Virginia

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Known affectionately as "The Place for Lovers," individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth have the opportunity with the right supports and services to Live Passionately by having careers in competitive integrated employment and being full participants in their communities. 

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 Virginia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,382,993
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
479,430
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.25%
Change from
2014 to 2015
179,153
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.37%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.12%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,260,405 8,326,289 8,382,993
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 474,379 482,793 479,430
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,134 181,398 179,153
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,566,753 3,604,746 3,653,779
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.92% 37.57% 37.37%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.89% 77.57% 78.12%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.70% 5.20% 4.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.20% 19.20% 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90% 10.90% 10.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 432,760 453,210 449,104
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 474,896 481,089 486,083
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 652,839 672,304 658,933
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 195,900 197,180 209,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 33,183 40,311 45,389
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,999 3,791 2,727
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 26,227 30,731 31,524
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 671 N/A 300
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,935 21,463 23,693
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 7,085 8,481 8,661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,976 6,204 6,473
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40% 4.50% 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 211,424 212,945 212,711

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,945 14,030 14,666
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,163 30,883 31,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 70,913 71,764 73,206
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.70% 19.60% 20.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 0.70% 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 1.20% 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 3.00% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 6.80% 12.20% 7.80%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 280 362 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 306 628 496
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,156 1,550 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 3,444 6,326 4,253

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 13,591 12,668 12,496
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 90 109 150
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 36 60 85
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. 40.00% 55.00% 57.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.44 0.72 1.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
5,842
6,617
7,034
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 35 52 44
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 352 386 438
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 866 962 1,002
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,399 2,588 2,746
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,718 2,111 2,240
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 472 518 564
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.30% 40.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 6,626 6,597
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 308,950 312,340
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 621 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 519 753 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $34,269,000 $36,526,000 $34,044,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,719,000 $19,130,000 $18,506,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $139,455,000 $137,771,000 $145,494,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00% 24.00% 26.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 680 631 928
Number of people served in facility based work. 739 598 724
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9,432 9,546 10,112
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 34.20 40.60 49.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.20% 62.69% 62.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.60% 11.36% 11.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.60% 3.96% 4.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.76% 97.51% 98.76%
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). 34.90% 35.13% 34.13%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 62.20% 63.09% 63.24%
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). 71.60% 71.63% 72.57%
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). 27.33% 26.96% 29.11%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 5,052,830
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 7,757
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 168,108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 3,289,332
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,457,440
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 339
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,546
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,885
AbilityOne wages (products). $831,106
AbilityOne wages (services). $43,925,206

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46 35 40
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 36 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,667 4,108
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 35 35
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,702 4,143

 


Virginia Acts of Assembly: An Act to Amend and Reenact §§ 51.5-41, 51.5-120, 51.5-163, 51.5-164, and 51.5-172 through 51.5-176 of the Code of Virginia - 02/25/2016

Discrimination against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities by employers prohibited A.No employer shall discriminate in employment or promotion practices against an otherwise qualified person with a disability solely because of such disability. For the purposes of this section, an "otherwise qualified person with a disability" means a person qualified to perform the duties of a particular job or position and whose disability is unrelated to the person's ability to perform such duties or position or is unrelated to the person's qualifications for employment or promotion. B. It is the policy of the Commonwealth that persons with disabilities shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as other persons unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved. C. An employer shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental impairments of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, if necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the employer. For the purposes of this section, "mental impairment" does not include active alcoholism or current drug addiction and does not include any mental impairment, disease, or defect that has been successfully asserted by an individual as a defense to any criminal charge. 1. Individualized plan for employment. A written individualized plan for employment for each recipient of vocational rehabilitation services provided or funded by the Department, in whole or in part, shall be developed within a reasonable time and as soon as possible, but not later than 90 days after the due date of the determination of eligibility, unless an extension is agreed to by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and the Department. The plan shall be agreed to and signed by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and a qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor employed by the Department

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

Virginia SB 1404 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia HB 2306 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia 2012 Senate Joint Resolution No. 127 - 02/25/2012

“Encouraging the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices...” Employment First is defined as a policy is grounded in a framework of increased integration, independence, productivity and employment that is based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, and informed choice of an individual.

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

Virginia 2012 House Joint Resolution No. 23 - 01/11/2012

“WHEREAS, implementation of an Employment First initiative in Virginia will lead to increased employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, resulting in benefits for individuals, families, employers, and communities across the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Secretary of Health and Human Resources be requested to develop and implement an Employment First initiative in the Commonwealth, which shall identify employment in an integrated, community setting earning an amount that is equal to or greater than minimum-wage rates as the first goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through state agencies.”

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

The Virginians with Disabilities Act ( 51.5-1) of 1989 - 05/01/1989

“ It is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Departments of Education, Health, Housing and Community Development, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services, and the Departments for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and such other agencies as the Governor deems appropriate, to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.The provisions of this title shall be known and may be cited as “‘The Virginians with Disabilities Act.’”

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

Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 - 04/26/2016

“WHEREAS, all Virginians should be given the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth, and the opportunity to engage in remunerative employment;   NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2015 as DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016 - 03/01/2016

“WHEREAS, within the United States one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3–17 have one or more developmental disabilities; and WHEREAS, Virginians with developmental disabilities contribute significantly to our schools, families, faith communities, and workforce; and WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to the process of transitioning to a community-based system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and is redesigning critical programs and services to promote inclusion and community integration; ….”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Executive Order 46: Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the New Virginia Economy - 07/27/2015

“The Chief Workforce Development Advisor, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, shall work with DARS and DBVI to offer to all executive branch agencies (including institutions of higher education, boards, and commissions) training designed to expand existing efforts to recruit, accommodate, retain and advance Virginians with disabilities in the Commonwealth’s workforce. Training shall commence no later than October 1, 2015...”

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

Equal Opportunity (Governor Executive Order 2014) - 01/11/2014

Initiative: By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government. The foundational tenet of this Executive Order is premised upon a steadfast commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect for all Virginians. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Virginia Governor’s Executive Order (Executive Order #55 (2012)) - 11/16/2012 - 11/16/2012

“The last United States Census concluded that out of 3.6 million Virginia residents who were employed, 154,985 Virginians with disabilities were included in that total. These numbers indicate an under representation of people with disabilities among the gainfully employed. The Commonwealth of Virginia should work to provide a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians; therefore it is appropriate to initiate steps in order to expand employment opportunities for its citizens who are disabled….”

“By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth…and in conjunction with… the Code of Virginia which states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities, including our wounded soldiers, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment, with the goal of enhancing the employment opportunities for Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Policy Statement - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSB shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities. … 

Provide training and consultation to service providers on implementing evidence-based supported employment practice models and establishing integrated supported employment teams that include CSBs, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and employment services organizations (ESOs) and work with CSBs and ESOs to incorporate evidence-based supported employment practice models in the day services  they offer, including psychosocial rehabilitation;   

Work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to identify ways to incorporate integrated, community-based employment services in the Medicaid Intellectual Disability and Individual and Family Developmental Disability Services Waivers."

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

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Board Policy 1036 - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSBs shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities…”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Strategic Plan - 10/01/2012

“This document outlines the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS or ‘the department’) Strategic Plan for Employment First. The strategic plan was formulated in response to efforts in recent years to build and expand integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Virginia. DBHDS supports individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The strategic plan establishes annual goals for DBHDS to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations to expand opportunities for employment for all Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - A Plan for Advancing Community Focused Services in Virginia. - 06/25/2010

An overall strategic plan with 12 foci that includes an outline that addresses the need for, objectives in, and priorities for creating employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders and those with developmental disabilities. 

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

DRS Policy and Procedure Manual: Chapter 8.17. - Self Employment and SEE

This chapter of the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) manual precisely defines how to deliver Self-Employment and Supported Self Employment services to customers of the system. Including how to approve and fund such services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Supported Employment

“Supported employment is one of many effective ways of assisting persons with disabilities in gaining and maintaining employment.  DRS partners with over 60 Employment Services Organizations in providing situational assessment, job development, placement and training services and long term follow along both individually and in groups…DRS may provide supported employment or job coach training services, if appropriate and with agreement of their DRS counselor, to consumers of the agency as long as they are considered ‘most severely disabled’ regardless of their impairment or disability cause.”

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

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council (VITC)

 “The mission of the Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is to promote successful transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by providing leadership and innovation in employment, education, training, living independently, community participation, and community support systems that influence success for all students.” Contains fact sheets to “assist others in understanding the various facets that promote exemplary transition for Virginia’s youth.”

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

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

Virginia DBHDS: Strategic Plan for Employment First - 10/01/2012

To facilitate interagency collaboration the Strategic Plan for Employment First establishes an Employment First Summit Meeting, which will gather leadership from various department committed to upholding Employment First principles, and orders for the creation of a high level administrative leadership body including (DBHDS, DARS, DOE, DMAS, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Virginia State Employment Leadership Network - 10/01/2012

Virginia is a part of this multi-state technical assistance collaborative whose aim is to improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. “In 2008, DBHDS joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services and the University of Massachusetts-Boston Institute for Community Inclusion. DBHDS developed a Virginia-specific SELN Advisory Group made up of over 30 members representing a variety of organizations involved in providing employment services to Virginians. Members include community service boards (CSBs), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU/RRTC), and vendor organizations such as the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), the Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Providers of Supported Employment (VaAPSE). DBHDS continues to be an active, contributing participant in the monthly National SELN web-based meetings. Virginia is now one of 30 states in the SELN. The Virginia SELN Advisory Group, made up of advocates, providers, and state agencies, continues to identify roadblocks and disincentives in our state system. The group is developing specific strategies for implementation of a system that prioritizes employment as an outcome of services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council

Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is committed to promoting partnerships and influencing linkages that result in transition service networks for coordinating person-centered services. Their fact sheet on employment cites Customized Employment as a successful strategy.

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

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities State Plan (VBPD)

The VBPD is Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Council. The partnership goals outlined in VBPD’s State Plan include:

“By 2016, in collaboration with advocacy partners, the Council will support or influence at least 25 proposed policies, laws, regulations, & budget actions to ensure they are non‐discriminatory, culturally competent, and consistent with the tenets of a fully included life;” and “By 2016 (through VBPD collaboration with at least 5 public & private entities), first responders, public safety agencies and justice system entities will improve their emergency preparedness policies and response protocols to better serve individuals with developmental and other disabilities and will include these individuals in preparedness planning efforts.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia No Wrong Door System Grant - 10/01/2015

The “Commonwealth of Virginia will implement its three-year plan to expand No Wrong Door (NWD), with a goal to provide a barrier-free, high-quality, sustainable, person-centered, single statewide NWD System of long-term services and supports for individuals of all ages and disabilities.”

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

Virginia: Fairfax Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment grant initiative was a product of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. The goal of the group was to build the capacity of the local One-Stop Center to use Customized Employment services to increase employment outcomes, choice, and wages for people with disabilities who resided in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Customized Employment Project: Virginia

The Customized Employment Grant Initiative, begun by ODEP in FY’01, provides funding support to selected Local Workforce Investment Boards, to demonstrate how the workforce development system can better serve persons who are significantly disabled.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Disability Employment Initiative (Round Four)

As a past Round 1 grantee, VA DEI will continue to build on existing infrastructure to develop shared ownership; foster systems integration, through cross-interagency collaboration at all levels; and design access to services from a customer’s perspective. Three Disability Resource Coordinators and a DRC State Lead will facilitate the implementation of the service delivery strategies. The pilot sites will receive the services of a Ticket consultant, who has been successful at engaging Round I pilot LWIBs in the EN process and in increasing ticket activity. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Virginia Ticket to Work

“Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence…“The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers.” Virginia has had Ticket to Work Since 2002.

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

Virginia National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s (NASMHPD) Employment Development Initiative (EDI)

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).”

“This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

Virginia is using its funds to support their Employment First Initiative. They have conducted multiple Employment First Summits, and developed an Employment First Advisory group.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Virginia Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Virginia Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - Richmond Customized Employment Project

“The grant worked to strengthen the linkages of the Richmond-area One-Stop system with schools, VR, and the Virginia Business Leadership Network, a business-directed group designed to encourage other businesses to hire people with disabilities. The project focused on expanding the reach and scope of existing service programs, such as a WIA youth project, to make them more appropriate for job seekers with multiple barriers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Disability Program Navigator

Virginia had the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) grant. DPNs aimed to improve employment outcomes, self-sufficiency and quality of life for jobseekers with disabilities, by ensuring that they have equal access to all services offered through Virginia’s Workforce Network. The DPN Initiative aimed to “develop new/sustaining ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated services; promoting the workforce investment system becoming Employment Networks under the Ticket-to-Work Program; blending/braiding resources to leverage funding for individual customers; creating systemic change; and expanding the capacity of the workforce investment system to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Disability Employment Initiative (Round One)

“The Virginia Community College System, the administrator of the Workforce Investment Act in Virginia, will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide co-leadership in order to coordinate DEI project activities with DRS-funded Disability Program Navigators (DPNs). The DEI project will build on the strengths and lessons learned from the activities of its DPNs and will support the continuation of those activities in conjunction with the enhanced activities related to five strategic components. DEI flexible funding will be used as the “first dollar down” to leverage partner funds and services. The Virginia DEI will incorporate resource mapping in each workforce area to identify all available resources and career assessment vehicles to support the needs of the job seeker, and will assure quality services through the deployment of mystery shopper protocols. Participating Workforce Investment Boards will be fully engaged as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

"DMHMRSAS" Office of Mental Retardation Services Training - 12/20/2007

This training is for providers of Mental Retardation and Day Support Medicaid Waivers’ Residential, Personal Assistance, Day Support and Prevocational services staff. It includes and emphasizes community supports, inclusion and involvement.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Special Education Technical Assistance & Professional Development

“These resources were developed to provide professional development and technical assistance to parents, school personnel and other consumers. All resources are intended to provide guidance for addressing the regulatory requirements and instructional elements needed for a student’s free appropriate public education (FAPE).”

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

Virginia Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

The Consumer's Guide to Self-Employment

This guide is written for consumers within the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) who wish to pursue Self Employment as a career goal. It describes many of the Department's policies, as well as offering guidance on how to succeed in the business development process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

DRS Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services

“The purpose of the Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services is to provide practical and specific information to supplement the Virginia DRS Policy and Procedure Manual. Where possible, the Guide seeks to illustrate evolving best practices gleaned from case examples and data gathered in Virginia. Specifically, the Guide is intended to provide supported employment practitioners with guidance in:

Achieving a customer-oriented environment that promotes consumer choice and participation, individual responsibility, practitioner excellence and sensitive delivery of quality services; Enhancing understanding of operational procedures and the need for cooperation, collaboration, and coordination; Clarifying and expanding on the roles, responsibilities, and expectations among supported employment practitioners; and Planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating supported employment programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

KU Beach Center on Disability Research Highlights: Customized Employment

“Professionals from employment service organizations such as community rehabilitation programs (CRP’s) often spend a substantial amount of time establishing trusting working relationships with local businesses to employ the individuals they support with disabilities. However, supplemental staffing companies are an untapped resource for placing individuals with disabilities in competitive employment careers. This pilot study reports on two public/private collaborations in Virginia between CRP’s and local supplemental staffing agencies one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting. The results suggest that successful public/private collaborative relationships may increase the rate and quality of job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia DEI NDI Training

Virginia is a DEI Grantee. “The National Disability Institute is the Training and Technical Assistance subcontractor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which works to improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels (including the Ticket to Work Program), and build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.”

Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Report of the Independent Reviewer on Compliance with the Consent Agreement US v. VA, Civil Action No. 3:12 CV 059 - 10/07/2014

“The IR reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth had achieved compliance with certain requirements of the Agreement. During this, the sixth review period, the Commonwealth through its lead agency, DBHDS, and its sister agencies has maintained compliance with these same provisions and has come into compliance with additional requirements. The Commonwealths leaders have continued to meet regularly and to collaborate to develop and implement plans to address the Agreement’s requirements and to improve people’s lives. The IR also reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth lagged significantly behind schedule. It continues to do so. There have been significant delays in the it’s (sic) compliance with requirements that are critical to an effective community-based services system for individuals with ID/DD. For two years, the Commonwealth’s primary strategy to come into compliance has been the redesign of it HCBS waiver program."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Virginia Consent Decree allowing for more waivers and less training Centers - 08/23/2012

“Under the proposed settlement, Virginia has agreed to provide 4170 additional waiver slots, divided among current Training Center residents, disabled people in various segregated facilities other than the Training Centers, and people on the waiting list for services…The settlement also prescribes in great detail how Virginia will administer the services it provides to disabled citizens. This process will be a shared responsibility of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and local community service boards ("CSBs")...”“The decree also provides for changed procedures at the Training Centers and spells out how the Commonwealth will assist the CSBs with technical assistance. Each Training Center resident will have a discharge plan crafted by the professionals at the facility. Virginia will set up case-management teams, crisis teams, and plans for supported day services in the community. Essentially, the Commonwealth's efforts—and those of the CSBs—will all be focused on keeping disabled people in the community.”

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

ADA Olmstead Settlement Agreement - 01/26/2012

“The fundamental goals of the Agreement are to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in the community, including thousands of individuals on waitlists for community-based services, and ensure that people who are currently in institutions - at the Commonwealth's training centers or in other private but state-funded facilities - have a meaningful opportunity to receive services that meet their needs in the community…Pursuant to the Interim Settlement Agreement, the State and City will give TTP and Birch service recipients the opportunity to receive integrated supported employment and integrated daytime services that will enable them to interact with the broader community to the fullest extent possible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

VA Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver (0372.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

"Provides day support, personal assistance, prevocational, residential support, respite, supported employment, consumer directed services facilitation, assistive technology, companion services, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/IID ages 0 - no max age."

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

VA Day Support HCBW for Persons w/ID (0430.R02.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, prevocational, supported employment for individuals w/ID ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Individual & Family DD Support (0358.R03.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, in-home residential, personal care, prevocational, respite care, supported employment - group/individual, services facilitation, adult companion, assistive technology, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, family/caregiver training, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/autism and DD ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Request - 02/27/2012

“For students with disabilities who have the most intensive support needs, there are two model initiatives supported by the Virginia Department of Education: Project SEARCH and the Post-High School Community College Program. Project SEARCH, a business-led model, is a collaborative between school divisions and local businesses that provide employability skills training and workplace internships that occur entirely in the workplace. The Post-High School Community College Program is a supported education model that provides individualized supports to students with significant disabilities seeking postsecondary education to enhance their skills for employment, in an age-appropriate setting. The Department of Education provides support and technical assistance to increase the number of partnerships between school divisions and institutions of higher education.”

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

MEDICAID WORKS (Virginia Medicaid Buy-in)

“MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, while ensuring continued Medicaid coverage.”

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

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia Statewide HCBS Transition Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. The HCBS final regulation requires states to prepare and submit a Statewide Transition Plan. CMS asks that statewide transition plans specifically address only the setting requirements of the final rule for home and community based services (The Rule).  Therefore, this Statewide Transition Plan is specific to the analysis and recommendations regarding the settings for home and community based services. 

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

Virginia Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

“The EDCD Waiver provides services that help individuals live in their own home or community instead of a nursing home. It is available to individuals 65 years of age and older, and to individuals of any age who have a disability. Individuals who depend on another person for their supports and have medical or nursing needs may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

Known affectionately as "The Place for Lovers," individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth have the opportunity with the right supports and services to Live Passionately by having careers in competitive integrated employment and being full participants in their communities. 

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 Virginia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,382,993
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
479,430
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.25%
Change from
2014 to 2015
179,153
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.37%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.12%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,260,405 8,326,289 8,382,993
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 474,379 482,793 479,430
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,134 181,398 179,153
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,566,753 3,604,746 3,653,779
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.92% 37.57% 37.37%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.89% 77.57% 78.12%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.70% 5.20% 4.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.20% 19.20% 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90% 10.90% 10.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 432,760 453,210 449,104
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 474,896 481,089 486,083
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 652,839 672,304 658,933
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 195,900 197,180 209,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 33,183 40,311 45,389
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,999 3,791 2,727
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 26,227 30,731 31,524
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 671 N/A 300
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,935 21,463 23,693
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 7,085 8,481 8,661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,976 6,204 6,473
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40% 4.50% 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 211,424 212,945 212,711

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,945 14,030 14,666
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,163 30,883 31,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 70,913 71,764 73,206
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.70% 19.60% 20.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 0.70% 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 1.20% 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 3.00% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 6.80% 12.20% 7.80%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 280 362 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 306 628 496
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,156 1,550 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 3,444 6,326 4,253

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 13,591 12,668 12,496
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 90 109 150
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 36 60 85
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. 40.00% 55.00% 57.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.44 0.72 1.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
5,842
6,617
7,034
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 35 52 44
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 352 386 438
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 866 962 1,002
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,399 2,588 2,746
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,718 2,111 2,240
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 472 518 564
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.30% 40.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 6,626 6,597
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 308,950 312,340
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 621 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 519 753 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $34,269,000 $36,526,000 $34,044,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,719,000 $19,130,000 $18,506,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $139,455,000 $137,771,000 $145,494,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00% 24.00% 26.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 680 631 928
Number of people served in facility based work. 739 598 724
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9,432 9,546 10,112
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 34.20 40.60 49.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.20% 62.69% 62.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.60% 11.36% 11.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.60% 3.96% 4.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.76% 97.51% 98.76%
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). 34.90% 35.13% 34.13%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 62.20% 63.09% 63.24%
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). 71.60% 71.63% 72.57%
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). 27.33% 26.96% 29.11%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 5,052,830
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 7,757
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 168,108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 3,289,332
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,457,440
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 339
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,546
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,885
AbilityOne wages (products). $831,106
AbilityOne wages (services). $43,925,206

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46 35 40
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 36 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,667 4,108
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 35 35
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,702 4,143

 

Legislation


Virginia Acts of Assembly: An Act to Amend and Reenact §§ 51.5-41, 51.5-120, 51.5-163, 51.5-164, and 51.5-172 through 51.5-176 of the Code of Virginia - 02/25/2016

Discrimination against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities by employers prohibited A.No employer shall discriminate in employment or promotion practices against an otherwise qualified person with a disability solely because of such disability. For the purposes of this section, an "otherwise qualified person with a disability" means a person qualified to perform the duties of a particular job or position and whose disability is unrelated to the person's ability to perform such duties or position or is unrelated to the person's qualifications for employment or promotion. B. It is the policy of the Commonwealth that persons with disabilities shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as other persons unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved. C. An employer shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental impairments of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, if necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the employer. For the purposes of this section, "mental impairment" does not include active alcoholism or current drug addiction and does not include any mental impairment, disease, or defect that has been successfully asserted by an individual as a defense to any criminal charge. 1. Individualized plan for employment. A written individualized plan for employment for each recipient of vocational rehabilitation services provided or funded by the Department, in whole or in part, shall be developed within a reasonable time and as soon as possible, but not later than 90 days after the due date of the determination of eligibility, unless an extension is agreed to by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and the Department. The plan shall be agreed to and signed by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and a qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor employed by the Department

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

Virginia SB 1404 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia HB 2306 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia 2012 Senate Joint Resolution No. 127 - 02/25/2012

“Encouraging the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices...” Employment First is defined as a policy is grounded in a framework of increased integration, independence, productivity and employment that is based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, and informed choice of an individual.

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

Virginia 2012 House Joint Resolution No. 23 - 01/11/2012

“WHEREAS, implementation of an Employment First initiative in Virginia will lead to increased employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, resulting in benefits for individuals, families, employers, and communities across the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Secretary of Health and Human Resources be requested to develop and implement an Employment First initiative in the Commonwealth, which shall identify employment in an integrated, community setting earning an amount that is equal to or greater than minimum-wage rates as the first goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through state agencies.”

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

The Virginians with Disabilities Act ( 51.5-1) of 1989 - 05/01/1989

“ It is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Departments of Education, Health, Housing and Community Development, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services, and the Departments for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and such other agencies as the Governor deems appropriate, to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.The provisions of this title shall be known and may be cited as “‘The Virginians with Disabilities Act.’”

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

Executive Orders


Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 - 04/26/2016

“WHEREAS, all Virginians should be given the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth, and the opportunity to engage in remunerative employment;   NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2015 as DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016 - 03/01/2016

“WHEREAS, within the United States one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3–17 have one or more developmental disabilities; and WHEREAS, Virginians with developmental disabilities contribute significantly to our schools, families, faith communities, and workforce; and WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to the process of transitioning to a community-based system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and is redesigning critical programs and services to promote inclusion and community integration; ….”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Executive Order 46: Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the New Virginia Economy - 07/27/2015

“The Chief Workforce Development Advisor, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, shall work with DARS and DBVI to offer to all executive branch agencies (including institutions of higher education, boards, and commissions) training designed to expand existing efforts to recruit, accommodate, retain and advance Virginians with disabilities in the Commonwealth’s workforce. Training shall commence no later than October 1, 2015...”

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

Equal Opportunity (Governor Executive Order 2014) - 01/11/2014

Initiative: By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government. The foundational tenet of this Executive Order is premised upon a steadfast commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect for all Virginians. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Virginia Governor’s Executive Order (Executive Order #55 (2012)) - 11/16/2012 - 11/16/2012

“The last United States Census concluded that out of 3.6 million Virginia residents who were employed, 154,985 Virginians with disabilities were included in that total. These numbers indicate an under representation of people with disabilities among the gainfully employed. The Commonwealth of Virginia should work to provide a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians; therefore it is appropriate to initiate steps in order to expand employment opportunities for its citizens who are disabled….”

“By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth…and in conjunction with… the Code of Virginia which states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities, including our wounded soldiers, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment, with the goal of enhancing the employment opportunities for Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Policy


Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Policy Statement - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSB shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities. … 

Provide training and consultation to service providers on implementing evidence-based supported employment practice models and establishing integrated supported employment teams that include CSBs, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and employment services organizations (ESOs) and work with CSBs and ESOs to incorporate evidence-based supported employment practice models in the day services  they offer, including psychosocial rehabilitation;   

Work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to identify ways to incorporate integrated, community-based employment services in the Medicaid Intellectual Disability and Individual and Family Developmental Disability Services Waivers."

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

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Board Policy 1036 - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSBs shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities…”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Strategic Plan - 10/01/2012

“This document outlines the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS or ‘the department’) Strategic Plan for Employment First. The strategic plan was formulated in response to efforts in recent years to build and expand integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Virginia. DBHDS supports individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The strategic plan establishes annual goals for DBHDS to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations to expand opportunities for employment for all Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - A Plan for Advancing Community Focused Services in Virginia. - 06/25/2010

An overall strategic plan with 12 foci that includes an outline that addresses the need for, objectives in, and priorities for creating employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders and those with developmental disabilities. 

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

DRS Policy and Procedure Manual: Chapter 8.17. - Self Employment and SEE

This chapter of the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) manual precisely defines how to deliver Self-Employment and Supported Self Employment services to customers of the system. Including how to approve and fund such services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Supported Employment

“Supported employment is one of many effective ways of assisting persons with disabilities in gaining and maintaining employment.  DRS partners with over 60 Employment Services Organizations in providing situational assessment, job development, placement and training services and long term follow along both individually and in groups…DRS may provide supported employment or job coach training services, if appropriate and with agreement of their DRS counselor, to consumers of the agency as long as they are considered ‘most severely disabled’ regardless of their impairment or disability cause.”

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

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council (VITC)

 “The mission of the Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is to promote successful transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by providing leadership and innovation in employment, education, training, living independently, community participation, and community support systems that influence success for all students.” Contains fact sheets to “assist others in understanding the various facets that promote exemplary transition for Virginia’s youth.”

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

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

Partnerships


Virginia DBHDS: Strategic Plan for Employment First - 10/01/2012

To facilitate interagency collaboration the Strategic Plan for Employment First establishes an Employment First Summit Meeting, which will gather leadership from various department committed to upholding Employment First principles, and orders for the creation of a high level administrative leadership body including (DBHDS, DARS, DOE, DMAS, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Virginia State Employment Leadership Network - 10/01/2012

Virginia is a part of this multi-state technical assistance collaborative whose aim is to improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. “In 2008, DBHDS joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services and the University of Massachusetts-Boston Institute for Community Inclusion. DBHDS developed a Virginia-specific SELN Advisory Group made up of over 30 members representing a variety of organizations involved in providing employment services to Virginians. Members include community service boards (CSBs), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU/RRTC), and vendor organizations such as the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), the Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Providers of Supported Employment (VaAPSE). DBHDS continues to be an active, contributing participant in the monthly National SELN web-based meetings. Virginia is now one of 30 states in the SELN. The Virginia SELN Advisory Group, made up of advocates, providers, and state agencies, continues to identify roadblocks and disincentives in our state system. The group is developing specific strategies for implementation of a system that prioritizes employment as an outcome of services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council

Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is committed to promoting partnerships and influencing linkages that result in transition service networks for coordinating person-centered services. Their fact sheet on employment cites Customized Employment as a successful strategy.

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

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities State Plan (VBPD)

The VBPD is Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Council. The partnership goals outlined in VBPD’s State Plan include:

“By 2016, in collaboration with advocacy partners, the Council will support or influence at least 25 proposed policies, laws, regulations, & budget actions to ensure they are non‐discriminatory, culturally competent, and consistent with the tenets of a fully included life;” and “By 2016 (through VBPD collaboration with at least 5 public & private entities), first responders, public safety agencies and justice system entities will improve their emergency preparedness policies and response protocols to better serve individuals with developmental and other disabilities and will include these individuals in preparedness planning efforts.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Systems-Change Funding


Virginia No Wrong Door System Grant - 10/01/2015

The “Commonwealth of Virginia will implement its three-year plan to expand No Wrong Door (NWD), with a goal to provide a barrier-free, high-quality, sustainable, person-centered, single statewide NWD System of long-term services and supports for individuals of all ages and disabilities.”

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

Virginia: Fairfax Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment grant initiative was a product of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. The goal of the group was to build the capacity of the local One-Stop Center to use Customized Employment services to increase employment outcomes, choice, and wages for people with disabilities who resided in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Customized Employment Project: Virginia

The Customized Employment Grant Initiative, begun by ODEP in FY’01, provides funding support to selected Local Workforce Investment Boards, to demonstrate how the workforce development system can better serve persons who are significantly disabled.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Disability Employment Initiative (Round Four)

As a past Round 1 grantee, VA DEI will continue to build on existing infrastructure to develop shared ownership; foster systems integration, through cross-interagency collaboration at all levels; and design access to services from a customer’s perspective. Three Disability Resource Coordinators and a DRC State Lead will facilitate the implementation of the service delivery strategies. The pilot sites will receive the services of a Ticket consultant, who has been successful at engaging Round I pilot LWIBs in the EN process and in increasing ticket activity. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Virginia Ticket to Work

“Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence…“The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers.” Virginia has had Ticket to Work Since 2002.

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

Virginia National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s (NASMHPD) Employment Development Initiative (EDI)

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).”

“This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

Virginia is using its funds to support their Employment First Initiative. They have conducted multiple Employment First Summits, and developed an Employment First Advisory group.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Virginia Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Virginia Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - Richmond Customized Employment Project

“The grant worked to strengthen the linkages of the Richmond-area One-Stop system with schools, VR, and the Virginia Business Leadership Network, a business-directed group designed to encourage other businesses to hire people with disabilities. The project focused on expanding the reach and scope of existing service programs, such as a WIA youth project, to make them more appropriate for job seekers with multiple barriers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Disability Program Navigator

Virginia had the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) grant. DPNs aimed to improve employment outcomes, self-sufficiency and quality of life for jobseekers with disabilities, by ensuring that they have equal access to all services offered through Virginia’s Workforce Network. The DPN Initiative aimed to “develop new/sustaining ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated services; promoting the workforce investment system becoming Employment Networks under the Ticket-to-Work Program; blending/braiding resources to leverage funding for individual customers; creating systemic change; and expanding the capacity of the workforce investment system to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Disability Employment Initiative (Round One)

“The Virginia Community College System, the administrator of the Workforce Investment Act in Virginia, will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide co-leadership in order to coordinate DEI project activities with DRS-funded Disability Program Navigators (DPNs). The DEI project will build on the strengths and lessons learned from the activities of its DPNs and will support the continuation of those activities in conjunction with the enhanced activities related to five strategic components. DEI flexible funding will be used as the “first dollar down” to leverage partner funds and services. The Virginia DEI will incorporate resource mapping in each workforce area to identify all available resources and career assessment vehicles to support the needs of the job seeker, and will assure quality services through the deployment of mystery shopper protocols. Participating Workforce Investment Boards will be fully engaged as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


"DMHMRSAS" Office of Mental Retardation Services Training - 12/20/2007

This training is for providers of Mental Retardation and Day Support Medicaid Waivers’ Residential, Personal Assistance, Day Support and Prevocational services staff. It includes and emphasizes community supports, inclusion and involvement.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Special Education Technical Assistance & Professional Development

“These resources were developed to provide professional development and technical assistance to parents, school personnel and other consumers. All resources are intended to provide guidance for addressing the regulatory requirements and instructional elements needed for a student’s free appropriate public education (FAPE).”

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

Virginia Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

The Consumer's Guide to Self-Employment

This guide is written for consumers within the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) who wish to pursue Self Employment as a career goal. It describes many of the Department's policies, as well as offering guidance on how to succeed in the business development process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

DRS Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services

“The purpose of the Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services is to provide practical and specific information to supplement the Virginia DRS Policy and Procedure Manual. Where possible, the Guide seeks to illustrate evolving best practices gleaned from case examples and data gathered in Virginia. Specifically, the Guide is intended to provide supported employment practitioners with guidance in:

Achieving a customer-oriented environment that promotes consumer choice and participation, individual responsibility, practitioner excellence and sensitive delivery of quality services; Enhancing understanding of operational procedures and the need for cooperation, collaboration, and coordination; Clarifying and expanding on the roles, responsibilities, and expectations among supported employment practitioners; and Planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating supported employment programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

KU Beach Center on Disability Research Highlights: Customized Employment

“Professionals from employment service organizations such as community rehabilitation programs (CRP’s) often spend a substantial amount of time establishing trusting working relationships with local businesses to employ the individuals they support with disabilities. However, supplemental staffing companies are an untapped resource for placing individuals with disabilities in competitive employment careers. This pilot study reports on two public/private collaborations in Virginia between CRP’s and local supplemental staffing agencies one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting. The results suggest that successful public/private collaborative relationships may increase the rate and quality of job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia DEI NDI Training

Virginia is a DEI Grantee. “The National Disability Institute is the Training and Technical Assistance subcontractor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which works to improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels (including the Ticket to Work Program), and build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.”

Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


Report of the Independent Reviewer on Compliance with the Consent Agreement US v. VA, Civil Action No. 3:12 CV 059 - 10/07/2014

“The IR reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth had achieved compliance with certain requirements of the Agreement. During this, the sixth review period, the Commonwealth through its lead agency, DBHDS, and its sister agencies has maintained compliance with these same provisions and has come into compliance with additional requirements. The Commonwealths leaders have continued to meet regularly and to collaborate to develop and implement plans to address the Agreement’s requirements and to improve people’s lives. The IR also reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth lagged significantly behind schedule. It continues to do so. There have been significant delays in the it’s (sic) compliance with requirements that are critical to an effective community-based services system for individuals with ID/DD. For two years, the Commonwealth’s primary strategy to come into compliance has been the redesign of it HCBS waiver program."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Virginia Consent Decree allowing for more waivers and less training Centers - 08/23/2012

“Under the proposed settlement, Virginia has agreed to provide 4170 additional waiver slots, divided among current Training Center residents, disabled people in various segregated facilities other than the Training Centers, and people on the waiting list for services…The settlement also prescribes in great detail how Virginia will administer the services it provides to disabled citizens. This process will be a shared responsibility of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and local community service boards ("CSBs")...”“The decree also provides for changed procedures at the Training Centers and spells out how the Commonwealth will assist the CSBs with technical assistance. Each Training Center resident will have a discharge plan crafted by the professionals at the facility. Virginia will set up case-management teams, crisis teams, and plans for supported day services in the community. Essentially, the Commonwealth's efforts—and those of the CSBs—will all be focused on keeping disabled people in the community.”

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

ADA Olmstead Settlement Agreement - 01/26/2012

“The fundamental goals of the Agreement are to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in the community, including thousands of individuals on waitlists for community-based services, and ensure that people who are currently in institutions - at the Commonwealth's training centers or in other private but state-funded facilities - have a meaningful opportunity to receive services that meet their needs in the community…Pursuant to the Interim Settlement Agreement, the State and City will give TTP and Birch service recipients the opportunity to receive integrated supported employment and integrated daytime services that will enable them to interact with the broader community to the fullest extent possible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Medicaid & Employment


VA Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver (0372.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

"Provides day support, personal assistance, prevocational, residential support, respite, supported employment, consumer directed services facilitation, assistive technology, companion services, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/IID ages 0 - no max age."

