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State VR Rates and Services

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

PDF icon Washington State’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.52%
Change from
2014 to 2015
7,170,351
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
483,334
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.49%
Change from
2014 to 2015
177,921
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.39%
Change from
2014 to 2015
36.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.40%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,971,406 7,061,530 7,170,351
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 482,279 488,620 483,334
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,620 184,137 177,921
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,881,865 2,959,067 3,022,973
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.41% 37.69% 36.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.72% 75.99% 76.40%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.00% 6.20% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.50% 20.80% 19.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.10% 12.10% 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 455,951 452,486 459,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 438,558 454,931 449,434
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 738,042 749,436 745,794
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 35,277 31,381 31,690
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 62,724 64,739 71,971
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 15,801 15,522 16,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,953 45,545 41,361
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,617 4,692 5,376
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 42,022 42,003 42,733
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,797 18,838 24,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,546 5,832 6,537
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10% 4.30% 4.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 177,421 179,192 179,674

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,710 7,229 13,815
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 16,449 19,201 31,120
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 66,061 68,072 93,235
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.60% 10.60% 14.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,765 9,476 7,168
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.04

 

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. 111 118 114
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 79 80 78
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. 71.00% 68.00% 68.00%
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. 1.15 1.15 1.09

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,778
4,634
4,832
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 39 36 38
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 401 419 489
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,184 1,069 1,033
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,663 1,713 1,780
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,412 1,339 1,436
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 79 58 56
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.60% 29.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,050 4,063
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 276,661 279,875
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 152 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 403 443 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $42,330,000 $45,072,000 $50,806,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,338,000 $4,384,000 $3,194,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $35,000 $33,000 $22,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $2,875,000 $3,824,000 $3,581,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 87.00% 86.00% 86.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 719 961 1,045
Number of people served in facility based work. 748 679 475
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9 9 8
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 105.20 101.80 102.40

 

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). 52.40% 52.57% 53.49%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.20% 13.22% 13.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 0.83% 0.81% 0.84%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.10% 92.11% 95.79%
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). 25.00% 23.74% 22.30%
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). 47.60% 52.11% 53.21%
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). 65.70% 65.13% 67.38%
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). 22.60% 28.37% 30.91%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 2,496,068
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,522
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 167,758
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,680,068
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,847,826
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 156
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,511
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,667
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,885,131
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,786,395

 

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

2014 2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 40 30 30
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 35 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 1 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,684 1,751
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 278 278
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,963 2,030

 


ABLE Legislation HB 2323 - 03/29/2016

AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience program; amending RCW 43.33A.190; reenacting and amending RCW 43.79A.040; adding new sections to chapter 43.330 RCW; and providing an expiration date….    The governing board is further authorized to contract with other organizations to administer, manage, promote, or market the Washington achieving a better life experience program. This program must allow for the creation of savings or investment accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities and the funds must be invested.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Data Sharing

Washington State HB 1496 Employment of Workers with Permanent Disabilities - 07/24/2015

“AN ACT Relating to addressing vocational rehabilitation by making 2 certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation 3 subcommittee permanent and creating certain incentives for employers 4 to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Washington House Bill 1636 - 07/24/2015

Requires state agencies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual report. The State Disability Employment Parity Act declares intent to increase the hiring of persons with disabilities in the state workforce. The bill includes sharing of disability employment statistics.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Washington House Bill 1299 - 06/11/2015

Transportation appropriations bill for the 2015–2017 biennium. Includes $7.5 million for the state’s Paratransit/Special Needs Grant Program, which awards funds to nonprofits to improve transit services for people who can’t provide their own transportation due to age, disability or income; program goals include enhanced access to employment.

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

Washington House Bill 2063 - 05/01/2015

"AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience [ABLE] program; and creating new sections."

"The legislature finds that the federal achieving a better life experience act of 2014 (P.L. 113-295) encourages and assists individuals and families in saving private moneys for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Washington RCW 28A.155.220: High School Transition Services - 04/15/2015

“The office of the superintendent of public instruction must establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and any other state agency that provides high school transition services for special education students. Such interagency agreements shall not interfere with existing individualized education programs, nor override any individualized education program team's decision-making power. The purpose of the interagency agreements is to foster effective collaboration among the multiple agencies providing transition services for individualized education program-eligible special education students from the beginning of transition planning, as soon as educationally and developmentally appropriate, through age twenty-one, or through high school graduation, whichever occurs first. Interagency agreements are also intended to streamline services and programs, promote efficiencies, and establish a uniform focus on improved outcomes related to self-sufficiency.”

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

WA County Services for Working Age Adults Policy 4.11 - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

 

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

Washington Second Substitute Senate Bill 5732 - 04/28/2013

“AN ACT Relating to improving behavioral health services provided to adults in Washington state…”    Some of the significant policy changes include: “Beginning May 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection;… The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems…” one of which is “increased participation in employment and education;…” [and] The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system,” among others.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Washington House Bill 1519 - 04/22/2013

“AN ACT Relating to establishing accountability measures for service coordination organizations…” It contains performance measure such as, “Improvements in client health status and wellness; increases in client participation in meaningful activities; reductions in client involvement with criminal justice systems; reductions in avoidable costs in hospitals, emergency rooms, crisis services, and jails and prisons; increases in stable housing in the community; improvements in client satisfaction with quality of life; and reductions in population-level health disparities.”

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

Senate Bill 6384 - 03/19/2012

“AN ACT Relating to ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities be given the opportunity to transition to a community access program after enrollment in an employment program; and adding a new section to chapter 71A.12 RCW.”

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

WA State Governor’s Executive Order 13-02 - Employment of people with disabilities - 03/22/2013

Executive Order 13-02 includes several directives including a Disability Employment Challenge that establishes a goal of five percent of Washington state government’s workforce being comprised of persons living with a disability. A Disability Employment Task Force has been established to help state agencies with the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan: 2017-2020 - 07/01/2016

"The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and business engagement. These goals and priorities were collaboratively developed by DSHS/DVR and leadership of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council."

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

King County Developmental Disabilities Division: WA Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Employment and Day Program Service Definitions - 07/01/2015

“The following definitions apply to all King County Employment and Day Program services, including Child Development Services (CDS), Community Information and Education services, and Adult Employment services...”

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

DVR Services for Employers - 11/06/2014

“Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers a variety of support services to assist employers in hiring and retaining VR customers with disabilities: Employment Services Team, Recruiter, Human Resource Consultant and Manager, Awareness and Etiquette Training, Hiring Incentives, Recruiting DVR Customers, DVR Internship Program, On the Job Training, Job Site Modifications and Assistive Technology, Supported Employment, [and] VR's - National Employment Team (The NET).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Supported Employment - 09/08/2014

“In some settings a potential employee may need additional support to be successful on the job. This support may be in the form of a job coach who works with persons with severe disabilities by providing on-site job training assistance and long term support to the employer and employee. The job coach will help the employee learn good work habits and job skills. DVR can often contract with local community rehabilitation programs to provide supported employment services and long term support. During this process, employers gain reliable, dependable and hardworking employees with a better than average chance of success.”

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

DVR Customer Services Manual - 07/31/2014

“This chapter explains the types of vocational rehabilitation services (referred to as ‘VR services’ in this chapter) available to individuals who are eligible through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). VR services are offered to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, and keep jobs that are consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. This chapter is consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and codified in 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 361 and 363 and with state laws and DSHS requirements.”

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

DSHS Strategic Plan and Lean Report (2014) - 01/31/2014

Washington State’s expressed goal is to, “Be the national leader in: Providing a safe, high-quality, home, community and facility-based array of residential services and employment supports.” This report describes the State’s progress in providing Home and Community Based Services, Vocational Rehabilitation job rates and wage progression, and employment supports for people with developmental disabilities, among others.

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

DDA Working Age Adult Policy - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

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

Case Studies of Emerging/ Innovative Vocational, Rehabilitation Agency Practices - 04/01/2013

This report documents emerging promising practices for job seekers with disabilities.

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

Increasing Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities and DSHS Clients - 09/01/2012

This Integrated Employment Report marks the completion of an effort begun at DSHS in 2010 by a group of employees charged with developing a Model Employment Plan. The intent of the original plan was to address the Department’s desire to hire more persons with disabilities. At the time, our employee pool included only 4.7% of people with disabilities, while the agency served more than over 217,000 of clients who identified themselves as having some form of a disability (Source: DSHS RDA Client Services Database). This Integrated Employment Plan addresses a Priority of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), which is to create new job opportunities within the Department. Specifically, it targets not just the potential hiring of people with disabilities, but also of clients who are on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) young adults who will transition out of the Juvenile Justice system into society, and Children’s Administration foster youth and alums who seek employment. This Jobs Priority / Integrated Employment Initiative comes at a time of harsh unemployment across Washington State. The initiative is intended to promote competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities within the Department by proposing a way to overcome employment barriers, employment discrimination and related biases. It is important to note that the Department is already working in conjunction with community case resource managers on supported employment opportunities for working age adults with development disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Business Plan - 06/15/2010

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) serves eligible individuals with all types of disabilities who want to work and need vocational rehabilitation services to overcome barriers to employment that result from a disability. Individuals are eligible for services if they have a physical, mental, or sensory disability that results in an impediment to employment and they require vocational rehabilitation services to become employed. The services DVR provides are person centered and based on each individual’s strengths and informed choice. DVR strives to achieve full employment for people with disabilities in career-focused positions providing competitive wages and benefits.”

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

County Best Practices

This web page contains several Employment Best Practice Documents that reference Customized Employment, Discovery, job carving, job negotiation, and transition programs, among other resources.

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

DDA Non-Residential Program and Services List

Employment services include supported employment services, training, ongoing support, pre-vocational services, community access services and individualized technical assistance, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan (Draft)

This report has information on • Goals, Priorities and Strategies • Washington State Rehabilitation Council Input • Partnerships • Coordination with Education • A Comprehensive System of Personal Development • Community Rehabilitation Programs • Statewide Needs Assessment • Supported Employment • Business Engagement • Annual Estimates of Individuals to be Served • Evaluating FY 2015              

The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and improved business engagement. These goals and priorities also reflect analysis of DSHS/DVR’s performance and the needs of individuals with disabilities in Washington. In FFY 2015, DSHS/DVR successfully passed six of the seven Standards and Indicators by fairly wide margins, failing one by a slim margin. Consistent with previous performance, the Ratio of Average VR Hourly Wage to Average State Hourly Wage did not meet expectations. However, DSHS/DVR has demonstrated consistent, measurable improvement over the last four federal years and preliminary analysis indicates that DSHS/DVR performance will remain strong under WIOA’s Performance Accountability standards Goals: \

1. Improve employment outcomes for individuals with disability

2. Improve the quality of customer service

3. Establish DSHS/DVR role in the workforce development system

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

Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

We promote equality, opportunity, independence and full participation in life for people with disabilities. Our members represent a wide range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritage. Together, we: Advise Governor Inslee, the legislature and state agencies on policies that affect people with disabilities. Monitor legislation to assure equal opportunity and access for employment, education, healthcare and public services. Promote understanding of the needs and potential of people with disabilities, offering information and awareness training to the public. Recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in employing people with disabilities. Provide training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment opportunities and awareness of disability issues. Conduct our activities in barrier-free environments and use appropriate auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan: the Supported Employment Program (Draft)

The cooperative agreements, program goals, funding distribution, and supported employment services described in this section represent the coordinated efforts of DSHS/DVR, its State collaborators, and its service delivery partners to ensure that all Washingtonians with disabilities can access the support services needed to obtain and maintain employment, maximize independence, and experience improved quality of life.”

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

WA Project Search

 

“The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

WA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) Member State

 

SELN brings together state Developmental Disability agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance on practices and policies around employment to its members. Annual membership is required for participation in all network events.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

US Department of Labor- ETA- Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 6 - 11/01/2015

WADEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and leverage, blend and braid funds and resources to support increased access and better outcomes for people with disabilities through: 1) Facilitation by DRCs of Integrated Resource Teams that integrate instructors, Navigators, student service coordinators and other college partners and mentor them in their use. 2) Partner policy makers will meet quarterly to identify emerging issues, develop collaborative solutions, and evaluate performance. 3) In partnership with the Department of Services for the Blind, use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide assistive technology access in AJCs that will be sustainable and will also offer greater range of access and AT options. 3) The Washington Access Fund will provide group and individual financial education and counseling to improve credit, lower debt and increase savings, while improving informed financial decision making. 4) Through a partnership with the WIPA program, working-age Social Security beneficiaries will have access to benefits counseling and individual benefits plans. 5) The Washington Business Alliance will recruit, coordinate and manage active participation of businesses and trade associations that are committed to using career pathways and WIOA programs and services to improve their access to qualified working-age applicants with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

 

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

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

Customized Employment Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge (July 2007) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - 07/01/2007

“Customized Employment strategies offer new processes to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor initiated a series of demonstration projects to identify policy issues that support the use of Customized Employment strategies in the workforce development system. The purpose of this report is to summarize the lessons learned from this demonstration initiative and the policy recommendations it has generated.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

WA Social Security Administration - Mental Health Treatment Study - 10/01/2006

 

“The Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services would have on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit receipt for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of providing these SSDI beneficiaries access to high quality services designed to improve their employment outcomes.  The services included systematic medication management, the services of a nurse-care coordinator to coordinate participants’ physical and mental health therapies, and the services of a supported employment specialist trained in the individual placement and support model.  We also paid for out-of-pocket mental health expenses and other expenses necessary to help participants return to work.” [Study included Vancouver, WA]

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) Program

“The Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based, supported employment. BEST provides consumers with meaningful choice and control of employment and support services. It uses peer counselors, reduces unemployment, and supports the recovery and resiliency of individuals with serious mental illness, including co-occurring substance use disorders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

WA Division of Developmental Disabilities, Jobs by 21 Partnership Project Report for FY 2009

“The Jobs by 21 Partnership Project was funded by the Washington State Legislature for the 2007–2009 biennium. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) was authorized to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s counties, school districts, employers, families, students with developmental disabilities, and adult service agencies. The focus of the collaborative relationships between Partnership Projects stakeholders was to obtain “Jobs by 21” for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Access to recovery (ATR)

 

“The State of Washington directly funded six counties (Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima) to implement ATR. Each county administered its voucher program with relative autonomy.”

