Alabama

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The state motto of Alabama is "We Dare Defend Our Rights," including the rights of individuals with disabilities to have real employment opportunities at competitive wages. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alabama's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,858,979
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
438,585
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,330
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.66%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71.90%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 4,833,722 4,849,377 4,858,979
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 419,282 422,549 438,585
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 113,656 114,928 121,330
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,781,281 1,791,279 1,792,227
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.11% 27.20% 27.66%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.51% 71.29% 71.90%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.20% 6.80% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.80% 25.10% 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.80% 18.20% 17.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 351,158 367,873 378,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 406,671 408,575 418,491
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 530,814 553,359 552,758
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 201,737 198,318 219,432
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,349 11,801 11,065
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,141 5,289 4,626
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,966 3,784 3,276
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 573
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,571 12,370 13,560
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,427 3,060 2,650

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,376 3,466 3,666
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.00% 2.10% 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 237,304 236,857 234,229

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,635 5,943 7,376
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 17,786 16,224 18,121
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,284 53,429 56,379
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.40% 11.10% 13.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 1.80% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 264 311 323
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,084 1,055 942
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,855 8,415 7,703
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 50 55 42
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 17 22 16
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 34.00% 40.00% 38.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.35 0.46 0.33

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,652
6,985
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 371 362 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 639 623 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,306 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,759 2,836 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,381 1,546 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 304 312 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 47.90% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,199 4,720 5,210
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 345,848 345,409 342,898
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 518 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,727,000 $2,501,000 $2,071,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $489,000 $1,003,000 $1,088,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $54,833,000 $54,120,000 $52,731,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 5.00% 4.00% 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 49 102 103
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,590 4,577 4,515
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.80 4.40 3.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 84.82% 83.83% 83.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.68% 6.79% 7.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.56% 2.73% 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 99.98% 99.97%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 24.90% 22.24% 25.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 60.70% 62.35% 65.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 68.80% 76.36% 74.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 35.76% 40.11% 40.33%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,613,485
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,408
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 297,988
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 882,262
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,180,250
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 196
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 806
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,732,728
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,470,273

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 29 29 11
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 29 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,071 661
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,071 661

 

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Department of Mental Health (DMH): The Agency maintains an ongoing relationship with DMH. ADRS serves numerous consumers with mental illness. ADRS works on cooperative initiatives to ensure services are provided to eligible consumers. ADRS maintains a relationship with the DMH Division of Substance Abuse and a network of residential aftercare service providers. ADRS is working extensively with the DMH to expand and improve the ADRS supported employment program. This includes efforts in the areas of Employment First, extended supports, and collaborating on grants. (Page 168)
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services continues to stay abreast of national issues regarding community rehabilitation facilities through its attendance and participation in conferences of state and national significance including Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (AARF), Alabama Association of People Supporting Employment First (AL–APSE), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).  Pages (174-176)
Additionally, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Alabama’s Medicaid Agency are all principle players in Employment First in Alabama.  (Page 179)
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has committed to increasing successful supported employment outcomes through collaboration and coordination with other agencies and organizations including sharing or braiding funding. (Page 198)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. (Pages 100)
A re–survey of Career Centers (including satellite centers) is being done in FY 2016 to check physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, services, technology and materials using a DOL survey checklist developed under Section 188 of WIOA and a policy checklist. (Page 101)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~Project SEARCH teachers and job coaches attend this 3 day interactive training as well. Project SEARCH sends their teachers and job coaches to this training as well. ADRS will partner with ADMH, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs–Workforce Development, Alabama Department of labor, Community College System, Job Corps, Department of Veterans Affairs, the AL Department of Veterans Affairs, Reintegration Apprenticeship, the WIA Indians and Native American programs to implement the DEI grant. This grant provides funding to increase the number of youths with disabilities ages 19–24 served through American Job Centers and improve their employment and training outcomes while increasing the Job Centers capacity to serve people with disabilities. The goal of the grant is to increase access to existing employment, training and educational opportunities available through the states workforce partners, which will promote a culture of employment as a priority for persons with disabilities. (Page 176)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~According to the SSI Annual Statistical Report 2014, Alabama ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of the population who are receiving disability social security benefits. Census estimates from 2014 show that there were approximately 776,448 people in the state with a disability, nearly 40.0 percent over the age of 65. Nearly 140,000 disabled persons were in the labor force in 2014 (Page24)
We continue to work closely with ADMH on Employment First. We are currently working on contracting with them for additional benefits planners to help support individuals who are seeking competitive, integrated employment. (Page 218)
 

School to Work Transition

~~The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, and job coaches to create an employment goal, and to support the student during this important transition from school to work. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the employer, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the State Department of Education, the Development Disabilities Council, the Department of Mental Health, and the local school system. (Page 166)
At the state level, ADRS participates as an equal partner in the Alabama State Interagency Transition Team (SITT). SITT is a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from 22 state agencies (ADRS, ALSDE, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education) and organizations providing services for students and young adults with disabilities. The purpose of this group is to develop a better understanding of each agency’s role and responsibilities in service delivery for Alabama’s students and young adults with disabilities, and to seek and implement new and better ways of providing secondary special education and transition services. At the local level, the ADRS has procedures in place to ensure the agency is actively involved in the transition of students with disabilities from school to work. (Page 171)
ADRS will collaborate with local school systems to develop and implement transition initiatives; ensuring students who are appropriate for SE services have access to providers earlier in the secondary settings. SE providers will be active in the local high schools to present information regarding their programs to parents, students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in community–based assessments before they exit schools, to facilitate a seamless transition to Supported Employment Services. (Page 210)
 

Data Collection

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~With regard to business and entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, recent AJC training has resulted in new partnerships with organizations having resources to assist veterans open their own businesses and qualify for state tax breaks. A new American Express OPEN State of the Women–Owned Business Report ranks Alabama No. 8 in the nation in the growth of women–owned businesses over the past 17 years. Alabama is among the state’s leading the nation in deploying funds from the Small Business Credit Initiative offered by the U.S. Treasury. A study commissioned by USAA Insurance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program says Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama, are two of the best medium–sized metro areas for job–seeking veterans of the Post 911 era. This is an important finding, given that since 9/11, the Alabama National Guard has called more than 21,000 personnel to active duty.  (Page 272)

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 230)

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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Alabama SB 226 - 06/04/2015

"The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 established Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to allow families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses of a disabled individual in a federal tax-advantaged account...This bill would include ABLE in the legislative intent...to provide for the ABLE Program; provide for definitions relating to the ABLE Program; would provide for the  income tax exemption eligible to the ABLE Program; and provide appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 for development and implementation of the ABLE Program."

"The Legislature of Alabama intends to establish a qualified ABLE Program in this state which will encourage and assist Alabama individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting Alabama citizens with disabilities." 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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Governor's Office on Disability - Mission Statement (2008) - 12/30/2006

The Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD) was created by Executive Order Number 43 in 1999 (re-established with Governor Bentley’s Executive Order 15 in 2011). It was formed to serve as a statewide clearing house for information on disability and resources in Alabama. Its other major function is to act as a liaison to the Governor’s Office on disability issues. GOOD’s mission statement was revised in 2008 to include “facilitate the inclusion of Alabamians with disabilities in education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, and leisure.” The mission statement does not specifically mention employment. GOOD has two “annual reports” (covering two years each) available, but these do not specifically mention Employment First concepts either.

Systems
  • Other
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‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama Division of Developmental Disabilities - Report: State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) [2/2015] - 02/27/2015

“The report summarizes the results of the assessment process as ‘“Key Findings’ and suggests opportunities for improvement in ‘“Potential Focus Areas.’” The state agency and other partners may use the report as the basis for the development of a work plan detailing the outcomes, activities to achieve set goals, and strategies to pursue in the months and years ahead to improve individual, integrated employment outcomes for Alabama citizens with disabilities.    “The SELN staff will conduct follow-up meetings with DMH/DD to identify priority outcomes to address through SELN membership and develop effective implementation strategies on the State’s selected areas of focus.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for FY 2015 - 07/31/2014

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Medicaid, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education continue to work towards Employment First legislation. Additionally, the lead agencies (ADMH and ADRS) have been very active in regional trainings to assist providers, families, and advocates to better understanding Employment First and to address fears and concerns from these groups. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is also participating with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in the Employment First Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Additional training, to the Employment First Team, is being provided via Vision Quest (through ODEP). Partners on the Employment First Team are working as a local unit and in concert with other states to better understand how to successfully infuse integrated employment into the Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Options.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) “Independent Living”

Mission: To enable Alabama’s citizens with disabilities achieve their maximum potential. This mission is reflective of the broad nature of SAIL which serves the disabled population who have disabilities and individuals, who because of the severity of their disability(ies), may not at the present time have the ability to function independently in their home or community or to engage or continue in employment. SAIL places primary emphasis on the achievement of a suitable goal, which will enable an individual with a disability to live independently in family, community or to engage in employment consistent with their capacities and abilities. The program is also an advocacy program for persons with disabilities and strives toward a higher quality of life for all individuals with a disability

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan “Draft Goals and Objectives 2017-2021