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

VA Day Support HCBW for Persons w/ID (0430.R02.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, prevocational, supported employment for individuals w/ID ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Individual & Family DD Support (0358.R03.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, in-home residential, personal care, prevocational, respite care, supported employment - group/individual, services facilitation, adult companion, assistive technology, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, family/caregiver training, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/autism and DD ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Request - 02/27/2012

“For students with disabilities who have the most intensive support needs, there are two model initiatives supported by the Virginia Department of Education: Project SEARCH and the Post-High School Community College Program. Project SEARCH, a business-led model, is a collaborative between school divisions and local businesses that provide employability skills training and workplace internships that occur entirely in the workplace. The Post-High School Community College Program is a supported education model that provides individualized supports to students with significant disabilities seeking postsecondary education to enhance their skills for employment, in an age-appropriate setting. The Department of Education provides support and technical assistance to increase the number of partnerships between school divisions and institutions of higher education.”

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

MEDICAID WORKS (Virginia Medicaid Buy-in)

“MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, while ensuring continued Medicaid coverage.”

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

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia Statewide HCBS Transition Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. The HCBS final regulation requires states to prepare and submit a Statewide Transition Plan. CMS asks that statewide transition plans specifically address only the setting requirements of the final rule for home and community based services (The Rule).  Therefore, this Statewide Transition Plan is specific to the analysis and recommendations regarding the settings for home and community based services. 

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

Virginia Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

“The EDCD Waiver provides services that help individuals live in their own home or community instead of a nursing home. It is available to individuals 65 years of age and older, and to individuals of any age who have a disability. Individuals who depend on another person for their supports and have medical or nursing needs may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

Known affectionately as "The Place for Lovers," individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth have the opportunity with the right supports and services to Live Passionately by having careers in competitive integrated employment and being full participants in their communities. 

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 Virginia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,382,993
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
479,430
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.25%
Change from
2014 to 2015
179,153
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.37%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.12%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 8,260,405 8,326,289 8,382,993
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 474,379 482,793 479,430
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,134 181,398 179,153
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,566,753 3,604,746 3,653,779
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.92% 37.57% 37.37%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.89% 77.57% 78.12%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.70% 5.20% 4.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.20% 19.20% 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.90% 10.90% 10.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 432,760 453,210 449,104
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 474,896 481,089 486,083
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 652,839 672,304 658,933
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 195,900 197,180 209,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 33,183 40,311 45,389
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,999 3,791 2,727
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 26,227 30,731 31,524
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 671 N/A 300
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 21,935 21,463 23,693
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 7,085 8,481 8,661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,976 6,204 6,473
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.40% 4.50% 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 211,424 212,945 212,711

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,945 14,030 14,666
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,163 30,883 31,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 70,913 71,764 73,206
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.70% 19.60% 20.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 0.70% 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% 1.20% 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 3.00% N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 6.80% 12.20% 7.80%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 280 362 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 306 628 496
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 2,156 1,550 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 3,444 6,326 4,253

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 13,591 12,668 12,496
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 90 109 150
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 36 60 85
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. 40.00% 55.00% 57.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.44 0.72 1.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
5,842
6,617
7,034
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 35 52 44
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 352 386 438
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 866 962 1,002
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,399 2,588 2,746
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,718 2,111 2,240
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 472 518 564
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.30% 40.00% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 6,626 6,597
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 308,950 312,340
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 621 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 519 753 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $34,269,000 $36,526,000 $34,044,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,719,000 $19,130,000 $18,506,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $139,455,000 $137,771,000 $145,494,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 20.00% 24.00% 26.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 680 631 928
Number of people served in facility based work. 739 598 724
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9,432 9,546 10,112
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 34.20 40.60 49.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.20% 62.69% 62.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.60% 11.36% 11.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.60% 3.96% 4.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.76% 97.51% 98.76%
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). 34.90% 35.13% 34.13%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 62.20% 63.09% 63.24%
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). 71.60% 71.63% 72.57%
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). 27.33% 26.96% 29.11%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 5,052,830
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 7,757
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 168,108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 3,289,332
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,457,440
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 339
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,546
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,885
AbilityOne wages (products). $831,106
AbilityOne wages (services). $43,925,206

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 46 35 40
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 36 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,667 4,108
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 35 35
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 3,702 4,143

 

Legislation


Virginia Acts of Assembly: An Act to Amend and Reenact §§ 51.5-41, 51.5-120, 51.5-163, 51.5-164, and 51.5-172 through 51.5-176 of the Code of Virginia - 02/25/2016

Discrimination against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities by employers prohibited A.No employer shall discriminate in employment or promotion practices against an otherwise qualified person with a disability solely because of such disability. For the purposes of this section, an "otherwise qualified person with a disability" means a person qualified to perform the duties of a particular job or position and whose disability is unrelated to the person's ability to perform such duties or position or is unrelated to the person's qualifications for employment or promotion. B. It is the policy of the Commonwealth that persons with disabilities shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as other persons unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved. C. An employer shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental impairments of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, if necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the employer. For the purposes of this section, "mental impairment" does not include active alcoholism or current drug addiction and does not include any mental impairment, disease, or defect that has been successfully asserted by an individual as a defense to any criminal charge. 1. Individualized plan for employment. A written individualized plan for employment for each recipient of vocational rehabilitation services provided or funded by the Department, in whole or in part, shall be developed within a reasonable time and as soon as possible, but not later than 90 days after the due date of the determination of eligibility, unless an extension is agreed to by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and the Department. The plan shall be agreed to and signed by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and a qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor employed by the Department

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

Virginia SB 1404 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia HB 2306 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia 2012 Senate Joint Resolution No. 127 - 02/25/2012

“Encouraging the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices...” Employment First is defined as a policy is grounded in a framework of increased integration, independence, productivity and employment that is based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, and informed choice of an individual.

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

Virginia 2012 House Joint Resolution No. 23 - 01/11/2012

“WHEREAS, implementation of an Employment First initiative in Virginia will lead to increased employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, resulting in benefits for individuals, families, employers, and communities across the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Secretary of Health and Human Resources be requested to develop and implement an Employment First initiative in the Commonwealth, which shall identify employment in an integrated, community setting earning an amount that is equal to or greater than minimum-wage rates as the first goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through state agencies.”

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

The Virginians with Disabilities Act ( 51.5-1) of 1989 - 05/01/1989

“ It is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Departments of Education, Health, Housing and Community Development, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services, and the Departments for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and such other agencies as the Governor deems appropriate, to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.The provisions of this title shall be known and may be cited as “‘The Virginians with Disabilities Act.’”

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

Executive Orders


Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 - 04/26/2016

“WHEREAS, all Virginians should be given the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth, and the opportunity to engage in remunerative employment;   NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2015 as DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016 - 03/01/2016

“WHEREAS, within the United States one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3–17 have one or more developmental disabilities; and WHEREAS, Virginians with developmental disabilities contribute significantly to our schools, families, faith communities, and workforce; and WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to the process of transitioning to a community-based system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and is redesigning critical programs and services to promote inclusion and community integration; ….”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Executive Order 46: Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the New Virginia Economy - 07/27/2015

“The Chief Workforce Development Advisor, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, shall work with DARS and DBVI to offer to all executive branch agencies (including institutions of higher education, boards, and commissions) training designed to expand existing efforts to recruit, accommodate, retain and advance Virginians with disabilities in the Commonwealth’s workforce. Training shall commence no later than October 1, 2015...”

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

Equal Opportunity (Governor Executive Order 2014) - 01/11/2014

Initiative: By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government. The foundational tenet of this Executive Order is premised upon a steadfast commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect for all Virginians. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Virginia Governor’s Executive Order (Executive Order #55 (2012)) - 11/16/2012 - 11/16/2012

“The last United States Census concluded that out of 3.6 million Virginia residents who were employed, 154,985 Virginians with disabilities were included in that total. These numbers indicate an under representation of people with disabilities among the gainfully employed. The Commonwealth of Virginia should work to provide a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians; therefore it is appropriate to initiate steps in order to expand employment opportunities for its citizens who are disabled….”

“By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth…and in conjunction with… the Code of Virginia which states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities, including our wounded soldiers, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment, with the goal of enhancing the employment opportunities for Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Policy


Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Policy Statement - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSB shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities. … 

Provide training and consultation to service providers on implementing evidence-based supported employment practice models and establishing integrated supported employment teams that include CSBs, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and employment services organizations (ESOs) and work with CSBs and ESOs to incorporate evidence-based supported employment practice models in the day services  they offer, including psychosocial rehabilitation;   

Work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to identify ways to incorporate integrated, community-based employment services in the Medicaid Intellectual Disability and Individual and Family Developmental Disability Services Waivers."

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

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Board Policy 1036 - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSBs shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities…”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Strategic Plan - 10/01/2012

“This document outlines the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS or ‘the department’) Strategic Plan for Employment First. The strategic plan was formulated in response to efforts in recent years to build and expand integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Virginia. DBHDS supports individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The strategic plan establishes annual goals for DBHDS to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations to expand opportunities for employment for all Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - A Plan for Advancing Community Focused Services in Virginia. - 06/25/2010

An overall strategic plan with 12 foci that includes an outline that addresses the need for, objectives in, and priorities for creating employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders and those with developmental disabilities. 

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

DRS Policy and Procedure Manual: Chapter 8.17. - Self Employment and SEE

This chapter of the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) manual precisely defines how to deliver Self-Employment and Supported Self Employment services to customers of the system. Including how to approve and fund such services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Supported Employment

“Supported employment is one of many effective ways of assisting persons with disabilities in gaining and maintaining employment.  DRS partners with over 60 Employment Services Organizations in providing situational assessment, job development, placement and training services and long term follow along both individually and in groups…DRS may provide supported employment or job coach training services, if appropriate and with agreement of their DRS counselor, to consumers of the agency as long as they are considered ‘most severely disabled’ regardless of their impairment or disability cause.”

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

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council (VITC)

 “The mission of the Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is to promote successful transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by providing leadership and innovation in employment, education, training, living independently, community participation, and community support systems that influence success for all students.” Contains fact sheets to “assist others in understanding the various facets that promote exemplary transition for Virginia’s youth.”

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

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

Partnerships


Virginia DBHDS: Strategic Plan for Employment First - 10/01/2012

To facilitate interagency collaboration the Strategic Plan for Employment First establishes an Employment First Summit Meeting, which will gather leadership from various department committed to upholding Employment First principles, and orders for the creation of a high level administrative leadership body including (DBHDS, DARS, DOE, DMAS, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Virginia State Employment Leadership Network - 10/01/2012

Virginia is a part of this multi-state technical assistance collaborative whose aim is to improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. “In 2008, DBHDS joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services and the University of Massachusetts-Boston Institute for Community Inclusion. DBHDS developed a Virginia-specific SELN Advisory Group made up of over 30 members representing a variety of organizations involved in providing employment services to Virginians. Members include community service boards (CSBs), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU/RRTC), and vendor organizations such as the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), the Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Providers of Supported Employment (VaAPSE). DBHDS continues to be an active, contributing participant in the monthly National SELN web-based meetings. Virginia is now one of 30 states in the SELN. The Virginia SELN Advisory Group, made up of advocates, providers, and state agencies, continues to identify roadblocks and disincentives in our state system. The group is developing specific strategies for implementation of a system that prioritizes employment as an outcome of services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council

Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is committed to promoting partnerships and influencing linkages that result in transition service networks for coordinating person-centered services. Their fact sheet on employment cites Customized Employment as a successful strategy.

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

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities State Plan (VBPD)

The VBPD is Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Council. The partnership goals outlined in VBPD’s State Plan include:

“By 2016, in collaboration with advocacy partners, the Council will support or influence at least 25 proposed policies, laws, regulations, & budget actions to ensure they are non‐discriminatory, culturally competent, and consistent with the tenets of a fully included life;” and “By 2016 (through VBPD collaboration with at least 5 public & private entities), first responders, public safety agencies and justice system entities will improve their emergency preparedness policies and response protocols to better serve individuals with developmental and other disabilities and will include these individuals in preparedness planning efforts.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Systems-Change Funding


Virginia No Wrong Door System Grant - 10/01/2015

The “Commonwealth of Virginia will implement its three-year plan to expand No Wrong Door (NWD), with a goal to provide a barrier-free, high-quality, sustainable, person-centered, single statewide NWD System of long-term services and supports for individuals of all ages and disabilities.”

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

Virginia: Fairfax Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment grant initiative was a product of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. The goal of the group was to build the capacity of the local One-Stop Center to use Customized Employment services to increase employment outcomes, choice, and wages for people with disabilities who resided in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Customized Employment Project: Virginia

The Customized Employment Grant Initiative, begun by ODEP in FY’01, provides funding support to selected Local Workforce Investment Boards, to demonstrate how the workforce development system can better serve persons who are significantly disabled.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Disability Employment Initiative (Round Four)

As a past Round 1 grantee, VA DEI will continue to build on existing infrastructure to develop shared ownership; foster systems integration, through cross-interagency collaboration at all levels; and design access to services from a customer’s perspective. Three Disability Resource Coordinators and a DRC State Lead will facilitate the implementation of the service delivery strategies. The pilot sites will receive the services of a Ticket consultant, who has been successful at engaging Round I pilot LWIBs in the EN process and in increasing ticket activity. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Virginia Ticket to Work

“Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence…“The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers.” Virginia has had Ticket to Work Since 2002.

