaid Program. The plan information listed here is for informational purposes only. The official plan is maintained by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

South Dakota HCBS Transition Plan, Revised

Operation of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in South Dakota is shared between the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). To ensure the transition plan accurately reflected all HCBS settings in South Dakota, DSS and DHS formed a collaborative workgroup representing each of the four Medicaid waivers and the state Medicaid agency. The workgroup assessed compliance with the HCBS Settings federal regulations and drafted this transition plan to identify action steps and timelines for South Dakota’s compliance with the new federal regulations.   (Comment period for this revised plan was from February 29 to March 30, 2016)  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

South Dakota Elderly Waiver

“Allows persons age 19+ who meet nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: assisted living services; homemaker services, nursing; home delivered meals; emergency response; and adult day care.”

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

South Dakota Assistive Daily Living Services Waiver

“Allows persons with significant physical disabilities (quadriplegia) aged 18+ who meet the nursing facility level of care and who are able to manage and direct their own services to remain living at home and in the community.”“Services offered: case management; personal attendant services; consumer preparation services; nursing; and emergency response.”

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

South Dakota Family Support Waiver

Allows persons who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.”

“Services offered: service coordination, specialized equipment,respite care, personal care, companion care, nutritional supplements, and supported employment.”

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