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With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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.

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2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 646,449 658,893 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,825 44,504 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 13,506 13,478 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 303,681 314,545 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.91% 30.28% 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.47% 75.49% 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 33.90% 35.80% 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.10% 15.30% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 28,958 33,530 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 39,872 42,477 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 12,878 12,270 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,281 59,878 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,854 3,206 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 578 1,890 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,041 724 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 942 740 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 691 686 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70% 2.70% 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,646 14,732 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A N/A N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.10% 4.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 4.60% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.30% 9.60% 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. 700 699 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 734 786 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,419 1,640 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. 1,733 1,809 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.07

 

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. 33 9 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 10 2 1
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. 30.00% 22.00% 13.00%
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. 1.58 0.31 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,106
2,310
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 27 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 76 97 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 205 507 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 325 597 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 358 822 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 115 229 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,320 2,276 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,353 32,424 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,173,000 $1,214,000 $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,814,000 $9,585,000 $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $70,000 $2,269,000 $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00% 12.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 194 N/A 338
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,319 1,092 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 40.80 22.70 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 50.00% 53.51% 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.00% 15.64% 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 19.00% 12.40% 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 40.00% 50.00% 69.67%
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). 23.00% 43.45% 17.29%
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). 25.62% 48.11% 25.94%
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). 30.81% 56.33% 36.93%
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). 2.62% 4.66% 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 31 31
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 31 31

 


District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

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

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.


DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

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

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

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

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing

D.C One Community for All - 10/23/2014

One Community for All endeavors to meet the needs and preferences of the individual while allowing him or her to choose where s/he wants to live in the community with the appropriate supports and services consistent with the Olmstead decision and the resources available to the District to serve such individuals, taking into account the needs of others. The Plan is a living document, providing specific goals, action steps, and tools, while allowing for better flexibility and improved services for individuals with disabilities.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services FY 2015 Performance Plan - 10/01/2014

In FY 2015, DDA will continue implementation of this plan to increase the number of people who have opportunities for community integration through day, vocational and employment supports. DDA will also implement new quality improvement initiatives consistent with the goals of Employment First and the CMS Transition Plan for HCBS waiver programs to come into compliance with new CMS rules for HCBS services to ensure that people supported by DDA funded services receive services that are: tailored to their personal, assessed needs and interests; result in achievement of personal outcomes; involve meaningful work and/or activities that teach or maintain important employment related skills; and, are consistent with the new CMS definition of community-based.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (FY 2015) - 06/30/2014

The District of Columbia State Vocational Rehabilitation Plan mentions the use of various employment strategies to promote integrated, community employment for people with disabilities, including customized and self-employment.

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

“Individualized Education Program (IEP) Amendment Policy” - 03/03/2014

~~“The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide guidance and establish state-level parameters for utilizing the documented written agreement amendment modality to amend Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It is the expectation of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) that all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public agencies serving students with disabilities adhere to the Policy when initiating, responding to, and documenting proposals for IEP amendments.”

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

DC Partners in Transition - 06/01/2009

~~“DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. We first came together for Moving Forward Together: Transition Stakeholder Forum in June 2009. We are committed to meeting on a regular basis to share information, build partnerships, and advocate for improvements”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

“DDA Supported Employment”

~~As part of DDS/DDA, supported employment services are reimbursed by the District of Columbia Medicaid Program for each participant in the Home and Community-based Services Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Waiver) subject to the requirements set forth in this section.Supported employment is intended for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted. The aim of supported employment services is to emphasize the assets, preferences and skills of the person and to match the person to a job that maximizes those assets and minimizes deficits.

Supported employment consists of paid competitive work that offers ongoing support services in an integrated work setting where wages are paid at or above minimum, consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The level of employment participation may be full-time or part-time based on the interests and abilities of the individual.The following supported employment services are eligible for reimbursement:a. Intake and assessmentb. Job placementc. Job training and support andd. Follow-along services.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

District of Columbia Secondary Transition

~~“The District of Columbia Secondary Transition website assists educators, families, and students in addressing the needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. Visit the website often to discover resources, tools, and information on best practices and upcoming transition-related events.”

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

DCPS Transition

DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information. We encourage all transition related staff to subscribe to Transition Central by clicking subscribe in the upper right hand corner. Once you have subscribed you will receive all updates automatically.

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

D.C. Department of Education “Transition Services and Programs and Supports ”

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. Secondary transition training begins in Pre-Kindergarten, with the ultimate outcome of students living independently based on their preferences, abilities and limitations

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

D.C. Dept. of Education “Competi-tive Employment Opportunity (CEO) Program)”

“Students who want to continue their education at an Institution of Higher Education or a Trade School work through this Program. The CEO Program consists of a paid workforce experience designed to assist students with disabilities attain their career and postsecondary training goals. Three academies comprise the CEO Program: 1.Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Academy – 9th/10th grade students are exposed to work experiences in their field of interest. Students engage in instructional activities that provide a foundation of the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. 2.CEO Mentoring & Internship Academy – 11th/12th grade students are paired with a mentor who works in the student's career field of interest. Mentors and students work together to create a "Career-Focused Project" and students attend an 8-part professional development series from January to May. During the summer, students apply skills learned by working an 80 hour internship at their mentor's place of employment.

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

DC DDS Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

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

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council - Final five-year state plan (FY 2012-2016)

The Developmental Disabilities Council of the District of Columbia has a goal to see “young adults and job seekers with disabilities [with] meaningful employment opportunities with competitive wages [to] exhibit their abilities and skills in an inclusive environment working alongside their peers without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

Green Door Behavioral Health

Our Door Community Wellness Center, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, provides mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services to assist people with mental health and/or substance use disorders regain control over their lives and recovery process. Our Door is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which aim to develop healthy habits that can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

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

District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DC DDS Person-Centered Thinking Philosophy and Training

“Person-centered thinking is a philosophy behind service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives. Department on Disabilities Services (DDS) is working to implement person-centered thinking through training sessions and other agency wide initiatives.   “Teaching and supporting the use of person-centered thinking skills means that it is likelier that service plans will be used and acted on, that updating service plans will occur ‘naturally,’ needing less effort and time, and that the person’s ability to lead a fulfilling, independent life is maximized.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC DDS Customized Employment Efforts

“Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.”

 

“Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following:

DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices;” “DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers);” “DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment;” and “Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 646,449 658,893 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,825 44,504 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 13,506 13,478 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 303,681 314,545 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.91% 30.28% 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.47% 75.49% 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 33.90% 35.80% 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.10% 15.30% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 28,958 33,530 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 39,872 42,477 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 12,878 12,270 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,281 59,878 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,854 3,206 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 578 1,890 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,041 724 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 942 740 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 691 686 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70% 2.70% 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,646 14,732 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A N/A N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.10% 4.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 4.60% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.30% 9.60% 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. 700 699 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 734 786 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,419 1,640 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. 1,733 1,809 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.07

 

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. 33 9 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 10 2 1
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. 30.00% 22.00% 13.00%
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. 1.58 0.31 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,106
2,310
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 27 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 76 97 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 205 507 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 325 597 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 358 822 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 115 229 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,320 2,276 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,353 32,424 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,173,000 $1,214,000 $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,814,000 $9,585,000 $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $70,000 $2,269,000 $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00% 12.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 194 N/A 338
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,319 1,092 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 40.80 22.70 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 50.00% 53.51% 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.00% 15.64% 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 19.00% 12.40% 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 40.00% 50.00% 69.67%
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). 23.00% 43.45% 17.29%
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). 25.62% 48.11% 25.94%
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). 30.81% 56.33% 36.93%
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). 2.62% 4.66% 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 31 31
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 31 31

 

Legislation


District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

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

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

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

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing

D.C One Community for All - 10/23/2014

One Community for All endeavors to meet the needs and preferences of the individual while allowing him or her to choose where s/he wants to live in the community with the appropriate supports and services consistent with the Olmstead decision and the resources available to the District to serve such individuals, taking into account the needs of others. The Plan is a living document, providing specific goals, action steps, and tools, while allowing for better flexibility and improved services for individuals with disabilities.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services FY 2015 Performance Plan - 10/01/2014

In FY 2015, DDA will continue implementation of this plan to increase the number of people who have opportunities for community integration through day, vocational and employment supports. DDA will also implement new quality improvement initiatives consistent with the goals of Employment First and the CMS Transition Plan for HCBS waiver programs to come into compliance with new CMS rules for HCBS services to ensure that people supported by DDA funded services receive services that are: tailored to their personal, assessed needs and interests; result in achievement of personal outcomes; involve meaningful work and/or activities that teach or maintain important employment related skills; and, are consistent with the new CMS definition of community-based.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (FY 2015) - 06/30/2014

The District of Columbia State Vocational Rehabilitation Plan mentions the use of various employment strategies to promote integrated, community employment for people with disabilities, including customized and self-employment.

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

“Individualized Education Program (IEP) Amendment Policy” - 03/03/2014

~~“The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide guidance and establish state-level parameters for utilizing the documented written agreement amendment modality to amend Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It is the expectation of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) that all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public agencies serving students with disabilities adhere to the Policy when initiating, responding to, and documenting proposals for IEP amendments.”

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

DC Partners in Transition - 06/01/2009

~~“DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. We first came together for Moving Forward Together: Transition Stakeholder Forum in June 2009. We are committed to meeting on a regular basis to share information, build partnerships, and advocate for improvements”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

“DDA Supported Employment”

~~As part of DDS/DDA, supported employment services are reimbursed by the District of Columbia Medicaid Program for each participant in the Home and Community-based Services Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Waiver) subject to the requirements set forth in this section.Supported employment is intended for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted. The aim of supported employment services is to emphasize the assets, preferences and skills of the person and to match the person to a job that maximizes those assets and minimizes deficits.

Supported employment consists of paid competitive work that offers ongoing support services in an integrated work setting where wages are paid at or above minimum, consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The level of employment participation may be full-time or part-time based on the interests and abilities of the individual.The following supported employment services are eligible for reimbursement:a. Intake and assessmentb. Job placementc. Job training and support andd. Follow-along services.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

District of Columbia Secondary Transition

~~“The District of Columbia Secondary Transition website assists educators, families, and students in addressing the needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. Visit the website often to discover resources, tools, and information on best practices and upcoming transition-related events.”

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

DCPS Transition

DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information. We encourage all transition related staff to subscribe to Transition Central by clicking subscribe in the upper right hand corner. Once you have subscribed you will receive all updates automatically.

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

D.C. Department of Education “Transition Services and Programs and Supports ”

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. Secondary transition training begins in Pre-Kindergarten, with the ultimate outcome of students living independently based on their preferences, abilities and limitations

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

D.C. Dept. of Education “Competi-tive Employment Opportunity (CEO) Program)”

“Students who want to continue their education at an Institution of Higher Education or a Trade School work through this Program. The CEO Program consists of a paid workforce experience designed to assist students with disabilities attain their career and postsecondary training goals. Three academies comprise the CEO Program: 1.Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Academy – 9th/10th grade students are exposed to work experiences in their field of interest. Students engage in instructional activities that provide a foundation of the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. 2.CEO Mentoring & Internship Academy – 11th/12th grade students are paired with a mentor who works in the student's career field of interest. Mentors and students work together to create a "Career-Focused Project" and students attend an 8-part professional development series from January to May. During the summer, students apply skills learned by working an 80 hour internship at their mentor's place of employment.

