Alaska

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With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

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 Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
-0.28%
Change from
2016 to 2017
739,795
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.19%
Change from
2016 to 2017
53,087
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.15%
Change from
2016 to 2017
23,815
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-6.69%
Change from
2016 to 2017
44.86%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.71%

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 738,432 741,894 739,795
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,039 50,330 53,087
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,951 24,090 23,815
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 314,346 309,682 300,380
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.41% 47.86% 44.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.07% 76.12% 75.71%
State/National unemployment rate. 6.30% 6.60% 7.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.40% 14.50% 15.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10% 9.40% 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,821 46,496 49,987
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 38,923 40,656 40,411
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 53,318 55,707 57,928
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,158 2,583 4,021
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,876 6,411 4,754
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,213 16,151 13,858
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,878 5,243 4,439
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 792 753 N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 6,183 5,022 7,170
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 792 1,693 1,969

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 722 724 738
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.60% 6.60% 6.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,620 12,562 12,317

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,591 2,521 2,295
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,456 4,691 4,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,302 8,524 7,153
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.20% 29.60% 32.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.20% 4.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.30% 1.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A 0.50% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 133 100 256
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 129 108 123
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A 43 66
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. 4,715 4,449 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
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. 9 22 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8 14 14
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. 89.00% 64.00% 64.00%
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. 1.09 1.90 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
974
1,021
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 39 34 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 70 63 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 265 287 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 234 219 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 242 319 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 124 99 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 32.90% 31.60% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 505 491 423
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,233 21,242 21,190
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 45 42 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 47 49 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,454,000 $7,599,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,419,000 $44,552,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 23.00% 23.00% N/A
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,856 1,991 N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.30 64.20 N/A

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 77.47% 63.39% 63.71%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.05% 8.84% 9.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.74% 2.73% 2.85%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.81% 97.65% 96.95%
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). 12.59% 13.48% 15.00%
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). 43.94% 49.41% 55.53%
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). 56.29% 63.83% 66.05%
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). 31.35% 36.93% 40.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 6 6 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6 6 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 191 191 22
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 191 191 22

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~Alaska’s “Employment First” legislation calls for “competitive integrated employment” as the preferred outcome for those with disabilities. DOLWD will pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among DOLWD; Health and Social Services; and Education and Early Development to ensure progress towards that goal. The MOU will include commitments for active participation on the Interagency Council on Employment First, under the auspices of the Employment First State Coordinator. (Page 52)
DVR actively participates with, and has a cooperative agreement with, the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI), which is made up of a consortium of agencies committed to working together to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the Employment First Initiative. (Page 170)
 DVR does not have a current cooperative agreement in place with the Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS); however, both agencies’ staff collaborates frequently given that many Supported Employment consumers typically receive services under DSDS’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver. Additionally, DVR and DSDS, along with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, are working to develop an Employment Service Options Guide for both agency staff to understand the proper definition and sequencing of DVR and DSDS employment services for DSDS I/DD waiver recipients to move into integrated and competitive employment. Due to Employment First legislation, a cooperative agreement will be developed to specifically outline opportunities for competitive integrated employment.  (Page 178)
Partner with other service providers to maximize resources and coordinate services for individuals who are in need of long–term SE services.
On–going:
• Support the Employment First Initiative.
• Initiative was enacted in May of 2014, making Alaska an Employment First state.
• Support efforts to establish vocational services from community behavioral health providers.
• Managers document successes/challenges of mental health services in regions.
• Continue Chief of Rehabilitation Services participation in the Vets Success meetings
• Continue support for DVR business point of contact to the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation National Employment Team. (Page 200)
 

Customized Employment

~~DVR provides the services necessary to achieve competitive, integrated employment, such as guidance and counseling, assessment, vocational and other training, transportation, diagnosis and treatment, on-the-job training, job-related services, customized employment, and supported employment. DVR also provides students who have disabilities with pre-employment transitional services. Through the process of informed choice and comprehensive assessment, consumers, jointly with their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, create an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to determine the services needed to achieve their vocational goals. Services identified in the IPE are individualized based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.  (Page 35)
The Mental Health Board and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse have combined to plan and advocate for policies, programs, and services that help Alaskans who have a mental illness or substance abuse issues. DVR’s Assistant Chief of Rehabilitation Services will be an active member of this board. In addition, DVR has an on–going commitment to quality SE services, as evidenced by the recent formation and active participation in several cross–agency SE related initiatives such as the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative. DVR has sustained the principles of the system change customized employment grant that focused on wrap–around services for the most severely disabled. (Page 170)

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Information cited under DEI Section.

DEI/DRC

~~DOLWD recently received a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - Round VI grant entitled “Alaska Youth Works” to serve youth with disabilities. This project will build a cohesive system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will offer a multifaceted approach, building on existing systems and services, by creating a bridge framework to provide for coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to career pathway programs and lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 33)
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) “Alaska Youth Works” grant will build a cohesive system with DVR and other partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will complement DVR services through coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to Pre-Employment Transition Services, career pathway programs and ultimately lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 189)
 

Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

School to Work Transition

~~The Department of Health and Social Services is developing a website called “Disability Benefits 101,” an online tool for those with disabilities to provide available work incentives and to determine how their SSI, SSDI, or other public benefits may be impacted by employment. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows eligible persons with disabilities to secure a “taxed advantaged” savings account of up to $100,000 without affecting public benefit limits. Calculating benefits and ABLE savings is a critical tool for achieving quality long-term outcomes. Once the website is complete, AJC and partner staff will be trained in using the tool with clients. DOLWD will collaborate with the Department of Health and Social Services on its Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Project and on the recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative - Round VI grant entitled, “Alaska Youth Works.” These projects will build a system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, both in school and out-of-school, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. (Page 52)
The state intends to use the governor’s set-aside funding to enhance services to one or more of Alaska’s priority populations, including youth and adults with disabilities. DOLWD will use these funds to leverage other programs and initiatives, for example, DOLWD’s DEI Grant for Youth and American Apprenticeship Initiative for Health Care. DOLWD may also support projects such as the Department of Health and Social Services’ development of the “Disability Benefits 101” online tool and subsequent training for AJC staff and other counselors in using the tool with clients, as well as other programs targeted at serving those with disabilities and multiple barriers to employment. (Page 113)
The racial distribution of those receiving services has been relatively stable over the last few years, reflecting the racial breakdown for the state. The largest minority population is Alaskan Native, which is approximately 14 percent of the state’s population. For SFY2015, 22 percent of those who received services were Alaska Native. DVR is not underserving individuals from a minority background. DVR has consistently met the Federal Performance Indicator 2.1 that measures equal access to VR services. In the most recent CSNA, DVR participants identified the primary barriers to employment as a loss of benefits (Social Security and Medicaid), physical limitations and lack of training, work experience or education. While the respondents to the survey were not broken down into groups by severity of disability, the results can be generally applied across all participants. DVR staff and CRPs identified the three primary barriers to employment as housing, behavioral health services and transportation. Rural Alaska was identified as an underserved area of the state in the most recent CSNA. Rural Alaska encompasses an area larger than many states with much of it inaccessible via roads. DVR defines rural as a community that is not connected by road to a community with a DVR office or is at least 50 miles outside of a community with a DVR office. Rural Alaska presents challenges for all state agencies to serve. (Page 188)
• Ensure an adequate number of CRPs and/or DVR staff who are trained to provide benefit analysis in order for Social Security beneficiaries to understand the impact of work on their benefits.
On–going.
• DVR has and continues to partner closely with UAA to guarantee there is an adequate pool of certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) in Alaska. Currently there are eight CWICs who work as CRPs. (Page 196)
• Develop cooperative agreement with Senior and Disability Services regarding individual plans of care to ensure long–term funding for those with the most significant disabilities; and
• Explore funding options for comparable benefits including Medicaid waiver funds. (Page 209)
Alaska’s population in 2013 was 735,132. Nearly 38.5 percent of the state’s residents lived in Anchorage, which is one of three urban areas of Alaska. Alaska Natives/American Indians represent approximately 14.7 percent of Alaska’s residents and are a significant segment of the population in rural villages and communities. In 2013, the senior population overall was 158,909, or 21.6 percent of the state’s population. In addition to Alaska Natives, other types of seniors who are most in need of the SCSEP program are widowed and divorced persons, minorities, high-school dropouts, veterans, persons not eligible for Social Security benefits, persons with a limited work history, and seniors on fixed low incomes. The SCSEP program operates where there is the greatest need relative to participants, host agencies, and employers. SCSEP-funded services remain available statewide via the AJCs and sub-recipients. The areas with the greatest need for SCSEP-funded services are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau because many seniors relocate to these regions to be near medical care. Regional economic challenges facing older Alaskans include income insecurity, the need for more reliable access to health care and long-term care supports, an anticipated physician shortage, absence of geriatric education among providers, a shortage of sufficient senior services and health care services workforce to meet future needs, the need for emergency preparedness for a wide range of potential disasters, and soaring energy and utility costs. (Page 242)
 