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

Virginia National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s (NASMHPD) Employment Development Initiative (EDI)

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).”

“This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

Virginia is using its funds to support their Employment First Initiative. They have conducted multiple Employment First Summits, and developed an Employment First Advisory group.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Virginia Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Virginia Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - Richmond Customized Employment Project

“The grant worked to strengthen the linkages of the Richmond-area One-Stop system with schools, VR, and the Virginia Business Leadership Network, a business-directed group designed to encourage other businesses to hire people with disabilities. The project focused on expanding the reach and scope of existing service programs, such as a WIA youth project, to make them more appropriate for job seekers with multiple barriers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Disability Program Navigator

Virginia had the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) grant. DPNs aimed to improve employment outcomes, self-sufficiency and quality of life for jobseekers with disabilities, by ensuring that they have equal access to all services offered through Virginia’s Workforce Network. The DPN Initiative aimed to “develop new/sustaining ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated services; promoting the workforce investment system becoming Employment Networks under the Ticket-to-Work Program; blending/braiding resources to leverage funding for individual customers; creating systemic change; and expanding the capacity of the workforce investment system to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Disability Employment Initiative (Round One)

“The Virginia Community College System, the administrator of the Workforce Investment Act in Virginia, will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide co-leadership in order to coordinate DEI project activities with DRS-funded Disability Program Navigators (DPNs). The DEI project will build on the strengths and lessons learned from the activities of its DPNs and will support the continuation of those activities in conjunction with the enhanced activities related to five strategic components. DEI flexible funding will be used as the “first dollar down” to leverage partner funds and services. The Virginia DEI will incorporate resource mapping in each workforce area to identify all available resources and career assessment vehicles to support the needs of the job seeker, and will assure quality services through the deployment of mystery shopper protocols. Participating Workforce Investment Boards will be fully engaged as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


"DMHMRSAS" Office of Mental Retardation Services Training - 12/20/2007

This training is for providers of Mental Retardation and Day Support Medicaid Waivers’ Residential, Personal Assistance, Day Support and Prevocational services staff. It includes and emphasizes community supports, inclusion and involvement.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Special Education Technical Assistance & Professional Development

“These resources were developed to provide professional development and technical assistance to parents, school personnel and other consumers. All resources are intended to provide guidance for addressing the regulatory requirements and instructional elements needed for a student’s free appropriate public education (FAPE).”

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

Virginia Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

The Consumer's Guide to Self-Employment

This guide is written for consumers within the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) who wish to pursue Self Employment as a career goal. It describes many of the Department's policies, as well as offering guidance on how to succeed in the business development process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

DRS Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services

“The purpose of the Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services is to provide practical and specific information to supplement the Virginia DRS Policy and Procedure Manual. Where possible, the Guide seeks to illustrate evolving best practices gleaned from case examples and data gathered in Virginia. Specifically, the Guide is intended to provide supported employment practitioners with guidance in:

Achieving a customer-oriented environment that promotes consumer choice and participation, individual responsibility, practitioner excellence and sensitive delivery of quality services; Enhancing understanding of operational procedures and the need for cooperation, collaboration, and coordination; Clarifying and expanding on the roles, responsibilities, and expectations among supported employment practitioners; and Planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating supported employment programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

KU Beach Center on Disability Research Highlights: Customized Employment

“Professionals from employment service organizations such as community rehabilitation programs (CRP’s) often spend a substantial amount of time establishing trusting working relationships with local businesses to employ the individuals they support with disabilities. However, supplemental staffing companies are an untapped resource for placing individuals with disabilities in competitive employment careers. This pilot study reports on two public/private collaborations in Virginia between CRP’s and local supplemental staffing agencies one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting. The results suggest that successful public/private collaborative relationships may increase the rate and quality of job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia DEI NDI Training

Virginia is a DEI Grantee. “The National Disability Institute is the Training and Technical Assistance subcontractor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which works to improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels (including the Ticket to Work Program), and build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.”

Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


Report of the Independent Reviewer on Compliance with the Consent Agreement US v. VA, Civil Action No. 3:12 CV 059 - 10/07/2014

“The IR reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth had achieved compliance with certain requirements of the Agreement. During this, the sixth review period, the Commonwealth through its lead agency, DBHDS, and its sister agencies has maintained compliance with these same provisions and has come into compliance with additional requirements. The Commonwealths leaders have continued to meet regularly and to collaborate to develop and implement plans to address the Agreement’s requirements and to improve people’s lives. The IR also reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth lagged significantly behind schedule. It continues to do so. There have been significant delays in the it’s (sic) compliance with requirements that are critical to an effective community-based services system for individuals with ID/DD. For two years, the Commonwealth’s primary strategy to come into compliance has been the redesign of it HCBS waiver program."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Virginia Consent Decree allowing for more waivers and less training Centers - 08/23/2012

“Under the proposed settlement, Virginia has agreed to provide 4170 additional waiver slots, divided among current Training Center residents, disabled people in various segregated facilities other than the Training Centers, and people on the waiting list for services…The settlement also prescribes in great detail how Virginia will administer the services it provides to disabled citizens. This process will be a shared responsibility of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and local community service boards ("CSBs")...”“The decree also provides for changed procedures at the Training Centers and spells out how the Commonwealth will assist the CSBs with technical assistance. Each Training Center resident will have a discharge plan crafted by the professionals at the facility. Virginia will set up case-management teams, crisis teams, and plans for supported day services in the community. Essentially, the Commonwealth's efforts—and those of the CSBs—will all be focused on keeping disabled people in the community.”

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

ADA Olmstead Settlement Agreement - 01/26/2012

“The fundamental goals of the Agreement are to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in the community, including thousands of individuals on waitlists for community-based services, and ensure that people who are currently in institutions - at the Commonwealth's training centers or in other private but state-funded facilities - have a meaningful opportunity to receive services that meet their needs in the community…Pursuant to the Interim Settlement Agreement, the State and City will give TTP and Birch service recipients the opportunity to receive integrated supported employment and integrated daytime services that will enable them to interact with the broader community to the fullest extent possible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Medicaid & Employment


VA Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver (0372.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

"Provides day support, personal assistance, prevocational, residential support, respite, supported employment, consumer directed services facilitation, assistive technology, companion services, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/IID ages 0 - no max age."

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

VA Day Support HCBW for Persons w/ID (0430.R02.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, prevocational, supported employment for individuals w/ID ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Individual & Family DD Support (0358.R03.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, in-home residential, personal care, prevocational, respite care, supported employment - group/individual, services facilitation, adult companion, assistive technology, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, family/caregiver training, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/autism and DD ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Request - 02/27/2012

“For students with disabilities who have the most intensive support needs, there are two model initiatives supported by the Virginia Department of Education: Project SEARCH and the Post-High School Community College Program. Project SEARCH, a business-led model, is a collaborative between school divisions and local businesses that provide employability skills training and workplace internships that occur entirely in the workplace. The Post-High School Community College Program is a supported education model that provides individualized supports to students with significant disabilities seeking postsecondary education to enhance their skills for employment, in an age-appropriate setting. The Department of Education provides support and technical assistance to increase the number of partnerships between school divisions and institutions of higher education.”

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

MEDICAID WORKS (Virginia Medicaid Buy-in)

“MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, while ensuring continued Medicaid coverage.”

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

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia Statewide HCBS Transition Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. The HCBS final regulation requires states to prepare and submit a Statewide Transition Plan. CMS asks that statewide transition plans specifically address only the setting requirements of the final rule for home and community based services (The Rule).  Therefore, this Statewide Transition Plan is specific to the analysis and recommendations regarding the settings for home and community based services. 

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

Virginia Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

“The EDCD Waiver provides services that help individuals live in their own home or community instead of a nursing home. It is available to individuals 65 years of age and older, and to individuals of any age who have a disability. Individuals who depend on another person for their supports and have medical or nursing needs may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

Known affectionately as "The Place for Lovers," individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth have the opportunity with the right supports and services to Live Passionately by having careers in competitive integrated employment and being full participants in their communities. 

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 Virginia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,382,993
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
479,430
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.25%
Change from
2014 to 2015
179,153
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.37%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.12%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 8,382,993
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 479,430
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 179,153
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,653,779
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.37%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.12%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 449,104
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 486,083
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 658,933
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 209,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 45,389
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,727
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 31,524
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 300
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,693
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,473
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 212,711

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,666
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 73,206
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 7.80%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 496
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,253

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,496
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 150
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 85
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. 57.00%
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. 1.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,034
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 44
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 438
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,002
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,746
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,240
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 564
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 6,597
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 312,340
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. $34,044,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,506,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $145,494,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 26.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 928
Number of people served in facility based work. 724
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 10,112
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 49.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.76%
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). 34.13%
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). 63.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 72.57%
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). 29.11%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 5,052,830
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 7,757
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 168,108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 3,289,332
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,457,440
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 339
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,546
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,885
AbilityOne wages (products). $831,106
AbilityOne wages (services). $43,925,206

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 40
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,108
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 35
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,143

 

Legislation


Virginia Acts of Assembly: An Act to Amend and Reenact §§ 51.5-41, 51.5-120, 51.5-163, 51.5-164, and 51.5-172 through 51.5-176 of the Code of Virginia - 02/25/2016

Discrimination against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities by employers prohibited A.No employer shall discriminate in employment or promotion practices against an otherwise qualified person with a disability solely because of such disability. For the purposes of this section, an "otherwise qualified person with a disability" means a person qualified to perform the duties of a particular job or position and whose disability is unrelated to the person's ability to perform such duties or position or is unrelated to the person's qualifications for employment or promotion. B. It is the policy of the Commonwealth that persons with disabilities shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as other persons unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved. C. An employer shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental impairments of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, if necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the employer. For the purposes of this section, "mental impairment" does not include active alcoholism or current drug addiction and does not include any mental impairment, disease, or defect that has been successfully asserted by an individual as a defense to any criminal charge. 1. Individualized plan for employment. A written individualized plan for employment for each recipient of vocational rehabilitation services provided or funded by the Department, in whole or in part, shall be developed within a reasonable time and as soon as possible, but not later than 90 days after the due date of the determination of eligibility, unless an extension is agreed to by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and the Department. The plan shall be agreed to and signed by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and a qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor employed by the Department

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

Virginia SB 1404 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia HB 2306 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia 2012 Senate Joint Resolution No. 127 - 02/25/2012

“Encouraging the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices...” Employment First is defined as a policy is grounded in a framework of increased integration, independence, productivity and employment that is based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, and informed choice of an individual.

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

Virginia 2012 House Joint Resolution No. 23 - 01/11/2012

“WHEREAS, implementation of an Employment First initiative in Virginia will lead to increased employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, resulting in benefits for individuals, families, employers, and communities across the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Secretary of Health and Human Resources be requested to develop and implement an Employment First initiative in the Commonwealth, which shall identify employment in an integrated, community setting earning an amount that is equal to or greater than minimum-wage rates as the first goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through state agencies.”

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

The Virginians with Disabilities Act ( 51.5-1) of 1989 - 05/01/1989

“ It is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Departments of Education, Health, Housing and Community Development, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services, and the Departments for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and such other agencies as the Governor deems appropriate, to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.The provisions of this title shall be known and may be cited as “‘The Virginians with Disabilities Act.’”

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

Executive Orders


Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 - 04/26/2016

“WHEREAS, all Virginians should be given the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth, and the opportunity to engage in remunerative employment;   NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2015 as DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016 - 03/01/2016

“WHEREAS, within the United States one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3–17 have one or more developmental disabilities; and WHEREAS, Virginians with developmental disabilities contribute significantly to our schools, families, faith communities, and workforce; and WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to the process of transitioning to a community-based system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and is redesigning critical programs and services to promote inclusion and community integration; ….”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Executive Order 46: Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the New Virginia Economy - 07/27/2015

“The Chief Workforce Development Advisor, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, shall work with DARS and DBVI to offer to all executive branch agencies (including institutions of higher education, boards, and commissions) training designed to expand existing efforts to recruit, accommodate, retain and advance Virginians with disabilities in the Commonwealth’s workforce. Training shall commence no later than October 1, 2015...”

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

Equal Opportunity (Governor Executive Order 2014) - 01/11/2014

Initiative: By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government. The foundational tenet of this Executive Order is premised upon a steadfast commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect for all Virginians. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Virginia Governor’s Executive Order (Executive Order #55 (2012)) - 11/16/2012 - 11/16/2012

“The last United States Census concluded that out of 3.6 million Virginia residents who were employed, 154,985 Virginians with disabilities were included in that total. These numbers indicate an under representation of people with disabilities among the gainfully employed. The Commonwealth of Virginia should work to provide a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians; therefore it is appropriate to initiate steps in order to expand employment opportunities for its citizens who are disabled….”

“By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth…and in conjunction with… the Code of Virginia which states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities, including our wounded soldiers, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment, with the goal of enhancing the employment opportunities for Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Policy


Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Policy Statement - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSB shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities. … 

Provide training and consultation to service providers on implementing evidence-based supported employment practice models and establishing integrated supported employment teams that include CSBs, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and employment services organizations (ESOs) and work with CSBs and ESOs to incorporate evidence-based supported employment practice models in the day services  they offer, including psychosocial rehabilitation;   

Work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to identify ways to incorporate integrated, community-based employment services in the Medicaid Intellectual Disability and Individual and Family Developmental Disability Services Waivers."

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

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Board Policy 1036 - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSBs shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities…”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Strategic Plan - 10/01/2012

“This document outlines the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS or ‘the department’) Strategic Plan for Employment First. The strategic plan was formulated in response to efforts in recent years to build and expand integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Virginia. DBHDS supports individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The strategic plan establishes annual goals for DBHDS to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations to expand opportunities for employment for all Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - A Plan for Advancing Community Focused Services in Virginia. - 06/25/2010

An overall strategic plan with 12 foci that includes an outline that addresses the need for, objectives in, and priorities for creating employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders and those with developmental disabilities. 

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

DRS Policy and Procedure Manual: Chapter 8.17. - Self Employment and SEE

This chapter of the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) manual precisely defines how to deliver Self-Employment and Supported Self Employment services to customers of the system. Including how to approve and fund such services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Supported Employment

“Supported employment is one of many effective ways of assisting persons with disabilities in gaining and maintaining employment.  DRS partners with over 60 Employment Services Organizations in providing situational assessment, job development, placement and training services and long term follow along both individually and in groups…DRS may provide supported employment or job coach training services, if appropriate and with agreement of their DRS counselor, to consumers of the agency as long as they are considered ‘most severely disabled’ regardless of their impairment or disability cause.”

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

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council (VITC)

 “The mission of the Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is to promote successful transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by providing leadership and innovation in employment, education, training, living independently, community participation, and community support systems that influence success for all students.” Contains fact sheets to “assist others in understanding the various facets that promote exemplary transition for Virginia’s youth.”

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

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

Partnerships


Virginia DBHDS: Strategic Plan for Employment First - 10/01/2012

To facilitate interagency collaboration the Strategic Plan for Employment First establishes an Employment First Summit Meeting, which will gather leadership from various department committed to upholding Employment First principles, and orders for the creation of a high level administrative leadership body including (DBHDS, DARS, DOE, DMAS, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Virginia State Employment Leadership Network - 10/01/2012

Virginia is a part of this multi-state technical assistance collaborative whose aim is to improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. “In 2008, DBHDS joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services and the University of Massachusetts-Boston Institute for Community Inclusion. DBHDS developed a Virginia-specific SELN Advisory Group made up of over 30 members representing a variety of organizations involved in providing employment services to Virginians. Members include community service boards (CSBs), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU/RRTC), and vendor organizations such as the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), the Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Providers of Supported Employment (VaAPSE). DBHDS continues to be an active, contributing participant in the monthly National SELN web-based meetings. Virginia is now one of 30 states in the SELN. The Virginia SELN Advisory Group, made up of advocates, providers, and state agencies, continues to identify roadblocks and disincentives in our state system. The group is developing specific strategies for implementation of a system that prioritizes employment as an outcome of services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council

Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is committed to promoting partnerships and influencing linkages that result in transition service networks for coordinating person-centered services. Their fact sheet on employment cites Customized Employment as a successful strategy.

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

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities State Plan (VBPD)

The VBPD is Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Council. The partnership goals outlined in VBPD’s State Plan include:

“By 2016, in collaboration with advocacy partners, the Council will support or influence at least 25 proposed policies, laws, regulations, & budget actions to ensure they are non‐discriminatory, culturally competent, and consistent with the tenets of a fully included life;” and “By 2016 (through VBPD collaboration with at least 5 public & private entities), first responders, public safety agencies and justice system entities will improve their emergency preparedness policies and response protocols to better serve individuals with developmental and other disabilities and will include these individuals in preparedness planning efforts.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Systems-Change Funding


Virginia No Wrong Door System Grant - 10/01/2015

The “Commonwealth of Virginia will implement its three-year plan to expand No Wrong Door (NWD), with a goal to provide a barrier-free, high-quality, sustainable, person-centered, single statewide NWD System of long-term services and supports for individuals of all ages and disabilities.”

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

Virginia: Fairfax Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment grant initiative was a product of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. The goal of the group was to build the capacity of the local One-Stop Center to use Customized Employment services to increase employment outcomes, choice, and wages for people with disabilities who resided in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Customized Employment Project: Virginia

The Customized Employment Grant Initiative, begun by ODEP in FY’01, provides funding support to selected Local Workforce Investment Boards, to demonstrate how the workforce development system can better serve persons who are significantly disabled.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Disability Employment Initiative (Round Four)

As a past Round 1 grantee, VA DEI will continue to build on existing infrastructure to develop shared ownership; foster systems integration, through cross-interagency collaboration at all levels; and design access to services from a customer’s perspective. Three Disability Resource Coordinators and a DRC State Lead will facilitate the implementation of the service delivery strategies. The pilot sites will receive the services of a Ticket consultant, who has been successful at engaging Round I pilot LWIBs in the EN process and in increasing ticket activity. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Virginia Ticket to Work

“Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence…“The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers.” Virginia has had Ticket to Work Since 2002.

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

Virginia National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s (NASMHPD) Employment Development Initiative (EDI)

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).”

“This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

Virginia is using its funds to support their Employment First Initiative. They have conducted multiple Employment First Summits, and developed an Employment First Advisory group.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Virginia Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Virginia Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - Richmond Customized Employment Project

“The grant worked to strengthen the linkages of the Richmond-area One-Stop system with schools, VR, and the Virginia Business Leadership Network, a business-directed group designed to encourage other businesses to hire people with disabilities. The project focused on expanding the reach and scope of existing service programs, such as a WIA youth project, to make them more appropriate for job seekers with multiple barriers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Disability Program Navigator

Virginia had the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) grant. DPNs aimed to improve employment outcomes, self-sufficiency and quality of life for jobseekers with disabilities, by ensuring that they have equal access to all services offered through Virginia’s Workforce Network. The DPN Initiative aimed to “develop new/sustaining ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated services; promoting the workforce investment system becoming Employment Networks under the Ticket-to-Work Program; blending/braiding resources to leverage funding for individual customers; creating systemic change; and expanding the capacity of the workforce investment system to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Disability Employment Initiative (Round One)

“The Virginia Community College System, the administrator of the Workforce Investment Act in Virginia, will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide co-leadership in order to coordinate DEI project activities with DRS-funded Disability Program Navigators (DPNs). The DEI project will build on the strengths and lessons learned from the activities of its DPNs and will support the continuation of those activities in conjunction with the enhanced activities related to five strategic components. DEI flexible funding will be used as the “first dollar down” to leverage partner funds and services. The Virginia DEI will incorporate resource mapping in each workforce area to identify all available resources and career assessment vehicles to support the needs of the job seeker, and will assure quality services through the deployment of mystery shopper protocols. Participating Workforce Investment Boards will be fully engaged as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


"DMHMRSAS" Office of Mental Retardation Services Training - 12/20/2007

This training is for providers of Mental Retardation and Day Support Medicaid Waivers’ Residential, Personal Assistance, Day Support and Prevocational services staff. It includes and emphasizes community supports, inclusion and involvement.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Special Education Technical Assistance & Professional Development

“These resources were developed to provide professional development and technical assistance to parents, school personnel and other consumers. All resources are intended to provide guidance for addressing the regulatory requirements and instructional elements needed for a student’s free appropriate public education (FAPE).”

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

Virginia Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

The Consumer's Guide to Self-Employment

This guide is written for consumers within the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) who wish to pursue Self Employment as a career goal. It describes many of the Department's policies, as well as offering guidance on how to succeed in the business development process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

DRS Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services

“The purpose of the Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services is to provide practical and specific information to supplement the Virginia DRS Policy and Procedure Manual. Where possible, the Guide seeks to illustrate evolving best practices gleaned from case examples and data gathered in Virginia. Specifically, the Guide is intended to provide supported employment practitioners with guidance in:

Achieving a customer-oriented environment that promotes consumer choice and participation, individual responsibility, practitioner excellence and sensitive delivery of quality services; Enhancing understanding of operational procedures and the need for cooperation, collaboration, and coordination; Clarifying and expanding on the roles, responsibilities, and expectations among supported employment practitioners; and Planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating supported employment programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

KU Beach Center on Disability Research Highlights: Customized Employment

“Professionals from employment service organizations such as community rehabilitation programs (CRP’s) often spend a substantial amount of time establishing trusting working relationships with local businesses to employ the individuals they support with disabilities. However, supplemental staffing companies are an untapped resource for placing individuals with disabilities in competitive employment careers. This pilot study reports on two public/private collaborations in Virginia between CRP’s and local supplemental staffing agencies one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting. The results suggest that successful public/private collaborative relationships may increase the rate and quality of job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia DEI NDI Training

Virginia is a DEI Grantee. “The National Disability Institute is the Training and Technical Assistance subcontractor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which works to improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels (including the Ticket to Work Program), and build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.”

Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


Report of the Independent Reviewer on Compliance with the Consent Agreement US v. VA, Civil Action No. 3:12 CV 059 - 10/07/2014

“The IR reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth had achieved compliance with certain requirements of the Agreement. During this, the sixth review period, the Commonwealth through its lead agency, DBHDS, and its sister agencies has maintained compliance with these same provisions and has come into compliance with additional requirements. The Commonwealths leaders have continued to meet regularly and to collaborate to develop and implement plans to address the Agreement’s requirements and to improve people’s lives. The IR also reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth lagged significantly behind schedule. It continues to do so. There have been significant delays in the it’s (sic) compliance with requirements that are critical to an effective community-based services system for individuals with ID/DD. For two years, the Commonwealth’s primary strategy to come into compliance has been the redesign of it HCBS waiver program."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Virginia Consent Decree allowing for more waivers and less training Centers - 08/23/2012

“Under the proposed settlement, Virginia has agreed to provide 4170 additional waiver slots, divided among current Training Center residents, disabled people in various segregated facilities other than the Training Centers, and people on the waiting list for services…The settlement also prescribes in great detail how Virginia will administer the services it provides to disabled citizens. This process will be a shared responsibility of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and local community service boards ("CSBs")...”“The decree also provides for changed procedures at the Training Centers and spells out how the Commonwealth will assist the CSBs with technical assistance. Each Training Center resident will have a discharge plan crafted by the professionals at the facility. Virginia will set up case-management teams, crisis teams, and plans for supported day services in the community. Essentially, the Commonwealth's efforts—and those of the CSBs—will all be focused on keeping disabled people in the community.”

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

ADA Olmstead Settlement Agreement - 01/26/2012

“The fundamental goals of the Agreement are to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in the community, including thousands of individuals on waitlists for community-based services, and ensure that people who are currently in institutions - at the Commonwealth's training centers or in other private but state-funded facilities - have a meaningful opportunity to receive services that meet their needs in the community…Pursuant to the Interim Settlement Agreement, the State and City will give TTP and Birch service recipients the opportunity to receive integrated supported employment and integrated daytime services that will enable them to interact with the broader community to the fullest extent possible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Medicaid & Employment


VA Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver (0372.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

"Provides day support, personal assistance, prevocational, residential support, respite, supported employment, consumer directed services facilitation, assistive technology, companion services, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/IID ages 0 - no max age."