“Washington State reports that ATR has had a number of beneficial effects. It has led to a more person-centered approach to services in which individual choice and preference have heightened importance, there is greater emphasis on culturally specific services, and there is openness to and acceptance of spiritual support and other services that have not historically been funded. In addition, ATR has played a role in moving the State toward a service paradigm designed to support recovery.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – WA Individualized Learning Plan Research and Demonstration Project

“The ODEP study launched in the 2008-09 school year and targeted for completion in 2012-13, is the first longitudinal research and demonstration project designed to understand the effectiveness of ILPs. It looks at ILPs in 14 (rural, urban and suburban) schools in four states (LA, NM, SC, and WA). The research is built around core features included in the Guideposts for Success."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Demonstration Initiative

 

“The DPN Initiative is: developing 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
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Mental Health Transformation State Infrastructure Grant (MHTIG) - Permanent Options for Recovery–Centered Housing (PORCH) Project

"The Permanent Options for Recovery-Centered Housing (PORCH) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based Permanent Supportive Housing throughout one urban and two rural Washington counties…Services will be prioritized for adults and young adults who are in transition, who have severe mental illnesses and who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, inappropriately housed, or transitioning from state institutions. The project will provide special training to the teams on the unique trauma-related needs of the population. The project team will work with local community and consumer groups and organizations to identify any modifications needed to ensure that services are culturally relevant.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

 

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”

By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Student-Youth Transition Handbook - 07/22/2016

The information provided in this handbook is intended for students and youth with disabilities, their families, staff from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), teachers, school counselors, school administrators, school district personnel, and other agencies supporting students and youth with disabilities who want to participate in secondary transition planning and services.

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

The Community Summit at Ellensburg, WA [Annual Ellensburg Employment Conference] - 01/11/2013

 

“The Community Summit ....Let's Get Connected will bring together individuals committed to building inclusive communities rich with people participating as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members, and citizens. People with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, individual and agency staff that provide residential, employment and personal supports, DDD staff, county, other state and local government staff, and interested community members are all welcome. We want everyone to come together to actively discuss ideas and learn from each other about how to build and participate in inclusive communities that enrich everyone.” The Summit is organized by WiSe.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Guide to Transition Assessment in Washington State - 12/01/2007

Age-appropriate transition assessment is the primary component in the process of secondary transition planning. The transition assessments are the framework through which information is gathered to guide the development of a student’s program in order to successfully move the student from the public school to a post–high school setting. While the transition assessments can include formal or commercial assessments, they can also include interviews, observation, and surveys. Perhaps more important than the type of assessment used is that the process is a systematic method used to collect and organize information regarding the student’s interests, skills, strengths, temperaments and areas of need. This process should begin early and be quite broad during the middle school years, but becomes increasingly more specific as the student moves closer to graduation. The goal of transition assessment is to assist the student in achieving her or his vocational potential; therefore, the goal of the person responsible for the age-appropriate transition assessments is to accurately determine that potential as closely as possible. This becomes more likely by looking at the student’s interests, aptitudes, and preparation opportunities from a global concept and gathering that information in a systematic way.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

“The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment

“Customized Employment is a unique approach to providing job development and job retention services through an individualized process that fits each person's particular needs. Services are provided by qualified staff who are ACRE Certified (The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) through the Rehabilitation Services Commission. All Customized Employment Services are funded through the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (ORSC).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Learn and Earn: Supporting Teens

“Parents, teachers, and mentors encourage teens with disabilities to participate in work-based learning experiences in this video presentation. It can be used as training for training these stakeholders so that they can more effectively promote work-based learning for young people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Highline Community College Employment Professional Certificate Program

 

“We are in our seventh year of partnership with Highline College providing a program, originally envisioned by a group of individuals and county representatives, to establish a certification path for employment professionals. These professionals provide employment support to individuals with developmental disabilities, and play an integral role in assisting people to become contributing members of their community. The program offers high quality training taught by skilled professionals, intended to build on the skills of the participants, offer opportunities for networking with others, and serve as a building block for future leaders in supported employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

WiSe Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

“We provide training to agencies, employers, school districts and other groups interested in equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities. Here you will find the On Demand training, links to our Webinar offerings, and other local training opportunities!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.


Washington State’s Statewide Transition Plan for New HCBS Rules - 03/15/2017

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA, the state’s Medicaid Agency), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) submit this proposed transition plan in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services new requirements for Home and Community-based Services (HCBS Final Rule 42 CFR Parts 430, 431, 435, 436, 441 and 447) that became effective March 17, 2014. Washington State fully supports the intent of the HCBS setting rules. Washington State has long been an advocate for providing services to clients in the most integrated home and community-based settings, and is a leader in providing clients with choices regarding the settings in which long-term services and supports are provided and will continue its partnership with participants, advocacy groups, stakeholders and Tribes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Promoting Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned - 12/01/2013

Medicaid is the single largest source of health care financing for low-income people with disabilities, a population that increasingly receives long-term services and supports (LTSS) in community-based set-tings instead of in institutions.1 Growth in the funding of community-based services and the evolution of federal policies and initiatives that emphasize community integration and employment for individuals with disabilities have been driving forces behind many states’ efforts to transform their service systems to make integrated employment the preferred service outcome for individuals with IDDs.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”   By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Washington Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Washington until 2013.

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

Washington Medicaid State Plan

The Washington Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Washington administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Washington may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

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

WA COPES Waiver

 

“Provides adult day health, home health aide, personal care, adult day care, client support training, community transition, environmental mods, home delivered meals, nurse delegation, personal emergency response, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physical and other disabilities ages 18-64.”

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

Washington Basic Waiver (#0408)

 

“WAIVER TERMINATED 9/29/12 - To provide personal care, respite, habilitation (day and supported employment), environ mods., transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, PT, OT, SHL, community access, community guide, person to person, behavior management, family training and emergency assistance to individuals who are DD and live with their families or in their own home.”

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

Basic Plus Waiver 0409.R024

"To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, adult family home, adult residential care, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, emergency assistance, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

WA - Community Protection Waiver (0411.R02.00)

 

“To provide individual supported employment/group supported employment, prevocational services, residential hab, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion beds, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 18 – no max age.”

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

WA - Core Waiver (0410.R02.00)

 

“To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

Washington Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“Roads to Community Living is a demonstration project designed to help people with complex, long-term care needs move back into the community.  The project is Washington State's part of a federally funded project called Money Follows the Person. Originally funded in 2007 for 5 years, the Affordable Care Act increased the duration of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project through 2020.”   “Through this project, Washington State has an opportunity to explore what kinds of services and support help people with complex, long-term care needs successfully move from institutions (such as nursing homes, state hospitals, or ICF-IDs) back into the community. Project participants have an opportunity to visit or re-visit their ability to live in the community and access additional person-centered services and supports.”   This case study looks at Washington state’s Money Follows the Person demonstration program, Roads to Community Living. The program is responsible for assisting over 2,400 Medicaid beneficiaries with complex long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs in transitioning out of institutions back to community-based care settings. Washington State has been a leader in Medicaid LTSS rebalancing efforts over the last two decades. According to the state, in the early 1990s, 82 percent of long-term care funding went toward institutional services, and by 2010, that percentage dropped to 37 percent.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Washington Medicaid Buy-in

 

“Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) allows people with disabilities who are working to purchase medical coverage by paying a monthly premium that is based on their income.”

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

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Snapshot

In the Evergreen State of Washington, individuals with disabilities are thriving in the "Home of Bigfoot and Big Imaginations" through clever innovations in promoting Universal Design in the workplace for all workers.

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 Washington State’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.52%
Change from
2014 to 2015
7,170,351
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
483,334
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.49%
Change from
2014 to 2015
177,921
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.39%
Change from
2014 to 2015
36.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.40%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,971,406 7,061,530 7,170,351
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 482,279 488,620 483,334
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,620 184,137 177,921
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,881,865 2,959,067 3,022,973
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.41% 37.69% 36.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.72% 75.99% 76.40%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.00% 6.20% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.50% 20.80% 19.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.10% 12.10% 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 455,951 452,486 459,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 438,558 454,931 449,434
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 738,042 749,436 745,794
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 35,277 31,381 31,690
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 62,724 64,739 71,971
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 15,801 15,522 16,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,953 45,545 41,361
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,617 4,692 5,376
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 42,022 42,003 42,733
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,797 18,838 24,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,546 5,832 6,537
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10% 4.30% 4.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 177,421 179,192 179,674

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,710 7,229 13,815
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 16,449 19,201 31,120
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 66,061 68,072 93,235
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.60% 10.60% 14.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,765 9,476 7,168
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.04

 

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. 111 118 114
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 79 80 78
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. 71.00% 68.00% 68.00%
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. 1.15 1.15 1.09

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,778
4,634
4,832
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 39 36 38
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 401 419 489
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,184 1,069 1,033
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,663 1,713 1,780
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,412 1,339 1,436
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 79 58 56
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.60% 29.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,050 4,063
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 276,661 279,875
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 152 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 403 443 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $42,330,000 $45,072,000 $50,806,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,338,000 $4,384,000 $3,194,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $35,000 $33,000 $22,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $2,875,000 $3,824,000 $3,581,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 87.00% 86.00% 86.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 719 961 1,045
Number of people served in facility based work. 748 679 475
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9 9 8
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 105.20 101.80 102.40

 

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). 52.40% 52.57% 53.49%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.20% 13.22% 13.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 0.83% 0.81% 0.84%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.10% 92.11% 95.79%
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). 25.00% 23.74% 22.30%
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). 47.60% 52.11% 53.21%
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). 65.70% 65.13% 67.38%
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). 22.60% 28.37% 30.91%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 2,496,068
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,522
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 167,758
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,680,068
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,847,826
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 156
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,511
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,667
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,885,131
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,786,395

 

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

2014 2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 40 30 30
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 35 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 1 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,684 1,751
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 278 278
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,963 2,030

 

Legislation


ABLE Legislation HB 2323 - 03/29/2016

AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience program; amending RCW 43.33A.190; reenacting and amending RCW 43.79A.040; adding new sections to chapter 43.330 RCW; and providing an expiration date….    The governing board is further authorized to contract with other organizations to administer, manage, promote, or market the Washington achieving a better life experience program. This program must allow for the creation of savings or investment accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities and the funds must be invested.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Data Sharing

Washington State HB 1496 Employment of Workers with Permanent Disabilities - 07/24/2015

“AN ACT Relating to addressing vocational rehabilitation by making 2 certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation 3 subcommittee permanent and creating certain incentives for employers 4 to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Washington House Bill 1636 - 07/24/2015

Requires state agencies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual report. The State Disability Employment Parity Act declares intent to increase the hiring of persons with disabilities in the state workforce. The bill includes sharing of disability employment statistics.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Washington House Bill 1299 - 06/11/2015

Transportation appropriations bill for the 2015–2017 biennium. Includes $7.5 million for the state’s Paratransit/Special Needs Grant Program, which awards funds to nonprofits to improve transit services for people who can’t provide their own transportation due to age, disability or income; program goals include enhanced access to employment.

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

Washington House Bill 2063 - 05/01/2015

"AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience [ABLE] program; and creating new sections."

"The legislature finds that the federal achieving a better life experience act of 2014 (P.L. 113-295) encourages and assists individuals and families in saving private moneys for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Washington RCW 28A.155.220: High School Transition Services - 04/15/2015

“The office of the superintendent of public instruction must establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and any other state agency that provides high school transition services for special education students. Such interagency agreements shall not interfere with existing individualized education programs, nor override any individualized education program team's decision-making power. The purpose of the interagency agreements is to foster effective collaboration among the multiple agencies providing transition services for individualized education program-eligible special education students from the beginning of transition planning, as soon as educationally and developmentally appropriate, through age twenty-one, or through high school graduation, whichever occurs first. Interagency agreements are also intended to streamline services and programs, promote efficiencies, and establish a uniform focus on improved outcomes related to self-sufficiency.”

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

WA County Services for Working Age Adults Policy 4.11 - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

 

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

Washington Second Substitute Senate Bill 5732 - 04/28/2013

“AN ACT Relating to improving behavioral health services provided to adults in Washington state…”    Some of the significant policy changes include: “Beginning May 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection;… The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems…” one of which is “increased participation in employment and education;…” [and] The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system,” among others.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Washington House Bill 1519 - 04/22/2013

“AN ACT Relating to establishing accountability measures for service coordination organizations…” It contains performance measure such as, “Improvements in client health status and wellness; increases in client participation in meaningful activities; reductions in client involvement with criminal justice systems; reductions in avoidable costs in hospitals, emergency rooms, crisis services, and jails and prisons; increases in stable housing in the community; improvements in client satisfaction with quality of life; and reductions in population-level health disparities.”

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

Senate Bill 6384 - 03/19/2012

“AN ACT Relating to ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities be given the opportunity to transition to a community access program after enrollment in an employment program; and adding a new section to chapter 71A.12 RCW.”

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

Executive Orders


WA State Governor’s Executive Order 13-02 - Employment of people with disabilities - 03/22/2013

Executive Order 13-02 includes several directives including a Disability Employment Challenge that establishes a goal of five percent of Washington state government’s workforce being comprised of persons living with a disability. A Disability Employment Task Force has been established to help state agencies with the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan: 2017-2020 - 07/01/2016

"The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and business engagement. These goals and priorities were collaboratively developed by DSHS/DVR and leadership of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council."