Career Pathways

~~Through DVR, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provides the following required activities to students with disabilities (16 to 21 year-olds) who are eligible or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services:
1. Job exploration counseling,
2. Work-based learning opportunities,
3. Counseling on postsecondary educational opportunities
4. Workplace readiness training, and
5. Instruction in self-advocacy. Implementation of (PETS) has resulted in increased coordination among local school districts and DVR. ( Page 52)
DVR works closely with local school districts, hospitals and CRPs to implement the national Project SEARCH model in the Matanuska–Susitna and Fairbanks school districts. A collaborative internship model was developed in FFY2012 to provide youth with developmental or intellectual disabilities opportunities to learn real job skills in one–year school–to–work internship positions set up throughout the three hospitals involved. Sites were at Mat–Su Regional Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and OJT and support through internships or worksite rotations. The goal for each participant is obtaining integrated employment using the skills learned through the internships. The State of Alaska has adopted this model for student interns with developmental disabilities. For FY15, 15 youth participated in Project SEARCH, and 14 successfully completed their internships at the hospitals with seven of those individuals now working in paid, competitive employment. Project SEARCH is no longer being funded by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The Project SEARCH model will be used to provide Pre–Employment Transition Services to Students with Disabilities under the Client Services Component. The model will be used for all disability types rather than only developmental disabilities and will expand to other types of worksites.  (Page 209- 210)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) will lead the engagement of industry sector partnerships in in-demand industries including health care, construction, maritime, oil and gas, transportation, technology, education, and mining. Each sector will convene its employers and other sector partners (K-12 education; postsecondary education; regional training centers; economic development organizations; labor unions; AWIB; and other appropriate state agencies). The partnerships will update existing workforce plan(s) pertinent to that industry and gauge the status of current workforce development activities. Each sector partnership will then develop a framework that will result in education and training investments focused on and responsive to employer needs. Career pathways will be accessible to all Alaskans, including all WIOA-targeted populations. (Page 50)
Additionally, the American Apprenticeship Initiative grant will increase the number of Registered Apprentices in Alaska’s health care industry. The project will significantly increase career awareness, strengthen existing career pathways, introduce new career pathways, and significantly help employers fill entry-level positions in high-demand health care sector occupations. DVR will promote the availability of this project to individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing occupations in the health care industry.  (Page 189)
The long–term strategies meeting to improve program goals and services offered SCSEP an opportunity to work directly with its partners in education, industry, workforce development, economic development, and the public. SCSEP attests that it and its partners have been involved in the WIOA joint planning and policy development process. The WIOA Combined Plan for Alaska emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross–program data and measurement, and job–driven investments with workforce partners. Three public meetings were held in November of 2015 in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage to provide information and seek feedback from the public to help develop Alaska’s WIOA Combined Plan. Alaska’s plan stresses the importance of education, training, credentials, and skill attainment. The Combined Plan addresses economic self–sufficiency of workers by aligning workforce development with education and economic development. (Page 242)
 

Employer Engagement

~~In order to ensure these activities are carried out to the maximum extent possible, DVR will:
 Ensure DETS staff are regularly trained or made aware of DVR and its services. This is especially true of DETS locations that are served by DVR on an itinerant basis.
 DVR leadership team and managers continue to identify functional DETS issues that require on-going work at all levels of the division including integration and the local management teams.
 Work with DETS staff to develop a means to provide information about DVR to individuals who self-identify as having a disability and who receive job training services through DETS programs. - Develop a referral process to the DETS employment networks.
 Train DVR staff to use DETS services. (Page 189-190)
Develop procedures for referring individuals exiting DVR employed, who are Social Security Ticket to Work holders, to Employment Networks using the Partnership Plus model. (AJCs, Employment Networks (ENs), and others as they become available).
o DVR has partnered with DEI to refer individuals to AJCs for extended services (Page 198)
DVR collaborated with the Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) on the implementation of the DEI.
• DVR worked with and supported DETS’ effort for the AJCs to become employment networks as part of the Ticket to Work initiative.
• Strong partnership between ETS and DVR to support services to individuals with disabilities in AJCs at all levels of both divisions.
• DVR staff continues to make presentations on VR services at local AJCs.
Priority 5. Enhance the DVR service delivery system through the use of technology. (Page 216)
3.  DVR will assist 50 SE eligible individuals to obtain competitive employment.
4.  DVR will be able to provide all the identified required VR services to all SE eligible individuals.
5. Explore opportunities for CRPs and other entities to become employment networks to provide long–term supports.
6. Work with the community mental health system to increase and establish work–related programs within that system. (Page 224)
 

511

~~The referral process among the core programs is implemented on an individualized basis depending on the specific needs of the individual. All DOLWD staff are trained and expected to be knowledgeable in the requirements and eligibility of other core programs to ensure an appropriate program referral. Appropriate referrals are necessary in order to leverage resources and maximize service delivery to individuals while ensuring non-duplication of services. For example, AJC staff that provide initial intake and career services have been trained through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to appropriately identify and refer individuals to disability services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other supporting entities. This training has provided a high level of thoughtfulness to the reason for each referral, increasing the success for the participant when obtaining needed services. Coordinated data collection mechanisms will be implemented in order to capture cross-agency referrals. (Page 65)
DVR has not reported, nor historically collected data, on the six performance accountability indicators under section 116 of WIOA. DVR is unable to predict its future performance on any of the six performance indicators, including the SE program goals, until baseline targets have been established. DVR is working on data sharing agreements with DOL’s Unemployment Insurance and Research and Analysis units in order to establish the data collection necessary for determining baseline indicators and future reporting. As a result, DVR has proposed all indicators as “To Be Determined” in Appendix C of the Combined State Plan, per instructions. Performance Measure 1: Employment Rate - 2nd quarter after exit DVR is working with DOL programs to develop a formal agreement to access the data that will be required for this indicator. It is unlikely this data will include those who are closed as federal employees or self-employment or out-of-state employment. (Page 74)
 

Mental Health

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 100, 212)

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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Senate Bill 174 - 08/25/2018

~~"Alaska Senate Bill 174 reinforced person-centered support services planning and reaffirmed that the policy of the state encourages and enables persons with physical and mental disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state”

Systems
  • Other
Citations

Minimum wage exemption for persons with disabilities eliminated - 02/16/2018

~~“JUNEAU, Alaska— Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities. An exemption from paying minimum wage to persons with disabilities has existed for many years, beginning at the federal level with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and in Alaska regulations since 1978. Historically, minimum wage exemptions were considered necessary to help people with disabilities gain employment. Experience over the past two decades has shown that workers with disabilities can succeed in jobs earning minimum wage or more. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen. “They deserve minimum wage protections as much as any other Alaskan worker.” The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development received written comments expressing support for repealing the regulation that allowed the minimum wage exemption from the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The elimination of the minimum wage exemption brings employment practices into alignment with Alaska Employment First Act of 2014, which requires vocational services help people with disabilities to become gainfully employed at or above the minimum wage.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

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

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2017 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Information on the Formal Interagency Agreement with the State Educational Agency - 06/30/2018

~~DEED’s Special Education Unit and DVR have an interagency agreement that is designed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services. The agreement includes: • DVR’s assurance of the development and implementation of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services before the student leaves school; • Designation of a regional DVR contact who is responsible for clarifying questions and concerns relating to the implementation of the agreements with local school districts; and • DVR’s assurance that the core tenets, principles, and career goals stated in each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) will be incorporated into the development of their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). EED’s Special Education Unit also provides funding for members of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee to travel to events related to transition students such as the annual Statewide Special Education Conference.

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

Project Search - 11/30/2017

~~“This unique program provides real-life work experience to help youth, with significant disabilities, make successful transitions from school to adult life. Meant to serve as a student’s last year in high schoolAnchorage Fairbanks Central Peninsula    Mat-Su

Project SEARCH is an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which focuses solely on employment for Project SEARCH interns. Successful outcomes for this project include:    Employment in an integrated setting (working alongside people without disabilities)        Year-round work        20 hours/week or more        Minimum wage or higher”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Announcing Community First Choice Program (CFC) - 07/01/2018

~~Community First Choice Personal Care Service (CFC-PCS) – the number of hours of personal care service per week are determined by an assessment conducted by the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.Supervision and reminders – Additional CFC-PCS time may be available to recipients shown to have cognitive impairment or behavior issues.Personal Emergency Response system (PERS) – Recipients may be eligible to receive a personal emergency response system or medical alert system that calls for help at the push of a button in the event of an emergency.Skills training – Recipients may be eligible to receive skills training from a personal care assistant (PCA), so that the recipient can learn to do activities more independently.Worker supervision - Recipients can receive training to help manage their PCAs. 