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

VA Day Support HCBW for Persons w/ID (0430.R02.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, prevocational, supported employment for individuals w/ID ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Individual & Family DD Support (0358.R03.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, in-home residential, personal care, prevocational, respite care, supported employment - group/individual, services facilitation, adult companion, assistive technology, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, family/caregiver training, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/autism and DD ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Request - 02/27/2012

“For students with disabilities who have the most intensive support needs, there are two model initiatives supported by the Virginia Department of Education: Project SEARCH and the Post-High School Community College Program. Project SEARCH, a business-led model, is a collaborative between school divisions and local businesses that provide employability skills training and workplace internships that occur entirely in the workplace. The Post-High School Community College Program is a supported education model that provides individualized supports to students with significant disabilities seeking postsecondary education to enhance their skills for employment, in an age-appropriate setting. The Department of Education provides support and technical assistance to increase the number of partnerships between school divisions and institutions of higher education.”

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

MEDICAID WORKS (Virginia Medicaid Buy-in)

“MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, while ensuring continued Medicaid coverage.”

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

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia Statewide HCBS Transition Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. The HCBS final regulation requires states to prepare and submit a Statewide Transition Plan. CMS asks that statewide transition plans specifically address only the setting requirements of the final rule for home and community based services (The Rule).  Therefore, this Statewide Transition Plan is specific to the analysis and recommendations regarding the settings for home and community based services. 

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

Virginia Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

“The EDCD Waiver provides services that help individuals live in their own home or community instead of a nursing home. It is available to individuals 65 years of age and older, and to individuals of any age who have a disability. Individuals who depend on another person for their supports and have medical or nursing needs may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

Known affectionately as "The Place for Lovers," individuals with disabilities in the Commonwealth have the opportunity with the right supports and services to Live Passionately by having careers in competitive integrated employment and being full participants in their communities. 

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 Virginia’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.68%
Change from
2014 to 2015
8,382,993
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
479,430
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.25%
Change from
2014 to 2015
179,153
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
37.37%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.7%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.12%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 8,382,993
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 479,430
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 179,153
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,653,779
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 37.37%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.12%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.50%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.40%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 449,104
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 486,083
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 658,933
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 209,349
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 45,389
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 2,727
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 31,524
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 300
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 23,693
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,661

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,473
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.60%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 212,711

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,666
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 73,206
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.00%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 7.80%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 496
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,253

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,496
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 150
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 85
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. 57.00%
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. 1.01

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
7,034
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 44
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 438
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,002
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,746
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 2,240
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 564
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 6,597
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 312,340
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. $34,044,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $18,506,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $145,494,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 26.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 928
Number of people served in facility based work. 724
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 10,112
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 49.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 62.79%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 11.01%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 4.06%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.76%
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). 34.13%
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). 63.24%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 72.57%
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). 29.11%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 5,052,830
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 7,757
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 168,108
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 3,289,332
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 3,457,440
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 339
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 3,546
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 3,885
AbilityOne wages (products). $831,106
AbilityOne wages (services). $43,925,206

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 40
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 41
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 4,108
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 35
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,143

 

Legislation


Virginia Acts of Assembly: An Act to Amend and Reenact §§ 51.5-41, 51.5-120, 51.5-163, 51.5-164, and 51.5-172 through 51.5-176 of the Code of Virginia - 02/25/2016

Discrimination against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities by employers prohibited A.No employer shall discriminate in employment or promotion practices against an otherwise qualified person with a disability solely because of such disability. For the purposes of this section, an "otherwise qualified person with a disability" means a person qualified to perform the duties of a particular job or position and whose disability is unrelated to the person's ability to perform such duties or position or is unrelated to the person's qualifications for employment or promotion. B. It is the policy of the Commonwealth that persons with disabilities shall be employed in the state service, the service of the political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, in the public schools, and in all other employment supported in whole or in part by public funds on the same terms and conditions as other persons unless it is shown that the particular disability prevents the performance of the work involved. C. An employer shall make reasonable accommodation to the known physical and mental impairments of an otherwise qualified person with a disability, if necessary to assist such person in performing a particular job, unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue burden on the employer. For the purposes of this section, "mental impairment" does not include active alcoholism or current drug addiction and does not include any mental impairment, disease, or defect that has been successfully asserted by an individual as a defense to any criminal charge. 1. Individualized plan for employment. A written individualized plan for employment for each recipient of vocational rehabilitation services provided or funded by the Department, in whole or in part, shall be developed within a reasonable time and as soon as possible, but not later than 90 days after the due date of the determination of eligibility, unless an extension is agreed to by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and the Department. The plan shall be agreed to and signed by the client, his parents or guardian, if appropriate, and a qualified vocational rehabilitation counselor employed by the Department

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

Virginia SB 1404 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia HB 2306 - 03/17/2015

"An Act to amend and reenact §§ 23-38.7523-38.7623-38.7723-38.8023-38.81, and 58.1-322 of the Code of Virginia, relating to establishing Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings trust accounts to be administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan to assist individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities."

" 'ABLE savings trust account' means an account established pursuant to this chapter to assist individuals and families to save private funds to support individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life, with such account used to apply distributions for qualified disability expenses for an eligible individual, both as defined in § 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or other applicable federal law."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Virginia 2012 Senate Joint Resolution No. 127 - 02/25/2012

“Encouraging the Secretary of Health and Human Resources and the Superintendent of Public Instruction to adopt and implement Employment First practices...” Employment First is defined as a policy is grounded in a framework of increased integration, independence, productivity and employment that is based on the unique strengths, resources, priorities, abilities, and informed choice of an individual.

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

Virginia 2012 House Joint Resolution No. 23 - 01/11/2012

“WHEREAS, implementation of an Employment First initiative in Virginia will lead to increased employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, resulting in benefits for individuals, families, employers, and communities across the Commonwealth; now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the Secretary of Health and Human Resources be requested to develop and implement an Employment First initiative in the Commonwealth, which shall identify employment in an integrated, community setting earning an amount that is equal to or greater than minimum-wage rates as the first goal for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving services through state agencies.”

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

The Virginians with Disabilities Act ( 51.5-1) of 1989 - 05/01/1989

“ It is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment. To these ends, the General Assembly directs the Governor, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy, the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, the Departments of Education, Health, Housing and Community Development, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Social Services, and the Departments for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Blind and Vision Impaired, and the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and such other agencies as the Governor deems appropriate, to provide, in a comprehensive and coordinated manner which makes the best use of available resources, those services necessary to assure equal opportunity to persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.The provisions of this title shall be known and may be cited as “‘The Virginians with Disabilities Act.’”

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

Executive Orders


Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 - 04/26/2016

“WHEREAS, all Virginians should be given the opportunity to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth, and the opportunity to engage in remunerative employment;   NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2015 as DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016 - 03/01/2016

“WHEREAS, within the United States one in six, or about 15%, of children aged 3–17 have one or more developmental disabilities; and WHEREAS, Virginians with developmental disabilities contribute significantly to our schools, families, faith communities, and workforce; and WHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to the process of transitioning to a community-based system of support for individuals with developmental disabilities and is redesigning critical programs and services to promote inclusion and community integration; ….”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Executive Order 46: Supporting Virginians with Disabilities in the New Virginia Economy - 07/27/2015

“The Chief Workforce Development Advisor, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, shall work with DARS and DBVI to offer to all executive branch agencies (including institutions of higher education, boards, and commissions) training designed to expand existing efforts to recruit, accommodate, retain and advance Virginians with disabilities in the Commonwealth’s workforce. Training shall commence no later than October 1, 2015...”

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

Equal Opportunity (Governor Executive Order 2014) - 01/11/2014

Initiative: By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government. The foundational tenet of this Executive Order is premised upon a steadfast commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and mutual respect for all Virginians. This policy specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Virginia Governor’s Executive Order (Executive Order #55 (2012)) - 11/16/2012 - 11/16/2012

“The last United States Census concluded that out of 3.6 million Virginia residents who were employed, 154,985 Virginians with disabilities were included in that total. These numbers indicate an under representation of people with disabilities among the gainfully employed. The Commonwealth of Virginia should work to provide a Commonwealth of Opportunity for all Virginians; therefore it is appropriate to initiate steps in order to expand employment opportunities for its citizens who are disabled….”

“By virtue of the authority vested in me as Governor by Article V of the Constitution of Virginia and under the laws of the Commonwealth…and in conjunction with… the Code of Virginia which states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to encourage and enable persons with disabilities, including our wounded soldiers, to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of the Commonwealth and to engage in remunerative employment, with the goal of enhancing the employment opportunities for Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Policy


Virginia Dept of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Policy Statement - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSB shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities. … 

Provide training and consultation to service providers on implementing evidence-based supported employment practice models and establishing integrated supported employment teams that include CSBs, the Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and employment services organizations (ESOs) and work with CSBs and ESOs to incorporate evidence-based supported employment practice models in the day services  they offer, including psychosocial rehabilitation;   

Work with the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) to identify ways to incorporate integrated, community-based employment services in the Medicaid Intellectual Disability and Individual and Family Developmental Disability Services Waivers."

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

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services State Board Policy 1036 - 12/04/2012

“It is the policy of the Board that in the development and implementation of policies and procedures and the delivery of services, the Department and CSBs shall ensure that community-based individual supported employment in integrated work settings is presented as the first and priority service option among available day service options offered by case managers and support coordinators to individuals receiving mental health, developmental, or substance abuse day support or employment services and shall expand access to integrated, community-based employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders, intellectual disability, or co-occurring disabilities…”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Employment First Strategic Plan - 10/01/2012

“This document outlines the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS or ‘the department’) Strategic Plan for Employment First. The strategic plan was formulated in response to efforts in recent years to build and expand integrated employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Virginia. DBHDS supports individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The strategic plan establishes annual goals for DBHDS to collaborate with other state agencies and organizations to expand opportunities for employment for all Virginians with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - A Plan for Advancing Community Focused Services in Virginia. - 06/25/2010

An overall strategic plan with 12 foci that includes an outline that addresses the need for, objectives in, and priorities for creating employment opportunities for individuals with mental health or substance use disorders and those with developmental disabilities. 

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

DRS Policy and Procedure Manual: Chapter 8.17. - Self Employment and SEE

This chapter of the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) manual precisely defines how to deliver Self-Employment and Supported Self Employment services to customers of the system. Including how to approve and fund such services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

Supported Employment

“Supported employment is one of many effective ways of assisting persons with disabilities in gaining and maintaining employment.  DRS partners with over 60 Employment Services Organizations in providing situational assessment, job development, placement and training services and long term follow along both individually and in groups…DRS may provide supported employment or job coach training services, if appropriate and with agreement of their DRS counselor, to consumers of the agency as long as they are considered ‘most severely disabled’ regardless of their impairment or disability cause.”

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

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council (VITC)

 “The mission of the Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is to promote successful transition outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by providing leadership and innovation in employment, education, training, living independently, community participation, and community support systems that influence success for all students.” Contains fact sheets to “assist others in understanding the various facets that promote exemplary transition for Virginia’s youth.”

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

Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

Partnerships


Virginia DBHDS: Strategic Plan for Employment First - 10/01/2012

To facilitate interagency collaboration the Strategic Plan for Employment First establishes an Employment First Summit Meeting, which will gather leadership from various department committed to upholding Employment First principles, and orders for the creation of a high level administrative leadership body including (DBHDS, DARS, DOE, DMAS, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) and Virginia Community College System (VCCS).

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Virginia State Employment Leadership Network - 10/01/2012

Virginia is a part of this multi-state technical assistance collaborative whose aim is to improve integrated employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. “In 2008, DBHDS joined the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services and the University of Massachusetts-Boston Institute for Community Inclusion. DBHDS developed a Virginia-specific SELN Advisory Group made up of over 30 members representing a variety of organizations involved in providing employment services to Virginians. Members include community service boards (CSBs), the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), the Department of Education (DOE), the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD), the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention (VCU/RRTC), and vendor organizations such as the Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs (vaACCSES), the Arc of Virginia, and the Virginia Association of Providers of Supported Employment (VaAPSE). DBHDS continues to be an active, contributing participant in the monthly National SELN web-based meetings. Virginia is now one of 30 states in the SELN. The Virginia SELN Advisory Group, made up of advocates, providers, and state agencies, continues to identify roadblocks and disincentives in our state system. The group is developing specific strategies for implementation of a system that prioritizes employment as an outcome of services.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Intercommunity Transition Council

Virginia's Intercommunity Transition Council is committed to promoting partnerships and influencing linkages that result in transition service networks for coordinating person-centered services. Their fact sheet on employment cites Customized Employment as a successful strategy.

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

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities State Plan (VBPD)

The VBPD is Virginia’s Developmental Disabilities Council. The partnership goals outlined in VBPD’s State Plan include:

“By 2016, in collaboration with advocacy partners, the Council will support or influence at least 25 proposed policies, laws, regulations, & budget actions to ensure they are non‐discriminatory, culturally competent, and consistent with the tenets of a fully included life;” and “By 2016 (through VBPD collaboration with at least 5 public & private entities), first responders, public safety agencies and justice system entities will improve their emergency preparedness policies and response protocols to better serve individuals with developmental and other disabilities and will include these individuals in preparedness planning efforts.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population”.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Systems-Change Funding


Virginia No Wrong Door System Grant - 10/01/2015

The “Commonwealth of Virginia will implement its three-year plan to expand No Wrong Door (NWD), with a goal to provide a barrier-free, high-quality, sustainable, person-centered, single statewide NWD System of long-term services and supports for individuals of all ages and disabilities.”

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

Virginia: Fairfax Customized Employment Grant - 07/01/2007

“The Customized Employment grant initiative was a product of the Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board. The goal of the group was to build the capacity of the local One-Stop Center to use Customized Employment services to increase employment outcomes, choice, and wages for people with disabilities who resided in Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Customized Employment Project: Virginia

The Customized Employment Grant Initiative, begun by ODEP in FY’01, provides funding support to selected Local Workforce Investment Boards, to demonstrate how the workforce development system can better serve persons who are significantly disabled.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Disability Employment Initiative (Round Four)

As a past Round 1 grantee, VA DEI will continue to build on existing infrastructure to develop shared ownership; foster systems integration, through cross-interagency collaboration at all levels; and design access to services from a customer’s perspective. Three Disability Resource Coordinators and a DRC State Lead will facilitate the implementation of the service delivery strategies. The pilot sites will receive the services of a Ticket consultant, who has been successful at engaging Round I pilot LWIBs in the EN process and in increasing ticket activity. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Virginia Ticket to Work

“Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people with disabilities who want to work. Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 qualify. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. The Ticket Program helps people with disabilities progress toward financial independence…“The Ticket program is a good fit for people who want to improve their earning potential and who are committed to preparing for long-term success in the workforce. Ticket to Work offers beneficiaries with disabilities access to meaningful employment with the assistance of Ticket to Work employment service providers.” Virginia has had Ticket to Work Since 2002.

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

Virginia National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s (NASMHPD) Employment Development Initiative (EDI)

“In an effort to assist State Mental Health Authorities, in close collaboration with Single State Authorities, in planning and implementing activities to foster increased employment opportunities for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) created the Employment Development Initiative (EDI).”

“This initiative provides, on a competitive basis, modest funding awards in the form of fixed-price subcontracts between the Contractor, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the States, Territories and District of Columbia. In addition, each awardee will receive two consultant technical assistance visits coordinated and paid through the Contractor's portion of the project.”

Virginia is using its funds to support their Employment First Initiative. They have conducted multiple Employment First Summits, and developed an Employment First Advisory group.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

Virginia Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Virginia Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia - Richmond Customized Employment Project

“The grant worked to strengthen the linkages of the Richmond-area One-Stop system with schools, VR, and the Virginia Business Leadership Network, a business-directed group designed to encourage other businesses to hire people with disabilities. The project focused on expanding the reach and scope of existing service programs, such as a WIA youth project, to make them more appropriate for job seekers with multiple barriers.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Disability Program Navigator

Virginia had the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) grant. DPNs aimed to improve employment outcomes, self-sufficiency and quality of life for jobseekers with disabilities, by ensuring that they have equal access to all services offered through Virginia’s Workforce Network. The DPN Initiative aimed to “develop new/sustaining ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated services; promoting the workforce investment system becoming Employment Networks under the Ticket-to-Work Program; blending/braiding resources to leverage funding for individual customers; creating systemic change; and expanding the capacity of the workforce investment system to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia Disability Employment Initiative (Round One)

“The Virginia Community College System, the administrator of the Workforce Investment Act in Virginia, will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) to provide co-leadership in order to coordinate DEI project activities with DRS-funded Disability Program Navigators (DPNs). The DEI project will build on the strengths and lessons learned from the activities of its DPNs and will support the continuation of those activities in conjunction with the enhanced activities related to five strategic components. DEI flexible funding will be used as the “first dollar down” to leverage partner funds and services. The Virginia DEI will incorporate resource mapping in each workforce area to identify all available resources and career assessment vehicles to support the needs of the job seeker, and will assure quality services through the deployment of mystery shopper protocols. Participating Workforce Investment Boards will be fully engaged as Employment Networks under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work Program.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Training/Capacity Building


"DMHMRSAS" Office of Mental Retardation Services Training - 12/20/2007

This training is for providers of Mental Retardation and Day Support Medicaid Waivers’ Residential, Personal Assistance, Day Support and Prevocational services staff. It includes and emphasizes community supports, inclusion and involvement.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Virginia Special Education Technical Assistance & Professional Development

“These resources were developed to provide professional development and technical assistance to parents, school personnel and other consumers. All resources are intended to provide guidance for addressing the regulatory requirements and instructional elements needed for a student’s free appropriate public education (FAPE).”

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

Virginia Transition Services for Students with Disabilities

“VDOE's Transition Services website provides support, information and resources designed to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities in transition from middle / secondary education to postsecondary education and employment.”

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

The Consumer's Guide to Self-Employment

This guide is written for consumers within the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (Vocational Rehabilitation) who wish to pursue Self Employment as a career goal. It describes many of the Department's policies, as well as offering guidance on how to succeed in the business development process.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Self-Employment

DRS Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services

“The purpose of the Guide to Supported Employment and Job Coach Training Services is to provide practical and specific information to supplement the Virginia DRS Policy and Procedure Manual. Where possible, the Guide seeks to illustrate evolving best practices gleaned from case examples and data gathered in Virginia. Specifically, the Guide is intended to provide supported employment practitioners with guidance in:

Achieving a customer-oriented environment that promotes consumer choice and participation, individual responsibility, practitioner excellence and sensitive delivery of quality services; Enhancing understanding of operational procedures and the need for cooperation, collaboration, and coordination; Clarifying and expanding on the roles, responsibilities, and expectations among supported employment practitioners; and Planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating supported employment programs.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

KU Beach Center on Disability Research Highlights: Customized Employment

“Professionals from employment service organizations such as community rehabilitation programs (CRP’s) often spend a substantial amount of time establishing trusting working relationships with local businesses to employ the individuals they support with disabilities. However, supplemental staffing companies are an untapped resource for placing individuals with disabilities in competitive employment careers. This pilot study reports on two public/private collaborations in Virginia between CRP’s and local supplemental staffing agencies one in a rural setting and one in an urban setting. The results suggest that successful public/private collaborative relationships may increase the rate and quality of job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Virginia DEI NDI Training

Virginia is a DEI Grantee. “The National Disability Institute is the Training and Technical Assistance subcontractor for the Disability Employment Initiative, which works to improve coordination and collaboration among employment and training and asset development programs implemented at state and local levels (including the Ticket to Work Program), and build effective community partnerships that leverage public and private resources to better serve individuals with disabilities and improve employment outcomes.”

Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Enforcement


Report of the Independent Reviewer on Compliance with the Consent Agreement US v. VA, Civil Action No. 3:12 CV 059 - 10/07/2014

“The IR reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth had achieved compliance with certain requirements of the Agreement. During this, the sixth review period, the Commonwealth through its lead agency, DBHDS, and its sister agencies has maintained compliance with these same provisions and has come into compliance with additional requirements. The Commonwealths leaders have continued to meet regularly and to collaborate to develop and implement plans to address the Agreement’s requirements and to improve people’s lives. The IR also reported in the last Report to the Court that the Commonwealth lagged significantly behind schedule. It continues to do so. There have been significant delays in the it’s (sic) compliance with requirements that are critical to an effective community-based services system for individuals with ID/DD. For two years, the Commonwealth’s primary strategy to come into compliance has been the redesign of it HCBS waiver program."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

Virginia Consent Decree allowing for more waivers and less training Centers - 08/23/2012

“Under the proposed settlement, Virginia has agreed to provide 4170 additional waiver slots, divided among current Training Center residents, disabled people in various segregated facilities other than the Training Centers, and people on the waiting list for services…The settlement also prescribes in great detail how Virginia will administer the services it provides to disabled citizens. This process will be a shared responsibility of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and local community service boards ("CSBs")...”“The decree also provides for changed procedures at the Training Centers and spells out how the Commonwealth will assist the CSBs with technical assistance. Each Training Center resident will have a discharge plan crafted by the professionals at the facility. Virginia will set up case-management teams, crisis teams, and plans for supported day services in the community. Essentially, the Commonwealth's efforts—and those of the CSBs—will all be focused on keeping disabled people in the community.”

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

ADA Olmstead Settlement Agreement - 01/26/2012

“The fundamental goals of the Agreement are to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities who are living in the community, including thousands of individuals on waitlists for community-based services, and ensure that people who are currently in institutions - at the Commonwealth's training centers or in other private but state-funded facilities - have a meaningful opportunity to receive services that meet their needs in the community…Pursuant to the Interim Settlement Agreement, the State and City will give TTP and Birch service recipients the opportunity to receive integrated supported employment and integrated daytime services that will enable them to interact with the broader community to the fullest extent possible.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Medicaid & Employment


VA Intellectual Disability (ID) Waiver (0372.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

"Provides day support, personal assistance, prevocational, residential support, respite, supported employment, consumer directed services facilitation, assistive technology, companion services, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/IID ages 0 - no max age."

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

VA Day Support HCBW for Persons w/ID (0430.R02.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, prevocational, supported employment for individuals w/ID ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Individual & Family DD Support (0358.R03.00) - 07/01/2013

Provides day support, in-home residential, personal care, prevocational, respite care, supported employment - group/individual, services facilitation, adult companion, assistive technology, crisis stablization, crisis supervision, environmental mods, family/caregiver training, PERS, skilled nursing, therapeutic consultation, transition for individuals w/autism and DD ages 6 - no max age.

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

Virginia Department of Education ESEA Flexibility Request - 02/27/2012

“For students with disabilities who have the most intensive support needs, there are two model initiatives supported by the Virginia Department of Education: Project SEARCH and the Post-High School Community College Program. Project SEARCH, a business-led model, is a collaborative between school divisions and local businesses that provide employability skills training and workplace internships that occur entirely in the workplace. The Post-High School Community College Program is a supported education model that provides individualized supports to students with significant disabilities seeking postsecondary education to enhance their skills for employment, in an age-appropriate setting. The Department of Education provides support and technical assistance to increase the number of partnerships between school divisions and institutions of higher education.”

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

MEDICAID WORKS (Virginia Medicaid Buy-in)

“MEDICAID WORKS is a work incentive opportunity offered by the Virginia Medicaid program for individuals with disabilities who are employed or who want to go to work. MEDICAID WORKS is a Medicaid plan option that will enable workers with disabilities to earn higher income and retain more in savings, or resources, while ensuring continued Medicaid coverage.”

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

Virginia Olmstead Settlement Agreement

“The Commonwealth shall establish a state policy on Employment First for the target population and include a term in the CSB Performance Contract requiring application of this policy. The Employment First policy shall, at a minimum, be based on the following principles: (1) individual supported employment in integrated work settings is the first and priority service option for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities receiving day program or employment services from or funded by the Commonwealth; (2) the goal of employment services is to support individuals in integrated work settings where they are paid minimum or competitive wages; and (3) employment services and goals must be developed and discussed at least annually through a person-centered planning process and included in ISPs. The Commonwealth shall have at least one employment service coordinator to monitor implementation of Employment First practices for individuals in the target population

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.”

Note: This program ended on December 31, 2009 according to this site.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Money Follows the Person

“This program is designed to create a system of long-term supports that assist individuals to transition from certain long-term institutions into the community. This project supports Virginia's Olmstead initiative and complements the efforts of the 5-year Systems Transformation Grant that aims to improve the infrastructure for community long-term supports. Virginia's MFP project, administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services, is currently making over $28 million in federal Medicaid funds available to support Virginia's older adults and individuals with disabilities.”

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

Virginia Statewide HCBS Transition Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community based services (HCBS) that requires states to review and evaluate home and community based (HCB) settings, including residential and non-residential settings. The HCBS final regulation requires states to prepare and submit a Statewide Transition Plan. CMS asks that statewide transition plans specifically address only the setting requirements of the final rule for home and community based services (The Rule).  Therefore, this Statewide Transition Plan is specific to the analysis and recommendations regarding the settings for home and community based services. 

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

Virginia Elderly or Disabled with Consumer Direction (EDCD) Waiver

“The EDCD Waiver provides services that help individuals live in their own home or community instead of a nursing home. It is available to individuals 65 years of age and older, and to individuals of any age who have a disability. Individuals who depend on another person for their supports and have medical or nursing needs may be eligible for the EDCD Waiver.”

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