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

King County Developmental Disabilities Division: WA Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Employment and Day Program Service Definitions - 07/01/2015

“The following definitions apply to all King County Employment and Day Program services, including Child Development Services (CDS), Community Information and Education services, and Adult Employment services...”

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

DVR Services for Employers - 11/06/2014

“Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers a variety of support services to assist employers in hiring and retaining VR customers with disabilities: Employment Services Team, Recruiter, Human Resource Consultant and Manager, Awareness and Etiquette Training, Hiring Incentives, Recruiting DVR Customers, DVR Internship Program, On the Job Training, Job Site Modifications and Assistive Technology, Supported Employment, [and] VR's - National Employment Team (The NET).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Supported Employment - 09/08/2014

“In some settings a potential employee may need additional support to be successful on the job. This support may be in the form of a job coach who works with persons with severe disabilities by providing on-site job training assistance and long term support to the employer and employee. The job coach will help the employee learn good work habits and job skills. DVR can often contract with local community rehabilitation programs to provide supported employment services and long term support. During this process, employers gain reliable, dependable and hardworking employees with a better than average chance of success.”

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

DVR Customer Services Manual - 07/31/2014

“This chapter explains the types of vocational rehabilitation services (referred to as ‘VR services’ in this chapter) available to individuals who are eligible through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). VR services are offered to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, and keep jobs that are consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. This chapter is consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and codified in 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 361 and 363 and with state laws and DSHS requirements.”

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

DSHS Strategic Plan and Lean Report (2014) - 01/31/2014

Washington State’s expressed goal is to, “Be the national leader in: Providing a safe, high-quality, home, community and facility-based array of residential services and employment supports.” This report describes the State’s progress in providing Home and Community Based Services, Vocational Rehabilitation job rates and wage progression, and employment supports for people with developmental disabilities, among others.

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

DDA Working Age Adult Policy - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

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

Case Studies of Emerging/ Innovative Vocational, Rehabilitation Agency Practices - 04/01/2013

This report documents emerging promising practices for job seekers with disabilities.

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

Increasing Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities and DSHS Clients - 09/01/2012

This Integrated Employment Report marks the completion of an effort begun at DSHS in 2010 by a group of employees charged with developing a Model Employment Plan. The intent of the original plan was to address the Department’s desire to hire more persons with disabilities. At the time, our employee pool included only 4.7% of people with disabilities, while the agency served more than over 217,000 of clients who identified themselves as having some form of a disability (Source: DSHS RDA Client Services Database). This Integrated Employment Plan addresses a Priority of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), which is to create new job opportunities within the Department. Specifically, it targets not just the potential hiring of people with disabilities, but also of clients who are on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) young adults who will transition out of the Juvenile Justice system into society, and Children’s Administration foster youth and alums who seek employment. This Jobs Priority / Integrated Employment Initiative comes at a time of harsh unemployment across Washington State. The initiative is intended to promote competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities within the Department by proposing a way to overcome employment barriers, employment discrimination and related biases. It is important to note that the Department is already working in conjunction with community case resource managers on supported employment opportunities for working age adults with development disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Business Plan - 06/15/2010

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) serves eligible individuals with all types of disabilities who want to work and need vocational rehabilitation services to overcome barriers to employment that result from a disability. Individuals are eligible for services if they have a physical, mental, or sensory disability that results in an impediment to employment and they require vocational rehabilitation services to become employed. The services DVR provides are person centered and based on each individual’s strengths and informed choice. DVR strives to achieve full employment for people with disabilities in career-focused positions providing competitive wages and benefits.”

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

County Best Practices

This web page contains several Employment Best Practice Documents that reference Customized Employment, Discovery, job carving, job negotiation, and transition programs, among other resources.

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

DDA Non-Residential Program and Services List

Employment services include supported employment services, training, ongoing support, pre-vocational services, community access services and individualized technical assistance, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan (Draft)

This report has information on • Goals, Priorities and Strategies • Washington State Rehabilitation Council Input • Partnerships • Coordination with Education • A Comprehensive System of Personal Development • Community Rehabilitation Programs • Statewide Needs Assessment • Supported Employment • Business Engagement • Annual Estimates of Individuals to be Served • Evaluating FY 2015              

The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and improved business engagement. These goals and priorities also reflect analysis of DSHS/DVR’s performance and the needs of individuals with disabilities in Washington. In FFY 2015, DSHS/DVR successfully passed six of the seven Standards and Indicators by fairly wide margins, failing one by a slim margin. Consistent with previous performance, the Ratio of Average VR Hourly Wage to Average State Hourly Wage did not meet expectations. However, DSHS/DVR has demonstrated consistent, measurable improvement over the last four federal years and preliminary analysis indicates that DSHS/DVR performance will remain strong under WIOA’s Performance Accountability standards Goals: \

1. Improve employment outcomes for individuals with disability

2. Improve the quality of customer service

3. Establish DSHS/DVR role in the workforce development system

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

Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

We promote equality, opportunity, independence and full participation in life for people with disabilities. Our members represent a wide range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritage. Together, we: Advise Governor Inslee, the legislature and state agencies on policies that affect people with disabilities. Monitor legislation to assure equal opportunity and access for employment, education, healthcare and public services. Promote understanding of the needs and potential of people with disabilities, offering information and awareness training to the public. Recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in employing people with disabilities. Provide training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment opportunities and awareness of disability issues. Conduct our activities in barrier-free environments and use appropriate auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan: the Supported Employment Program (Draft)

The cooperative agreements, program goals, funding distribution, and supported employment services described in this section represent the coordinated efforts of DSHS/DVR, its State collaborators, and its service delivery partners to ensure that all Washingtonians with disabilities can access the support services needed to obtain and maintain employment, maximize independence, and experience improved quality of life.”

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

WA Project Search

 

“The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

WA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) Member State

 

SELN brings together state Developmental Disability agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance on practices and policies around employment to its members. Annual membership is required for participation in all network events.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


US Department of Labor- ETA- Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 6 - 11/01/2015

WADEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and leverage, blend and braid funds and resources to support increased access and better outcomes for people with disabilities through: 1) Facilitation by DRCs of Integrated Resource Teams that integrate instructors, Navigators, student service coordinators and other college partners and mentor them in their use. 2) Partner policy makers will meet quarterly to identify emerging issues, develop collaborative solutions, and evaluate performance. 3) In partnership with the Department of Services for the Blind, use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide assistive technology access in AJCs that will be sustainable and will also offer greater range of access and AT options. 3) The Washington Access Fund will provide group and individual financial education and counseling to improve credit, lower debt and increase savings, while improving informed financial decision making. 4) Through a partnership with the WIPA program, working-age Social Security beneficiaries will have access to benefits counseling and individual benefits plans. 5) The Washington Business Alliance will recruit, coordinate and manage active participation of businesses and trade associations that are committed to using career pathways and WIOA programs and services to improve their access to qualified working-age applicants with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

 

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

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

Customized Employment Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge (July 2007) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - 07/01/2007

“Customized Employment strategies offer new processes to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor initiated a series of demonstration projects to identify policy issues that support the use of Customized Employment strategies in the workforce development system. The purpose of this report is to summarize the lessons learned from this demonstration initiative and the policy recommendations it has generated.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

WA Social Security Administration - Mental Health Treatment Study - 10/01/2006

 

“The Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services would have on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit receipt for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of providing these SSDI beneficiaries access to high quality services designed to improve their employment outcomes.  The services included systematic medication management, the services of a nurse-care coordinator to coordinate participants’ physical and mental health therapies, and the services of a supported employment specialist trained in the individual placement and support model.  We also paid for out-of-pocket mental health expenses and other expenses necessary to help participants return to work.” [Study included Vancouver, WA]

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) Program

“The Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based, supported employment. BEST provides consumers with meaningful choice and control of employment and support services. It uses peer counselors, reduces unemployment, and supports the recovery and resiliency of individuals with serious mental illness, including co-occurring substance use disorders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

WA Division of Developmental Disabilities, Jobs by 21 Partnership Project Report for FY 2009

“The Jobs by 21 Partnership Project was funded by the Washington State Legislature for the 2007–2009 biennium. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) was authorized to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s counties, school districts, employers, families, students with developmental disabilities, and adult service agencies. The focus of the collaborative relationships between Partnership Projects stakeholders was to obtain “Jobs by 21” for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Access to recovery (ATR)

 

“The State of Washington directly funded six counties (Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima) to implement ATR. Each county administered its voucher program with relative autonomy.”

“Washington State reports that ATR has had a number of beneficial effects. It has led to a more person-centered approach to services in which individual choice and preference have heightened importance, there is greater emphasis on culturally specific services, and there is openness to and acceptance of spiritual support and other services that have not historically been funded. In addition, ATR has played a role in moving the State toward a service paradigm designed to support recovery.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – WA Individualized Learning Plan Research and Demonstration Project

“The ODEP study launched in the 2008-09 school year and targeted for completion in 2012-13, is the first longitudinal research and demonstration project designed to understand the effectiveness of ILPs. It looks at ILPs in 14 (rural, urban and suburban) schools in four states (LA, NM, SC, and WA). The research is built around core features included in the Guideposts for Success."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Demonstration Initiative

 

“The DPN Initiative is: developing 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
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Mental Health Transformation State Infrastructure Grant (MHTIG) - Permanent Options for Recovery–Centered Housing (PORCH) Project

"The Permanent Options for Recovery-Centered Housing (PORCH) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based Permanent Supportive Housing throughout one urban and two rural Washington counties…Services will be prioritized for adults and young adults who are in transition, who have severe mental illnesses and who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, inappropriately housed, or transitioning from state institutions. The project will provide special training to the teams on the unique trauma-related needs of the population. The project team will work with local community and consumer groups and organizations to identify any modifications needed to ensure that services are culturally relevant.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

 

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”

By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Training/Capacity Building


Student-Youth Transition Handbook - 07/22/2016

The information provided in this handbook is intended for students and youth with disabilities, their families, staff from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), teachers, school counselors, school administrators, school district personnel, and other agencies supporting students and youth with disabilities who want to participate in secondary transition planning and services.

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

The Community Summit at Ellensburg, WA [Annual Ellensburg Employment Conference] - 01/11/2013

 

“The Community Summit ....Let's Get Connected will bring together individuals committed to building inclusive communities rich with people participating as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members, and citizens. People with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, individual and agency staff that provide residential, employment and personal supports, DDD staff, county, other state and local government staff, and interested community members are all welcome. We want everyone to come together to actively discuss ideas and learn from each other about how to build and participate in inclusive communities that enrich everyone.” The Summit is organized by WiSe.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Guide to Transition Assessment in Washington State - 12/01/2007

Age-appropriate transition assessment is the primary component in the process of secondary transition planning. The transition assessments are the framework through which information is gathered to guide the development of a student’s program in order to successfully move the student from the public school to a post–high school setting. While the transition assessments can include formal or commercial assessments, they can also include interviews, observation, and surveys. Perhaps more important than the type of assessment used is that the process is a systematic method used to collect and organize information regarding the student’s interests, skills, strengths, temperaments and areas of need. This process should begin early and be quite broad during the middle school years, but becomes increasingly more specific as the student moves closer to graduation. The goal of transition assessment is to assist the student in achieving her or his vocational potential; therefore, the goal of the person responsible for the age-appropriate transition assessments is to accurately determine that potential as closely as possible. This becomes more likely by looking at the student’s interests, aptitudes, and preparation opportunities from a global concept and gathering that information in a systematic way.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

“The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment

“Customized Employment is a unique approach to providing job development and job retention services through an individualized process that fits each person's particular needs. Services are provided by qualified staff who are ACRE Certified (The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) through the Rehabilitation Services Commission. All Customized Employment Services are funded through the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (ORSC).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Learn and Earn: Supporting Teens

“Parents, teachers, and mentors encourage teens with disabilities to participate in work-based learning experiences in this video presentation. It can be used as training for training these stakeholders so that they can more effectively promote work-based learning for young people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Highline Community College Employment Professional Certificate Program

 

“We are in our seventh year of partnership with Highline College providing a program, originally envisioned by a group of individuals and county representatives, to establish a certification path for employment professionals. These professionals provide employment support to individuals with developmental disabilities, and play an integral role in assisting people to become contributing members of their community. The program offers high quality training taught by skilled professionals, intended to build on the skills of the participants, offer opportunities for networking with others, and serve as a building block for future leaders in supported employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

WiSe Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

“We provide training to agencies, employers, school districts and other groups interested in equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities. Here you will find the On Demand training, links to our Webinar offerings, and other local training opportunities!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Washington State’s Statewide Transition Plan for New HCBS Rules - 03/15/2017

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA, the state’s Medicaid Agency), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) submit this proposed transition plan in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services new requirements for Home and Community-based Services (HCBS Final Rule 42 CFR Parts 430, 431, 435, 436, 441 and 447) that became effective March 17, 2014. Washington State fully supports the intent of the HCBS setting rules. Washington State has long been an advocate for providing services to clients in the most integrated home and community-based settings, and is a leader in providing clients with choices regarding the settings in which long-term services and supports are provided and will continue its partnership with participants, advocacy groups, stakeholders and Tribes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Promoting Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned - 12/01/2013

Medicaid is the single largest source of health care financing for low-income people with disabilities, a population that increasingly receives long-term services and supports (LTSS) in community-based set-tings instead of in institutions.1 Growth in the funding of community-based services and the evolution of federal policies and initiatives that emphasize community integration and employment for individuals with disabilities have been driving forces behind many states’ efforts to transform their service systems to make integrated employment the preferred service outcome for individuals with IDDs.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”   By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Washington Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Washington until 2013.