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

AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c) - 07/01/2011

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

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

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

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

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

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

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

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 Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
-0.28%
Change from
2016 to 2017
739,795
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.19%
Change from
2016 to 2017
53,087
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.15%
Change from
2016 to 2017
23,815
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-6.69%
Change from
2016 to 2017
44.86%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.71%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 738,432 741,894 739,795
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,039 50,330 53,087
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,951 24,090 23,815
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 314,346 309,682 300,380
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.41% 47.86% 44.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.07% 76.12% 75.71%
State/National unemployment rate. 6.30% 6.60% 7.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.40% 14.50% 15.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10% 9.40% 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,821 46,496 49,987
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 38,923 40,656 40,411
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 53,318 55,707 57,928
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,158 2,583 4,021
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,876 6,411 4,754
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,213 16,151 13,858
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,878 5,243 4,439
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 792 753 N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 6,183 5,022 7,170
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 792 1,693 1,969

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 722 724 738
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.60% 6.60% 6.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,620 12,562 12,317

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,591 2,521 2,295
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,456 4,691 4,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,302 8,524 7,153
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.20% 29.60% 32.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.20% 4.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.30% 1.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A 0.50% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 133 100 256
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 129 108 123
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A 43 66
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. 4,715 4,449 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
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. 9 22 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8 14 14
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. 89.00% 64.00% 64.00%
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. 1.09 1.90 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
974
1,021
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 39 34 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 70 63 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 265 287 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 234 219 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 242 319 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 124 99 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 32.90% 31.60% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 505 491 423
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,233 21,242 21,190
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 45 42 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 47 49 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,454,000 $7,599,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,419,000 $44,552,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 23.00% 23.00% N/A
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,856 1,991 N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.30 64.20 N/A

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 77.47% 63.39% 63.71%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.05% 8.84% 9.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.74% 2.73% 2.85%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.81% 97.65% 96.95%
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). 12.59% 13.48% 15.00%
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). 43.94% 49.41% 55.53%
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). 56.29% 63.83% 66.05%
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). 31.35% 36.93% 40.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 6 6 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6 6 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 191 191 22
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 191 191 22

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~Alaska’s “Employment First” legislation calls for “competitive integrated employment” as the preferred outcome for those with disabilities. DOLWD will pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among DOLWD; Health and Social Services; and Education and Early Development to ensure progress towards that goal. The MOU will include commitments for active participation on the Interagency Council on Employment First, under the auspices of the Employment First State Coordinator. (Page 52)
DVR actively participates with, and has a cooperative agreement with, the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI), which is made up of a consortium of agencies committed to working together to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the Employment First Initiative. (Page 170)
 DVR does not have a current cooperative agreement in place with the Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS); however, both agencies’ staff collaborates frequently given that many Supported Employment consumers typically receive services under DSDS’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver. Additionally, DVR and DSDS, along with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, are working to develop an Employment Service Options Guide for both agency staff to understand the proper definition and sequencing of DVR and DSDS employment services for DSDS I/DD waiver recipients to move into integrated and competitive employment. Due to Employment First legislation, a cooperative agreement will be developed to specifically outline opportunities for competitive integrated employment.  (Page 178)
Partner with other service providers to maximize resources and coordinate services for individuals who are in need of long–term SE services.
On–going:
• Support the Employment First Initiative.
• Initiative was enacted in May of 2014, making Alaska an Employment First state.
• Support efforts to establish vocational services from community behavioral health providers.
• Managers document successes/challenges of mental health services in regions.
• Continue Chief of Rehabilitation Services participation in the Vets Success meetings
• Continue support for DVR business point of contact to the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation National Employment Team. (Page 200)
 

Customized Employment

~~DVR provides the services necessary to achieve competitive, integrated employment, such as guidance and counseling, assessment, vocational and other training, transportation, diagnosis and treatment, on-the-job training, job-related services, customized employment, and supported employment. DVR also provides students who have disabilities with pre-employment transitional services. Through the process of informed choice and comprehensive assessment, consumers, jointly with their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, create an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to determine the services needed to achieve their vocational goals. Services identified in the IPE are individualized based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.  (Page 35)
The Mental Health Board and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse have combined to plan and advocate for policies, programs, and services that help Alaskans who have a mental illness or substance abuse issues. DVR’s Assistant Chief of Rehabilitation Services will be an active member of this board. In addition, DVR has an on–going commitment to quality SE services, as evidenced by the recent formation and active participation in several cross–agency SE related initiatives such as the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative. DVR has sustained the principles of the system change customized employment grant that focused on wrap–around services for the most severely disabled. (Page 170)

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Information cited under DEI Section.

DEI/DRC

~~DOLWD recently received a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - Round VI grant entitled “Alaska Youth Works” to serve youth with disabilities. This project will build a cohesive system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will offer a multifaceted approach, building on existing systems and services, by creating a bridge framework to provide for coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to career pathway programs and lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 33)
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) “Alaska Youth Works” grant will build a cohesive system with DVR and other partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will complement DVR services through coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to Pre-Employment Transition Services, career pathway programs and ultimately lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 189)
 

Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

School to Work Transition

~~The Department of Health and Social Services is developing a website called “Disability Benefits 101,” an online tool for those with disabilities to provide available work incentives and to determine how their SSI, SSDI, or other public benefits may be impacted by employment. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows eligible persons with disabilities to secure a “taxed advantaged” savings account of up to $100,000 without affecting public benefit limits. Calculating benefits and ABLE savings is a critical tool for achieving quality long-term outcomes. Once the website is complete, AJC and partner staff will be trained in using the tool with clients. DOLWD will collaborate with the Department of Health and Social Services on its Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Project and on the recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative - Round VI grant entitled, “Alaska Youth Works.” These projects will build a system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, both in school and out-of-school, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. (Page 52)
The state intends to use the governor’s set-aside funding to enhance services to one or more of Alaska’s priority populations, including youth and adults with disabilities. DOLWD will use these funds to leverage other programs and initiatives, for example, DOLWD’s DEI Grant for Youth and American Apprenticeship Initiative for Health Care. DOLWD may also support projects such as the Department of Health and Social Services’ development of the “Disability Benefits 101” online tool and subsequent training for AJC staff and other counselors in using the tool with clients, as well as other programs targeted at serving those with disabilities and multiple barriers to employment. (Page 113)
The racial distribution of those receiving services has been relatively stable over the last few years, reflecting the racial breakdown for the state. The largest minority population is Alaskan Native, which is approximately 14 percent of the state’s population. For SFY2015, 22 percent of those who received services were Alaska Native. DVR is not underserving individuals from a minority background. DVR has consistently met the Federal Performance Indicator 2.1 that measures equal access to VR services. In the most recent CSNA, DVR participants identified the primary barriers to employment as a loss of benefits (Social Security and Medicaid), physical limitations and lack of training, work experience or education. While the respondents to the survey were not broken down into groups by severity of disability, the results can be generally applied across all participants. DVR staff and CRPs identified the three primary barriers to employment as housing, behavioral health services and transportation. Rural Alaska was identified as an underserved area of the state in the most recent CSNA. Rural Alaska encompasses an area larger than many states with much of it inaccessible via roads. DVR defines rural as a community that is not connected by road to a community with a DVR office or is at least 50 miles outside of a community with a DVR office. Rural Alaska presents challenges for all state agencies to serve. (Page 188)
• Ensure an adequate number of CRPs and/or DVR staff who are trained to provide benefit analysis in order for Social Security beneficiaries to understand the impact of work on their benefits.
On–going.
• DVR has and continues to partner closely with UAA to guarantee there is an adequate pool of certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) in Alaska. Currently there are eight CWICs who work as CRPs. (Page 196)
• Develop cooperative agreement with Senior and Disability Services regarding individual plans of care to ensure long–term funding for those with the most significant disabilities; and
• Explore funding options for comparable benefits including Medicaid waiver funds. (Page 209)
Alaska’s population in 2013 was 735,132. Nearly 38.5 percent of the state’s residents lived in Anchorage, which is one of three urban areas of Alaska. Alaska Natives/American Indians represent approximately 14.7 percent of Alaska’s residents and are a significant segment of the population in rural villages and communities. In 2013, the senior population overall was 158,909, or 21.6 percent of the state’s population. In addition to Alaska Natives, other types of seniors who are most in need of the SCSEP program are widowed and divorced persons, minorities, high-school dropouts, veterans, persons not eligible for Social Security benefits, persons with a limited work history, and seniors on fixed low incomes. The SCSEP program operates where there is the greatest need relative to participants, host agencies, and employers. SCSEP-funded services remain available statewide via the AJCs and sub-recipients. The areas with the greatest need for SCSEP-funded services are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau because many seniors relocate to these regions to be near medical care. Regional economic challenges facing older Alaskans include income insecurity, the need for more reliable access to health care and long-term care supports, an anticipated physician shortage, absence of geriatric education among providers, a shortage of sufficient senior services and health care services workforce to meet future needs, the need for emergency preparedness for a wide range of potential disasters, and soaring energy and utility costs. (Page 242)
 