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

DC DDS Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

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

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council - Final five-year state plan (FY 2012-2016)

The Developmental Disabilities Council of the District of Columbia has a goal to see “young adults and job seekers with disabilities [with] meaningful employment opportunities with competitive wages [to] exhibit their abilities and skills in an inclusive environment working alongside their peers without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

Green Door Behavioral Health

Our Door Community Wellness Center, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, provides mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services to assist people with mental health and/or substance use disorders regain control over their lives and recovery process. Our Door is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which aim to develop healthy habits that can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Training/Capacity Building


A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DC DDS Person-Centered Thinking Philosophy and Training

“Person-centered thinking is a philosophy behind service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives. Department on Disabilities Services (DDS) is working to implement person-centered thinking through training sessions and other agency wide initiatives.   “Teaching and supporting the use of person-centered thinking skills means that it is likelier that service plans will be used and acted on, that updating service plans will occur ‘naturally,’ needing less effort and time, and that the person’s ability to lead a fulfilling, independent life is maximized.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC DDS Customized Employment Efforts

“Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.”

 

“Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following:

DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices;” “DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers);” “DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment;” and “Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 646,449 658,893 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 39,825 44,504 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 13,506 13,478 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 303,681 314,545 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 33.91% 30.28% 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.47% 75.49% 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 8.50% 7.80% 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 33.90% 35.80% 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.10% 15.30% 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 28,958 33,530 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 39,872 42,477 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 12,878 12,270 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 53,281 59,878 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 2,854 3,206 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 578 1,890 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,041 724 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 942 740 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 691 686 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.70% 2.70% 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,646 14,732 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A N/A N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.10% 4.10% N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.30% 4.60% N/A
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 8.30% 9.60% 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. 700 699 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 734 786 N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,419 1,640 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. 1,733 1,809 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.07

 

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. 33 9 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 10 2 1
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. 30.00% 22.00% 13.00%
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. 1.58 0.31 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
1,106
2,310
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 27 58 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 76 97 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 205 507 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 325 597 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 358 822 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 115 229 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 22.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,320 2,276 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 32,353 32,424 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 87 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,173,000 $1,214,000 $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,814,000 $9,585,000 $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $70,000 $2,269,000 $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 16.00% 12.00% 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 194 N/A 338
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,319 1,092 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 40.80 22.70 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 50.00% 53.51% 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.00% 15.64% 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 19.00% 12.40% 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 40.00% 50.00% 69.67%
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). 23.00% 43.45% 17.29%
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). 25.62% 48.11% 25.94%
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). 30.81% 56.33% 36.93%
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). 2.62% 4.66% 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 1 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 31 31
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 31 31

 

Legislation


District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

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

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

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

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing

D.C One Community for All - 10/23/2014

One Community for All endeavors to meet the needs and preferences of the individual while allowing him or her to choose where s/he wants to live in the community with the appropriate supports and services consistent with the Olmstead decision and the resources available to the District to serve such individuals, taking into account the needs of others. The Plan is a living document, providing specific goals, action steps, and tools, while allowing for better flexibility and improved services for individuals with disabilities.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services FY 2015 Performance Plan - 10/01/2014

In FY 2015, DDA will continue implementation of this plan to increase the number of people who have opportunities for community integration through day, vocational and employment supports. DDA will also implement new quality improvement initiatives consistent with the goals of Employment First and the CMS Transition Plan for HCBS waiver programs to come into compliance with new CMS rules for HCBS services to ensure that people supported by DDA funded services receive services that are: tailored to their personal, assessed needs and interests; result in achievement of personal outcomes; involve meaningful work and/or activities that teach or maintain important employment related skills; and, are consistent with the new CMS definition of community-based.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (FY 2015) - 06/30/2014

The District of Columbia State Vocational Rehabilitation Plan mentions the use of various employment strategies to promote integrated, community employment for people with disabilities, including customized and self-employment.

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

“Individualized Education Program (IEP) Amendment Policy” - 03/03/2014

~~“The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide guidance and establish state-level parameters for utilizing the documented written agreement amendment modality to amend Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It is the expectation of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) that all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public agencies serving students with disabilities adhere to the Policy when initiating, responding to, and documenting proposals for IEP amendments.”

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

DC Partners in Transition - 06/01/2009

~~“DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. We first came together for Moving Forward Together: Transition Stakeholder Forum in June 2009. We are committed to meeting on a regular basis to share information, build partnerships, and advocate for improvements”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

“DDA Supported Employment”

~~As part of DDS/DDA, supported employment services are reimbursed by the District of Columbia Medicaid Program for each participant in the Home and Community-based Services Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Waiver) subject to the requirements set forth in this section.Supported employment is intended for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted. The aim of supported employment services is to emphasize the assets, preferences and skills of the person and to match the person to a job that maximizes those assets and minimizes deficits.

Supported employment consists of paid competitive work that offers ongoing support services in an integrated work setting where wages are paid at or above minimum, consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The level of employment participation may be full-time or part-time based on the interests and abilities of the individual.The following supported employment services are eligible for reimbursement:a. Intake and assessmentb. Job placementc. Job training and support andd. Follow-along services.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

District of Columbia Secondary Transition

~~“The District of Columbia Secondary Transition website assists educators, families, and students in addressing the needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. Visit the website often to discover resources, tools, and information on best practices and upcoming transition-related events.”

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

DCPS Transition

DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information. We encourage all transition related staff to subscribe to Transition Central by clicking subscribe in the upper right hand corner. Once you have subscribed you will receive all updates automatically.

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

D.C. Department of Education “Transition Services and Programs and Supports ”

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. Secondary transition training begins in Pre-Kindergarten, with the ultimate outcome of students living independently based on their preferences, abilities and limitations

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

D.C. Dept. of Education “Competi-tive Employment Opportunity (CEO) Program)”

“Students who want to continue their education at an Institution of Higher Education or a Trade School work through this Program. The CEO Program consists of a paid workforce experience designed to assist students with disabilities attain their career and postsecondary training goals. Three academies comprise the CEO Program: 1.Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Academy – 9th/10th grade students are exposed to work experiences in their field of interest. Students engage in instructional activities that provide a foundation of the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. 2.CEO Mentoring & Internship Academy – 11th/12th grade students are paired with a mentor who works in the student's career field of interest. Mentors and students work together to create a "Career-Focused Project" and students attend an 8-part professional development series from January to May. During the summer, students apply skills learned by working an 80 hour internship at their mentor's place of employment.