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

Washington Medicaid State Plan

The Washington Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Washington administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Washington may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

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

WA COPES Waiver

 

“Provides adult day health, home health aide, personal care, adult day care, client support training, community transition, environmental mods, home delivered meals, nurse delegation, personal emergency response, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physical and other disabilities ages 18-64.”

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

Washington Basic Waiver (#0408)

 

“WAIVER TERMINATED 9/29/12 - To provide personal care, respite, habilitation (day and supported employment), environ mods., transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, PT, OT, SHL, community access, community guide, person to person, behavior management, family training and emergency assistance to individuals who are DD and live with their families or in their own home.”

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

Basic Plus Waiver 0409.R024

"To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, adult family home, adult residential care, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, emergency assistance, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

WA - Community Protection Waiver (0411.R02.00)

 

“To provide individual supported employment/group supported employment, prevocational services, residential hab, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion beds, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 18 – no max age.”

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

WA - Core Waiver (0410.R02.00)

 

“To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

Washington Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“Roads to Community Living is a demonstration project designed to help people with complex, long-term care needs move back into the community.  The project is Washington State's part of a federally funded project called Money Follows the Person. Originally funded in 2007 for 5 years, the Affordable Care Act increased the duration of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project through 2020.”   “Through this project, Washington State has an opportunity to explore what kinds of services and support help people with complex, long-term care needs successfully move from institutions (such as nursing homes, state hospitals, or ICF-IDs) back into the community. Project participants have an opportunity to visit or re-visit their ability to live in the community and access additional person-centered services and supports.”   This case study looks at Washington state’s Money Follows the Person demonstration program, Roads to Community Living. The program is responsible for assisting over 2,400 Medicaid beneficiaries with complex long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs in transitioning out of institutions back to community-based care settings. Washington State has been a leader in Medicaid LTSS rebalancing efforts over the last two decades. According to the state, in the early 1990s, 82 percent of long-term care funding went toward institutional services, and by 2010, that percentage dropped to 37 percent.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Washington Medicaid Buy-in

 

“Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) allows people with disabilities who are working to purchase medical coverage by paying a monthly premium that is based on their income.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

In the Evergreen State of Washington, individuals with disabilities are thriving in the "Home of Bigfoot and Big Imaginations" through clever innovations in promoting Universal Design in the workplace for all workers.

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 Washington State’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
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Change from
2014 to 2015
7,170,351
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
483,334
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.49%
Change from
2014 to 2015
177,921
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.39%
Change from
2014 to 2015
36.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.40%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 6,971,406 7,061,530 7,170,351
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 482,279 488,620 483,334
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 175,620 184,137 177,921
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,881,865 2,959,067 3,022,973
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.41% 37.69% 36.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 74.72% 75.99% 76.40%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.00% 6.20% 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 21.50% 20.80% 19.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 13.10% 12.10% 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 455,951 452,486 459,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 438,558 454,931 449,434
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 738,042 749,436 745,794
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 35,277 31,381 31,690
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 62,724 64,739 71,971
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 15,801 15,522 16,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 43,953 45,545 41,361
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,617 4,692 5,376
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 42,022 42,003 42,733
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 16,797 18,838 24,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 5,546 5,832 6,537
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10% 4.30% 4.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 177,421 179,192 179,674

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,710 7,229 13,815
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 16,449 19,201 31,120
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 66,061 68,072 93,235
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 8.60% 10.60% 14.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 12,765 9,476 7,168
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.04 0.04

 

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. 111 118 114
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 79 80 78
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. 71.00% 68.00% 68.00%
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. 1.15 1.15 1.09

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,778
4,634
4,832
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 39 36 38
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 401 419 489
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,184 1,069 1,033
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,663 1,713 1,780
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,412 1,339 1,436
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 79 58 56
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 26.60% 29.70% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,050 4,063
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 276,661 279,875
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 152 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 403 443 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $42,330,000 $45,072,000 $50,806,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,338,000 $4,384,000 $3,194,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $35,000 $33,000 $22,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $2,875,000 $3,824,000 $3,581,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 87.00% 86.00% 86.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 719 961 1,045
Number of people served in facility based work. 748 679 475
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 9 9 8
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 105.20 101.80 102.40

 

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). 52.40% 52.57% 53.49%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.20% 13.22% 13.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 0.83% 0.81% 0.84%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 97.10% 92.11% 95.79%
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). 25.00% 23.74% 22.30%
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). 47.60% 52.11% 53.21%
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). 65.70% 65.13% 67.38%
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). 22.60% 28.37% 30.91%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 2,496,068
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,522
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 167,758
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,680,068
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,847,826
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 156
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,511
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,667
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,885,131
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,786,395

 

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

2014 2014 2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 1 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 40 30 30
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 35 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 1 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,684 1,751
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 278 278
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,963 2,030

 

Legislation


ABLE Legislation HB 2323 - 03/29/2016

AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience program; amending RCW 43.33A.190; reenacting and amending RCW 43.79A.040; adding new sections to chapter 43.330 RCW; and providing an expiration date….    The governing board is further authorized to contract with other organizations to administer, manage, promote, or market the Washington achieving a better life experience program. This program must allow for the creation of savings or investment accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities and the funds must be invested.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Data Sharing

Washington State HB 1496 Employment of Workers with Permanent Disabilities - 07/24/2015

“AN ACT Relating to addressing vocational rehabilitation by making 2 certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation 3 subcommittee permanent and creating certain incentives for employers 4 to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Washington House Bill 1636 - 07/24/2015

Requires state agencies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual report. The State Disability Employment Parity Act declares intent to increase the hiring of persons with disabilities in the state workforce. The bill includes sharing of disability employment statistics.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Washington House Bill 1299 - 06/11/2015

Transportation appropriations bill for the 2015–2017 biennium. Includes $7.5 million for the state’s Paratransit/Special Needs Grant Program, which awards funds to nonprofits to improve transit services for people who can’t provide their own transportation due to age, disability or income; program goals include enhanced access to employment.

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

Washington House Bill 2063 - 05/01/2015

"AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience [ABLE] program; and creating new sections."

"The legislature finds that the federal achieving a better life experience act of 2014 (P.L. 113-295) encourages and assists individuals and families in saving private moneys for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Washington RCW 28A.155.220: High School Transition Services - 04/15/2015

“The office of the superintendent of public instruction must establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and any other state agency that provides high school transition services for special education students. Such interagency agreements shall not interfere with existing individualized education programs, nor override any individualized education program team's decision-making power. The purpose of the interagency agreements is to foster effective collaboration among the multiple agencies providing transition services for individualized education program-eligible special education students from the beginning of transition planning, as soon as educationally and developmentally appropriate, through age twenty-one, or through high school graduation, whichever occurs first. Interagency agreements are also intended to streamline services and programs, promote efficiencies, and establish a uniform focus on improved outcomes related to self-sufficiency.”

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

WA County Services for Working Age Adults Policy 4.11 - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

 

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

Washington Second Substitute Senate Bill 5732 - 04/28/2013

“AN ACT Relating to improving behavioral health services provided to adults in Washington state…”    Some of the significant policy changes include: “Beginning May 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection;… The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems…” one of which is “increased participation in employment and education;…” [and] The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system,” among others.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Washington House Bill 1519 - 04/22/2013

“AN ACT Relating to establishing accountability measures for service coordination organizations…” It contains performance measure such as, “Improvements in client health status and wellness; increases in client participation in meaningful activities; reductions in client involvement with criminal justice systems; reductions in avoidable costs in hospitals, emergency rooms, crisis services, and jails and prisons; increases in stable housing in the community; improvements in client satisfaction with quality of life; and reductions in population-level health disparities.”

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

Senate Bill 6384 - 03/19/2012

“AN ACT Relating to ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities be given the opportunity to transition to a community access program after enrollment in an employment program; and adding a new section to chapter 71A.12 RCW.”

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

Executive Orders


WA State Governor’s Executive Order 13-02 - Employment of people with disabilities - 03/22/2013

Executive Order 13-02 includes several directives including a Disability Employment Challenge that establishes a goal of five percent of Washington state government’s workforce being comprised of persons living with a disability. A Disability Employment Task Force has been established to help state agencies with the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan: 2017-2020 - 07/01/2016

"The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and business engagement. These goals and priorities were collaboratively developed by DSHS/DVR and leadership of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council."

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

King County Developmental Disabilities Division: WA Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Employment and Day Program Service Definitions - 07/01/2015

“The following definitions apply to all King County Employment and Day Program services, including Child Development Services (CDS), Community Information and Education services, and Adult Employment services...”

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

DVR Services for Employers - 11/06/2014

“Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers a variety of support services to assist employers in hiring and retaining VR customers with disabilities: Employment Services Team, Recruiter, Human Resource Consultant and Manager, Awareness and Etiquette Training, Hiring Incentives, Recruiting DVR Customers, DVR Internship Program, On the Job Training, Job Site Modifications and Assistive Technology, Supported Employment, [and] VR's - National Employment Team (The NET).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Supported Employment - 09/08/2014

“In some settings a potential employee may need additional support to be successful on the job. This support may be in the form of a job coach who works with persons with severe disabilities by providing on-site job training assistance and long term support to the employer and employee. The job coach will help the employee learn good work habits and job skills. DVR can often contract with local community rehabilitation programs to provide supported employment services and long term support. During this process, employers gain reliable, dependable and hardworking employees with a better than average chance of success.”

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

DVR Customer Services Manual - 07/31/2014

“This chapter explains the types of vocational rehabilitation services (referred to as ‘VR services’ in this chapter) available to individuals who are eligible through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). VR services are offered to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, and keep jobs that are consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. This chapter is consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and codified in 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 361 and 363 and with state laws and DSHS requirements.”

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

DSHS Strategic Plan and Lean Report (2014) - 01/31/2014

Washington State’s expressed goal is to, “Be the national leader in: Providing a safe, high-quality, home, community and facility-based array of residential services and employment supports.” This report describes the State’s progress in providing Home and Community Based Services, Vocational Rehabilitation job rates and wage progression, and employment supports for people with developmental disabilities, among others.

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

DDA Working Age Adult Policy - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

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

Case Studies of Emerging/ Innovative Vocational, Rehabilitation Agency Practices - 04/01/2013

This report documents emerging promising practices for job seekers with disabilities.

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

Increasing Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities and DSHS Clients - 09/01/2012

This Integrated Employment Report marks the completion of an effort begun at DSHS in 2010 by a group of employees charged with developing a Model Employment Plan. The intent of the original plan was to address the Department’s desire to hire more persons with disabilities. At the time, our employee pool included only 4.7% of people with disabilities, while the agency served more than over 217,000 of clients who identified themselves as having some form of a disability (Source: DSHS RDA Client Services Database). This Integrated Employment Plan addresses a Priority of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), which is to create new job opportunities within the Department. Specifically, it targets not just the potential hiring of people with disabilities, but also of clients who are on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) young adults who will transition out of the Juvenile Justice system into society, and Children’s Administration foster youth and alums who seek employment. This Jobs Priority / Integrated Employment Initiative comes at a time of harsh unemployment across Washington State. The initiative is intended to promote competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities within the Department by proposing a way to overcome employment barriers, employment discrimination and related biases. It is important to note that the Department is already working in conjunction with community case resource managers on supported employment opportunities for working age adults with development disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Business Plan - 06/15/2010

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) serves eligible individuals with all types of disabilities who want to work and need vocational rehabilitation services to overcome barriers to employment that result from a disability. Individuals are eligible for services if they have a physical, mental, or sensory disability that results in an impediment to employment and they require vocational rehabilitation services to become employed. The services DVR provides are person centered and based on each individual’s strengths and informed choice. DVR strives to achieve full employment for people with disabilities in career-focused positions providing competitive wages and benefits.”

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

County Best Practices

This web page contains several Employment Best Practice Documents that reference Customized Employment, Discovery, job carving, job negotiation, and transition programs, among other resources.

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

DDA Non-Residential Program and Services List

Employment services include supported employment services, training, ongoing support, pre-vocational services, community access services and individualized technical assistance, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan (Draft)

This report has information on • Goals, Priorities and Strategies • Washington State Rehabilitation Council Input • Partnerships • Coordination with Education • A Comprehensive System of Personal Development • Community Rehabilitation Programs • Statewide Needs Assessment • Supported Employment • Business Engagement • Annual Estimates of Individuals to be Served • Evaluating FY 2015              

The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and improved business engagement. These goals and priorities also reflect analysis of DSHS/DVR’s performance and the needs of individuals with disabilities in Washington. In FFY 2015, DSHS/DVR successfully passed six of the seven Standards and Indicators by fairly wide margins, failing one by a slim margin. Consistent with previous performance, the Ratio of Average VR Hourly Wage to Average State Hourly Wage did not meet expectations. However, DSHS/DVR has demonstrated consistent, measurable improvement over the last four federal years and preliminary analysis indicates that DSHS/DVR performance will remain strong under WIOA’s Performance Accountability standards Goals: \

1. Improve employment outcomes for individuals with disability

2. Improve the quality of customer service

3. Establish DSHS/DVR role in the workforce development system

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

Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

We promote equality, opportunity, independence and full participation in life for people with disabilities. Our members represent a wide range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritage. Together, we: Advise Governor Inslee, the legislature and state agencies on policies that affect people with disabilities. Monitor legislation to assure equal opportunity and access for employment, education, healthcare and public services. Promote understanding of the needs and potential of people with disabilities, offering information and awareness training to the public. Recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in employing people with disabilities. Provide training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment opportunities and awareness of disability issues. Conduct our activities in barrier-free environments and use appropriate auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan: the Supported Employment Program (Draft)

The cooperative agreements, program goals, funding distribution, and supported employment services described in this section represent the coordinated efforts of DSHS/DVR, its State collaborators, and its service delivery partners to ensure that all Washingtonians with disabilities can access the support services needed to obtain and maintain employment, maximize independence, and experience improved quality of life.”

