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.
May 2020 Update
Launched in October 2016, the Empowering Through Employment initiative goal was to increase the number of individuals who had the opportunity to pursue their career pathway. This number has increased to 1,055 individuals within the month of May, which is a net increase of 187% since the initiative launched.
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, 2 TCM’s (collectively serving 6 counties) have achieved the purple ribbon recognition – congratulations to Oregon County as the newest recipient. 11 TCMs (serving 18 counties) have achieved the blue ribbon recognition. A total of 36 TCMs covering 56 counties have met ribbon status. .
The Empowering Through Employment powerpoint initiative can be found at Empowering Through Employment: Taking Charge of Change.