Training

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): Impact on Schools and Transition Planning. The Offices of Special Education and Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services have developed a recorded webinar covering the requirements in the two key provisions of WIOA that affect students and IEP teams at the secondary level. The webinar covers requirements in Section 113, Pre-employment Transition Services, and Section 511, which places limitations on sub-minimum wage employment for persons 24 years of age and under.

Project Partners

State Employment Leadership Network

The Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is a member of a national collaborative, the State Employment Leadership Network, comprised if more than 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

Tools

Maps of Employment Service Providers

Statewide Map