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

WA Project Search

 

“The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

WA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) Member State

 

SELN brings together state Developmental Disability agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance on practices and policies around employment to its members. Annual membership is required for participation in all network events.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


US Department of Labor- ETA- Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 6 - 11/01/2015

WADEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and leverage, blend and braid funds and resources to support increased access and better outcomes for people with disabilities through: 1) Facilitation by DRCs of Integrated Resource Teams that integrate instructors, Navigators, student service coordinators and other college partners and mentor them in their use. 2) Partner policy makers will meet quarterly to identify emerging issues, develop collaborative solutions, and evaluate performance. 3) In partnership with the Department of Services for the Blind, use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide assistive technology access in AJCs that will be sustainable and will also offer greater range of access and AT options. 3) The Washington Access Fund will provide group and individual financial education and counseling to improve credit, lower debt and increase savings, while improving informed financial decision making. 4) Through a partnership with the WIPA program, working-age Social Security beneficiaries will have access to benefits counseling and individual benefits plans. 5) The Washington Business Alliance will recruit, coordinate and manage active participation of businesses and trade associations that are committed to using career pathways and WIOA programs and services to improve their access to qualified working-age applicants with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

 

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

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

Customized Employment Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge (July 2007) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - 07/01/2007

“Customized Employment strategies offer new processes to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor initiated a series of demonstration projects to identify policy issues that support the use of Customized Employment strategies in the workforce development system. The purpose of this report is to summarize the lessons learned from this demonstration initiative and the policy recommendations it has generated.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

WA Social Security Administration - Mental Health Treatment Study - 10/01/2006

 

“The Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services would have on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit receipt for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of providing these SSDI beneficiaries access to high quality services designed to improve their employment outcomes.  The services included systematic medication management, the services of a nurse-care coordinator to coordinate participants’ physical and mental health therapies, and the services of a supported employment specialist trained in the individual placement and support model.  We also paid for out-of-pocket mental health expenses and other expenses necessary to help participants return to work.” [Study included Vancouver, WA]

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) Program

“The Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based, supported employment. BEST provides consumers with meaningful choice and control of employment and support services. It uses peer counselors, reduces unemployment, and supports the recovery and resiliency of individuals with serious mental illness, including co-occurring substance use disorders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

WA Division of Developmental Disabilities, Jobs by 21 Partnership Project Report for FY 2009

“The Jobs by 21 Partnership Project was funded by the Washington State Legislature for the 2007–2009 biennium. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) was authorized to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s counties, school districts, employers, families, students with developmental disabilities, and adult service agencies. The focus of the collaborative relationships between Partnership Projects stakeholders was to obtain “Jobs by 21” for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Access to recovery (ATR)

 

“The State of Washington directly funded six counties (Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima) to implement ATR. Each county administered its voucher program with relative autonomy.”

“Washington State reports that ATR has had a number of beneficial effects. It has led to a more person-centered approach to services in which individual choice and preference have heightened importance, there is greater emphasis on culturally specific services, and there is openness to and acceptance of spiritual support and other services that have not historically been funded. In addition, ATR has played a role in moving the State toward a service paradigm designed to support recovery.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – WA Individualized Learning Plan Research and Demonstration Project

“The ODEP study launched in the 2008-09 school year and targeted for completion in 2012-13, is the first longitudinal research and demonstration project designed to understand the effectiveness of ILPs. It looks at ILPs in 14 (rural, urban and suburban) schools in four states (LA, NM, SC, and WA). The research is built around core features included in the Guideposts for Success."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Demonstration Initiative

 

“The DPN Initiative is: developing 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
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Mental Health Transformation State Infrastructure Grant (MHTIG) - Permanent Options for Recovery–Centered Housing (PORCH) Project

"The Permanent Options for Recovery-Centered Housing (PORCH) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based Permanent Supportive Housing throughout one urban and two rural Washington counties…Services will be prioritized for adults and young adults who are in transition, who have severe mental illnesses and who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, inappropriately housed, or transitioning from state institutions. The project will provide special training to the teams on the unique trauma-related needs of the population. The project team will work with local community and consumer groups and organizations to identify any modifications needed to ensure that services are culturally relevant.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

 

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”

By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Training/Capacity Building


Student-Youth Transition Handbook - 07/22/2016

The information provided in this handbook is intended for students and youth with disabilities, their families, staff from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), teachers, school counselors, school administrators, school district personnel, and other agencies supporting students and youth with disabilities who want to participate in secondary transition planning and services.

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

The Community Summit at Ellensburg, WA [Annual Ellensburg Employment Conference] - 01/11/2013

 

“The Community Summit ....Let's Get Connected will bring together individuals committed to building inclusive communities rich with people participating as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members, and citizens. People with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, individual and agency staff that provide residential, employment and personal supports, DDD staff, county, other state and local government staff, and interested community members are all welcome. We want everyone to come together to actively discuss ideas and learn from each other about how to build and participate in inclusive communities that enrich everyone.” The Summit is organized by WiSe.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Guide to Transition Assessment in Washington State - 12/01/2007

Age-appropriate transition assessment is the primary component in the process of secondary transition planning. The transition assessments are the framework through which information is gathered to guide the development of a student’s program in order to successfully move the student from the public school to a post–high school setting. While the transition assessments can include formal or commercial assessments, they can also include interviews, observation, and surveys. Perhaps more important than the type of assessment used is that the process is a systematic method used to collect and organize information regarding the student’s interests, skills, strengths, temperaments and areas of need. This process should begin early and be quite broad during the middle school years, but becomes increasingly more specific as the student moves closer to graduation. The goal of transition assessment is to assist the student in achieving her or his vocational potential; therefore, the goal of the person responsible for the age-appropriate transition assessments is to accurately determine that potential as closely as possible. This becomes more likely by looking at the student’s interests, aptitudes, and preparation opportunities from a global concept and gathering that information in a systematic way.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

“The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment

“Customized Employment is a unique approach to providing job development and job retention services through an individualized process that fits each person's particular needs. Services are provided by qualified staff who are ACRE Certified (The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) through the Rehabilitation Services Commission. All Customized Employment Services are funded through the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (ORSC).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Learn and Earn: Supporting Teens

“Parents, teachers, and mentors encourage teens with disabilities to participate in work-based learning experiences in this video presentation. It can be used as training for training these stakeholders so that they can more effectively promote work-based learning for young people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Highline Community College Employment Professional Certificate Program

 

“We are in our seventh year of partnership with Highline College providing a program, originally envisioned by a group of individuals and county representatives, to establish a certification path for employment professionals. These professionals provide employment support to individuals with developmental disabilities, and play an integral role in assisting people to become contributing members of their community. The program offers high quality training taught by skilled professionals, intended to build on the skills of the participants, offer opportunities for networking with others, and serve as a building block for future leaders in supported employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

WiSe Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

“We provide training to agencies, employers, school districts and other groups interested in equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities. Here you will find the On Demand training, links to our Webinar offerings, and other local training opportunities!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Washington State’s Statewide Transition Plan for New HCBS Rules - 03/15/2017

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA, the state’s Medicaid Agency), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) submit this proposed transition plan in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services new requirements for Home and Community-based Services (HCBS Final Rule 42 CFR Parts 430, 431, 435, 436, 441 and 447) that became effective March 17, 2014. Washington State fully supports the intent of the HCBS setting rules. Washington State has long been an advocate for providing services to clients in the most integrated home and community-based settings, and is a leader in providing clients with choices regarding the settings in which long-term services and supports are provided and will continue its partnership with participants, advocacy groups, stakeholders and Tribes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Promoting Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned - 12/01/2013

Medicaid is the single largest source of health care financing for low-income people with disabilities, a population that increasingly receives long-term services and supports (LTSS) in community-based set-tings instead of in institutions.1 Growth in the funding of community-based services and the evolution of federal policies and initiatives that emphasize community integration and employment for individuals with disabilities have been driving forces behind many states’ efforts to transform their service systems to make integrated employment the preferred service outcome for individuals with IDDs.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”   By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Washington Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Washington until 2013.

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

Washington Medicaid State Plan

The Washington Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Washington administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Washington may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

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

WA COPES Waiver

 

“Provides adult day health, home health aide, personal care, adult day care, client support training, community transition, environmental mods, home delivered meals, nurse delegation, personal emergency response, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physical and other disabilities ages 18-64.”

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

Washington Basic Waiver (#0408)

 

“WAIVER TERMINATED 9/29/12 - To provide personal care, respite, habilitation (day and supported employment), environ mods., transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, PT, OT, SHL, community access, community guide, person to person, behavior management, family training and emergency assistance to individuals who are DD and live with their families or in their own home.”

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

Basic Plus Waiver 0409.R024

"To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, adult family home, adult residential care, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, emergency assistance, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

WA - Community Protection Waiver (0411.R02.00)

 

“To provide individual supported employment/group supported employment, prevocational services, residential hab, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion beds, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 18 – no max age.”

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

WA - Core Waiver (0410.R02.00)

 

“To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

Washington Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“Roads to Community Living is a demonstration project designed to help people with complex, long-term care needs move back into the community.  The project is Washington State's part of a federally funded project called Money Follows the Person. Originally funded in 2007 for 5 years, the Affordable Care Act increased the duration of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project through 2020.”   “Through this project, Washington State has an opportunity to explore what kinds of services and support help people with complex, long-term care needs successfully move from institutions (such as nursing homes, state hospitals, or ICF-IDs) back into the community. Project participants have an opportunity to visit or re-visit their ability to live in the community and access additional person-centered services and supports.”   This case study looks at Washington state’s Money Follows the Person demonstration program, Roads to Community Living. The program is responsible for assisting over 2,400 Medicaid beneficiaries with complex long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs in transitioning out of institutions back to community-based care settings. Washington State has been a leader in Medicaid LTSS rebalancing efforts over the last two decades. According to the state, in the early 1990s, 82 percent of long-term care funding went toward institutional services, and by 2010, that percentage dropped to 37 percent.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Washington Medicaid Buy-in

 

“Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) allows people with disabilities who are working to purchase medical coverage by paying a monthly premium that is based on their income.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

In the Evergreen State of Washington, individuals with disabilities are thriving in the "Home of Bigfoot and Big Imaginations" through clever innovations in promoting Universal Design in the workplace for all workers.

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 Washington State’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.52%
Change from
2014 to 2015
7,170,351
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
483,334
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.49%
Change from
2014 to 2015
177,921
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.39%
Change from
2014 to 2015
36.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.40%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 7,170,351
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 483,334
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 177,921
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,022,973
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.40%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 459,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 449,434
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 745,794
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 31,690
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 71,971
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 16,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 41,361
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 5,376
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 42,733
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 24,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,537
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 179,674

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,815
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,120
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 93,235
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,168
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

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. 114
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 78
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. 68.00%
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. 1.09

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,832
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 38
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 489
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,033
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,780
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,436
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 56
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,063
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 279,875
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. $50,806,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $3,194,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $22,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,581,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 86.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,045
Number of people served in facility based work. 475
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 102.40

 

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). 53.49%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 0.84%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 95.79%
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). 22.30%
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). 53.21%
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). 67.38%
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). 30.91%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 2,496,068
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,522
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 167,758
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,680,068
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,847,826
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 156
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,511
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,667
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,885,131
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,786,395

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,751
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 278
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2,030

 

Legislation


ABLE Legislation HB 2323 - 03/29/2016

AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience program; amending RCW 43.33A.190; reenacting and amending RCW 43.79A.040; adding new sections to chapter 43.330 RCW; and providing an expiration date….    The governing board is further authorized to contract with other organizations to administer, manage, promote, or market the Washington achieving a better life experience program. This program must allow for the creation of savings or investment accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities and the funds must be invested.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Data Sharing

Washington State HB 1496 Employment of Workers with Permanent Disabilities - 07/24/2015

“AN ACT Relating to addressing vocational rehabilitation by making 2 certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation 3 subcommittee permanent and creating certain incentives for employers 4 to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Washington House Bill 1636 - 07/24/2015

Requires state agencies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual report. The State Disability Employment Parity Act declares intent to increase the hiring of persons with disabilities in the state workforce. The bill includes sharing of disability employment statistics.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Washington House Bill 1299 - 06/11/2015

Transportation appropriations bill for the 2015–2017 biennium. Includes $7.5 million for the state’s Paratransit/Special Needs Grant Program, which awards funds to nonprofits to improve transit services for people who can’t provide their own transportation due to age, disability or income; program goals include enhanced access to employment.

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

Washington House Bill 2063 - 05/01/2015

"AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience [ABLE] program; and creating new sections."

"The legislature finds that the federal achieving a better life experience act of 2014 (P.L. 113-295) encourages and assists individuals and families in saving private moneys for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Washington RCW 28A.155.220: High School Transition Services - 04/15/2015

“The office of the superintendent of public instruction must establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and any other state agency that provides high school transition services for special education students. Such interagency agreements shall not interfere with existing individualized education programs, nor override any individualized education program team's decision-making power. The purpose of the interagency agreements is to foster effective collaboration among the multiple agencies providing transition services for individualized education program-eligible special education students from the beginning of transition planning, as soon as educationally and developmentally appropriate, through age twenty-one, or through high school graduation, whichever occurs first. Interagency agreements are also intended to streamline services and programs, promote efficiencies, and establish a uniform focus on improved outcomes related to self-sufficiency.”

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

WA County Services for Working Age Adults Policy 4.11 - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

 

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

Washington Second Substitute Senate Bill 5732 - 04/28/2013

“AN ACT Relating to improving behavioral health services provided to adults in Washington state…”    Some of the significant policy changes include: “Beginning May 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection;… The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems…” one of which is “increased participation in employment and education;…” [and] The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system,” among others.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Washington House Bill 1519 - 04/22/2013

“AN ACT Relating to establishing accountability measures for service coordination organizations…” It contains performance measure such as, “Improvements in client health status and wellness; increases in client participation in meaningful activities; reductions in client involvement with criminal justice systems; reductions in avoidable costs in hospitals, emergency rooms, crisis services, and jails and prisons; increases in stable housing in the community; improvements in client satisfaction with quality of life; and reductions in population-level health disparities.”