Career Pathways

~~Through DVR, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provides the following required activities to students with disabilities (16 to 21 year-olds) who are eligible or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services:
1. Job exploration counseling,
2. Work-based learning opportunities,
3. Counseling on postsecondary educational opportunities
4. Workplace readiness training, and
5. Instruction in self-advocacy. Implementation of (PETS) has resulted in increased coordination among local school districts and DVR. ( Page 52)
DVR works closely with local school districts, hospitals and CRPs to implement the national Project SEARCH model in the Matanuska–Susitna and Fairbanks school districts. A collaborative internship model was developed in FFY2012 to provide youth with developmental or intellectual disabilities opportunities to learn real job skills in one–year school–to–work internship positions set up throughout the three hospitals involved. Sites were at Mat–Su Regional Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and OJT and support through internships or worksite rotations. The goal for each participant is obtaining integrated employment using the skills learned through the internships. The State of Alaska has adopted this model for student interns with developmental disabilities. For FY15, 15 youth participated in Project SEARCH, and 14 successfully completed their internships at the hospitals with seven of those individuals now working in paid, competitive employment. Project SEARCH is no longer being funded by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The Project SEARCH model will be used to provide Pre–Employment Transition Services to Students with Disabilities under the Client Services Component. The model will be used for all disability types rather than only developmental disabilities and will expand to other types of worksites.  (Page 209- 210)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) will lead the engagement of industry sector partnerships in in-demand industries including health care, construction, maritime, oil and gas, transportation, technology, education, and mining. Each sector will convene its employers and other sector partners (K-12 education; postsecondary education; regional training centers; economic development organizations; labor unions; AWIB; and other appropriate state agencies). The partnerships will update existing workforce plan(s) pertinent to that industry and gauge the status of current workforce development activities. Each sector partnership will then develop a framework that will result in education and training investments focused on and responsive to employer needs. Career pathways will be accessible to all Alaskans, including all WIOA-targeted populations. (Page 50)
Additionally, the American Apprenticeship Initiative grant will increase the number of Registered Apprentices in Alaska’s health care industry. The project will significantly increase career awareness, strengthen existing career pathways, introduce new career pathways, and significantly help employers fill entry-level positions in high-demand health care sector occupations. DVR will promote the availability of this project to individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing occupations in the health care industry.  (Page 189)
The long–term strategies meeting to improve program goals and services offered SCSEP an opportunity to work directly with its partners in education, industry, workforce development, economic development, and the public. SCSEP attests that it and its partners have been involved in the WIOA joint planning and policy development process. The WIOA Combined Plan for Alaska emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross–program data and measurement, and job–driven investments with workforce partners. Three public meetings were held in November of 2015 in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage to provide information and seek feedback from the public to help develop Alaska’s WIOA Combined Plan. Alaska’s plan stresses the importance of education, training, credentials, and skill attainment. The Combined Plan addresses economic self–sufficiency of workers by aligning workforce development with education and economic development. (Page 242)
 

Employer Engagement

~~In order to ensure these activities are carried out to the maximum extent possible, DVR will:
 Ensure DETS staff are regularly trained or made aware of DVR and its services. This is especially true of DETS locations that are served by DVR on an itinerant basis.
 DVR leadership team and managers continue to identify functional DETS issues that require on-going work at all levels of the division including integration and the local management teams.
 Work with DETS staff to develop a means to provide information about DVR to individuals who self-identify as having a disability and who receive job training services through DETS programs. - Develop a referral process to the DETS employment networks.
 Train DVR staff to use DETS services. (Page 189-190)
Develop procedures for referring individuals exiting DVR employed, who are Social Security Ticket to Work holders, to Employment Networks using the Partnership Plus model. (AJCs, Employment Networks (ENs), and others as they become available).
o DVR has partnered with DEI to refer individuals to AJCs for extended services (Page 198)
DVR collaborated with the Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) on the implementation of the DEI.
• DVR worked with and supported DETS’ effort for the AJCs to become employment networks as part of the Ticket to Work initiative.
• Strong partnership between ETS and DVR to support services to individuals with disabilities in AJCs at all levels of both divisions.
• DVR staff continues to make presentations on VR services at local AJCs.
Priority 5. Enhance the DVR service delivery system through the use of technology. (Page 216)
3.  DVR will assist 50 SE eligible individuals to obtain competitive employment.
4.  DVR will be able to provide all the identified required VR services to all SE eligible individuals.
5. Explore opportunities for CRPs and other entities to become employment networks to provide long–term supports.
6. Work with the community mental health system to increase and establish work–related programs within that system. (Page 224)
 

511

~~The referral process among the core programs is implemented on an individualized basis depending on the specific needs of the individual. All DOLWD staff are trained and expected to be knowledgeable in the requirements and eligibility of other core programs to ensure an appropriate program referral. Appropriate referrals are necessary in order to leverage resources and maximize service delivery to individuals while ensuring non-duplication of services. For example, AJC staff that provide initial intake and career services have been trained through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to appropriately identify and refer individuals to disability services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other supporting entities. This training has provided a high level of thoughtfulness to the reason for each referral, increasing the success for the participant when obtaining needed services. Coordinated data collection mechanisms will be implemented in order to capture cross-agency referrals. (Page 65)
DVR has not reported, nor historically collected data, on the six performance accountability indicators under section 116 of WIOA. DVR is unable to predict its future performance on any of the six performance indicators, including the SE program goals, until baseline targets have been established. DVR is working on data sharing agreements with DOL’s Unemployment Insurance and Research and Analysis units in order to establish the data collection necessary for determining baseline indicators and future reporting. As a result, DVR has proposed all indicators as “To Be Determined” in Appendix C of the Combined State Plan, per instructions. Performance Measure 1: Employment Rate - 2nd quarter after exit DVR is working with DOL programs to develop a formal agreement to access the data that will be required for this indicator. It is unlikely this data will include those who are closed as federal employees or self-employment or out-of-state employment. (Page 74)
 

Mental Health

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 100, 212)

Policies and Initiatives

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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Senate Bill 174 - 08/25/2018

~~"Alaska Senate Bill 174 reinforced person-centered support services planning and reaffirmed that the policy of the state encourages and enables persons with physical and mental disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state”

Systems
  • Other
Citations

Minimum wage exemption for persons with disabilities eliminated - 02/16/2018

~~“JUNEAU, Alaska— Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities. An exemption from paying minimum wage to persons with disabilities has existed for many years, beginning at the federal level with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and in Alaska regulations since 1978. Historically, minimum wage exemptions were considered necessary to help people with disabilities gain employment. Experience over the past two decades has shown that workers with disabilities can succeed in jobs earning minimum wage or more. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen. “They deserve minimum wage protections as much as any other Alaskan worker.” The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development received written comments expressing support for repealing the regulation that allowed the minimum wage exemption from the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The elimination of the minimum wage exemption brings employment practices into alignment with Alaska Employment First Act of 2014, which requires vocational services help people with disabilities to become gainfully employed at or above the minimum wage.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

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

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2017 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Information on the Formal Interagency Agreement with the State Educational Agency - 06/30/2018

~~DEED’s Special Education Unit and DVR have an interagency agreement that is designed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services. The agreement includes: • DVR’s assurance of the development and implementation of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services before the student leaves school; • Designation of a regional DVR contact who is responsible for clarifying questions and concerns relating to the implementation of the agreements with local school districts; and • DVR’s assurance that the core tenets, principles, and career goals stated in each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) will be incorporated into the development of their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). EED’s Special Education Unit also provides funding for members of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee to travel to events related to transition students such as the annual Statewide Special Education Conference.

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

Project Search - 11/30/2017

~~“This unique program provides real-life work experience to help youth, with significant disabilities, make successful transitions from school to adult life. Meant to serve as a student’s last year in high schoolAnchorage Fairbanks Central Peninsula    Mat-Su

Project SEARCH is an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which focuses solely on employment for Project SEARCH interns. Successful outcomes for this project include:    Employment in an integrated setting (working alongside people without disabilities)        Year-round work        20 hours/week or more        Minimum wage or higher”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Announcing Community First Choice Program (CFC) - 07/01/2018

~~Community First Choice Personal Care Service (CFC-PCS) – the number of hours of personal care service per week are determined by an assessment conducted by the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.Supervision and reminders – Additional CFC-PCS time may be available to recipients shown to have cognitive impairment or behavior issues.Personal Emergency Response system (PERS) – Recipients may be eligible to receive a personal emergency response system or medical alert system that calls for help at the push of a button in the event of an emergency.Skills training – Recipients may be eligible to receive skills training from a personal care assistant (PCA), so that the recipient can learn to do activities more independently.Worker supervision - Recipients can receive training to help manage their PCAs. 

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

AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c) - 07/01/2011

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

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

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

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

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

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

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

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 Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
-0.28%
Change from
2016 to 2017
739,795
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.19%
Change from
2016 to 2017
53,087
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.15%
Change from
2016 to 2017
23,815
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-6.69%
Change from
2016 to 2017
44.86%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.71%

State Data

General

2015 2016 2017
Population. 738,432 741,894 739,795
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 47,039 50,330 53,087
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 19,951 24,090 23,815
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 314,346 309,682 300,380
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.41% 47.86% 44.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.07% 76.12% 75.71%
State/National unemployment rate. 6.30% 6.60% 7.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 13.40% 14.50% 15.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.10% 9.40% 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 43,821 46,496 49,987
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 38,923 40,656 40,411
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 53,318 55,707 57,928
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 3,158 2,583 4,021
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,876 6,411 4,754
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 14,213 16,151 13,858
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,878 5,243 4,439
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 792 753 N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 6,183 5,022 7,170
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 792 1,693 1,969

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 722 724 738
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.60% 6.60% 6.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,620 12,562 12,317

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,591 2,521 2,295
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,456 4,691 4,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 8,302 8,524 7,153
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 31.20% 29.60% 32.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.20% 4.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.40% 1.30% 1.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A 0.50% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 133 100 256
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 129 108 123
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. N/A 43 66
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. 4,715 4,449 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.04 0.05 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2013 2014 2015
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. 9 22 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 8 14 14
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. 89.00% 64.00% 64.00%
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. 1.09 1.90 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015 2016 2017
Total Number of people served under VR.
974
1,021
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 39 34 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 70 63 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 265 287 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 234 219 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 242 319 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 124 99 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 32.90% 31.60% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 505 491 423
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,233 21,242 21,190
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 45 42 N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 47 49 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $6,454,000 $7,599,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $40,419,000 $44,552,000 N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $0 $0 N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 23.00% 23.00% N/A
Number of people served in community based non-work. 0 0 N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 1,856 1,991 N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 60.30 64.20 N/A

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 77.47% 63.39% 63.71%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 6.05% 8.84% 9.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.74% 2.73% 2.85%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.81% 97.65% 96.95%
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). 12.59% 13.48% 15.00%
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). 43.94% 49.41% 55.53%
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). 56.29% 63.83% 66.05%
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). 31.35% 36.93% 40.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

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

2015 2016 2017
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). 6 6 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 6 6 2
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 191 191 22
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0 0 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 191 191 22

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~Alaska’s “Employment First” legislation calls for “competitive integrated employment” as the preferred outcome for those with disabilities. DOLWD will pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among DOLWD; Health and Social Services; and Education and Early Development to ensure progress towards that goal. The MOU will include commitments for active participation on the Interagency Council on Employment First, under the auspices of the Employment First State Coordinator. (Page 52)
DVR actively participates with, and has a cooperative agreement with, the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI), which is made up of a consortium of agencies committed to working together to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the Employment First Initiative. (Page 170)
 DVR does not have a current cooperative agreement in place with the Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS); however, both agencies’ staff collaborates frequently given that many Supported Employment consumers typically receive services under DSDS’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver. Additionally, DVR and DSDS, along with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, are working to develop an Employment Service Options Guide for both agency staff to understand the proper definition and sequencing of DVR and DSDS employment services for DSDS I/DD waiver recipients to move into integrated and competitive employment. Due to Employment First legislation, a cooperative agreement will be developed to specifically outline opportunities for competitive integrated employment.  (Page 178)
Partner with other service providers to maximize resources and coordinate services for individuals who are in need of long–term SE services.
On–going:
• Support the Employment First Initiative.
• Initiative was enacted in May of 2014, making Alaska an Employment First state.
• Support efforts to establish vocational services from community behavioral health providers.
• Managers document successes/challenges of mental health services in regions.
• Continue Chief of Rehabilitation Services participation in the Vets Success meetings
• Continue support for DVR business point of contact to the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation National Employment Team. (Page 200)
 

Customized Employment

~~DVR provides the services necessary to achieve competitive, integrated employment, such as guidance and counseling, assessment, vocational and other training, transportation, diagnosis and treatment, on-the-job training, job-related services, customized employment, and supported employment. DVR also provides students who have disabilities with pre-employment transitional services. Through the process of informed choice and comprehensive assessment, consumers, jointly with their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, create an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to determine the services needed to achieve their vocational goals. Services identified in the IPE are individualized based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.  (Page 35)
The Mental Health Board and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse have combined to plan and advocate for policies, programs, and services that help Alaskans who have a mental illness or substance abuse issues. DVR’s Assistant Chief of Rehabilitation Services will be an active member of this board. In addition, DVR has an on–going commitment to quality SE services, as evidenced by the recent formation and active participation in several cross–agency SE related initiatives such as the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative. DVR has sustained the principles of the system change customized employment grant that focused on wrap–around services for the most severely disabled. (Page 170)

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Information cited under DEI Section.

DEI/DRC

~~DOLWD recently received a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - Round VI grant entitled “Alaska Youth Works” to serve youth with disabilities. This project will build a cohesive system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will offer a multifaceted approach, building on existing systems and services, by creating a bridge framework to provide for coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to career pathway programs and lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 33)
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) “Alaska Youth Works” grant will build a cohesive system with DVR and other partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will complement DVR services through coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to Pre-Employment Transition Services, career pathway programs and ultimately lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 189)
 

Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

School to Work Transition

~~The Department of Health and Social Services is developing a website called “Disability Benefits 101,” an online tool for those with disabilities to provide available work incentives and to determine how their SSI, SSDI, or other public benefits may be impacted by employment. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows eligible persons with disabilities to secure a “taxed advantaged” savings account of up to $100,000 without affecting public benefit limits. Calculating benefits and ABLE savings is a critical tool for achieving quality long-term outcomes. Once the website is complete, AJC and partner staff will be trained in using the tool with clients. DOLWD will collaborate with the Department of Health and Social Services on its Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Project and on the recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative - Round VI grant entitled, “Alaska Youth Works.” These projects will build a system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, both in school and out-of-school, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. (Page 52)
The state intends to use the governor’s set-aside funding to enhance services to one or more of Alaska’s priority populations, including youth and adults with disabilities. DOLWD will use these funds to leverage other programs and initiatives, for example, DOLWD’s DEI Grant for Youth and American Apprenticeship Initiative for Health Care. DOLWD may also support projects such as the Department of Health and Social Services’ development of the “Disability Benefits 101” online tool and subsequent training for AJC staff and other counselors in using the tool with clients, as well as other programs targeted at serving those with disabilities and multiple barriers to employment. (Page 113)
The racial distribution of those receiving services has been relatively stable over the last few years, reflecting the racial breakdown for the state. The largest minority population is Alaskan Native, which is approximately 14 percent of the state’s population. For SFY2015, 22 percent of those who received services were Alaska Native. DVR is not underserving individuals from a minority background. DVR has consistently met the Federal Performance Indicator 2.1 that measures equal access to VR services. In the most recent CSNA, DVR participants identified the primary barriers to employment as a loss of benefits (Social Security and Medicaid), physical limitations and lack of training, work experience or education. While the respondents to the survey were not broken down into groups by severity of disability, the results can be generally applied across all participants. DVR staff and CRPs identified the three primary barriers to employment as housing, behavioral health services and transportation. Rural Alaska was identified as an underserved area of the state in the most recent CSNA. Rural Alaska encompasses an area larger than many states with much of it inaccessible via roads. DVR defines rural as a community that is not connected by road to a community with a DVR office or is at least 50 miles outside of a community with a DVR office. Rural Alaska presents challenges for all state agencies to serve. (Page 188)
• Ensure an adequate number of CRPs and/or DVR staff who are trained to provide benefit analysis in order for Social Security beneficiaries to understand the impact of work on their benefits.
On–going.
• DVR has and continues to partner closely with UAA to guarantee there is an adequate pool of certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) in Alaska. Currently there are eight CWICs who work as CRPs. (Page 196)
• Develop cooperative agreement with Senior and Disability Services regarding individual plans of care to ensure long–term funding for those with the most significant disabilities; and
• Explore funding options for comparable benefits including Medicaid waiver funds. (Page 209)
Alaska’s population in 2013 was 735,132. Nearly 38.5 percent of the state’s residents lived in Anchorage, which is one of three urban areas of Alaska. Alaska Natives/American Indians represent approximately 14.7 percent of Alaska’s residents and are a significant segment of the population in rural villages and communities. In 2013, the senior population overall was 158,909, or 21.6 percent of the state’s population. In addition to Alaska Natives, other types of seniors who are most in need of the SCSEP program are widowed and divorced persons, minorities, high-school dropouts, veterans, persons not eligible for Social Security benefits, persons with a limited work history, and seniors on fixed low incomes. The SCSEP program operates where there is the greatest need relative to participants, host agencies, and employers. SCSEP-funded services remain available statewide via the AJCs and sub-recipients. The areas with the greatest need for SCSEP-funded services are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau because many seniors relocate to these regions to be near medical care. Regional economic challenges facing older Alaskans include income insecurity, the need for more reliable access to health care and long-term care supports, an anticipated physician shortage, absence of geriatric education among providers, a shortage of sufficient senior services and health care services workforce to meet future needs, the need for emergency preparedness for a wide range of potential disasters, and soaring energy and utility costs. (Page 242)
 

Career Pathways

~~Through DVR, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provides the following required activities to students with disabilities (16 to 21 year-olds) who are eligible or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services:
1. Job exploration counseling,
2. Work-based learning opportunities,
3. Counseling on postsecondary educational opportunities
4. Workplace readiness training, and
5. Instruction in self-advocacy. Implementation of (PETS) has resulted in increased coordination among local school districts and DVR. ( Page 52)
DVR works closely with local school districts, hospitals and CRPs to implement the national Project SEARCH model in the Matanuska–Susitna and Fairbanks school districts. A collaborative internship model was developed in FFY2012 to provide youth with developmental or intellectual disabilities opportunities to learn real job skills in one–year school–to–work internship positions set up throughout the three hospitals involved. Sites were at Mat–Su Regional Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and OJT and support through internships or worksite rotations. The goal for each participant is obtaining integrated employment using the skills learned through the internships. The State of Alaska has adopted this model for student interns with developmental disabilities. For FY15, 15 youth participated in Project SEARCH, and 14 successfully completed their internships at the hospitals with seven of those individuals now working in paid, competitive employment. Project SEARCH is no longer being funded by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The Project SEARCH model will be used to provide Pre–Employment Transition Services to Students with Disabilities under the Client Services Component. The model will be used for all disability types rather than only developmental disabilities and will expand to other types of worksites.  (Page 209- 210)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) will lead the engagement of industry sector partnerships in in-demand industries including health care, construction, maritime, oil and gas, transportation, technology, education, and mining. Each sector will convene its employers and other sector partners (K-12 education; postsecondary education; regional training centers; economic development organizations; labor unions; AWIB; and other appropriate state agencies). The partnerships will update existing workforce plan(s) pertinent to that industry and gauge the status of current workforce development activities. Each sector partnership will then develop a framework that will result in education and training investments focused on and responsive to employer needs. Career pathways will be accessible to all Alaskans, including all WIOA-targeted populations. (Page 50)
Additionally, the American Apprenticeship Initiative grant will increase the number of Registered Apprentices in Alaska’s health care industry. The project will significantly increase career awareness, strengthen existing career pathways, introduce new career pathways, and significantly help employers fill entry-level positions in high-demand health care sector occupations. DVR will promote the availability of this project to individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing occupations in the health care industry.  (Page 189)
The long–term strategies meeting to improve program goals and services offered SCSEP an opportunity to work directly with its partners in education, industry, workforce development, economic development, and the public. SCSEP attests that it and its partners have been involved in the WIOA joint planning and policy development process. The WIOA Combined Plan for Alaska emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross–program data and measurement, and job–driven investments with workforce partners. Three public meetings were held in November of 2015 in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage to provide information and seek feedback from the public to help develop Alaska’s WIOA Combined Plan. Alaska’s plan stresses the importance of education, training, credentials, and skill attainment. The Combined Plan addresses economic self–sufficiency of workers by aligning workforce development with education and economic development. (Page 242)
 

Employer Engagement

~~In order to ensure these activities are carried out to the maximum extent possible, DVR will:
 Ensure DETS staff are regularly trained or made aware of DVR and its services. This is especially true of DETS locations that are served by DVR on an itinerant basis.
 DVR leadership team and managers continue to identify functional DETS issues that require on-going work at all levels of the division including integration and the local management teams.
 Work with DETS staff to develop a means to provide information about DVR to individuals who self-identify as having a disability and who receive job training services through DETS programs. - Develop a referral process to the DETS employment networks.
 Train DVR staff to use DETS services. (Page 189-190)
Develop procedures for referring individuals exiting DVR employed, who are Social Security Ticket to Work holders, to Employment Networks using the Partnership Plus model. (AJCs, Employment Networks (ENs), and others as they become available).
o DVR has partnered with DEI to refer individuals to AJCs for extended services (Page 198)
DVR collaborated with the Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) on the implementation of the DEI.
• DVR worked with and supported DETS’ effort for the AJCs to become employment networks as part of the Ticket to Work initiative.
• Strong partnership between ETS and DVR to support services to individuals with disabilities in AJCs at all levels of both divisions.
• DVR staff continues to make presentations on VR services at local AJCs.
Priority 5. Enhance the DVR service delivery system through the use of technology. (Page 216)
3.  DVR will assist 50 SE eligible individuals to obtain competitive employment.
4.  DVR will be able to provide all the identified required VR services to all SE eligible individuals.
5. Explore opportunities for CRPs and other entities to become employment networks to provide long–term supports.
6. Work with the community mental health system to increase and establish work–related programs within that system. (Page 224)
 

511

~~The referral process among the core programs is implemented on an individualized basis depending on the specific needs of the individual. All DOLWD staff are trained and expected to be knowledgeable in the requirements and eligibility of other core programs to ensure an appropriate program referral. Appropriate referrals are necessary in order to leverage resources and maximize service delivery to individuals while ensuring non-duplication of services. For example, AJC staff that provide initial intake and career services have been trained through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to appropriately identify and refer individuals to disability services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other supporting entities. This training has provided a high level of thoughtfulness to the reason for each referral, increasing the success for the participant when obtaining needed services. Coordinated data collection mechanisms will be implemented in order to capture cross-agency referrals. (Page 65)
DVR has not reported, nor historically collected data, on the six performance accountability indicators under section 116 of WIOA. DVR is unable to predict its future performance on any of the six performance indicators, including the SE program goals, until baseline targets have been established. DVR is working on data sharing agreements with DOL’s Unemployment Insurance and Research and Analysis units in order to establish the data collection necessary for determining baseline indicators and future reporting. As a result, DVR has proposed all indicators as “To Be Determined” in Appendix C of the Combined State Plan, per instructions. Performance Measure 1: Employment Rate - 2nd quarter after exit DVR is working with DOL programs to develop a formal agreement to access the data that will be required for this indicator. It is unlikely this data will include those who are closed as federal employees or self-employment or out-of-state employment. (Page 74)
 

Mental Health

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 100, 212)

Policies and Initiatives

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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Senate Bill 174 - 08/25/2018

~~"Alaska Senate Bill 174 reinforced person-centered support services planning and reaffirmed that the policy of the state encourages and enables persons with physical and mental disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state”

Systems
  • Other
Citations

Minimum wage exemption for persons with disabilities eliminated - 02/16/2018

~~“JUNEAU, Alaska— Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities. An exemption from paying minimum wage to persons with disabilities has existed for many years, beginning at the federal level with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and in Alaska regulations since 1978. Historically, minimum wage exemptions were considered necessary to help people with disabilities gain employment. Experience over the past two decades has shown that workers with disabilities can succeed in jobs earning minimum wage or more. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen. “They deserve minimum wage protections as much as any other Alaskan worker.” The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development received written comments expressing support for repealing the regulation that allowed the minimum wage exemption from the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The elimination of the minimum wage exemption brings employment practices into alignment with Alaska Employment First Act of 2014, which requires vocational services help people with disabilities to become gainfully employed at or above the minimum wage.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

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

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2017 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Information on the Formal Interagency Agreement with the State Educational Agency - 06/30/2018

~~DEED’s Special Education Unit and DVR have an interagency agreement that is designed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services. The agreement includes: • DVR’s assurance of the development and implementation of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services before the student leaves school; • Designation of a regional DVR contact who is responsible for clarifying questions and concerns relating to the implementation of the agreements with local school districts; and • DVR’s assurance that the core tenets, principles, and career goals stated in each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) will be incorporated into the development of their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). EED’s Special Education Unit also provides funding for members of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee to travel to events related to transition students such as the annual Statewide Special Education Conference.

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

Project Search - 11/30/2017

~~“This unique program provides real-life work experience to help youth, with significant disabilities, make successful transitions from school to adult life. Meant to serve as a student’s last year in high schoolAnchorage Fairbanks Central Peninsula    Mat-Su

Project SEARCH is an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which focuses solely on employment for Project SEARCH interns. Successful outcomes for this project include:    Employment in an integrated setting (working alongside people without disabilities)        Year-round work        20 hours/week or more        Minimum wage or higher”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Announcing Community First Choice Program (CFC) - 07/01/2018

~~Community First Choice Personal Care Service (CFC-PCS) – the number of hours of personal care service per week are determined by an assessment conducted by the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.Supervision and reminders – Additional CFC-PCS time may be available to recipients shown to have cognitive impairment or behavior issues.Personal Emergency Response system (PERS) – Recipients may be eligible to receive a personal emergency response system or medical alert system that calls for help at the push of a button in the event of an emergency.Skills training – Recipients may be eligible to receive skills training from a personal care assistant (PCA), so that the recipient can learn to do activities more independently.Worker supervision - Recipients can receive training to help manage their PCAs. 

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

AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c) - 07/01/2011

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

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

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

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

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

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

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

States - Phablet

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

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 Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
-0.28%
Change from
2016 to 2017
739,795
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.19%
Change from
2016 to 2017
53,087
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.15%
Change from
2016 to 2017
23,815
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-6.69%
Change from
2016 to 2017
44.86%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.71%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 739,795
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 53,087
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 23,815
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 300,380
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 44.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.71%
State/National unemployment rate. 7.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 49,987
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,411
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 57,928
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 4,021
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,754
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 13,858
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,439
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 7,170
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 1,969

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 738
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,317

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,295
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,153
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 32.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 256
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 123
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 66
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
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. 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14
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. 64.00%
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. 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
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. 423
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,190
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. N/A
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.71%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.85%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.95%
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). 15.00%
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). 55.53%
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). 66.05%
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). 40.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

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

2017
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). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2
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). 22
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. 22

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~Alaska’s “Employment First” legislation calls for “competitive integrated employment” as the preferred outcome for those with disabilities. DOLWD will pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among DOLWD; Health and Social Services; and Education and Early Development to ensure progress towards that goal. The MOU will include commitments for active participation on the Interagency Council on Employment First, under the auspices of the Employment First State Coordinator. (Page 52)
DVR actively participates with, and has a cooperative agreement with, the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI), which is made up of a consortium of agencies committed to working together to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the Employment First Initiative. (Page 170)
 DVR does not have a current cooperative agreement in place with the Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS); however, both agencies’ staff collaborates frequently given that many Supported Employment consumers typically receive services under DSDS’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver. Additionally, DVR and DSDS, along with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, are working to develop an Employment Service Options Guide for both agency staff to understand the proper definition and sequencing of DVR and DSDS employment services for DSDS I/DD waiver recipients to move into integrated and competitive employment. Due to Employment First legislation, a cooperative agreement will be developed to specifically outline opportunities for competitive integrated employment.  (Page 178)
Partner with other service providers to maximize resources and coordinate services for individuals who are in need of long–term SE services.
On–going:
• Support the Employment First Initiative.
• Initiative was enacted in May of 2014, making Alaska an Employment First state.
• Support efforts to establish vocational services from community behavioral health providers.
• Managers document successes/challenges of mental health services in regions.
• Continue Chief of Rehabilitation Services participation in the Vets Success meetings
• Continue support for DVR business point of contact to the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation National Employment Team. (Page 200)
 

Customized Employment

~~DVR provides the services necessary to achieve competitive, integrated employment, such as guidance and counseling, assessment, vocational and other training, transportation, diagnosis and treatment, on-the-job training, job-related services, customized employment, and supported employment. DVR also provides students who have disabilities with pre-employment transitional services. Through the process of informed choice and comprehensive assessment, consumers, jointly with their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, create an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to determine the services needed to achieve their vocational goals. Services identified in the IPE are individualized based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.  (Page 35)
The Mental Health Board and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse have combined to plan and advocate for policies, programs, and services that help Alaskans who have a mental illness or substance abuse issues. DVR’s Assistant Chief of Rehabilitation Services will be an active member of this board. In addition, DVR has an on–going commitment to quality SE services, as evidenced by the recent formation and active participation in several cross–agency SE related initiatives such as the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative. DVR has sustained the principles of the system change customized employment grant that focused on wrap–around services for the most severely disabled. (Page 170)

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Information cited under DEI Section.

DEI/DRC

~~DOLWD recently received a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - Round VI grant entitled “Alaska Youth Works” to serve youth with disabilities. This project will build a cohesive system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will offer a multifaceted approach, building on existing systems and services, by creating a bridge framework to provide for coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to career pathway programs and lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 33)
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) “Alaska Youth Works” grant will build a cohesive system with DVR and other partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will complement DVR services through coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to Pre-Employment Transition Services, career pathway programs and ultimately lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 189)
 

Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

School to Work Transition

~~The Department of Health and Social Services is developing a website called “Disability Benefits 101,” an online tool for those with disabilities to provide available work incentives and to determine how their SSI, SSDI, or other public benefits may be impacted by employment. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows eligible persons with disabilities to secure a “taxed advantaged” savings account of up to $100,000 without affecting public benefit limits. Calculating benefits and ABLE savings is a critical tool for achieving quality long-term outcomes. Once the website is complete, AJC and partner staff will be trained in using the tool with clients. DOLWD will collaborate with the Department of Health and Social Services on its Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Project and on the recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative - Round VI grant entitled, “Alaska Youth Works.” These projects will build a system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, both in school and out-of-school, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. (Page 52)
The state intends to use the governor’s set-aside funding to enhance services to one or more of Alaska’s priority populations, including youth and adults with disabilities. DOLWD will use these funds to leverage other programs and initiatives, for example, DOLWD’s DEI Grant for Youth and American Apprenticeship Initiative for Health Care. DOLWD may also support projects such as the Department of Health and Social Services’ development of the “Disability Benefits 101” online tool and subsequent training for AJC staff and other counselors in using the tool with clients, as well as other programs targeted at serving those with disabilities and multiple barriers to employment. (Page 113)
The racial distribution of those receiving services has been relatively stable over the last few years, reflecting the racial breakdown for the state. The largest minority population is Alaskan Native, which is approximately 14 percent of the state’s population. For SFY2015, 22 percent of those who received services were Alaska Native. DVR is not underserving individuals from a minority background. DVR has consistently met the Federal Performance Indicator 2.1 that measures equal access to VR services. In the most recent CSNA, DVR participants identified the primary barriers to employment as a loss of benefits (Social Security and Medicaid), physical limitations and lack of training, work experience or education. While the respondents to the survey were not broken down into groups by severity of disability, the results can be generally applied across all participants. DVR staff and CRPs identified the three primary barriers to employment as housing, behavioral health services and transportation. Rural Alaska was identified as an underserved area of the state in the most recent CSNA. Rural Alaska encompasses an area larger than many states with much of it inaccessible via roads. DVR defines rural as a community that is not connected by road to a community with a DVR office or is at least 50 miles outside of a community with a DVR office. Rural Alaska presents challenges for all state agencies to serve. (Page 188)
• Ensure an adequate number of CRPs and/or DVR staff who are trained to provide benefit analysis in order for Social Security beneficiaries to understand the impact of work on their benefits.
On–going.
• DVR has and continues to partner closely with UAA to guarantee there is an adequate pool of certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) in Alaska. Currently there are eight CWICs who work as CRPs. (Page 196)
• Develop cooperative agreement with Senior and Disability Services regarding individual plans of care to ensure long–term funding for those with the most significant disabilities; and
• Explore funding options for comparable benefits including Medicaid waiver funds. (Page 209)
Alaska’s population in 2013 was 735,132. Nearly 38.5 percent of the state’s residents lived in Anchorage, which is one of three urban areas of Alaska. Alaska Natives/American Indians represent approximately 14.7 percent of Alaska’s residents and are a significant segment of the population in rural villages and communities. In 2013, the senior population overall was 158,909, or 21.6 percent of the state’s population. In addition to Alaska Natives, other types of seniors who are most in need of the SCSEP program are widowed and divorced persons, minorities, high-school dropouts, veterans, persons not eligible for Social Security benefits, persons with a limited work history, and seniors on fixed low incomes. The SCSEP program operates where there is the greatest need relative to participants, host agencies, and employers. SCSEP-funded services remain available statewide via the AJCs and sub-recipients. The areas with the greatest need for SCSEP-funded services are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau because many seniors relocate to these regions to be near medical care. Regional economic challenges facing older Alaskans include income insecurity, the need for more reliable access to health care and long-term care supports, an anticipated physician shortage, absence of geriatric education among providers, a shortage of sufficient senior services and health care services workforce to meet future needs, the need for emergency preparedness for a wide range of potential disasters, and soaring energy and utility costs. (Page 242)
 

