Empowering Through Employment
In October 2016, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) launched the Empowering through Employment Initiative to assist the growing number of individuals who express an interest in community-based employment. According to National Core Indicators, 51% of individuals receiving home and community-based services express an interest to work in the community; however, fewer than 25% had a goal in their annual plan to support this interest and only 3% of individuals on a monthly basis have services authorized to assist with their employment pathway.
August 2018 Update
At the launch of the Empowering Through Employment initiative in October 2016, 367 individuals had an authorization for employment service. This number has increased to 858 individuals within the current month, which is an increase of 134% since the initiative launched and a 42% increase over the past 12 months..
TCM Ribbon Status by County
Regions and Targeted Case Management (TCM) entities are recognized by ribbon status based on the percentage of individuals with employment service authorizations. Currently 24 TCMs covering 40 counties have met ribbon status.
Individuals with any employment authorizations are the primary indicator. There has been a statewide point in time increase of 255 individuals since August 2017. The largest increases are in Kansas City (198%), Rolla (75%), Joplin (42%) and Poplar Bluff (39%) regions.
The Empowering Through Employment powerpoint iniative can be found at Empowering Through Employment: Taking Charge of Change.