“Objective 3: By 2021, ACDD will support activities that increase the knowledge of employers, providers, people with I/DD and their families, and others about the benefits of having people with I/DD participate in community-based workforce and volunteer activities”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Supported Employment

The Office of Supported Employment plans and coordinates all initiatives that address expanding employment services to consumers served through the DD Division. This includes training and technical assistance. This office also writes and manages grants that fund employment pilots throughout the state. Further, this office takes the lead in expanding collaboration with other state agencies and organizations so our consumers are more successful at obtaining competitive employment.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Social Services State Partners: Alabama Department of Mental Health

ADSS currently partners on several ventures with the ADMH, to include ADRC development and advisory, consumer-directed and person-centered system change, Chronic Disease Self-Management programs, pre-and post-disaster planning and assistance, the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Related Disorders State Plan and Employment First Workforce development. The Council of Developmental Disabilities is housed within the ADMH and operates under Public Law 106-402 and a Governor’s Executive Order. …… ADSS is a member of the DD Council and staff of the DD Council actively participates in cross training, resource development and advice for ADRC development.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alabama Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment is a collection of stepping stones. These opportunities are housed not in one state agency but in many. To make it easier for families and individuals, they are now all in one place.   There is no perfect path. But there are many opportunities available to assist Alabamians with disabilities in finding a path to employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama-Association for Persons Supporting Employment First

A 5,000-member organization with chapters in over 31 states, this network was formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities. The Alabama chapter works to enhance innovative, individualized employment opportunities, promote careers, and improve quality of life for people with disabilities by providing education, technical assistance and training, advocacy, and support to people and their families, employers, and employment specialists.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Disability Employment Initiative - 10/08/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Alabama was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/24/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Employment First

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum

Started in 1999, the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama VR Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) places substantial emphasis on assisting youth with disabilities in the transition from school to post school activities.  Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that lead to employment. A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with youth and their families to assess their needs and plan individualized services to meet their chosen vocational goal.  Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide transition services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Alabama Teen Transition Clinic

The Teen Transition Clinic is a team clinic for youth with special health care needs from ages 12-21 who are eligible for Children's Rehabilitation Service and are beginning to plan for transition to adulthood. Young adults who participate in the clinic discuss their goals and explore their options for the future. The clinic team, including the young person and family, collaborates to address issues and problems in planning for the future.   This clinic is a partnership among CRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Service, and other community providers.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Project GATE

Alabama has piloted the Gaining Access To Employment project, a collaborative effort between the state’s Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) and its Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Through this project, known as Project GATE, the two agencies work together to help local service providers use funds to support integrated employment opportunities. MH/DD and VR have a long history of partnering, including joint efforts on a supported employment workgroup, due to the strong relationships between colleagues at each department.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) Meetings & Training - 09/26/2013

“This training is appropriate for all new job coaches and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, Project SEARCH, etc. interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities.”   This training is targeted to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Alabama APSE (AL-APSE) 2013 Conference & Training Event - 05/13/2013

The AL-APSE/ACDD Conference was intended to disseminate a wide variety of information to professionals as well as individuals with disabilities

At the end of this program, participants developed skills, including: (a) identifying employer concerns and how to resolve those concerns when hiring a person with a disability; (b)  identifying quality supported employment services, natural supports, and common marketing strategies to overcome barriers to employment for people with the most significant disabilities; (c)  recognizing the unique challenges people with disabilities have when seeking employment and identifying steps to become employed in a competitive job market; and (d) identifying low-cost assistive technology solutions to help individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc.“ - 12/12/2014

~~“On October 14, 2014 the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc., a case in which the defendant denied access to the local protection and advocacy organization. The Statement of Interest expresses the United States' view that facilities must permit access under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act to all residents regardless of whether the facility characterizes some residents as having a less serious mental health disorder than others.On December 12, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama granted summary judgment in favor of the local protection and advocacy organization. The court held that defendant's denial of access violated the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 10801 – 10851 (2012). The court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from denying the protection and advocacy organization reasonable access to defendant's programs.” 

Systems
  • Other
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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Transition Plan (3/17/15) - 03/17/2015

This document details the steps taken to ensure that individuals receiving long term services and supports through home and community-based services (HCBS) programs under the 1915 (c), 1915 (i), and 1915 (k), Medicaid authorities have the required full access to benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting that is appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Alabama Home and Community- Based Waiver for Persons with MR (0001.R07.00) - 10/01/2014

The waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, adult companion, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech/language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/11/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Living at Home Waiver for Persons w/ID (0391.R02.00)

This waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, residential hab other living arrangement, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech and language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The state motto of Alabama is "We Dare Defend Our Rights," including the rights of individuals with disabilities to have real employment opportunities at competitive wages. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alabama's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,858,979
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
438,585
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,330
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.66%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71.90%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 4,833,722 4,849,377 4,858,979
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 419,282 422,549 438,585
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 113,656 114,928 121,330
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,781,281 1,791,279 1,792,227
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.11% 27.20% 27.66%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.51% 71.29% 71.90%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.20% 6.80% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.80% 25.10% 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.80% 18.20% 17.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 351,158 367,873 378,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 406,671 408,575 418,491
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 530,814 553,359 552,758
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 201,737 198,318 219,432
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,349 11,801 11,065
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,141 5,289 4,626
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,966 3,784 3,276
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 573
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,571 12,370 13,560
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,427 3,060 2,650

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,376 3,466 3,666
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.00% 2.10% 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 237,304 236,857 234,229

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,635 5,943 7,376
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 17,786 16,224 18,121
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,284 53,429 56,379
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.40% 11.10% 13.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 1.80% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 264 311 323
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,084 1,055 942
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,855 8,415 7,703
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 50 55 42
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 17 22 16
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 34.00% 40.00% 38.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.35 0.46 0.33

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,652
6,985
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 371 362 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 639 623 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,306 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,759 2,836 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,381 1,546 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 304 312 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 47.90% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,199 4,720 5,210
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 345,848 345,409 342,898
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 518 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,727,000 $2,501,000 $2,071,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $489,000 $1,003,000 $1,088,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $54,833,000 $54,120,000 $52,731,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 5.00% 4.00% 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 49 102 103
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,590 4,577 4,515
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.80 4.40 3.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 84.82% 83.83% 83.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.68% 6.79% 7.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.56% 2.73% 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 99.98% 99.97%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 24.90% 22.24% 25.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 60.70% 62.35% 65.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 68.80% 76.36% 74.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 35.76% 40.11% 40.33%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,613,485
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,408
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 297,988
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 882,262
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,180,250
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 196
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 806
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,732,728
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,470,273

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 29 29 11
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 29 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,071 661
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,071 661

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Department of Mental Health (DMH): The Agency maintains an ongoing relationship with DMH. ADRS serves numerous consumers with mental illness. ADRS works on cooperative initiatives to ensure services are provided to eligible consumers. ADRS maintains a relationship with the DMH Division of Substance Abuse and a network of residential aftercare service providers. ADRS is working extensively with the DMH to expand and improve the ADRS supported employment program. This includes efforts in the areas of Employment First, extended supports, and collaborating on grants. (Page 168)
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services continues to stay abreast of national issues regarding community rehabilitation facilities through its attendance and participation in conferences of state and national significance including Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (AARF), Alabama Association of People Supporting Employment First (AL–APSE), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).  Pages (174-176)
Additionally, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Alabama’s Medicaid Agency are all principle players in Employment First in Alabama.  (Page 179)
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has committed to increasing successful supported employment outcomes through collaboration and coordination with other agencies and organizations including sharing or braiding funding. (Page 198)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. (Pages 100)
A re–survey of Career Centers (including satellite centers) is being done in FY 2016 to check physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, services, technology and materials using a DOL survey checklist developed under Section 188 of WIOA and a policy checklist. (Page 101)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~Project SEARCH teachers and job coaches attend this 3 day interactive training as well. Project SEARCH sends their teachers and job coaches to this training as well. ADRS will partner with ADMH, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs–Workforce Development, Alabama Department of labor, Community College System, Job Corps, Department of Veterans Affairs, the AL Department of Veterans Affairs, Reintegration Apprenticeship, the WIA Indians and Native American programs to implement the DEI grant. This grant provides funding to increase the number of youths with disabilities ages 19–24 served through American Job Centers and improve their employment and training outcomes while increasing the Job Centers capacity to serve people with disabilities. The goal of the grant is to increase access to existing employment, training and educational opportunities available through the states workforce partners, which will promote a culture of employment as a priority for persons with disabilities. (Page 176)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~According to the SSI Annual Statistical Report 2014, Alabama ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of the population who are receiving disability social security benefits. Census estimates from 2014 show that there were approximately 776,448 people in the state with a disability, nearly 40.0 percent over the age of 65. Nearly 140,000 disabled persons were in the labor force in 2014 (Page24)
We continue to work closely with ADMH on Employment First. We are currently working on contracting with them for additional benefits planners to help support individuals who are seeking competitive, integrated employment. (Page 218)
 

School to Work Transition

~~The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, and job coaches to create an employment goal, and to support the student during this important transition from school to work. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the employer, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the State Department of Education, the Development Disabilities Council, the Department of Mental Health, and the local school system. (Page 166)
At the state level, ADRS participates as an equal partner in the Alabama State Interagency Transition Team (SITT). SITT is a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from 22 state agencies (ADRS, ALSDE, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education) and organizations providing services for students and young adults with disabilities. The purpose of this group is to develop a better understanding of each agency’s role and responsibilities in service delivery for Alabama’s students and young adults with disabilities, and to seek and implement new and better ways of providing secondary special education and transition services. At the local level, the ADRS has procedures in place to ensure the agency is actively involved in the transition of students with disabilities from school to work. (Page 171)
ADRS will collaborate with local school systems to develop and implement transition initiatives; ensuring students who are appropriate for SE services have access to providers earlier in the secondary settings. SE providers will be active in the local high schools to present information regarding their programs to parents, students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in community–based assessments before they exit schools, to facilitate a seamless transition to Supported Employment Services. (Page 210)
 

Data Collection

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~With regard to business and entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, recent AJC training has resulted in new partnerships with organizations having resources to assist veterans open their own businesses and qualify for state tax breaks. A new American Express OPEN State of the Women–Owned Business Report ranks Alabama No. 8 in the nation in the growth of women–owned businesses over the past 17 years. Alabama is among the state’s leading the nation in deploying funds from the Small Business Credit Initiative offered by the U.S. Treasury. A study commissioned by USAA Insurance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program says Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama, are two of the best medium–sized metro areas for job–seeking veterans of the Post 911 era. This is an important finding, given that since 9/11, the Alabama National Guard has called more than 21,000 personnel to active duty.  (Page 272)

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 230)

Policies and Initiatives

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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Alabama SB 226 - 06/04/2015

"The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 established Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to allow families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses of a disabled individual in a federal tax-advantaged account...This bill would include ABLE in the legislative intent...to provide for the ABLE Program; provide for definitions relating to the ABLE Program; would provide for the  income tax exemption eligible to the ABLE Program; and provide appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 for development and implementation of the ABLE Program."

"The Legislature of Alabama intends to establish a qualified ABLE Program in this state which will encourage and assist Alabama individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting Alabama citizens with disabilities." 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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Governor's Office on Disability - Mission Statement (2008) - 12/30/2006

The Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD) was created by Executive Order Number 43 in 1999 (re-established with Governor Bentley’s Executive Order 15 in 2011). It was formed to serve as a statewide clearing house for information on disability and resources in Alabama. Its other major function is to act as a liaison to the Governor’s Office on disability issues. GOOD’s mission statement was revised in 2008 to include “facilitate the inclusion of Alabamians with disabilities in education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, and leisure.” The mission statement does not specifically mention employment. GOOD has two “annual reports” (covering two years each) available, but these do not specifically mention Employment First concepts either.

Systems
  • Other
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‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama Division of Developmental Disabilities - Report: State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) [2/2015] - 02/27/2015

“The report summarizes the results of the assessment process as ‘“Key Findings’ and suggests opportunities for improvement in ‘“Potential Focus Areas.’” The state agency and other partners may use the report as the basis for the development of a work plan detailing the outcomes, activities to achieve set goals, and strategies to pursue in the months and years ahead to improve individual, integrated employment outcomes for Alabama citizens with disabilities.    “The SELN staff will conduct follow-up meetings with DMH/DD to identify priority outcomes to address through SELN membership and develop effective implementation strategies on the State’s selected areas of focus.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for FY 2015 - 07/31/2014

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Medicaid, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education continue to work towards Employment First legislation. Additionally, the lead agencies (ADMH and ADRS) have been very active in regional trainings to assist providers, families, and advocates to better understanding Employment First and to address fears and concerns from these groups. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is also participating with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in the Employment First Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Additional training, to the Employment First Team, is being provided via Vision Quest (through ODEP). Partners on the Employment First Team are working as a local unit and in concert with other states to better understand how to successfully infuse integrated employment into the Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Options.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) “Independent Living”

Mission: To enable Alabama’s citizens with disabilities achieve their maximum potential. This mission is reflective of the broad nature of SAIL which serves the disabled population who have disabilities and individuals, who because of the severity of their disability(ies), may not at the present time have the ability to function independently in their home or community or to engage or continue in employment. SAIL places primary emphasis on the achievement of a suitable goal, which will enable an individual with a disability to live independently in family, community or to engage in employment consistent with their capacities and abilities. The program is also an advocacy program for persons with disabilities and strives toward a higher quality of life for all individuals with a disability

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan “Draft Goals and Objectives 2017-2021

“Objective 3: By 2021, ACDD will support activities that increase the knowledge of employers, providers, people with I/DD and their families, and others about the benefits of having people with I/DD participate in community-based workforce and volunteer activities”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Supported Employment

The Office of Supported Employment plans and coordinates all initiatives that address expanding employment services to consumers served through the DD Division. This includes training and technical assistance. This office also writes and manages grants that fund employment pilots throughout the state. Further, this office takes the lead in expanding collaboration with other state agencies and organizations so our consumers are more successful at obtaining competitive employment.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Social Services State Partners: Alabama Department of Mental Health

ADSS currently partners on several ventures with the ADMH, to include ADRC development and advisory, consumer-directed and person-centered system change, Chronic Disease Self-Management programs, pre-and post-disaster planning and assistance, the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Related Disorders State Plan and Employment First Workforce development. The Council of Developmental Disabilities is housed within the ADMH and operates under Public Law 106-402 and a Governor’s Executive Order. …… ADSS is a member of the DD Council and staff of the DD Council actively participates in cross training, resource development and advice for ADRC development.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alabama Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment is a collection of stepping stones. These opportunities are housed not in one state agency but in many. To make it easier for families and individuals, they are now all in one place.   There is no perfect path. But there are many opportunities available to assist Alabamians with disabilities in finding a path to employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama-Association for Persons Supporting Employment First

A 5,000-member organization with chapters in over 31 states, this network was formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities. The Alabama chapter works to enhance innovative, individualized employment opportunities, promote careers, and improve quality of life for people with disabilities by providing education, technical assistance and training, advocacy, and support to people and their families, employers, and employment specialists.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Disability Employment Initiative - 10/08/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Alabama was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/24/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Employment First

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum

Started in 1999, the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama VR Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) places substantial emphasis on assisting youth with disabilities in the transition from school to post school activities.  Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that lead to employment. A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with youth and their families to assess their needs and plan individualized services to meet their chosen vocational goal.  Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide transition services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Alabama Teen Transition Clinic

The Teen Transition Clinic is a team clinic for youth with special health care needs from ages 12-21 who are eligible for Children's Rehabilitation Service and are beginning to plan for transition to adulthood. Young adults who participate in the clinic discuss their goals and explore their options for the future. The clinic team, including the young person and family, collaborates to address issues and problems in planning for the future.   This clinic is a partnership among CRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Service, and other community providers.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Project GATE

Alabama has piloted the Gaining Access To Employment project, a collaborative effort between the state’s Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) and its Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Through this project, known as Project GATE, the two agencies work together to help local service providers use funds to support integrated employment opportunities. MH/DD and VR have a long history of partnering, including joint efforts on a supported employment workgroup, due to the strong relationships between colleagues at each department.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) Meetings & Training - 09/26/2013

“This training is appropriate for all new job coaches and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, Project SEARCH, etc. interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities.”   This training is targeted to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Alabama APSE (AL-APSE) 2013 Conference & Training Event - 05/13/2013

The AL-APSE/ACDD Conference was intended to disseminate a wide variety of information to professionals as well as individuals with disabilities

At the end of this program, participants developed skills, including: (a) identifying employer concerns and how to resolve those concerns when hiring a person with a disability; (b)  identifying quality supported employment services, natural supports, and common marketing strategies to overcome barriers to employment for people with the most significant disabilities; (c)  recognizing the unique challenges people with disabilities have when seeking employment and identifying steps to become employed in a competitive job market; and (d) identifying low-cost assistive technology solutions to help individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc.“ - 12/12/2014

~~“On October 14, 2014 the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc., a case in which the defendant denied access to the local protection and advocacy organization. The Statement of Interest expresses the United States' view that facilities must permit access under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act to all residents regardless of whether the facility characterizes some residents as having a less serious mental health disorder than others.On December 12, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama granted summary judgment in favor of the local protection and advocacy organization. The court held that defendant's denial of access violated the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 10801 – 10851 (2012). The court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from denying the protection and advocacy organization reasonable access to defendant's programs.” 

Systems
  • Other
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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Transition Plan (3/17/15) - 03/17/2015

This document details the steps taken to ensure that individuals receiving long term services and supports through home and community-based services (HCBS) programs under the 1915 (c), 1915 (i), and 1915 (k), Medicaid authorities have the required full access to benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting that is appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Alabama Home and Community- Based Waiver for Persons with MR (0001.R07.00) - 10/01/2014

The waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, adult companion, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech/language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/11/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Living at Home Waiver for Persons w/ID (0391.R02.00)

This waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, residential hab other living arrangement, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech and language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The state motto of Alabama is "We Dare Defend Our Rights," including the rights of individuals with disabilities to have real employment opportunities at competitive wages. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alabama's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,858,979
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
438,585
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,330
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.66%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71.90%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 4,833,722 4,849,377 4,858,979
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 419,282 422,549 438,585
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 113,656 114,928 121,330
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,781,281 1,791,279 1,792,227
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.11% 27.20% 27.66%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 70.51% 71.29% 71.90%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.20% 6.80% 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.80% 25.10% 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.80% 18.20% 17.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 351,158 367,873 378,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 406,671 408,575 418,491
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 530,814 553,359 552,758
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 201,737 198,318 219,432
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,349 11,801 11,065
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 5,141 5,289 4,626
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,966 3,784 3,276
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A N/A 573
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 12,571 12,370 13,560
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,427 3,060 2,650

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,376 3,466 3,666
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.00% 2.10% 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 237,304 236,857 234,229

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,635 5,943 7,376
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 17,786 16,224 18,121
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 58,284 53,429 56,379
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 11.40% 11.10% 13.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80% 1.80% 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 264 311 323
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 1,084 1,055 942
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A N/A N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,855 8,415 7,703
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.02 0.02 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 50 55 42
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 17 22 16
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 34.00% 40.00% 38.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.35 0.46 0.33

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,652
6,985
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 371 362 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 639 623 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,199 1,306 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 2,759 2,836 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 1,381 1,546 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 304 312 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 47.90% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 8,199 4,720 5,210
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 345,848 345,409 342,898
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 518 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,727,000 $2,501,000 $2,071,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $489,000 $1,003,000 $1,088,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $54,833,000 $54,120,000 $52,731,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 5.00% 4.00% 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 49 102 103
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,590 4,577 4,515
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 4.80 4.40 3.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 84.82% 83.83% 83.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.68% 6.79% 7.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 1.56% 2.73% 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 100.00% 99.98% 99.97%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 24.90% 22.24% 25.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 60.70% 62.35% 65.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 68.80% 76.36% 74.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 35.76% 40.11% 40.33%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,613,485
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,408
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 297,988
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 882,262
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,180,250
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 196
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 806
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,732,728
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,470,273

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 29 29 11
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 29 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 2,071 661
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 2,071 661

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Department of Mental Health (DMH): The Agency maintains an ongoing relationship with DMH. ADRS serves numerous consumers with mental illness. ADRS works on cooperative initiatives to ensure services are provided to eligible consumers. ADRS maintains a relationship with the DMH Division of Substance Abuse and a network of residential aftercare service providers. ADRS is working extensively with the DMH to expand and improve the ADRS supported employment program. This includes efforts in the areas of Employment First, extended supports, and collaborating on grants. (Page 168)
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services continues to stay abreast of national issues regarding community rehabilitation facilities through its attendance and participation in conferences of state and national significance including Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (AARF), Alabama Association of People Supporting Employment First (AL–APSE), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).  Pages (174-176)
Additionally, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Alabama’s Medicaid Agency are all principle players in Employment First in Alabama.  (Page 179)
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has committed to increasing successful supported employment outcomes through collaboration and coordination with other agencies and organizations including sharing or braiding funding. (Page 198)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. (Pages 100)
A re–survey of Career Centers (including satellite centers) is being done in FY 2016 to check physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, services, technology and materials using a DOL survey checklist developed under Section 188 of WIOA and a policy checklist. (Page 101)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~Project SEARCH teachers and job coaches attend this 3 day interactive training as well. Project SEARCH sends their teachers and job coaches to this training as well. ADRS will partner with ADMH, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs–Workforce Development, Alabama Department of labor, Community College System, Job Corps, Department of Veterans Affairs, the AL Department of Veterans Affairs, Reintegration Apprenticeship, the WIA Indians and Native American programs to implement the DEI grant. This grant provides funding to increase the number of youths with disabilities ages 19–24 served through American Job Centers and improve their employment and training outcomes while increasing the Job Centers capacity to serve people with disabilities. The goal of the grant is to increase access to existing employment, training and educational opportunities available through the states workforce partners, which will promote a culture of employment as a priority for persons with disabilities. (Page 176)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~According to the SSI Annual Statistical Report 2014, Alabama ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of the population who are receiving disability social security benefits. Census estimates from 2014 show that there were approximately 776,448 people in the state with a disability, nearly 40.0 percent over the age of 65. Nearly 140,000 disabled persons were in the labor force in 2014 (Page24)
We continue to work closely with ADMH on Employment First. We are currently working on contracting with them for additional benefits planners to help support individuals who are seeking competitive, integrated employment. (Page 218)
 

School to Work Transition

~~The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, and job coaches to create an employment goal, and to support the student during this important transition from school to work. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the employer, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the State Department of Education, the Development Disabilities Council, the Department of Mental Health, and the local school system. (Page 166)
At the state level, ADRS participates as an equal partner in the Alabama State Interagency Transition Team (SITT). SITT is a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from 22 state agencies (ADRS, ALSDE, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education) and organizations providing services for students and young adults with disabilities. The purpose of this group is to develop a better understanding of each agency’s role and responsibilities in service delivery for Alabama’s students and young adults with disabilities, and to seek and implement new and better ways of providing secondary special education and transition services. At the local level, the ADRS has procedures in place to ensure the agency is actively involved in the transition of students with disabilities from school to work. (Page 171)
ADRS will collaborate with local school systems to develop and implement transition initiatives; ensuring students who are appropriate for SE services have access to providers earlier in the secondary settings. SE providers will be active in the local high schools to present information regarding their programs to parents, students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in community–based assessments before they exit schools, to facilitate a seamless transition to Supported Employment Services. (Page 210)
 

Data Collection

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~With regard to business and entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, recent AJC training has resulted in new partnerships with organizations having resources to assist veterans open their own businesses and qualify for state tax breaks. A new American Express OPEN State of the Women–Owned Business Report ranks Alabama No. 8 in the nation in the growth of women–owned businesses over the past 17 years. Alabama is among the state’s leading the nation in deploying funds from the Small Business Credit Initiative offered by the U.S. Treasury. A study commissioned by USAA Insurance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program says Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama, are two of the best medium–sized metro areas for job–seeking veterans of the Post 911 era. This is an important finding, given that since 9/11, the Alabama National Guard has called more than 21,000 personnel to active duty.  (Page 272)

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 230)

Policies and Initiatives

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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Alabama SB 226 - 06/04/2015

"The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 established Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to allow families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses of a disabled individual in a federal tax-advantaged account...This bill would include ABLE in the legislative intent...to provide for the ABLE Program; provide for definitions relating to the ABLE Program; would provide for the  income tax exemption eligible to the ABLE Program; and provide appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 for development and implementation of the ABLE Program."

"The Legislature of Alabama intends to establish a qualified ABLE Program in this state which will encourage and assist Alabama individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting Alabama citizens with disabilities." 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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Governor's Office on Disability - Mission Statement (2008) - 12/30/2006

The Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD) was created by Executive Order Number 43 in 1999 (re-established with Governor Bentley’s Executive Order 15 in 2011). It was formed to serve as a statewide clearing house for information on disability and resources in Alabama. Its other major function is to act as a liaison to the Governor’s Office on disability issues. GOOD’s mission statement was revised in 2008 to include “facilitate the inclusion of Alabamians with disabilities in education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, and leisure.” The mission statement does not specifically mention employment. GOOD has two “annual reports” (covering two years each) available, but these do not specifically mention Employment First concepts either.

Systems
  • Other
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‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama Division of Developmental Disabilities - Report: State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) [2/2015] - 02/27/2015

“The report summarizes the results of the assessment process as ‘“Key Findings’ and suggests opportunities for improvement in ‘“Potential Focus Areas.’” The state agency and other partners may use the report as the basis for the development of a work plan detailing the outcomes, activities to achieve set goals, and strategies to pursue in the months and years ahead to improve individual, integrated employment outcomes for Alabama citizens with disabilities.    “The SELN staff will conduct follow-up meetings with DMH/DD to identify priority outcomes to address through SELN membership and develop effective implementation strategies on the State’s selected areas of focus.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for FY 2015 - 07/31/2014

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Medicaid, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education continue to work towards Employment First legislation. Additionally, the lead agencies (ADMH and ADRS) have been very active in regional trainings to assist providers, families, and advocates to better understanding Employment First and to address fears and concerns from these groups. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is also participating with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in the Employment First Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Additional training, to the Employment First Team, is being provided via Vision Quest (through ODEP). Partners on the Employment First Team are working as a local unit and in concert with other states to better understand how to successfully infuse integrated employment into the Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Options.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) “Independent Living”

Mission: To enable Alabama’s citizens with disabilities achieve their maximum potential. This mission is reflective of the broad nature of SAIL which serves the disabled population who have disabilities and individuals, who because of the severity of their disability(ies), may not at the present time have the ability to function independently in their home or community or to engage or continue in employment. SAIL places primary emphasis on the achievement of a suitable goal, which will enable an individual with a disability to live independently in family, community or to engage in employment consistent with their capacities and abilities. The program is also an advocacy program for persons with disabilities and strives toward a higher quality of life for all individuals with a disability

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan “Draft Goals and Objectives 2017-2021

“Objective 3: By 2021, ACDD will support activities that increase the knowledge of employers, providers, people with I/DD and their families, and others about the benefits of having people with I/DD participate in community-based workforce and volunteer activities”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Supported Employment