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

DC DDS Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

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

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council - Final five-year state plan (FY 2012-2016)

The Developmental Disabilities Council of the District of Columbia has a goal to see “young adults and job seekers with disabilities [with] meaningful employment opportunities with competitive wages [to] exhibit their abilities and skills in an inclusive environment working alongside their peers without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

Green Door Behavioral Health

Our Door Community Wellness Center, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, provides mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services to assist people with mental health and/or substance use disorders regain control over their lives and recovery process. Our Door is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which aim to develop healthy habits that can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Training/Capacity Building


A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DC DDS Person-Centered Thinking Philosophy and Training

“Person-centered thinking is a philosophy behind service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives. Department on Disabilities Services (DDS) is working to implement person-centered thinking through training sessions and other agency wide initiatives.   “Teaching and supporting the use of person-centered thinking skills means that it is likelier that service plans will be used and acted on, that updating service plans will occur ‘naturally,’ needing less effort and time, and that the person’s ability to lead a fulfilling, independent life is maximized.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC DDS Customized Employment Efforts

“Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.”

 

“Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following:

DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices;” “DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers);” “DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment;” and “Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A
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. 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

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. 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1
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. 13.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 338
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 69.67%
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). 17.29%
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). 25.94%
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). 36.93%
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). 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 31
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 31

 

Legislation


District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

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

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

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

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing

D.C One Community for All - 10/23/2014

One Community for All endeavors to meet the needs and preferences of the individual while allowing him or her to choose where s/he wants to live in the community with the appropriate supports and services consistent with the Olmstead decision and the resources available to the District to serve such individuals, taking into account the needs of others. The Plan is a living document, providing specific goals, action steps, and tools, while allowing for better flexibility and improved services for individuals with disabilities.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services FY 2015 Performance Plan - 10/01/2014

In FY 2015, DDA will continue implementation of this plan to increase the number of people who have opportunities for community integration through day, vocational and employment supports. DDA will also implement new quality improvement initiatives consistent with the goals of Employment First and the CMS Transition Plan for HCBS waiver programs to come into compliance with new CMS rules for HCBS services to ensure that people supported by DDA funded services receive services that are: tailored to their personal, assessed needs and interests; result in achievement of personal outcomes; involve meaningful work and/or activities that teach or maintain important employment related skills; and, are consistent with the new CMS definition of community-based.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (FY 2015) - 06/30/2014

The District of Columbia State Vocational Rehabilitation Plan mentions the use of various employment strategies to promote integrated, community employment for people with disabilities, including customized and self-employment.

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

“Individualized Education Program (IEP) Amendment Policy” - 03/03/2014

~~“The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide guidance and establish state-level parameters for utilizing the documented written agreement amendment modality to amend Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It is the expectation of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) that all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public agencies serving students with disabilities adhere to the Policy when initiating, responding to, and documenting proposals for IEP amendments.”

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

DC Partners in Transition - 06/01/2009

~~“DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. We first came together for Moving Forward Together: Transition Stakeholder Forum in June 2009. We are committed to meeting on a regular basis to share information, build partnerships, and advocate for improvements”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

“DDA Supported Employment”

~~As part of DDS/DDA, supported employment services are reimbursed by the District of Columbia Medicaid Program for each participant in the Home and Community-based Services Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Waiver) subject to the requirements set forth in this section.Supported employment is intended for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted. The aim of supported employment services is to emphasize the assets, preferences and skills of the person and to match the person to a job that maximizes those assets and minimizes deficits.

Supported employment consists of paid competitive work that offers ongoing support services in an integrated work setting where wages are paid at or above minimum, consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The level of employment participation may be full-time or part-time based on the interests and abilities of the individual.The following supported employment services are eligible for reimbursement:a. Intake and assessmentb. Job placementc. Job training and support andd. Follow-along services.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

District of Columbia Secondary Transition

~~“The District of Columbia Secondary Transition website assists educators, families, and students in addressing the needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. Visit the website often to discover resources, tools, and information on best practices and upcoming transition-related events.”

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

DCPS Transition

DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information. We encourage all transition related staff to subscribe to Transition Central by clicking subscribe in the upper right hand corner. Once you have subscribed you will receive all updates automatically.

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

D.C. Department of Education “Transition Services and Programs and Supports ”

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. Secondary transition training begins in Pre-Kindergarten, with the ultimate outcome of students living independently based on their preferences, abilities and limitations

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

D.C. Dept. of Education “Competi-tive Employment Opportunity (CEO) Program)”

“Students who want to continue their education at an Institution of Higher Education or a Trade School work through this Program. The CEO Program consists of a paid workforce experience designed to assist students with disabilities attain their career and postsecondary training goals. Three academies comprise the CEO Program: 1.Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Academy – 9th/10th grade students are exposed to work experiences in their field of interest. Students engage in instructional activities that provide a foundation of the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. 2.CEO Mentoring & Internship Academy – 11th/12th grade students are paired with a mentor who works in the student's career field of interest. Mentors and students work together to create a "Career-Focused Project" and students attend an 8-part professional development series from January to May. During the summer, students apply skills learned by working an 80 hour internship at their mentor's place of employment.