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

Senate Bill 6384 - 03/19/2012

“AN ACT Relating to ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities be given the opportunity to transition to a community access program after enrollment in an employment program; and adding a new section to chapter 71A.12 RCW.”

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

Executive Orders


WA State Governor’s Executive Order 13-02 - Employment of people with disabilities - 03/22/2013

Executive Order 13-02 includes several directives including a Disability Employment Challenge that establishes a goal of five percent of Washington state government’s workforce being comprised of persons living with a disability. A Disability Employment Task Force has been established to help state agencies with the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan: 2017-2020 - 07/01/2016

"The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and business engagement. These goals and priorities were collaboratively developed by DSHS/DVR and leadership of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council."

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

King County Developmental Disabilities Division: WA Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Employment and Day Program Service Definitions - 07/01/2015

“The following definitions apply to all King County Employment and Day Program services, including Child Development Services (CDS), Community Information and Education services, and Adult Employment services...”

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

DVR Services for Employers - 11/06/2014

“Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers a variety of support services to assist employers in hiring and retaining VR customers with disabilities: Employment Services Team, Recruiter, Human Resource Consultant and Manager, Awareness and Etiquette Training, Hiring Incentives, Recruiting DVR Customers, DVR Internship Program, On the Job Training, Job Site Modifications and Assistive Technology, Supported Employment, [and] VR's - National Employment Team (The NET).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Supported Employment - 09/08/2014

“In some settings a potential employee may need additional support to be successful on the job. This support may be in the form of a job coach who works with persons with severe disabilities by providing on-site job training assistance and long term support to the employer and employee. The job coach will help the employee learn good work habits and job skills. DVR can often contract with local community rehabilitation programs to provide supported employment services and long term support. During this process, employers gain reliable, dependable and hardworking employees with a better than average chance of success.”

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

DVR Customer Services Manual - 07/31/2014

“This chapter explains the types of vocational rehabilitation services (referred to as ‘VR services’ in this chapter) available to individuals who are eligible through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). VR services are offered to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, and keep jobs that are consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. This chapter is consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and codified in 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 361 and 363 and with state laws and DSHS requirements.”

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

DSHS Strategic Plan and Lean Report (2014) - 01/31/2014

Washington State’s expressed goal is to, “Be the national leader in: Providing a safe, high-quality, home, community and facility-based array of residential services and employment supports.” This report describes the State’s progress in providing Home and Community Based Services, Vocational Rehabilitation job rates and wage progression, and employment supports for people with developmental disabilities, among others.

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

DDA Working Age Adult Policy - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

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

Case Studies of Emerging/ Innovative Vocational, Rehabilitation Agency Practices - 04/01/2013

This report documents emerging promising practices for job seekers with disabilities.

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

Increasing Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities and DSHS Clients - 09/01/2012

This Integrated Employment Report marks the completion of an effort begun at DSHS in 2010 by a group of employees charged with developing a Model Employment Plan. The intent of the original plan was to address the Department’s desire to hire more persons with disabilities. At the time, our employee pool included only 4.7% of people with disabilities, while the agency served more than over 217,000 of clients who identified themselves as having some form of a disability (Source: DSHS RDA Client Services Database). This Integrated Employment Plan addresses a Priority of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), which is to create new job opportunities within the Department. Specifically, it targets not just the potential hiring of people with disabilities, but also of clients who are on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) young adults who will transition out of the Juvenile Justice system into society, and Children’s Administration foster youth and alums who seek employment. This Jobs Priority / Integrated Employment Initiative comes at a time of harsh unemployment across Washington State. The initiative is intended to promote competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities within the Department by proposing a way to overcome employment barriers, employment discrimination and related biases. It is important to note that the Department is already working in conjunction with community case resource managers on supported employment opportunities for working age adults with development disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Business Plan - 06/15/2010

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) serves eligible individuals with all types of disabilities who want to work and need vocational rehabilitation services to overcome barriers to employment that result from a disability. Individuals are eligible for services if they have a physical, mental, or sensory disability that results in an impediment to employment and they require vocational rehabilitation services to become employed. The services DVR provides are person centered and based on each individual’s strengths and informed choice. DVR strives to achieve full employment for people with disabilities in career-focused positions providing competitive wages and benefits.”

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

County Best Practices

This web page contains several Employment Best Practice Documents that reference Customized Employment, Discovery, job carving, job negotiation, and transition programs, among other resources.

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

DDA Non-Residential Program and Services List

Employment services include supported employment services, training, ongoing support, pre-vocational services, community access services and individualized technical assistance, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan (Draft)

This report has information on • Goals, Priorities and Strategies • Washington State Rehabilitation Council Input • Partnerships • Coordination with Education • A Comprehensive System of Personal Development • Community Rehabilitation Programs • Statewide Needs Assessment • Supported Employment • Business Engagement • Annual Estimates of Individuals to be Served • Evaluating FY 2015              

The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and improved business engagement. These goals and priorities also reflect analysis of DSHS/DVR’s performance and the needs of individuals with disabilities in Washington. In FFY 2015, DSHS/DVR successfully passed six of the seven Standards and Indicators by fairly wide margins, failing one by a slim margin. Consistent with previous performance, the Ratio of Average VR Hourly Wage to Average State Hourly Wage did not meet expectations. However, DSHS/DVR has demonstrated consistent, measurable improvement over the last four federal years and preliminary analysis indicates that DSHS/DVR performance will remain strong under WIOA’s Performance Accountability standards Goals: \

1. Improve employment outcomes for individuals with disability

2. Improve the quality of customer service

3. Establish DSHS/DVR role in the workforce development system

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

Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

We promote equality, opportunity, independence and full participation in life for people with disabilities. Our members represent a wide range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritage. Together, we: Advise Governor Inslee, the legislature and state agencies on policies that affect people with disabilities. Monitor legislation to assure equal opportunity and access for employment, education, healthcare and public services. Promote understanding of the needs and potential of people with disabilities, offering information and awareness training to the public. Recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in employing people with disabilities. Provide training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment opportunities and awareness of disability issues. Conduct our activities in barrier-free environments and use appropriate auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan: the Supported Employment Program (Draft)

The cooperative agreements, program goals, funding distribution, and supported employment services described in this section represent the coordinated efforts of DSHS/DVR, its State collaborators, and its service delivery partners to ensure that all Washingtonians with disabilities can access the support services needed to obtain and maintain employment, maximize independence, and experience improved quality of life.”

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

WA Project Search

 

“The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

WA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) Member State

 

SELN brings together state Developmental Disability agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance on practices and policies around employment to its members. Annual membership is required for participation in all network events.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


US Department of Labor- ETA- Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 6 - 11/01/2015

WADEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and leverage, blend and braid funds and resources to support increased access and better outcomes for people with disabilities through: 1) Facilitation by DRCs of Integrated Resource Teams that integrate instructors, Navigators, student service coordinators and other college partners and mentor them in their use. 2) Partner policy makers will meet quarterly to identify emerging issues, develop collaborative solutions, and evaluate performance. 3) In partnership with the Department of Services for the Blind, use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide assistive technology access in AJCs that will be sustainable and will also offer greater range of access and AT options. 3) The Washington Access Fund will provide group and individual financial education and counseling to improve credit, lower debt and increase savings, while improving informed financial decision making. 4) Through a partnership with the WIPA program, working-age Social Security beneficiaries will have access to benefits counseling and individual benefits plans. 5) The Washington Business Alliance will recruit, coordinate and manage active participation of businesses and trade associations that are committed to using career pathways and WIOA programs and services to improve their access to qualified working-age applicants with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

 

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

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

Customized Employment Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge (July 2007) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - 07/01/2007

“Customized Employment strategies offer new processes to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor initiated a series of demonstration projects to identify policy issues that support the use of Customized Employment strategies in the workforce development system. The purpose of this report is to summarize the lessons learned from this demonstration initiative and the policy recommendations it has generated.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

WA Social Security Administration - Mental Health Treatment Study - 10/01/2006

 

“The Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services would have on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit receipt for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of providing these SSDI beneficiaries access to high quality services designed to improve their employment outcomes.  The services included systematic medication management, the services of a nurse-care coordinator to coordinate participants’ physical and mental health therapies, and the services of a supported employment specialist trained in the individual placement and support model.  We also paid for out-of-pocket mental health expenses and other expenses necessary to help participants return to work.” [Study included Vancouver, WA]

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) Program

“The Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based, supported employment. BEST provides consumers with meaningful choice and control of employment and support services. It uses peer counselors, reduces unemployment, and supports the recovery and resiliency of individuals with serious mental illness, including co-occurring substance use disorders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

WA Division of Developmental Disabilities, Jobs by 21 Partnership Project Report for FY 2009

“The Jobs by 21 Partnership Project was funded by the Washington State Legislature for the 2007–2009 biennium. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) was authorized to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s counties, school districts, employers, families, students with developmental disabilities, and adult service agencies. The focus of the collaborative relationships between Partnership Projects stakeholders was to obtain “Jobs by 21” for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Access to recovery (ATR)

 

“The State of Washington directly funded six counties (Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima) to implement ATR. Each county administered its voucher program with relative autonomy.”

“Washington State reports that ATR has had a number of beneficial effects. It has led to a more person-centered approach to services in which individual choice and preference have heightened importance, there is greater emphasis on culturally specific services, and there is openness to and acceptance of spiritual support and other services that have not historically been funded. In addition, ATR has played a role in moving the State toward a service paradigm designed to support recovery.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – WA Individualized Learning Plan Research and Demonstration Project

“The ODEP study launched in the 2008-09 school year and targeted for completion in 2012-13, is the first longitudinal research and demonstration project designed to understand the effectiveness of ILPs. It looks at ILPs in 14 (rural, urban and suburban) schools in four states (LA, NM, SC, and WA). The research is built around core features included in the Guideposts for Success."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Demonstration Initiative

 

“The DPN Initiative is: developing 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
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Mental Health Transformation State Infrastructure Grant (MHTIG) - Permanent Options for Recovery–Centered Housing (PORCH) Project

"The Permanent Options for Recovery-Centered Housing (PORCH) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based Permanent Supportive Housing throughout one urban and two rural Washington counties…Services will be prioritized for adults and young adults who are in transition, who have severe mental illnesses and who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, inappropriately housed, or transitioning from state institutions. The project will provide special training to the teams on the unique trauma-related needs of the population. The project team will work with local community and consumer groups and organizations to identify any modifications needed to ensure that services are culturally relevant.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

 

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”

By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Training/Capacity Building


Student-Youth Transition Handbook - 07/22/2016

The information provided in this handbook is intended for students and youth with disabilities, their families, staff from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), teachers, school counselors, school administrators, school district personnel, and other agencies supporting students and youth with disabilities who want to participate in secondary transition planning and services.

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

The Community Summit at Ellensburg, WA [Annual Ellensburg Employment Conference] - 01/11/2013

 

“The Community Summit ....Let's Get Connected will bring together individuals committed to building inclusive communities rich with people participating as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members, and citizens. People with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, individual and agency staff that provide residential, employment and personal supports, DDD staff, county, other state and local government staff, and interested community members are all welcome. We want everyone to come together to actively discuss ideas and learn from each other about how to build and participate in inclusive communities that enrich everyone.” The Summit is organized by WiSe.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Guide to Transition Assessment in Washington State - 12/01/2007

Age-appropriate transition assessment is the primary component in the process of secondary transition planning. The transition assessments are the framework through which information is gathered to guide the development of a student’s program in order to successfully move the student from the public school to a post–high school setting. While the transition assessments can include formal or commercial assessments, they can also include interviews, observation, and surveys. Perhaps more important than the type of assessment used is that the process is a systematic method used to collect and organize information regarding the student’s interests, skills, strengths, temperaments and areas of need. This process should begin early and be quite broad during the middle school years, but becomes increasingly more specific as the student moves closer to graduation. The goal of transition assessment is to assist the student in achieving her or his vocational potential; therefore, the goal of the person responsible for the age-appropriate transition assessments is to accurately determine that potential as closely as possible. This becomes more likely by looking at the student’s interests, aptitudes, and preparation opportunities from a global concept and gathering that information in a systematic way.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

“The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment

“Customized Employment is a unique approach to providing job development and job retention services through an individualized process that fits each person's particular needs. Services are provided by qualified staff who are ACRE Certified (The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) through the Rehabilitation Services Commission. All Customized Employment Services are funded through the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (ORSC).”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment

Learn and Earn: Supporting Teens

“Parents, teachers, and mentors encourage teens with disabilities to participate in work-based learning experiences in this video presentation. It can be used as training for training these stakeholders so that they can more effectively promote work-based learning for young people with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Highline Community College Employment Professional Certificate Program

 

“We are in our seventh year of partnership with Highline College providing a program, originally envisioned by a group of individuals and county representatives, to establish a certification path for employment professionals. These professionals provide employment support to individuals with developmental disabilities, and play an integral role in assisting people to become contributing members of their community. The program offers high quality training taught by skilled professionals, intended to build on the skills of the participants, offer opportunities for networking with others, and serve as a building block for future leaders in supported employment.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

WiSe Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

“We provide training to agencies, employers, school districts and other groups interested in equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities. Here you will find the On Demand training, links to our Webinar offerings, and other local training opportunities!”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Washington State’s Statewide Transition Plan for New HCBS Rules - 03/15/2017

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA, the state’s Medicaid Agency), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) submit this proposed transition plan in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services new requirements for Home and Community-based Services (HCBS Final Rule 42 CFR Parts 430, 431, 435, 436, 441 and 447) that became effective March 17, 2014. Washington State fully supports the intent of the HCBS setting rules. Washington State has long been an advocate for providing services to clients in the most integrated home and community-based settings, and is a leader in providing clients with choices regarding the settings in which long-term services and supports are provided and will continue its partnership with participants, advocacy groups, stakeholders and Tribes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Promoting Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned - 12/01/2013

Medicaid is the single largest source of health care financing for low-income people with disabilities, a population that increasingly receives long-term services and supports (LTSS) in community-based set-tings instead of in institutions.1 Growth in the funding of community-based services and the evolution of federal policies and initiatives that emphasize community integration and employment for individuals with disabilities have been driving forces behind many states’ efforts to transform their service systems to make integrated employment the preferred service outcome for individuals with IDDs.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”   By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities.   
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Washington Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Washington until 2013.

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

Washington Medicaid State Plan

The Washington Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Washington administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Washington may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

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

WA COPES Waiver

 

“Provides adult day health, home health aide, personal care, adult day care, client support training, community transition, environmental mods, home delivered meals, nurse delegation, personal emergency response, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physical and other disabilities ages 18-64.”

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

Washington Basic Waiver (#0408)

 

“WAIVER TERMINATED 9/29/12 - To provide personal care, respite, habilitation (day and supported employment), environ mods., transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, PT, OT, SHL, community access, community guide, person to person, behavior management, family training and emergency assistance to individuals who are DD and live with their families or in their own home.”

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

Basic Plus Waiver 0409.R024

"To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, adult family home, adult residential care, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, emergency assistance, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

WA - Community Protection Waiver (0411.R02.00)

 

“To provide individual supported employment/group supported employment, prevocational services, residential hab, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion beds, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 18 – no max age.”

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

WA - Core Waiver (0410.R02.00)

 

“To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

Washington Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“Roads to Community Living is a demonstration project designed to help people with complex, long-term care needs move back into the community.  The project is Washington State's part of a federally funded project called Money Follows the Person. Originally funded in 2007 for 5 years, the Affordable Care Act increased the duration of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project through 2020.”   “Through this project, Washington State has an opportunity to explore what kinds of services and support help people with complex, long-term care needs successfully move from institutions (such as nursing homes, state hospitals, or ICF-IDs) back into the community. Project participants have an opportunity to visit or re-visit their ability to live in the community and access additional person-centered services and supports.”   This case study looks at Washington state’s Money Follows the Person demonstration program, Roads to Community Living. The program is responsible for assisting over 2,400 Medicaid beneficiaries with complex long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs in transitioning out of institutions back to community-based care settings. Washington State has been a leader in Medicaid LTSS rebalancing efforts over the last two decades. According to the state, in the early 1990s, 82 percent of long-term care funding went toward institutional services, and by 2010, that percentage dropped to 37 percent.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Washington Medicaid Buy-in

 

“Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) allows people with disabilities who are working to purchase medical coverage by paying a monthly premium that is based on their income.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

In the Evergreen State of Washington, individuals with disabilities are thriving in the "Home of Bigfoot and Big Imaginations" through clever innovations in promoting Universal Design in the workplace for all workers.

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 Washington State’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.52%
Change from
2014 to 2015
7,170,351
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
483,334
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-3.49%
Change from
2014 to 2015
177,921
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.39%
Change from
2014 to 2015
36.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.54%
Change from
2014 to 2015
76.40%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 7,170,351
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 483,334
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 177,921
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 3,022,973
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 36.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.40%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 19.80%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 11.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 459,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 449,434
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 745,794
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 31,690
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 71,971
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 16,929
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 41,361
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 5,376
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 42,733
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 24,935

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 6,537
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.80%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 179,674

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 13,815
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 31,120
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 93,235
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 14.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,168
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04

 

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. 114
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 78
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. 68.00%
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. 1.09

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,832
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 38
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 489
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,033
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,780
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,436
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 56
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 4,063
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 279,875
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. $50,806,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $3,194,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $22,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,581,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 86.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 1,045
Number of people served in facility based work. 475
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 8
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 102.40

 

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). 53.49%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.27%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 0.84%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 95.79%
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). 22.30%
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). 53.21%
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). 67.38%
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). 30.91%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 2,496,068
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 2,522
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 167,758
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 1,680,068
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,847,826
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 156
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 1,511
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 1,667
AbilityOne wages (products). $1,885,131
AbilityOne wages (services). $27,786,395

 

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

2015
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 1
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 35
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 1
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1,751
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 278
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2,030

 

Legislation


ABLE Legislation HB 2323 - 03/29/2016

AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience program; amending RCW 43.33A.190; reenacting and amending RCW 43.79A.040; adding new sections to chapter 43.330 RCW; and providing an expiration date….    The governing board is further authorized to contract with other organizations to administer, manage, promote, or market the Washington achieving a better life experience program. This program must allow for the creation of savings or investment accounts for eligible individuals with disabilities and the funds must be invested.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Data Sharing

Washington State HB 1496 Employment of Workers with Permanent Disabilities - 07/24/2015

“AN ACT Relating to addressing vocational rehabilitation by making 2 certain recommendations from the vocational rehabilitation 3 subcommittee permanent and creating certain incentives for employers 4 to employ injured workers with permanent disabilities…”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Washington House Bill 1636 - 07/24/2015

Requires state agencies with 100 or more employees to submit an annual report. The State Disability Employment Parity Act declares intent to increase the hiring of persons with disabilities in the state workforce. The bill includes sharing of disability employment statistics.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Data Sharing

Washington House Bill 1299 - 06/11/2015

Transportation appropriations bill for the 2015–2017 biennium. Includes $7.5 million for the state’s Paratransit/Special Needs Grant Program, which awards funds to nonprofits to improve transit services for people who can’t provide their own transportation due to age, disability or income; program goals include enhanced access to employment.

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

Washington House Bill 2063 - 05/01/2015

"AN ACT Relating to the creation of the Washington achieving a better life experience [ABLE] program; and creating new sections."

"The legislature finds that the federal achieving a better life experience act of 2014 (P.L. 113-295) encourages and assists individuals and families in saving private moneys for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities to maintain health, independence, and quality of life."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Washington RCW 28A.155.220: High School Transition Services - 04/15/2015

“The office of the superintendent of public instruction must establish interagency agreements with the department of social and health services, the department of services for the blind, and any other state agency that provides high school transition services for special education students. Such interagency agreements shall not interfere with existing individualized education programs, nor override any individualized education program team's decision-making power. The purpose of the interagency agreements is to foster effective collaboration among the multiple agencies providing transition services for individualized education program-eligible special education students from the beginning of transition planning, as soon as educationally and developmentally appropriate, through age twenty-one, or through high school graduation, whichever occurs first. Interagency agreements are also intended to streamline services and programs, promote efficiencies, and establish a uniform focus on improved outcomes related to self-sufficiency.”

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

WA County Services for Working Age Adults Policy 4.11 - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

 

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

Washington Second Substitute Senate Bill 5732 - 04/28/2013

“AN ACT Relating to improving behavioral health services provided to adults in Washington state…”    Some of the significant policy changes include: “Beginning May 1, 2014, the legislature shall convene a task force to examine reform of the adult behavioral health system, with voting members as provided in this subsection;… The systems responsible for financing, administration, and delivery of publicly funded mental health and chemical dependency services to adults must be designed and administered to achieve improved outcomes for adult clients served by those systems…” one of which is “increased participation in employment and education;…” [and] The department and the health care authority must implement a strategy for the improvement of the adult behavioral health system,” among others.  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Washington House Bill 1519 - 04/22/2013

“AN ACT Relating to establishing accountability measures for service coordination organizations…” It contains performance measure such as, “Improvements in client health status and wellness; increases in client participation in meaningful activities; reductions in client involvement with criminal justice systems; reductions in avoidable costs in hospitals, emergency rooms, crisis services, and jails and prisons; increases in stable housing in the community; improvements in client satisfaction with quality of life; and reductions in population-level health disparities.”

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

Senate Bill 6384 - 03/19/2012

“AN ACT Relating to ensuring that persons with developmental disabilities be given the opportunity to transition to a community access program after enrollment in an employment program; and adding a new section to chapter 71A.12 RCW.”

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

Executive Orders


WA State Governor’s Executive Order 13-02 - Employment of people with disabilities - 03/22/2013

Executive Order 13-02 includes several directives including a Disability Employment Challenge that establishes a goal of five percent of Washington state government’s workforce being comprised of persons living with a disability. A Disability Employment Task Force has been established to help state agencies with the recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.    
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Division of Vocational Rehabilitation State Plan: 2017-2020 - 07/01/2016

"The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and business engagement. These goals and priorities were collaboratively developed by DSHS/DVR and leadership of the Washington State Rehabilitation Council."

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

King County Developmental Disabilities Division: WA Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Employment and Day Program Service Definitions - 07/01/2015

“The following definitions apply to all King County Employment and Day Program services, including Child Development Services (CDS), Community Information and Education services, and Adult Employment services...”

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

DVR Services for Employers - 11/06/2014

“Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) offers a variety of support services to assist employers in hiring and retaining VR customers with disabilities: Employment Services Team, Recruiter, Human Resource Consultant and Manager, Awareness and Etiquette Training, Hiring Incentives, Recruiting DVR Customers, DVR Internship Program, On the Job Training, Job Site Modifications and Assistive Technology, Supported Employment, [and] VR's - National Employment Team (The NET).”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Supported Employment - 09/08/2014

“In some settings a potential employee may need additional support to be successful on the job. This support may be in the form of a job coach who works with persons with severe disabilities by providing on-site job training assistance and long term support to the employer and employee. The job coach will help the employee learn good work habits and job skills. DVR can often contract with local community rehabilitation programs to provide supported employment services and long term support. During this process, employers gain reliable, dependable and hardworking employees with a better than average chance of success.”

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

DVR Customer Services Manual - 07/31/2014

“This chapter explains the types of vocational rehabilitation services (referred to as ‘VR services’ in this chapter) available to individuals who are eligible through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). VR services are offered to assist individuals with disabilities to prepare for, get, and keep jobs that are consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice. This chapter is consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and codified in 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 361 and 363 and with state laws and DSHS requirements.”

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

DSHS Strategic Plan and Lean Report (2014) - 01/31/2014

Washington State’s expressed goal is to, “Be the national leader in: Providing a safe, high-quality, home, community and facility-based array of residential services and employment supports.” This report describes the State’s progress in providing Home and Community Based Services, Vocational Rehabilitation job rates and wage progression, and employment supports for people with developmental disabilities, among others.

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

DDA Working Age Adult Policy - 07/15/2013

“This policy establishes employment supports as the first use of employment and day program funds for working age adults and ensures that after nine months of employment services the person may choose Community Access. The policy establishes guidelines for Field Services staff of the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and Counties to follow when providing services to working age adults.”

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

Case Studies of Emerging/ Innovative Vocational, Rehabilitation Agency Practices - 04/01/2013

This report documents emerging promising practices for job seekers with disabilities.

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

Increasing Integrated Employment Outcomes for Individuals with Disabilities and DSHS Clients - 09/01/2012

This Integrated Employment Report marks the completion of an effort begun at DSHS in 2010 by a group of employees charged with developing a Model Employment Plan. The intent of the original plan was to address the Department’s desire to hire more persons with disabilities. At the time, our employee pool included only 4.7% of people with disabilities, while the agency served more than over 217,000 of clients who identified themselves as having some form of a disability (Source: DSHS RDA Client Services Database). This Integrated Employment Plan addresses a Priority of the Executive Leadership Team (ELT), which is to create new job opportunities within the Department. Specifically, it targets not just the potential hiring of people with disabilities, but also of clients who are on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) young adults who will transition out of the Juvenile Justice system into society, and Children’s Administration foster youth and alums who seek employment. This Jobs Priority / Integrated Employment Initiative comes at a time of harsh unemployment across Washington State. The initiative is intended to promote competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities within the Department by proposing a way to overcome employment barriers, employment discrimination and related biases. It is important to note that the Department is already working in conjunction with community case resource managers on supported employment opportunities for working age adults with development disabilities.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

DVR Business Plan - 06/15/2010

“The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) serves eligible individuals with all types of disabilities who want to work and need vocational rehabilitation services to overcome barriers to employment that result from a disability. Individuals are eligible for services if they have a physical, mental, or sensory disability that results in an impediment to employment and they require vocational rehabilitation services to become employed. The services DVR provides are person centered and based on each individual’s strengths and informed choice. DVR strives to achieve full employment for people with disabilities in career-focused positions providing competitive wages and benefits.”

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

County Best Practices

This web page contains several Employment Best Practice Documents that reference Customized Employment, Discovery, job carving, job negotiation, and transition programs, among other resources.

