Youth Transition/Employment Tools & Resources
Manuals & Publications
Utilization of Employment Services and Plans for Fading October 2014: This presentation provides a review of the Employment First priority, the national significance of employment in service coordination and the essential elements of person-centered employment services which promote integration and independence.
State Employment Leadership Network
The Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is a member a new national initiative, the State Employment Leadership Network, made up of 30 participating states. The SELN is a project jointly sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMASS Boston (ICI). The SELN was started to reinvigorate employment outcomes for people with developmental disabilities.Nationally, numbers of individuals employed in integrated settings has stagnated in the last 10-15 years. There are wide variations among states in integrated employment rates of people served by state DD systems (less than 10% to over 45%). NASDDDS, ICI and the participating states believe significant potential exists to expand employment in integrated settings and that the coordinated efforts of the SELN will help to accomplish this expansion. SELN and participating states identified the following reason for joining the Network:
- Rekindle excitement and innovation around integrated community employment
- Improve employment outcomes
- Improve data systems
- Improve QA systems
- Improve payment systems and create incentives to promote employment
- Provide better access to benefits counseling
- Improve relationships with stakeholders—families, providers, business community, school systems, VR agencies
- Manage more effectively the challenge of launching employment initiatives in midst of other systems change
Benefits of participating in the Network include training and technical assistance; sharing of best practice information through the members only SELN website and teleconferences; access to improved data reporting systems to track employment outcomes, research and issue papers on relevant topics; and interstate collaboration and joint problem solving. To date, DDD has participated in the SELN self-assessment process with the guidance of SELN staff. SELN staff prepared reports documenting the states’ site visits, including summaries of strengths and possible areas to include in each state’s strategic work plan for employment. The SELN staff and state representatives have met and facilitate the network states in working to address cross-cutting state issues and priorities through teleconference and web conferences. DDD staff also participates in monthly SELN Steering Committee calls. For a list of the current members of the MO SELN Advisory Group, click here.
Social Security Administration
One of the Social Security Administration’s highest priorities is to help people with disabilities achieve independence by helping them to take advantage of employment opportunities. Work incentives are rules intended to help beneficiaries go to work by minimizing the risk of losing their SSI or Medicaid benefits. Learn more about work incentives including Ticket to Work, PASS plans and Missouri Ticket to Work Health Assurance.
Links to Other Websites
We Connect Now - A Virtual Community Website for College Students with Disabilities