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

DC DDS Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

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

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council - Final five-year state plan (FY 2012-2016)

The Developmental Disabilities Council of the District of Columbia has a goal to see “young adults and job seekers with disabilities [with] meaningful employment opportunities with competitive wages [to] exhibit their abilities and skills in an inclusive environment working alongside their peers without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

Green Door Behavioral Health

Our Door Community Wellness Center, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, provides mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services to assist people with mental health and/or substance use disorders regain control over their lives and recovery process. Our Door is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which aim to develop healthy habits that can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Training/Capacity Building


A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DC DDS Person-Centered Thinking Philosophy and Training

“Person-centered thinking is a philosophy behind service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives. Department on Disabilities Services (DDS) is working to implement person-centered thinking through training sessions and other agency wide initiatives.   “Teaching and supporting the use of person-centered thinking skills means that it is likelier that service plans will be used and acted on, that updating service plans will occur ‘naturally,’ needing less effort and time, and that the person’s ability to lead a fulfilling, independent life is maximized.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC DDS Customized Employment Efforts

“Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.”

 

“Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following:

DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices;” “DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers);” “DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment;” and “Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

With the motto "Justice for All," the District of Columbia is committed to equal rights and opportunities for all people with disabilities, especially when it comes to Employment First and career success.

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 D.C.’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.98%
Change from
2014 to 2015
672,228
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
1.67%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45,260
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.18%
Change from
2014 to 2015
14,214
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.6%
Change from
2014 to 2015
31.41%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
2.63%
Change from
2014 to 2015
77.53%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 672,228
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 45,260
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 14,214
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 329,002
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 31.41%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.53%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 34.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 15.10%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 33,886
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 41,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 13,248
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 56,726
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 3,658
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 1,696
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 1,684
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,025

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 741
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 14,612

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. N/A
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). N/A
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. N/A
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. N/A
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. 1,751
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07

 

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. 8
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 1
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. 13.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.15

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,371
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 33,344
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $1,335,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $15,429,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $3,861,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 17.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 338
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 706
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 31.70

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 54.99%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 15.24%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 11.53%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 69.67%
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). 17.29%
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). 25.94%
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). 36.93%
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). 8.65%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 352,814
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 240
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 339,475
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 228
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 228
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $4,891,549

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding private businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding private businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 31
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 31

 

Legislation


District of Columbia ABLE Legislation (Title 47) - 01/04/2016

To amend, on an emergency basis,  Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish a qualified ABLE Program to be known as the ABLE Program Trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposit made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual’s blindness or disability.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

District of Columbia ARC Legislation (DC Act 21-203) - 11/23/2015

To amend Title 47 of the District of Columbia Official Code to establish  qualified ABLE Program, to be known as the ABLE Program trust, pursuant to the requirements of the federal Stephen Beck, Jr. achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 to exempt from income taxation the earnings on deposits made to an ABLE Program Trust by an eligible individual to assist the individual with certain expenses related to the individual's blindness or disability.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

D.C Employment First Proclamation - 10/08/2012

“On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State—the 20th state to do so nationwide. Mayor Gray’s proclamation affirms that ‘employment is an important part of the lives of all working age adults and people with disabilities are a largely untapped resource with skills and talents who can meet the needs of area business and employers.’ Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities.”

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

Executive Orders

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

Policy


DC Developmental Disabilities Council “Government Resources” - 01/01/2017

~~“Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community.”

Systems
  • Other

D.C. DDS “Provider Sanctions” - 08/29/2016

When a provider does not meet expectations or established DDS/DDA requirements, that provider, a particular service offered by that provider or service location of that provider may be added to the DDS/DDA Provider Sanctions List. This action prohibits DDA Service Coordinators from referring or transitioning new people to that provider, service or service location until they are removed from the list.”

Systems
  • Other

Department on Disability Services - Policy on Self Employment - 06/01/2015

This policy document defines the procedures and standard for supporting Rehabilitation Services Administration (Vocational Rehabilitation) customers in the achievement of self-employment goals. The policy further defines the approval criteria for a self-employment based IPE, and the criteria for a successful self-employment outcome.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services: Initial Individual Support Plan - 05/01/2015

“The purpose of this procedure is to establish steps, instructions and protocols for the development of an initial Individual Support Plan (ISP) for people who are eligible for services with the Department on Disability Services (DDS)/ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).”

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

Department on Disability Services Employment First Policy - 12/22/2014

"The purpose of this policy is to establish Employment First as a priority and guiding philosophy for people with disabilities who receive services from the Department on Disability Services (‘DDS’ or ‘Agency’), consistent with Mayor Vincent C. Gray's October 18, 2012, proclamation of the District of Columbia as an Employment First State. In its current context, ‘Employment First’ refers to the philosophy that all people, regardless of disability, prefer and are capable of individual integrated employment according to each person's interests, preference and informed choices.”

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

DC Department on Disability Services Employment First Implementation - 12/19/2014

“INITIATIVE 2.3: Complete and implement the DC DDA State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) strategic plan (JOB CREATION)

DDA is committed to continuing to promote an ‘Employment First’ policy that all working age adults, regardless of disability, can be employed and experience the rewards of an integrated working life in the community. To help reach that goal, the new proposed State Office of Disability Administration within DDS will use the information from the SELN assessment of the agency to develop a strategic plan during the second quarter of FY12 to promote the least restrictive, most integrated day, vocational and employment services. The plan will promote the Employment First language and policy with all stakeholders; define actions to be taken with providers to down-size large, congregate day programs; and increase the number of persons who are employed or in employment programs. The plan will also bring significant program enhancements to current day and vocational service programs to improve the quality of skills training and service options to be more individualized and provide adult oriented skill training, employment development and integrated retirement options.”

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Data Sharing

D.C One Community for All - 10/23/2014

One Community for All endeavors to meet the needs and preferences of the individual while allowing him or her to choose where s/he wants to live in the community with the appropriate supports and services consistent with the Olmstead decision and the resources available to the District to serve such individuals, taking into account the needs of others. The Plan is a living document, providing specific goals, action steps, and tools, while allowing for better flexibility and improved services for individuals with disabilities.

