Resources for Vocational Specialists

New Restrictions on Subminimum Wage Under WIOA: Requirements and Opportunities for State IDD Agencies

IPS Employment Center Supported Employment Home Page

Supported Employment Videos Browse the collection of training and education videos and videos of personal stories

WRAP for Work

How People with Psychiatric Disabilities Can Make the Most of Their College Experience

Describing Yourself - Here is the list of personal qualities that you can use to help a person begin to identify some of their own strengths related to employment.  You can give it to people and ask them to fill it out or fill it out together, either way it is important to discuss each of the things that people choose for themselves. You can also ask people which of these others might circle about them or share your own observations about some of these qualities that you see in the person that they do not recognize in themselves.

Accommodating Mental Illness in the Workplace

Link to Department of Mental Health Employment Services webpage

DB101 - Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.

Supported Employment & Education Motivational Tools

Providing Employment Services to Young Adults - Tip Sheet

By-Youth-For-Youth Employment

Work Incentives in the Back to Work Process

Thanks to Margaret Mertes-Knoff with CPRF in Wichita, KS, for sharing her wonderful Excel sheets listed below. Margaret developed these workbooks several years ago to share with benefits specialists. You should be able to use them when answering “what if” questions or tracking earnings. You can change the amount of hours, income, and taxes to give folks a snap shot of how their earnings impact benefits. They can also be easily updated with new Federal Benefit Rates for SSI (FBR), Substancial Gain Activity (SGA), Trial Work Period (TWP) amounts. Remember to look at the bottom margin of each document for tabs for additional workbooks.

Concurrent Benefits Analysis 

Concurrent Benefit Chart

T2 Benefit Chart (SSA Benefit and Work Incentive Chart)

Title 16 Benefit Analysis

Title II Benefit Analysis

Title 16 Work Incentive Chart

SOAR Work Incentives: