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.
March 2018 Update
At the launch of the Empowering Through Employment initiative in October 2016, 367 individuals receiving waiver services had authorizations for employment services. This number has increased to 761 individuals within the current month, which is an increase of 107%.
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 22 TCMs covering 36 counties have met ribbon status.
There has been a 47% year-to-date increase of individuals with an employment support authorization. The largest increases are in the Kansas City, Poplar Bluff and St. Louis Tri-County offices. Seven of the twelve regional offices have had an increase of greater than 50%.
The Empowering Through Employment powerpoint iniative can be found at Empowering Through Employment: Taking Charge of Change.