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

D.C. Department on Disability Services FY 2015 Performance Plan - 10/01/2014

In FY 2015, DDA will continue implementation of this plan to increase the number of people who have opportunities for community integration through day, vocational and employment supports. DDA will also implement new quality improvement initiatives consistent with the goals of Employment First and the CMS Transition Plan for HCBS waiver programs to come into compliance with new CMS rules for HCBS services to ensure that people supported by DDA funded services receive services that are: tailored to their personal, assessed needs and interests; result in achievement of personal outcomes; involve meaningful work and/or activities that teach or maintain important employment related skills; and, are consistent with the new CMS definition of community-based.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (FY 2015) - 06/30/2014

The District of Columbia State Vocational Rehabilitation Plan mentions the use of various employment strategies to promote integrated, community employment for people with disabilities, including customized and self-employment.

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

“Individualized Education Program (IEP) Amendment Policy” - 03/03/2014

~~“The purpose of this Memorandum is to provide guidance and establish state-level parameters for utilizing the documented written agreement amendment modality to amend Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). It is the expectation of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) that all local educational agencies (LEAs) and public agencies serving students with disabilities adhere to the Policy when initiating, responding to, and documenting proposals for IEP amendments.”

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

DC Partners in Transition - 06/01/2009

~~“DC Partners in Transition is a group of DC stakeholders who are committed to improving the ability of DC youth with special needs and disabilities to successfully transition into education, employment, and independence. We are students, young adults, teachers, community organizations, government representatives, employers, parents, and more. We first came together for Moving Forward Together: Transition Stakeholder Forum in June 2009. We are committed to meeting on a regular basis to share information, build partnerships, and advocate for improvements”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other

“DDA Supported Employment”

~~As part of DDS/DDA, supported employment services are reimbursed by the District of Columbia Medicaid Program for each participant in the Home and Community-based Services Waiver for Persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Waiver) subject to the requirements set forth in this section.Supported employment is intended for individuals for whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred or has been interrupted. The aim of supported employment services is to emphasize the assets, preferences and skills of the person and to match the person to a job that maximizes those assets and minimizes deficits.

Supported employment consists of paid competitive work that offers ongoing support services in an integrated work setting where wages are paid at or above minimum, consistent with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The level of employment participation may be full-time or part-time based on the interests and abilities of the individual.The following supported employment services are eligible for reimbursement:a. Intake and assessmentb. Job placementc. Job training and support andd. Follow-along services.”

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

District of Columbia Secondary Transition

~~“The District of Columbia Secondary Transition website assists educators, families, and students in addressing the needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. Visit the website often to discover resources, tools, and information on best practices and upcoming transition-related events.”

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

DCPS Transition

DCPS Transition Central is a tool for DCPS staff to access and provide information. We encourage all transition related staff to subscribe to Transition Central by clicking subscribe in the upper right hand corner. Once you have subscribed you will receive all updates automatically.

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

D.C. Department of Education “Transition Services and Programs and Supports ”

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. Secondary transition training begins in Pre-Kindergarten, with the ultimate outcome of students living independently based on their preferences, abilities and limitations

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

D.C. Dept. of Education “Competi-tive Employment Opportunity (CEO) Program)”

“Students who want to continue their education at an Institution of Higher Education or a Trade School work through this Program. The CEO Program consists of a paid workforce experience designed to assist students with disabilities attain their career and postsecondary training goals. Three academies comprise the CEO Program: 1.Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Academy – 9th/10th grade students are exposed to work experiences in their field of interest. Students engage in instructional activities that provide a foundation of the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. 2.CEO Mentoring & Internship Academy – 11th/12th grade students are paired with a mentor who works in the student's career field of interest. Mentors and students work together to create a "Career-Focused Project" and students attend an 8-part professional development series from January to May. During the summer, students apply skills learned by working an 80 hour internship at their mentor's place of employment.

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

DC DDS Services for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program.

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

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council - Final five-year state plan (FY 2012-2016)

The Developmental Disabilities Council of the District of Columbia has a goal to see “young adults and job seekers with disabilities [with] meaningful employment opportunities with competitive wages [to] exhibit their abilities and skills in an inclusive environment working alongside their peers without disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Partnerships


Secondary Transition Community of Practice - 06/01/2013

This was launched earlier in 2013 to bring together transition experts from the District’s school system, disability advocacy organizations, direct-service agencies, and transition-aged youth and their parents.  These stakeholders in the transition process meet monthly to collaborate on increasing and improving outcomes for transition-age youth with disabilities as they leave secondary school and pursue work or higher education.

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

D.C Employment Learning Community - 10/08/2012

As part of a competitive application process, the District was selected to receive technical assistance through the Employment Learning Community (ELC). A project of the Institute for Community Inclusion in partnership with The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services and TransCen, Inc, the ELC will provide significant technical assistance on ways to implement Employment First in the District as well as networking and learning opportunities from those other states selected to participate.

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

Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice - 10/08/2012

DDS launched an Employment First Leadership Consortium of Practice following the District’s October 2012 declaration as an Employment First state. Consortium members include representatives from District agencies, RSA and DDA providers, and advocacy organizations who are leaders in promoting Employment First practices throughout the District.  Consortium members meet on a monthly basis to discuss new strategies and opportunities for collaboration in implementing and expanding Employment First practices District wide.

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

Green Door Behavioral Health

Our Door Community Wellness Center, in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Green Door Behavioral Health, provides mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services to assist people with mental health and/or substance use disorders regain control over their lives and recovery process. Our Door is based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Eight Dimensions of Wellness, which aim to develop healthy habits that can have a positive impact on physical and mental health.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

D.C. Association of the Deaf: Conference - Achieving Employment First

The Achieving Employment First Conference was “held on behalf of Georgetown University, Center for Child and Human Development, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, St. John's Community Services, District of Columbia Developmental Disabilities Council, University Legal Services, Protection and Advocacy Services of the District of Columbia, Department on Disability Services, Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, and Project Action.” This conference brought “together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities.”

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

Systems-Change Funding


District of Columbia Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 06/01/2015

The coordination of Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS) in the District of Columbia has been a priority for DC government for several years. DC’s Health and Human Services agencies, in partnership with people in need of LTSS, families, advocates, public/private partners, referral sources and others, will finalize and implement a 3-year plan to transform current systems into a No Wrong Door (NWD) system for all populations and all payers. DC’s goal is to create an LTSS system in which people encounter person- and family centered systems/staff with core competencies that facilitate their connection to formal and informal LTSS, regardless of where they enter the system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC Transforming State Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)/No Wrong Door Grant - 10/01/2014

“District of Columbia has recently received a No Wrong Door planning grant. Their state team is working to incorporate the LifeCourse Framework as they re-design the front door to long term services and supports as well as the person-centered planning process. The goal is to create a system that supports people and their families to have a good life. At their last team meeting, the group advised on what is work and not working in the system of long term services and supports. This information was shared with the No Wrong Door Leadership Council in order to guide the work as they plan improvements.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

D.C Employment First - 10/08/2012

On October 8, 2012, DC Mayor Vincent Gray issued a proclamation declaring the District of Columbia an Employment First State…Under the Employment First philosophy, competitive, integrated employment is the first and overwhelmingly preferred option for working-age youth and adults with disabilities, regardless of the complexity or severity of their disabilities. The other main tenets of Employment First are that: Employment services are tailored and customized to a person’s needs, interests, and skill set with the ultimate goal of achieving long-term employment in a competitive business or organization, or self-employment. Employment is at the prevailing wage, and never less than minimum wage. The employee has ample opportunities to integrate and interact with his or her coworkers, the public, and/or customers without disabilities.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Customized Employment

Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.   Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following: DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices; DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers); DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment; and Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a business-led, one year school-to-work program that takes place entirely in a business setting and includes a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on work experiences and on-the-job training. It is currently hosted in multiple Federal Government Agencies and on one University campus.   DC Project SEARCH, in a partnership with the DC Public Schools, DC Department on Disability Services, and the US Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, provides the disabled community with the tools to prepare individuals to seek work.   "This DC launch of Project SEARCH at several federal job sites has been very successful due to the enthusiasm and commitment that our federal partners have shown in hosting the interns. The federal government has been a model employer for this program and demonstrated a sincere commitment to the employment of persons with disabilities,"   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
Citations

Training/Capacity Building


A Path To Community Living Resource Guide - 06/08/2016

This Guide is a compilation of current service providers, resources, tools, and programs available to District of Columbia residents who wish to live independently in the community.  It is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Path to Community Living” Handbook; however, it also functions as a resource list.  This document is updated continuously as information changes.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Georgetown University Hosts Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities” - 01/29/2015

~~“The second panel, moderated by Justin Ford with the Truman National Security Project, focused on the role of the recent federal contracting regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Panelists included Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, DOL; Naomi Levin, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, DOL; Bob Vetere, Human Resource Specialist, Northrop Grumman; and Eric Eversole, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes. They offered their perspective on how the OFCCP Section 503 regulations – and more specifically the 7% hiring target ? could impact Veterans with disabilities seeking gainful employment.”

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

DC Transition Plan for the HCBS Waiver - 10/28/2014

“DDS is engaged in a variety of efforts to build the capacity of its staff and provider agencies to support and facilitate greater individualized community exploration and integration, including competitive, integrated employment,” including: “Discovery: Developing Positive Personal Profiles, a nationally recognized tool and process for assessing the vocational interests and goals of people and supporting career exploration and community integration activities;” Individualized Day Supports (IDS) Implementation Training, “including development of regulations, training for DDA staff and providers on the new service, how to recruit and train staff, the development of formats for initial and ongoing Community Integration Plans, and how to conduct Community Mapping;” and Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities’ Employment Learning Community, “which brings providers together on a regular basis through a community of practice approach where national and local resources are shared and providers learn from one another.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

D.C Secondary Transition Assessment Tool-kit - 11/01/2013

The District of Columbia Secondary Transition Process Toolkit was designed to assist educators in effectively addressing the transition planning needs of students with disabilities who are preparing to transition from high school to postsecondary employment, education/training, and independent living. This guide was developed using Federal and District of Columbia policies, procedures, and regulations.   
Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Achieving Employment First Conference - 06/10/2013

“The Achieving Employment First Conference [brought} together national and local experts to share innovative ideas and resources to help find meaningful employment for people with significant employment challenges due to their disabilities...Attendees learned how the District of Columbia is working toward achieving Employment First, increase their knowledge of customized employment for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and becoming aware of national and local programs and resources available for assisting people with IDD with employment opportunities.”

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

“Employment Initiatives in the District of Columbia ”D.C Employment First Train the Trainer Presentation - 04/09/2013

The District of Columbia expects that all people of working age, including people with disabilities, will work and earn the prevailing wage in the career path they choose.  This power point is intended for trainers and covers details about how D.C is supporting Employment First efforts.

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

A Path to Community Living Handbook - 01/25/2013

This handbook is designed to assist people who have moved or are planning to move out of institutions into the community of their choice.  These forms are designed to help you identify the services and supports you may need to successfully live in the community.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC DHCF and DDS Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS) 101

This training power point provides information on the HCBS waiver, basic information on revising the waiver, designing and restructuring it, and waiver rules and restrictions.  It also details the role of DCHF and DDS in the revision and administration of the HCBS waiver.

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

DC Person Centered Thinking Orientation

This orientation developed by the DC Department of Disability Services provides information on various aspects of Person Centered Thinking (PCT).  Trainees receive information on how to define PCT, and concrete ways to practice PCT when providing services on a daily basis.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

DC DDS Person-Centered Thinking Philosophy and Training

“Person-centered thinking is a philosophy behind service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives. Department on Disabilities Services (DDS) is working to implement person-centered thinking through training sessions and other agency wide initiatives.   “Teaching and supporting the use of person-centered thinking skills means that it is likelier that service plans will be used and acted on, that updating service plans will occur ‘naturally,’ needing less effort and time, and that the person’s ability to lead a fulfilling, independent life is maximized.”  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

DC DDS Customized Employment Efforts

“Customized Employment is being promoted by the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) as an effective set of techniques to create a win-win for people with disabilities and employers.”