The Office of Supported Employment plans and coordinates all initiatives that address expanding employment services to consumers served through the DD Division. This includes training and technical assistance. This office also writes and manages grants that fund employment pilots throughout the state. Further, this office takes the lead in expanding collaboration with other state agencies and organizations so our consumers are more successful at obtaining competitive employment.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Social Services State Partners: Alabama Department of Mental Health

ADSS currently partners on several ventures with the ADMH, to include ADRC development and advisory, consumer-directed and person-centered system change, Chronic Disease Self-Management programs, pre-and post-disaster planning and assistance, the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Related Disorders State Plan and Employment First Workforce development. The Council of Developmental Disabilities is housed within the ADMH and operates under Public Law 106-402 and a Governor’s Executive Order. …… ADSS is a member of the DD Council and staff of the DD Council actively participates in cross training, resource development and advice for ADRC development.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alabama Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment is a collection of stepping stones. These opportunities are housed not in one state agency but in many. To make it easier for families and individuals, they are now all in one place.   There is no perfect path. But there are many opportunities available to assist Alabamians with disabilities in finding a path to employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama-Association for Persons Supporting Employment First

A 5,000-member organization with chapters in over 31 states, this network was formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities. The Alabama chapter works to enhance innovative, individualized employment opportunities, promote careers, and improve quality of life for people with disabilities by providing education, technical assistance and training, advocacy, and support to people and their families, employers, and employment specialists.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Disability Employment Initiative - 10/08/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Alabama was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/24/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Employment First

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum

Started in 1999, the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama VR Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) places substantial emphasis on assisting youth with disabilities in the transition from school to post school activities.  Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that lead to employment. A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with youth and their families to assess their needs and plan individualized services to meet their chosen vocational goal.  Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide transition services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Alabama Teen Transition Clinic

The Teen Transition Clinic is a team clinic for youth with special health care needs from ages 12-21 who are eligible for Children's Rehabilitation Service and are beginning to plan for transition to adulthood. Young adults who participate in the clinic discuss their goals and explore their options for the future. The clinic team, including the young person and family, collaborates to address issues and problems in planning for the future.   This clinic is a partnership among CRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Service, and other community providers.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Project GATE

Alabama has piloted the Gaining Access To Employment project, a collaborative effort between the state’s Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) and its Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Through this project, known as Project GATE, the two agencies work together to help local service providers use funds to support integrated employment opportunities. MH/DD and VR have a long history of partnering, including joint efforts on a supported employment workgroup, due to the strong relationships between colleagues at each department.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) Meetings & Training - 09/26/2013

“This training is appropriate for all new job coaches and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, Project SEARCH, etc. interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities.”   This training is targeted to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Alabama APSE (AL-APSE) 2013 Conference & Training Event - 05/13/2013

The AL-APSE/ACDD Conference was intended to disseminate a wide variety of information to professionals as well as individuals with disabilities

At the end of this program, participants developed skills, including: (a) identifying employer concerns and how to resolve those concerns when hiring a person with a disability; (b)  identifying quality supported employment services, natural supports, and common marketing strategies to overcome barriers to employment for people with the most significant disabilities; (c)  recognizing the unique challenges people with disabilities have when seeking employment and identifying steps to become employed in a competitive job market; and (d) identifying low-cost assistive technology solutions to help individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc.“ - 12/12/2014

~~“On October 14, 2014 the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc., a case in which the defendant denied access to the local protection and advocacy organization. The Statement of Interest expresses the United States' view that facilities must permit access under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act to all residents regardless of whether the facility characterizes some residents as having a less serious mental health disorder than others.On December 12, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama granted summary judgment in favor of the local protection and advocacy organization. The court held that defendant's denial of access violated the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 10801 – 10851 (2012). The court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from denying the protection and advocacy organization reasonable access to defendant's programs.” 

Systems
  • Other
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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Transition Plan (3/17/15) - 03/17/2015

This document details the steps taken to ensure that individuals receiving long term services and supports through home and community-based services (HCBS) programs under the 1915 (c), 1915 (i), and 1915 (k), Medicaid authorities have the required full access to benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting that is appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Alabama Home and Community- Based Waiver for Persons with MR (0001.R07.00) - 10/01/2014

The waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, adult companion, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech/language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/11/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Living at Home Waiver for Persons w/ID (0391.R02.00)

This waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, residential hab other living arrangement, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech and language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The state motto of Alabama is "We Dare Defend Our Rights," including the rights of individuals with disabilities to have real employment opportunities at competitive wages. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alabama's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,858,979
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
438,585
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,330
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.66%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71.90%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 4,858,979
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 438,585
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 121,330
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,792,227
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.66%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.90%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 378,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 418,491
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 552,758
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 219,432
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,065
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,626
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,276
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 573
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 13,560
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,650

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,666
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 234,229

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 7,376
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 18,121
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 56,379
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 323
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 942
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,703
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 42
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 16
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.33

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,210
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 342,898
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,071,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,088,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $52,731,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 103
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,515
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 83.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.97%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 65.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 74.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 40.33%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,613,485
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,408
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 297,988
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 882,262
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,180,250
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 196
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 806
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,732,728
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,470,273

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 661
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 661

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Department of Mental Health (DMH): The Agency maintains an ongoing relationship with DMH. ADRS serves numerous consumers with mental illness. ADRS works on cooperative initiatives to ensure services are provided to eligible consumers. ADRS maintains a relationship with the DMH Division of Substance Abuse and a network of residential aftercare service providers. ADRS is working extensively with the DMH to expand and improve the ADRS supported employment program. This includes efforts in the areas of Employment First, extended supports, and collaborating on grants. (Page 168)
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services continues to stay abreast of national issues regarding community rehabilitation facilities through its attendance and participation in conferences of state and national significance including Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (AARF), Alabama Association of People Supporting Employment First (AL–APSE), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).  Pages (174-176)
Additionally, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Alabama’s Medicaid Agency are all principle players in Employment First in Alabama.  (Page 179)
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has committed to increasing successful supported employment outcomes through collaboration and coordination with other agencies and organizations including sharing or braiding funding. (Page 198)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. (Pages 100)
A re–survey of Career Centers (including satellite centers) is being done in FY 2016 to check physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, services, technology and materials using a DOL survey checklist developed under Section 188 of WIOA and a policy checklist. (Page 101)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~Project SEARCH teachers and job coaches attend this 3 day interactive training as well. Project SEARCH sends their teachers and job coaches to this training as well. ADRS will partner with ADMH, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs–Workforce Development, Alabama Department of labor, Community College System, Job Corps, Department of Veterans Affairs, the AL Department of Veterans Affairs, Reintegration Apprenticeship, the WIA Indians and Native American programs to implement the DEI grant. This grant provides funding to increase the number of youths with disabilities ages 19–24 served through American Job Centers and improve their employment and training outcomes while increasing the Job Centers capacity to serve people with disabilities. The goal of the grant is to increase access to existing employment, training and educational opportunities available through the states workforce partners, which will promote a culture of employment as a priority for persons with disabilities. (Page 176)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~According to the SSI Annual Statistical Report 2014, Alabama ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of the population who are receiving disability social security benefits. Census estimates from 2014 show that there were approximately 776,448 people in the state with a disability, nearly 40.0 percent over the age of 65. Nearly 140,000 disabled persons were in the labor force in 2014 (Page24)
We continue to work closely with ADMH on Employment First. We are currently working on contracting with them for additional benefits planners to help support individuals who are seeking competitive, integrated employment. (Page 218)
 

School to Work Transition

~~The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, and job coaches to create an employment goal, and to support the student during this important transition from school to work. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the employer, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the State Department of Education, the Development Disabilities Council, the Department of Mental Health, and the local school system. (Page 166)
At the state level, ADRS participates as an equal partner in the Alabama State Interagency Transition Team (SITT). SITT is a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from 22 state agencies (ADRS, ALSDE, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education) and organizations providing services for students and young adults with disabilities. The purpose of this group is to develop a better understanding of each agency’s role and responsibilities in service delivery for Alabama’s students and young adults with disabilities, and to seek and implement new and better ways of providing secondary special education and transition services. At the local level, the ADRS has procedures in place to ensure the agency is actively involved in the transition of students with disabilities from school to work. (Page 171)
ADRS will collaborate with local school systems to develop and implement transition initiatives; ensuring students who are appropriate for SE services have access to providers earlier in the secondary settings. SE providers will be active in the local high schools to present information regarding their programs to parents, students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in community–based assessments before they exit schools, to facilitate a seamless transition to Supported Employment Services. (Page 210)
 

Data Collection

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~With regard to business and entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, recent AJC training has resulted in new partnerships with organizations having resources to assist veterans open their own businesses and qualify for state tax breaks. A new American Express OPEN State of the Women–Owned Business Report ranks Alabama No. 8 in the nation in the growth of women–owned businesses over the past 17 years. Alabama is among the state’s leading the nation in deploying funds from the Small Business Credit Initiative offered by the U.S. Treasury. A study commissioned by USAA Insurance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program says Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama, are two of the best medium–sized metro areas for job–seeking veterans of the Post 911 era. This is an important finding, given that since 9/11, the Alabama National Guard has called more than 21,000 personnel to active duty.  (Page 272)

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 230)

Policies and Initiatives

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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Alabama SB 226 - 06/04/2015

"The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 established Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to allow families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses of a disabled individual in a federal tax-advantaged account...This bill would include ABLE in the legislative intent...to provide for the ABLE Program; provide for definitions relating to the ABLE Program; would provide for the  income tax exemption eligible to the ABLE Program; and provide appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 for development and implementation of the ABLE Program."

"The Legislature of Alabama intends to establish a qualified ABLE Program in this state which will encourage and assist Alabama individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting Alabama citizens with disabilities." 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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Governor's Office on Disability - Mission Statement (2008) - 12/30/2006

The Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD) was created by Executive Order Number 43 in 1999 (re-established with Governor Bentley’s Executive Order 15 in 2011). It was formed to serve as a statewide clearing house for information on disability and resources in Alabama. Its other major function is to act as a liaison to the Governor’s Office on disability issues. GOOD’s mission statement was revised in 2008 to include “facilitate the inclusion of Alabamians with disabilities in education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, and leisure.” The mission statement does not specifically mention employment. GOOD has two “annual reports” (covering two years each) available, but these do not specifically mention Employment First concepts either.

Systems
  • Other
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‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama Division of Developmental Disabilities - Report: State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) [2/2015] - 02/27/2015

“The report summarizes the results of the assessment process as ‘“Key Findings’ and suggests opportunities for improvement in ‘“Potential Focus Areas.’” The state agency and other partners may use the report as the basis for the development of a work plan detailing the outcomes, activities to achieve set goals, and strategies to pursue in the months and years ahead to improve individual, integrated employment outcomes for Alabama citizens with disabilities.    “The SELN staff will conduct follow-up meetings with DMH/DD to identify priority outcomes to address through SELN membership and develop effective implementation strategies on the State’s selected areas of focus.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for FY 2015 - 07/31/2014

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Medicaid, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education continue to work towards Employment First legislation. Additionally, the lead agencies (ADMH and ADRS) have been very active in regional trainings to assist providers, families, and advocates to better understanding Employment First and to address fears and concerns from these groups. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is also participating with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in the Employment First Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Additional training, to the Employment First Team, is being provided via Vision Quest (through ODEP). Partners on the Employment First Team are working as a local unit and in concert with other states to better understand how to successfully infuse integrated employment into the Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Options.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) “Independent Living”

Mission: To enable Alabama’s citizens with disabilities achieve their maximum potential. This mission is reflective of the broad nature of SAIL which serves the disabled population who have disabilities and individuals, who because of the severity of their disability(ies), may not at the present time have the ability to function independently in their home or community or to engage or continue in employment. SAIL places primary emphasis on the achievement of a suitable goal, which will enable an individual with a disability to live independently in family, community or to engage in employment consistent with their capacities and abilities. The program is also an advocacy program for persons with disabilities and strives toward a higher quality of life for all individuals with a disability

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan “Draft Goals and Objectives 2017-2021

“Objective 3: By 2021, ACDD will support activities that increase the knowledge of employers, providers, people with I/DD and their families, and others about the benefits of having people with I/DD participate in community-based workforce and volunteer activities”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Supported Employment

The Office of Supported Employment plans and coordinates all initiatives that address expanding employment services to consumers served through the DD Division. This includes training and technical assistance. This office also writes and manages grants that fund employment pilots throughout the state. Further, this office takes the lead in expanding collaboration with other state agencies and organizations so our consumers are more successful at obtaining competitive employment.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Social Services State Partners: Alabama Department of Mental Health

ADSS currently partners on several ventures with the ADMH, to include ADRC development and advisory, consumer-directed and person-centered system change, Chronic Disease Self-Management programs, pre-and post-disaster planning and assistance, the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Related Disorders State Plan and Employment First Workforce development. The Council of Developmental Disabilities is housed within the ADMH and operates under Public Law 106-402 and a Governor’s Executive Order. …… ADSS is a member of the DD Council and staff of the DD Council actively participates in cross training, resource development and advice for ADRC development.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alabama Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment is a collection of stepping stones. These opportunities are housed not in one state agency but in many. To make it easier for families and individuals, they are now all in one place.   There is no perfect path. But there are many opportunities available to assist Alabamians with disabilities in finding a path to employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama-Association for Persons Supporting Employment First

A 5,000-member organization with chapters in over 31 states, this network was formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities. The Alabama chapter works to enhance innovative, individualized employment opportunities, promote careers, and improve quality of life for people with disabilities by providing education, technical assistance and training, advocacy, and support to people and their families, employers, and employment specialists.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Disability Employment Initiative - 10/08/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Alabama was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/24/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Employment First

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum

Started in 1999, the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama VR Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) places substantial emphasis on assisting youth with disabilities in the transition from school to post school activities.  Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that lead to employment. A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with youth and their families to assess their needs and plan individualized services to meet their chosen vocational goal.  Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide transition services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Alabama Teen Transition Clinic

The Teen Transition Clinic is a team clinic for youth with special health care needs from ages 12-21 who are eligible for Children's Rehabilitation Service and are beginning to plan for transition to adulthood. Young adults who participate in the clinic discuss their goals and explore their options for the future. The clinic team, including the young person and family, collaborates to address issues and problems in planning for the future.   This clinic is a partnership among CRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Service, and other community providers.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Project GATE

Alabama has piloted the Gaining Access To Employment project, a collaborative effort between the state’s Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) and its Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Through this project, known as Project GATE, the two agencies work together to help local service providers use funds to support integrated employment opportunities. MH/DD and VR have a long history of partnering, including joint efforts on a supported employment workgroup, due to the strong relationships between colleagues at each department.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) Meetings & Training - 09/26/2013

“This training is appropriate for all new job coaches and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, Project SEARCH, etc. interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities.”   This training is targeted to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Alabama APSE (AL-APSE) 2013 Conference & Training Event - 05/13/2013

The AL-APSE/ACDD Conference was intended to disseminate a wide variety of information to professionals as well as individuals with disabilities

At the end of this program, participants developed skills, including: (a) identifying employer concerns and how to resolve those concerns when hiring a person with a disability; (b)  identifying quality supported employment services, natural supports, and common marketing strategies to overcome barriers to employment for people with the most significant disabilities; (c)  recognizing the unique challenges people with disabilities have when seeking employment and identifying steps to become employed in a competitive job market; and (d) identifying low-cost assistive technology solutions to help individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc.“ - 12/12/2014

~~“On October 14, 2014 the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc., a case in which the defendant denied access to the local protection and advocacy organization. The Statement of Interest expresses the United States' view that facilities must permit access under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act to all residents regardless of whether the facility characterizes some residents as having a less serious mental health disorder than others.On December 12, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama granted summary judgment in favor of the local protection and advocacy organization. The court held that defendant's denial of access violated the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 10801 – 10851 (2012). The court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from denying the protection and advocacy organization reasonable access to defendant's programs.” 

Systems
  • Other
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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Transition Plan (3/17/15) - 03/17/2015

This document details the steps taken to ensure that individuals receiving long term services and supports through home and community-based services (HCBS) programs under the 1915 (c), 1915 (i), and 1915 (k), Medicaid authorities have the required full access to benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting that is appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Alabama Home and Community- Based Waiver for Persons with MR (0001.R07.00) - 10/01/2014

The waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, adult companion, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech/language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/11/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Living at Home Waiver for Persons w/ID (0391.R02.00)

This waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, residential hab other living arrangement, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech and language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

States - Phone

Snapshot

The state motto of Alabama is "We Dare Defend Our Rights," including the rights of individuals with disabilities to have real employment opportunities at competitive wages. 

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Alabama's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.2%
Change from
2014 to 2015
4,858,979
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
3.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
438,585
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.28%
Change from
2014 to 2015
121,330
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
1.66%
Change from
2014 to 2015
27.66%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71.90%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 4,858,979
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 438,585
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 121,330
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,792,227
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 27.66%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 71.90%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.10%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 23.40%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 17.50%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 378,384
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 418,491
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 552,758
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 219,432
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 11,065
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,626
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,276
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 573
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 13,560
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 2,650

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,666
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 2.30%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 234,229

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 7,376
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 18,121
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 56,379
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 13.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.50%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 323
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 942
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 7,703
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.03

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 42
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 16
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 38.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.33

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 5,210
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 342,898
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $2,071,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $1,088,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $52,731,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0
Number of people served in facility based work. 103
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,515
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 3.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 83.63%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.00%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.63%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.97%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 25.38%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 65.71%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 74.29%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 40.33%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 1,613,485
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,408
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 297,988
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 882,262
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 1,180,250
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 196
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 610
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 806
AbilityOne wages (products). $2,732,728
AbilityOne wages (services). $11,470,273

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 11
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 11
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 661
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 661

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

The material cited below is taken directly from each state’s plan for WIOA implementation. These sections of the state plan were selected because of their relevance to youth and adults with disabilities. However, all programs and services under WIOA must be physically and programmatically accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~Department of Mental Health (DMH): The Agency maintains an ongoing relationship with DMH. ADRS serves numerous consumers with mental illness. ADRS works on cooperative initiatives to ensure services are provided to eligible consumers. ADRS maintains a relationship with the DMH Division of Substance Abuse and a network of residential aftercare service providers. ADRS is working extensively with the DMH to expand and improve the ADRS supported employment program. This includes efforts in the areas of Employment First, extended supports, and collaborating on grants. (Page 168)
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services continues to stay abreast of national issues regarding community rehabilitation facilities through its attendance and participation in conferences of state and national significance including Alabama Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (AARF), Alabama Association of People Supporting Employment First (AL–APSE), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), and National Rehabilitation Association (NRA).  Pages (174-176)
Additionally, the Alabama Department of Mental Health, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Education, the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, the Alabama Department of Senior Services, the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Alabama’s Medicaid Agency are all principle players in Employment First in Alabama.  (Page 179)
 

Customized Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has committed to increasing successful supported employment outcomes through collaboration and coordination with other agencies and organizations including sharing or braiding funding. (Page 198)

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. (Pages 100)
A re–survey of Career Centers (including satellite centers) is being done in FY 2016 to check physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, services, technology and materials using a DOL survey checklist developed under Section 188 of WIOA and a policy checklist. (Page 101)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~Project SEARCH teachers and job coaches attend this 3 day interactive training as well. Project SEARCH sends their teachers and job coaches to this training as well. ADRS will partner with ADMH, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs–Workforce Development, Alabama Department of labor, Community College System, Job Corps, Department of Veterans Affairs, the AL Department of Veterans Affairs, Reintegration Apprenticeship, the WIA Indians and Native American programs to implement the DEI grant. This grant provides funding to increase the number of youths with disabilities ages 19–24 served through American Job Centers and improve their employment and training outcomes while increasing the Job Centers capacity to serve people with disabilities. The goal of the grant is to increase access to existing employment, training and educational opportunities available through the states workforce partners, which will promote a culture of employment as a priority for persons with disabilities. (Page 176)

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~According to the SSI Annual Statistical Report 2014, Alabama ranks seventh in the nation in the percentage of the population who are receiving disability social security benefits. Census estimates from 2014 show that there were approximately 776,448 people in the state with a disability, nearly 40.0 percent over the age of 65. Nearly 140,000 disabled persons were in the labor force in 2014 (Page24)
We continue to work closely with ADMH on Employment First. We are currently working on contracting with them for additional benefits planners to help support individuals who are seeking competitive, integrated employment. (Page 218)
 

School to Work Transition

~~The students work with a team that includes their family, a special education teacher, and job coaches to create an employment goal, and to support the student during this important transition from school to work. The program is a cooperative arrangement between the employer, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the State Department of Education, the Development Disabilities Council, the Department of Mental Health, and the local school system. (Page 166)
At the state level, ADRS participates as an equal partner in the Alabama State Interagency Transition Team (SITT). SITT is a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from 22 state agencies (ADRS, ALSDE, Alabama Department of Mental Health and Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education) and organizations providing services for students and young adults with disabilities. The purpose of this group is to develop a better understanding of each agency’s role and responsibilities in service delivery for Alabama’s students and young adults with disabilities, and to seek and implement new and better ways of providing secondary special education and transition services. At the local level, the ADRS has procedures in place to ensure the agency is actively involved in the transition of students with disabilities from school to work. (Page 171)
ADRS will collaborate with local school systems to develop and implement transition initiatives; ensuring students who are appropriate for SE services have access to providers earlier in the secondary settings. SE providers will be active in the local high schools to present information regarding their programs to parents, students and staff. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in community–based assessments before they exit schools, to facilitate a seamless transition to Supported Employment Services. (Page 210)
 

Data Collection

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~With regard to business and entrepreneurship opportunities for veterans, recent AJC training has resulted in new partnerships with organizations having resources to assist veterans open their own businesses and qualify for state tax breaks. A new American Express OPEN State of the Women–Owned Business Report ranks Alabama No. 8 in the nation in the growth of women–owned businesses over the past 17 years. Alabama is among the state’s leading the nation in deploying funds from the Small Business Credit Initiative offered by the U.S. Treasury. A study commissioned by USAA Insurance and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program says Huntsville and Montgomery, Alabama, are two of the best medium–sized metro areas for job–seeking veterans of the Post 911 era. This is an important finding, given that since 9/11, the Alabama National Guard has called more than 21,000 personnel to active duty.  (Page 272)

Career Pathways

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 230)

Policies and Initiatives

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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Alabama SB 226 - 06/04/2015

"The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 established Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, to allow families and individuals to save for disability-related expenses of a disabled individual in a federal tax-advantaged account...This bill would include ABLE in the legislative intent...to provide for the ABLE Program; provide for definitions relating to the ABLE Program; would provide for the  income tax exemption eligible to the ABLE Program; and provide appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 for development and implementation of the ABLE Program."

"The Legislature of Alabama intends to establish a qualified ABLE Program in this state which will encourage and assist Alabama individuals and families in saving private funds for the purpose of supporting Alabama citizens with disabilities." 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations
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Governor's Office on Disability - Mission Statement (2008) - 12/30/2006

The Governor’s Office on Disability (GOOD) was created by Executive Order Number 43 in 1999 (re-established with Governor Bentley’s Executive Order 15 in 2011). It was formed to serve as a statewide clearing house for information on disability and resources in Alabama. Its other major function is to act as a liaison to the Governor’s Office on disability issues. GOOD’s mission statement was revised in 2008 to include “facilitate the inclusion of Alabamians with disabilities in education, employment, housing, transportation, health care, and leisure.” The mission statement does not specifically mention employment. GOOD has two “annual reports” (covering two years each) available, but these do not specifically mention Employment First concepts either.

Systems
  • Other
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‘Transition Unlimited,’ Unified Statewides Transition Efforts - 02/03/2017

~~“A collaboration between ADRS and Auburn University to improve transition services to students is currently being implemented in every high school in the state. The Alabama pre-employment transition services (Pre-ETS) initiative – dubbed “Transition Unlimited” – is designed to build capacity and connect services to appropriately implement transition services throughout the state. Its goal is to provide guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) in the development of Pre-ETS action plans to better meet the needs of students with disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

“Equal Opportunity is the Law” - 01/27/2017

~~“The Alabama Department of Labor ensures equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in the administration of programs and activities. Equal opportunity includes:

 Applying nondiscrimination prohibitions; • Providing reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications; Administering programs in the most integrated setting appropriate; Engaging in effective communication; Ensuring accessibility of programs, facilities, information and communication technology.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development

Alabama Statewide Transition Plan –Systemic Assessment Update - 01/19/2017

~~“The Alabama Statewide Transition Plan (STP) is intended to ensure the State complies with new rules governing home and community based services (HCBS) provided with Medicaid funding. It outlines the requirements set forth in the rules, describes the planning process and plan for stakeholder and public input and details the steps that have been or will need to be taken to ensure compliance.An initial version of the plan was originally submitted to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 17, 2015, with an additional update on March 31, 2016. An updated systemic assessment was issued on October 21, 2016 in response to requests for additional information received from CMS in July 2016.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide - 01/01/2017

The Preparing for Life Transition Planning Guide is designed to provide assistance to students, parents, and school personnel as they discuss and plan transition from school to adult life. This planning includes assessment of interests and strengths; setting transition goals; and selecting the appropriate courses of study and diploma/exit option, services, and agency linkages needed to meet the transitional goals for students with disabilities… Beginning not later than age 16 or earlier if appropriate, the IEP Team must address transition services in the IEP.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama Division of Developmental Disabilities - Report: State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) [2/2015] - 02/27/2015

“The report summarizes the results of the assessment process as ‘“Key Findings’ and suggests opportunities for improvement in ‘“Potential Focus Areas.’” The state agency and other partners may use the report as the basis for the development of a work plan detailing the outcomes, activities to achieve set goals, and strategies to pursue in the months and years ahead to improve individual, integrated employment outcomes for Alabama citizens with disabilities.    “The SELN staff will conduct follow-up meetings with DMH/DD to identify priority outcomes to address through SELN membership and develop effective implementation strategies on the State’s selected areas of focus.”  
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for FY 2015 - 07/31/2014

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Alabama State Department of Education, Alabama Medicaid, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, and the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education continue to work towards Employment First legislation. Additionally, the lead agencies (ADMH and ADRS) have been very active in regional trainings to assist providers, families, and advocates to better understanding Employment First and to address fears and concerns from these groups. The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is also participating with the Alabama Department of Mental Health in the Employment First Leadership Mentoring Program Community of Practice through the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Additional training, to the Employment First Team, is being provided via Vision Quest (through ODEP). Partners on the Employment First Team are working as a local unit and in concert with other states to better understand how to successfully infuse integrated employment into the Medicaid Waiver and State Plan Options.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) “Independent Living”

Mission: To enable Alabama’s citizens with disabilities achieve their maximum potential. This mission is reflective of the broad nature of SAIL which serves the disabled population who have disabilities and individuals, who because of the severity of their disability(ies), may not at the present time have the ability to function independently in their home or community or to engage or continue in employment. SAIL places primary emphasis on the achievement of a suitable goal, which will enable an individual with a disability to live independently in family, community or to engage in employment consistent with their capacities and abilities. The program is also an advocacy program for persons with disabilities and strives toward a higher quality of life for all individuals with a disability

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities State Plan “Draft Goals and Objectives 2017-2021

“Objective 3: By 2021, ACDD will support activities that increase the knowledge of employers, providers, people with I/DD and their families, and others about the benefits of having people with I/DD participate in community-based workforce and volunteer activities”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Office of Supported Employment

The Office of Supported Employment plans and coordinates all initiatives that address expanding employment services to consumers served through the DD Division. This includes training and technical assistance. This office also writes and manages grants that fund employment pilots throughout the state. Further, this office takes the lead in expanding collaboration with other state agencies and organizations so our consumers are more successful at obtaining competitive employment.

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Housing First, Inc. - 02/27/2017

~~“Housing First, Inc. is a non-profit agency whose mission is to secure resources and assets, which lead to community planning to end homelessness through advocacy and community collaboration. Housing First serves homeless individuals, families, and veterans through street outreach, housing and temporary financial assistance. Housing First utilizes federal funding programs as well as private donations, in addition to local foundation funding, in order to serve those seeking assistance in Mobile and Baldwin counties.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Department of Social Services State Partners: Alabama Department of Mental Health

ADSS currently partners on several ventures with the ADMH, to include ADRC development and advisory, consumer-directed and person-centered system change, Chronic Disease Self-Management programs, pre-and post-disaster planning and assistance, the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Related Disorders State Plan and Employment First Workforce development. The Council of Developmental Disabilities is housed within the ADMH and operates under Public Law 106-402 and a Governor’s Executive Order. …… ADSS is a member of the DD Council and staff of the DD Council actively participates in cross training, resource development and advice for ADRC development.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alabama Pathways to Employment

Pathways to Employment is a collection of stepping stones. These opportunities are housed not in one state agency but in many. To make it easier for families and individuals, they are now all in one place.   There is no perfect path. But there are many opportunities available to assist Alabamians with disabilities in finding a path to employment.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama-Association for Persons Supporting Employment First

A 5,000-member organization with chapters in over 31 states, this network was formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities. The Alabama chapter works to enhance innovative, individualized employment opportunities, promote careers, and improve quality of life for people with disabilities by providing education, technical assistance and training, advocacy, and support to people and their families, employers, and employment specialists.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Disability Employment Initiative - 10/08/2013

The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2013, Alabama was awarded a Round 4 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. This grant ended in 2015.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Data Sharing

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/24/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Employment First

One in five people living in the United States have some type of disability. Alabama ranks near the bottom in competitive employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Employment First is a declaration of both philosophy and policy, stating that employment is the first priority and preferred outcome of people with disabilities. 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum

Started in 1999, the Alabama Governor's Youth Leadership Forum is an innovative, intensive, five-day career leadership training program for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities throughout Alabama. Program activities focus on career planning, leadership development, technology resources and information on disability history to assist young people with disabilities in reaching their maximum potential.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alabama VR Transition Services

Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS) places substantial emphasis on assisting youth with disabilities in the transition from school to post school activities.  Transition services are a coordinated set of activities that lead to employment. A vocational rehabilitation counselor works with youth and their families to assess their needs and plan individualized services to meet their chosen vocational goal.  Every public high school in Alabama has a vocational rehabilitation counselor assigned to provide transition services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

Alabama Teen Transition Clinic

The Teen Transition Clinic is a team clinic for youth with special health care needs from ages 12-21 who are eligible for Children's Rehabilitation Service and are beginning to plan for transition to adulthood. Young adults who participate in the clinic discuss their goals and explore their options for the future. The clinic team, including the young person and family, collaborates to address issues and problems in planning for the future.   This clinic is a partnership among CRS, Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), the State of Alabama Independent Living (SAIL) Service, and other community providers.  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alabama Project GATE

Alabama has piloted the Gaining Access To Employment project, a collaborative effort between the state’s Department of Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities (MH/DD) and its Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Through this project, known as Project GATE, the two agencies work together to help local service providers use funds to support integrated employment opportunities. MH/DD and VR have a long history of partnering, including joint efforts on a supported employment workgroup, due to the strong relationships between colleagues at each department.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) Meetings & Training - 09/26/2013

“This training is appropriate for all new job coaches and other professionals working for community rehabilitation programs, mental health agencies, schools, Project SEARCH, etc. interested in supported/customized employment. This training is dedicated to making job coaches and other placement professionals more successful in achieving employment outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities.”   This training is targeted to community rehabilitation and provider agencies funded by the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Alabama Department of Mental Health.   
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Alabama APSE (AL-APSE) 2013 Conference & Training Event - 05/13/2013

The AL-APSE/ACDD Conference was intended to disseminate a wide variety of information to professionals as well as individuals with disabilities

At the end of this program, participants developed skills, including: (a) identifying employer concerns and how to resolve those concerns when hiring a person with a disability; (b)  identifying quality supported employment services, natural supports, and common marketing strategies to overcome barriers to employment for people with the most significant disabilities; (c)  recognizing the unique challenges people with disabilities have when seeking employment and identifying steps to become employed in a competitive job market; and (d) identifying low-cost assistive technology solutions to help individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings.
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
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EEOC Sues Two Hawk Employment Agency - 02/22/2016

A temporary employment agency violated federal law when it asked an applicant illegal medical questions during its application process and then refused to hire the applicant because of her responses to those illegal medical inquiries, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. In addition, the suit alleges that Two Hawk failed to retain employment applications as required by federal law.

Systems
  • Other

University of Alabama at Birmingham ADA Settlement - 02/10/2016

This Agreement resolves an investigation and compliance review of physical accessibility for individuals with disabilities at UAB under title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134 (ADA), and the Department of Justice's implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, including the 1991 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. Part 35 (2011) at Appendix D  (1991 Standards), and the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, 28 C.F.R. § 35.104  (2010 Standards as the requirements set forth in appendices B and D to 36 C.F.R. part 1191 and the requirements contained in subpart D of 28 C.F.R. part 35) (collectively the Standards).

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

“Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc.“ - 12/12/2014

~~“On October 14, 2014 the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc., a case in which the defendant denied access to the local protection and advocacy organization. The Statement of Interest expresses the United States' view that facilities must permit access under the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act to all residents regardless of whether the facility characterizes some residents as having a less serious mental health disorder than others.On December 12, 2014, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama granted summary judgment in favor of the local protection and advocacy organization. The court held that defendant's denial of access violated the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 10801 – 10851 (2012). The court issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the defendant from denying the protection and advocacy organization reasonable access to defendant's programs.” 

Systems
  • Other
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Alabama Medicaid State Plan - 05/17/2017

The Medicaid State Plan outlines the organization and function of the Alabama Medicaid Agency.  Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alabama Medicaid State Plan (Proposed) Amendments - 04/28/2017

Amendments to the State Plan (SPAs) are required when changes to amount, duration or scope of services, or eligibility requirements are proposed.  This resource provides the current  proposed amendments. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Public Hearings Set for Medicaid’s Plan First Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Extension Application - 04/25/2017

~~“Providers, recipients and other interested individuals will have the opportunity to provide input on the Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Plan First program during public hearings in May in Birmingham and Montgomery.  Comments will be taken during the first open forum on Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m., at the Agency’s District Office, 468 Palisades Blvd, Birmingham. The second open forum is slated for Friday, May 12, 10:00 a.m., in the Agency Central Office 4th Floor Board Room, 501 Dexter Ave., Montgomery.The forums are a requirement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the 1115 Demonstration Waiver under which the Plan First program operates. The waiver was originally approved in 2000 and was renewed by CMS on December 29, 2014. The current waiver will expire on December 31, 2017. The goal of the Plan First program is to reduce unintended pregnancies and improve the well-being of Alabama’s children and families by extending Medicaid eligibility for family planning services to eligible women and men.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Transition Plan (3/17/15) - 03/17/2015

This document details the steps taken to ensure that individuals receiving long term services and supports through home and community-based services (HCBS) programs under the 1915 (c), 1915 (i), and 1915 (k), Medicaid authorities have the required full access to benefits of community living and the opportunity to receive services in the most integrated setting that is appropriate.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services

Alabama Home and Community- Based Waiver for Persons with MR (0001.R07.00) - 10/01/2014

The waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, residential hab, respite, supported employment, adult companion, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech/language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama Medicaid Money Follows the Person - 10/11/2012

Alabama received a Medicaid Money Follows the Person grant in October 2012. Alabama received $3.4 million in the first year and up to $28 million over the four-year project to support the successful transition of 625 individuals from an institutional setting to community living. The majority of the funds provide Home and Community-Based Services for Medicaid-eligible individuals who are elderly or have disabilities and who choose to transition from nursing facilities or a state-operated psychiatric hospital Grant funds will cover the upfront costs associated with transitioning each individual as well as the administrative costs of operating the program and will be paid during the first year of each person’s transition.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Alabama HCBS Living at Home Waiver for Persons w/ID (0391.R02.00)

This waiver provides day hab, personal care, prevocational, respite, supported employment, behavior therapy, community specialist services, crisis intervention, environmental accessibility adaptations, OT, PT, residential hab other living arrangement, skilled nursing, specialized medical equipment, specialized medical supplies, speech and language therapy for individuals w/MR ages 3 - no max age

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services