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.
November 2019 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 1,044 individuals within the current month, which is an increase of 184% since the initiative launched and a 13% 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, 1 TCM (serving 5 counties) has achieved the purple ribbon recognition and 9 TCMs (serving 14 counties) have achieved the blue ribbon recognition. A total of 34 TCMs covering 54 counties have met ribbon status.
Support coordinators are the key to supporting individuals and families with being informed of employment services and career pathways.
There are currently 188 support coordinators statewide at one of the recognition levels.
Eight support coordinators have more than 50% of the individuals they support with employment authorizations!
The Empowering Through Employment powerpoint initiative can be found at Empowering Through Employment: Taking Charge of Change.