 

“Some of the ways DDS is working to implement and promote Customized Employment in the District include the following:

DDS has launched a Customized Employment Community of Practice for people who are interested in learning customized employment strategies and practices;” “DDS has launched a second Customized Employment Trainers Community of Practice geared specifically for Customized Employment Trainers (i.e., people who have been trained to train others on customized employment, including DDA and RSA staff, job/career coaches, people with disabilities, and area employers);” “DDS is working with TransCen, Inc. to offer a monthly webinar series on implementing different aspects of Customized Employment;” and “Through a grant, a DDS employment services provider is working with several other DDS provider organizations, providing technical assistance on customized employment through RSA and the Medicaid waiver. The initiative’s end goal is to increase integrated employment and integrated day opportunities for people served by DDA and/or RSA.”
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Enforcement


Justice Department Reaches Agreement With Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to Resolve Disability Discrimination Complaint - 03/01/2017

~~“The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve a complaint that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) discriminated against a job applicant on the basis of his disability, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The department’s complaint alleges that WMATA extended a job offer as an elevator/escalator parts supervisor to an applicant but withdrew the offer upon learning that the applicant had epilepsy. The complaint further alleges that WMATA failed to discuss with the applicant how his disability might affect his ability to do the job or whether there were any available accommodations that would allow him to do the job.

As part of the consent decree, which is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, WMATA will institute new policies to ensure that employees and job applicants with disabilities have the opportunity to confer with WMATA about their limitations as well as opportunities for reasonable accommodation in the workplace. WMATA will also ensure that supervisors are fully trained in those policies.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


Submitted to CMS: District of Columbia Plan to Comply with New Federal Home and Community Based Services Requirements - 03/25/2017

~~“The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS statewide transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan. The District maintains two HCBS waiver programs: the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (EPD) Waiver, run by the District’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF), and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) waiver, run by the District’s Department of Disability Services (DDS). The EPD waiver program is for the elderly and individuals with physical disabilities who are able to safely receive supportive services in a home and community-based setting. The IDD waiver program provides residential, day/vocational and other support services in the community for District residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

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

Public Notice of Revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan for the District Medicaid Program's Home and Community-Based Services Waivers - 03/13/2017

~~“The Directors of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF) and Department on Disability Services (DDS), pursuant to the authority set forth in an Act to enable the District of Columbia to receive federal financial assistance under Title XIX of the Social Security Act for a medical assistance program, and for other purposes, approved December 27, 1967 (81 Stat. 774; D.C. Official Code § 1-307.02) (2012 Repl. & 2013 Supp.)), and Section 6(6) of the Department of Health Care Finance Establishment Act of 2007, effective February 27, 2008 (D.C. Law 17-109; D.C. Official Code § 7-771.05(6) (2012 Repl.)) hereby give notice of their intent to submit revisions to the Statewide Transition Plan (STP) for the District of Columbia Medicaid program’s Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and final approval. 

CMS regulations, effective March 17, 2014, and published in 79 Fed. Reg. 2948-3039 (Jan. 16, 2014), changed the definition of home and community-based services settings for HCBS Waiver services and required that DHCF and DDS develop and submit to CMS a transition plan identifying how the HCBS Waivers will be brought into compliance with the new outcome-oriented definition of HCBS settings.  DHCF and DDS submitted a STP to CMS on March 17, 2015.  That plan is available online on the DHCF website at: https://dhcf.dc.gov/release/announcement-submitted-cms-district-columbia-plan-comply-new-federal-home-and-community  and the DDS website at: http://dds.dc.gov/publication/dc-statewide-transition-plan-3-17-2015

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

D.C. HCBS Waiver Transition Plan - 03/17/2015

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule effective March 17, 2014, that contains a new, outcome-oriented definition of home and community-based services (HCBS) settings. The purpose of the federal regulation, in part, is to ensure that people receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as people who do not receive HCBS. CMS expects all states to develop an HCBS transition plan that provides a comprehensive assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies, timelines, and milestones for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan."

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

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: DCJM-2015-I-0003 Community Rehabilitation Provider Milestone Payment System - 08/14/2014

A request to the field for feedback and information on adequate rate structures for the performance of an array of employment-related services, including Customized Employment and Customized Employment Planning. The plan also outlines a draft Milestone and Incentive payment system.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Department of Health Care Finance: Notice of Final Rulemaking - 04/01/2014

“These final rules establish standards governing the participation requirements for providers who provide supported employment services to participants in the Home and Community Based Services Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) and to establish conditions of participation for providers."

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver MR DD (0307.R03.00) (1915c) - 11/20/2012

Provides day hab , employment readiness, in-home supports, residential hab, respite, supported employment, PCS, skilled nursing, art therapies, behavioral supports, dental, environmental accessibilities adaptations, family training, host home without transportation, individualized day supports, OT, one-time transitional services, PERS, PT, shared living, small group supported employment, speech/hearing/language services, supported living with transportation, supported living, transportation-community access, vehicle mods, wellness services for individuals with IID/DD ages 18+ no max.

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan Amendments

When D.C  plans to make a change to its Medicaid program policies or operational approach, states send state plan amendments (SPAs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for review and approval. This webpage include D.Cs Medicaid state plan amendments.  

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

D.C Medicaid State Plan

The Medicaid state plan is the agreement between a state and the Federal government describing how that D.C will administer its Medicaid program.  The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state.    It  also gives an assurance that a state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.     
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

DC HCBS Waiver Program

"Home and Community Based (HCBS) Services waiver program is jointly funded with federal and local dollars. The federal government reimburses the District of Columbia 70 cents for every one dollar spent for qualifying services and supports for people enrolled in the HCBS waiver program. All supports and services provided through the DDA service delivery system are funded through the waiver program.”

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