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

DDA Non-Residential Program and Services List

Employment services include supported employment services, training, ongoing support, pre-vocational services, community access services and individualized technical assistance, among others.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan (Draft)

This report has information on • Goals, Priorities and Strategies • Washington State Rehabilitation Council Input • Partnerships • Coordination with Education • A Comprehensive System of Personal Development • Community Rehabilitation Programs • Statewide Needs Assessment • Supported Employment • Business Engagement • Annual Estimates of Individuals to be Served • Evaluating FY 2015              

The goals and priorities established in this State Plan reflect DSHS/DVR’s ongoing commitments to customer service, successful outcomes, staff development, organizational system improvement, strong partnerships, and improved business engagement. These goals and priorities also reflect analysis of DSHS/DVR’s performance and the needs of individuals with disabilities in Washington. In FFY 2015, DSHS/DVR successfully passed six of the seven Standards and Indicators by fairly wide margins, failing one by a slim margin. Consistent with previous performance, the Ratio of Average VR Hourly Wage to Average State Hourly Wage did not meet expectations. However, DSHS/DVR has demonstrated consistent, measurable improvement over the last four federal years and preliminary analysis indicates that DSHS/DVR performance will remain strong under WIOA’s Performance Accountability standards Goals: \

1. Improve employment outcomes for individuals with disability

2. Improve the quality of customer service

3. Establish DSHS/DVR role in the workforce development system

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

Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

We promote equality, opportunity, independence and full participation in life for people with disabilities. Our members represent a wide range of constituent groups, geographical perspectives, ethnic origins and cultural heritage. Together, we: Advise Governor Inslee, the legislature and state agencies on policies that affect people with disabilities. Monitor legislation to assure equal opportunity and access for employment, education, healthcare and public services. Promote understanding of the needs and potential of people with disabilities, offering information and awareness training to the public. Recognize employers who demonstrate leadership in employing people with disabilities. Provide training and technical assistance to the business community to promote employment opportunities and awareness of disability issues. Conduct our activities in barrier-free environments and use appropriate auxiliary aids and services to ensure effective communication.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Partnerships


WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Resource Leveraging

Washington State DSHS/DVR 2016-2020 State Plan: the Supported Employment Program (Draft)

The cooperative agreements, program goals, funding distribution, and supported employment services described in this section represent the coordinated efforts of DSHS/DVR, its State collaborators, and its service delivery partners to ensure that all Washingtonians with disabilities can access the support services needed to obtain and maintain employment, maximize independence, and experience improved quality of life.”

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

WA Project Search

 

“The Project SEARCH High School Transition Program is a unique, business led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

WA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) Member State

 

SELN brings together state Developmental Disability agencies for sharing, educating and providing guidance on practices and policies around employment to its members. Annual membership is required for participation in all network events.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


US Department of Labor- ETA- Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Round 6 - 11/01/2015

WADEI will hire four Disability Resource Coordinators and leverage, blend and braid funds and resources to support increased access and better outcomes for people with disabilities through: 1) Facilitation by DRCs of Integrated Resource Teams that integrate instructors, Navigators, student service coordinators and other college partners and mentor them in their use. 2) Partner policy makers will meet quarterly to identify emerging issues, develop collaborative solutions, and evaluate performance. 3) In partnership with the Department of Services for the Blind, use Wi-Fi hotspots to provide assistive technology access in AJCs that will be sustainable and will also offer greater range of access and AT options. 3) The Washington Access Fund will provide group and individual financial education and counseling to improve credit, lower debt and increase savings, while improving informed financial decision making. 4) Through a partnership with the WIPA program, working-age Social Security beneficiaries will have access to benefits counseling and individual benefits plans. 5) The Washington Business Alliance will recruit, coordinate and manage active participation of businesses and trade associations that are committed to using career pathways and WIOA programs and services to improve their access to qualified working-age applicants with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

WA Jobs by 21 Partnership Project - 07/01/2012

 

“In 2007 the Washington state legislature developed the Jobs by 21 Partnership Project to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s school and adult service systems in increasing employment of young adults with developmental disabilities.  Evaluation shows that student project participants were more likely to be employed following school exit and had stronger employment outcomes than students who did not participate.  Data suggest that improved employment outcomes were supported by leveraging and maximizing financial and in-kind resources and strengthening the collaborative relationships among project stakeholders.”

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

Customized Employment Employers and Workers: Creating a Competitive Edge (July 2007) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) - 07/01/2007

“Customized Employment strategies offer new processes to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor initiated a series of demonstration projects to identify policy issues that support the use of Customized Employment strategies in the workforce development system. The purpose of this report is to summarize the lessons learned from this demonstration initiative and the policy recommendations it has generated.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

WA Social Security Administration - Mental Health Treatment Study - 10/01/2006

 

“The Mental Health Treatment Study (MHTS) evaluated the impact that better access to treatment and employment support services would have on outcomes such as medical recovery, functioning, employment, and benefit receipt for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries with a primary impairment of schizophrenia or affective disorder. We examined the advantages and disadvantages of providing these SSDI beneficiaries access to high quality services designed to improve their employment outcomes.  The services included systematic medication management, the services of a nurse-care coordinator to coordinate participants’ physical and mental health therapies, and the services of a supported employment specialist trained in the individual placement and support model.  We also paid for out-of-pocket mental health expenses and other expenses necessary to help participants return to work.” [Study included Vancouver, WA]

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Washington Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) Program

“The Becoming Employed Starts Today (BEST) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based, supported employment. BEST provides consumers with meaningful choice and control of employment and support services. It uses peer counselors, reduces unemployment, and supports the recovery and resiliency of individuals with serious mental illness, including co-occurring substance use disorders.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

WA Division of Developmental Disabilities, Jobs by 21 Partnership Project Report for FY 2009

“The Jobs by 21 Partnership Project was funded by the Washington State Legislature for the 2007–2009 biennium. The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) was authorized to identify and demonstrate best practices in sustainable partnerships among Washington’s counties, school districts, employers, families, students with developmental disabilities, and adult service agencies. The focus of the collaborative relationships between Partnership Projects stakeholders was to obtain “Jobs by 21” for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Access to recovery (ATR)

 

“The State of Washington directly funded six counties (Clark, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane, and Yakima) to implement ATR. Each county administered its voucher program with relative autonomy.”

“Washington State reports that ATR has had a number of beneficial effects. It has led to a more person-centered approach to services in which individual choice and preference have heightened importance, there is greater emphasis on culturally specific services, and there is openness to and acceptance of spiritual support and other services that have not historically been funded. In addition, ATR has played a role in moving the State toward a service paradigm designed to support recovery.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – WA Individualized Learning Plan Research and Demonstration Project

“The ODEP study launched in the 2008-09 school year and targeted for completion in 2012-13, is the first longitudinal research and demonstration project designed to understand the effectiveness of ILPs. It looks at ILPs in 14 (rural, urban and suburban) schools in four states (LA, NM, SC, and WA). The research is built around core features included in the Guideposts for Success."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Demonstration Initiative

 

“The DPN Initiative is: developing 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
  • Other
Topics
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

WA Mental Health Transformation State Infrastructure Grant (MHTIG) - Permanent Options for Recovery–Centered Housing (PORCH) Project

"The Permanent Options for Recovery-Centered Housing (PORCH) project is designed to transform service delivery by promoting sustainable access to evidence-based Permanent Supportive Housing throughout one urban and two rural Washington counties…Services will be prioritized for adults and young adults who are in transition, who have severe mental illnesses and who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, inappropriately housed, or transitioning from state institutions. The project will provide special training to the teams on the unique trauma-related needs of the population. The project team will work with local community and consumer groups and organizations to identify any modifications needed to ensure that services are culturally relevant.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

 

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”

By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Training/Capacity Building


Student-Youth Transition Handbook - 07/22/2016

The information provided in this handbook is intended for students and youth with disabilities, their families, staff from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), teachers, school counselors, school administrators, school district personnel, and other agencies supporting students and youth with disabilities who want to participate in secondary transition planning and services.

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

The Community Summit at Ellensburg, WA [Annual Ellensburg Employment Conference] - 01/11/2013

 

“The Community Summit ....Let's Get Connected will bring together individuals committed to building inclusive communities rich with people participating as neighbors, co-workers, friends, family members, and citizens. People with developmental disabilities and their families, friends, individual and agency staff that provide residential, employment and personal supports, DDD staff, county, other state and local government staff, and interested community members are all welcome. We want everyone to come together to actively discuss ideas and learn from each other about how to build and participate in inclusive communities that enrich everyone.” The Summit is organized by WiSe.

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Guide to Transition Assessment in Washington State - 12/01/2007

Age-appropriate transition assessment is the primary component in the process of secondary transition planning. The transition assessments are the framework through which information is gathered to guide the development of a student’s program in order to successfully move the student from the public school to a post–high school setting. While the transition assessments can include formal or commercial assessments, they can also include interviews, observation, and surveys. Perhaps more important than the type of assessment used is that the process is a systematic method used to collect and organize information regarding the student’s interests, skills, strengths, temperaments and areas of need. This process should begin early and be quite broad during the middle school years, but becomes increasingly more specific as the student moves closer to graduation. The goal of transition assessment is to assist the student in achieving her or his vocational potential; therefore, the goal of the person responsible for the age-appropriate transition assessments is to accurately determine that potential as closely as possible. This becomes more likely by looking at the student’s interests, aptitudes, and preparation opportunities from a global concept and gathering that information in a systematic way.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

“The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Customized Employment

“Customized Employment is a unique approach to providing job development and job retention services through an individualized process that fits each person's particular needs. Services are provided by qualified staff who are ACRE Certified (The Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators) through the Rehabilitation Services Commission. All Customized Employment Services are funded through the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission (ORSC).”

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  • Other
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  • Customized Employment

Learn and Earn: Supporting Teens

“Parents, teachers, and mentors encourage teens with disabilities to participate in work-based learning experiences in this video presentation. It can be used as training for training these stakeholders so that they can more effectively promote work-based learning for young people with disabilities.”

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  • Other
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  • School-to-Work Transition

WA Highline Community College Employment Professional Certificate Program

 

“We are in our seventh year of partnership with Highline College providing a program, originally envisioned by a group of individuals and county representatives, to establish a certification path for employment professionals. These professionals provide employment support to individuals with developmental disabilities, and play an integral role in assisting people to become contributing members of their community. The program offers high quality training taught by skilled professionals, intended to build on the skills of the participants, offer opportunities for networking with others, and serve as a building block for future leaders in supported employment.”

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

WiSe Washington Initiative for Supported Employment

“We provide training to agencies, employers, school districts and other groups interested in equitable employment for people with developmental disabilities. Here you will find the On Demand training, links to our Webinar offerings, and other local training opportunities!”

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  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Enforcement

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

Medicaid & Employment


Washington State’s Statewide Transition Plan for New HCBS Rules - 03/15/2017

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA, the state’s Medicaid Agency), the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) and Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) submit this proposed transition plan in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services new requirements for Home and Community-based Services (HCBS Final Rule 42 CFR Parts 430, 431, 435, 436, 441 and 447) that became effective March 17, 2014. Washington State fully supports the intent of the HCBS setting rules. Washington State has long been an advocate for providing services to clients in the most integrated home and community-based settings, and is a leader in providing clients with choices regarding the settings in which long-term services and supports are provided and will continue its partnership with participants, advocacy groups, stakeholders and Tribes.

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  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Promoting Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned - 12/01/2013

Medicaid is the single largest source of health care financing for low-income people with disabilities, a population that increasingly receives long-term services and supports (LTSS) in community-based set-tings instead of in institutions.1 Growth in the funding of community-based services and the evolution of federal policies and initiatives that emphasize community integration and employment for individuals with disabilities have been driving forces behind many states’ efforts to transform their service systems to make integrated employment the preferred service outcome for individuals with IDDs.

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

Medicaid Infrastructure Grant – Washington State Pathways to Employment

“Helping Washingtonians with a disability make informed decisions about going to work.”   By promoting the awareness and use of work incentives provided under Medicaid regulations and the Social Security Act, Pathways to Employment continues to foster an expectation of competitive employment and economic advancement for individuals with disabilities.   
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  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Washington Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Washington until 2013.

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

Washington Medicaid State Plan

The Washington Medicaid state plan details the agreement between the state and the Federal government. It describes how Washington administers its Medicaid program and explains how the state will abide by Federal rules.  It also explains how Washington may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. 

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

WA COPES Waiver

 

“Provides adult day health, home health aide, personal care, adult day care, client support training, community transition, environmental mods, home delivered meals, nurse delegation, personal emergency response, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, transportation for aged individuals ages 65 - no max age and physical and other disabilities ages 18-64.”

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

Washington Basic Waiver (#0408)

 

“WAIVER TERMINATED 9/29/12 - To provide personal care, respite, habilitation (day and supported employment), environ mods., transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies, PT, OT, SHL, community access, community guide, person to person, behavior management, family training and emergency assistance to individuals who are DD and live with their families or in their own home.”

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

Basic Plus Waiver 0409.R024

"To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, adult family home, adult residential care, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, emergency assistance, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

WA - Community Protection Waiver (0411.R02.00)

 

“To provide individual supported employment/group supported employment, prevocational services, residential hab, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion beds, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 18 – no max age.”

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

WA - Core Waiver (0410.R02.00)

 

“To provide community access, individual supported employment/group supported employment, personal care, prevocational services, residential hab, respite, OT, PT, speech/hearing/language services, adult dental, behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavior support and consultation, behavioral health stabilization services-behavioral health crisis diversion bed services, behavioral health stabilization services-specialized psychiatric services, community guide, community transition, environmental accessibility adaptations, individualized technical assistance, sexual deviancy evaluation, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized psychiatric services, staff/family consultation and training, transportation for individuals with DD ages 0 – no max age.”

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

Washington Money Follows the Person (MFP)

“Roads to Community Living is a demonstration project designed to help people with complex, long-term care needs move back into the community.  The project is Washington State's part of a federally funded project called Money Follows the Person. Originally funded in 2007 for 5 years, the Affordable Care Act increased the duration of the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project through 2020.”   “Through this project, Washington State has an opportunity to explore what kinds of services and support help people with complex, long-term care needs successfully move from institutions (such as nursing homes, state hospitals, or ICF-IDs) back into the community. Project participants have an opportunity to visit or re-visit their ability to live in the community and access additional person-centered services and supports.”   This case study looks at Washington state’s Money Follows the Person demonstration program, Roads to Community Living. The program is responsible for assisting over 2,400 Medicaid beneficiaries with complex long-term services and supports (LTSS) needs in transitioning out of institutions back to community-based care settings. Washington State has been a leader in Medicaid LTSS rebalancing efforts over the last two decades. According to the state, in the early 1990s, 82 percent of long-term care funding went toward institutional services, and by 2010, that percentage dropped to 37 percent.  
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  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Washington Medicaid Buy-in

 

“Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (HWD) allows people with disabilities who are working to purchase medical coverage by paying a monthly premium that is based on their income.”

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