Career Pathways

~~Through DVR, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provides the following required activities to students with disabilities (16 to 21 year-olds) who are eligible or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services:
1. Job exploration counseling,
2. Work-based learning opportunities,
3. Counseling on postsecondary educational opportunities
4. Workplace readiness training, and
5. Instruction in self-advocacy. Implementation of (PETS) has resulted in increased coordination among local school districts and DVR. ( Page 52)
DVR works closely with local school districts, hospitals and CRPs to implement the national Project SEARCH model in the Matanuska–Susitna and Fairbanks school districts. A collaborative internship model was developed in FFY2012 to provide youth with developmental or intellectual disabilities opportunities to learn real job skills in one–year school–to–work internship positions set up throughout the three hospitals involved. Sites were at Mat–Su Regional Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and OJT and support through internships or worksite rotations. The goal for each participant is obtaining integrated employment using the skills learned through the internships. The State of Alaska has adopted this model for student interns with developmental disabilities. For FY15, 15 youth participated in Project SEARCH, and 14 successfully completed their internships at the hospitals with seven of those individuals now working in paid, competitive employment. Project SEARCH is no longer being funded by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The Project SEARCH model will be used to provide Pre–Employment Transition Services to Students with Disabilities under the Client Services Component. The model will be used for all disability types rather than only developmental disabilities and will expand to other types of worksites.  (Page 209- 210)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) will lead the engagement of industry sector partnerships in in-demand industries including health care, construction, maritime, oil and gas, transportation, technology, education, and mining. Each sector will convene its employers and other sector partners (K-12 education; postsecondary education; regional training centers; economic development organizations; labor unions; AWIB; and other appropriate state agencies). The partnerships will update existing workforce plan(s) pertinent to that industry and gauge the status of current workforce development activities. Each sector partnership will then develop a framework that will result in education and training investments focused on and responsive to employer needs. Career pathways will be accessible to all Alaskans, including all WIOA-targeted populations. (Page 50)
Additionally, the American Apprenticeship Initiative grant will increase the number of Registered Apprentices in Alaska’s health care industry. The project will significantly increase career awareness, strengthen existing career pathways, introduce new career pathways, and significantly help employers fill entry-level positions in high-demand health care sector occupations. DVR will promote the availability of this project to individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing occupations in the health care industry.  (Page 189)
The long–term strategies meeting to improve program goals and services offered SCSEP an opportunity to work directly with its partners in education, industry, workforce development, economic development, and the public. SCSEP attests that it and its partners have been involved in the WIOA joint planning and policy development process. The WIOA Combined Plan for Alaska emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross–program data and measurement, and job–driven investments with workforce partners. Three public meetings were held in November of 2015 in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage to provide information and seek feedback from the public to help develop Alaska’s WIOA Combined Plan. Alaska’s plan stresses the importance of education, training, credentials, and skill attainment. The Combined Plan addresses economic self–sufficiency of workers by aligning workforce development with education and economic development. (Page 242)
 

Employer Engagement

~~In order to ensure these activities are carried out to the maximum extent possible, DVR will:
 Ensure DETS staff are regularly trained or made aware of DVR and its services. This is especially true of DETS locations that are served by DVR on an itinerant basis.
 DVR leadership team and managers continue to identify functional DETS issues that require on-going work at all levels of the division including integration and the local management teams.
 Work with DETS staff to develop a means to provide information about DVR to individuals who self-identify as having a disability and who receive job training services through DETS programs. - Develop a referral process to the DETS employment networks.
 Train DVR staff to use DETS services. (Page 189-190)
Develop procedures for referring individuals exiting DVR employed, who are Social Security Ticket to Work holders, to Employment Networks using the Partnership Plus model. (AJCs, Employment Networks (ENs), and others as they become available).
o DVR has partnered with DEI to refer individuals to AJCs for extended services (Page 198)
DVR collaborated with the Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) on the implementation of the DEI.
• DVR worked with and supported DETS’ effort for the AJCs to become employment networks as part of the Ticket to Work initiative.
• Strong partnership between ETS and DVR to support services to individuals with disabilities in AJCs at all levels of both divisions.
• DVR staff continues to make presentations on VR services at local AJCs.
Priority 5. Enhance the DVR service delivery system through the use of technology. (Page 216)
3.  DVR will assist 50 SE eligible individuals to obtain competitive employment.
4.  DVR will be able to provide all the identified required VR services to all SE eligible individuals.
5. Explore opportunities for CRPs and other entities to become employment networks to provide long–term supports.
6. Work with the community mental health system to increase and establish work–related programs within that system. (Page 224)
 

511

~~The referral process among the core programs is implemented on an individualized basis depending on the specific needs of the individual. All DOLWD staff are trained and expected to be knowledgeable in the requirements and eligibility of other core programs to ensure an appropriate program referral. Appropriate referrals are necessary in order to leverage resources and maximize service delivery to individuals while ensuring non-duplication of services. For example, AJC staff that provide initial intake and career services have been trained through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to appropriately identify and refer individuals to disability services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other supporting entities. This training has provided a high level of thoughtfulness to the reason for each referral, increasing the success for the participant when obtaining needed services. Coordinated data collection mechanisms will be implemented in order to capture cross-agency referrals. (Page 65)
DVR has not reported, nor historically collected data, on the six performance accountability indicators under section 116 of WIOA. DVR is unable to predict its future performance on any of the six performance indicators, including the SE program goals, until baseline targets have been established. DVR is working on data sharing agreements with DOL’s Unemployment Insurance and Research and Analysis units in order to establish the data collection necessary for determining baseline indicators and future reporting. As a result, DVR has proposed all indicators as “To Be Determined” in Appendix C of the Combined State Plan, per instructions. Performance Measure 1: Employment Rate - 2nd quarter after exit DVR is working with DOL programs to develop a formal agreement to access the data that will be required for this indicator. It is unlikely this data will include those who are closed as federal employees or self-employment or out-of-state employment. (Page 74)
 

Mental Health

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 100, 212)

Policies and Initiatives

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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Senate Bill 174 - 08/25/2018

~~"Alaska Senate Bill 174 reinforced person-centered support services planning and reaffirmed that the policy of the state encourages and enables persons with physical and mental disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state”

Systems
  • Other
Citations

Minimum wage exemption for persons with disabilities eliminated - 02/16/2018

~~“JUNEAU, Alaska— Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities. An exemption from paying minimum wage to persons with disabilities has existed for many years, beginning at the federal level with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and in Alaska regulations since 1978. Historically, minimum wage exemptions were considered necessary to help people with disabilities gain employment. Experience over the past two decades has shown that workers with disabilities can succeed in jobs earning minimum wage or more. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen. “They deserve minimum wage protections as much as any other Alaskan worker.” The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development received written comments expressing support for repealing the regulation that allowed the minimum wage exemption from the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The elimination of the minimum wage exemption brings employment practices into alignment with Alaska Employment First Act of 2014, which requires vocational services help people with disabilities to become gainfully employed at or above the minimum wage.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

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

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2017 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Information on the Formal Interagency Agreement with the State Educational Agency - 06/30/2018

~~DEED’s Special Education Unit and DVR have an interagency agreement that is designed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services. The agreement includes: • DVR’s assurance of the development and implementation of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services before the student leaves school; • Designation of a regional DVR contact who is responsible for clarifying questions and concerns relating to the implementation of the agreements with local school districts; and • DVR’s assurance that the core tenets, principles, and career goals stated in each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) will be incorporated into the development of their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). EED’s Special Education Unit also provides funding for members of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee to travel to events related to transition students such as the annual Statewide Special Education Conference.

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

Project Search - 11/30/2017

~~“This unique program provides real-life work experience to help youth, with significant disabilities, make successful transitions from school to adult life. Meant to serve as a student’s last year in high schoolAnchorage Fairbanks Central Peninsula    Mat-Su

Project SEARCH is an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which focuses solely on employment for Project SEARCH interns. Successful outcomes for this project include:    Employment in an integrated setting (working alongside people without disabilities)        Year-round work        20 hours/week or more        Minimum wage or higher”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Announcing Community First Choice Program (CFC) - 07/01/2018

~~Community First Choice Personal Care Service (CFC-PCS) – the number of hours of personal care service per week are determined by an assessment conducted by the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.Supervision and reminders – Additional CFC-PCS time may be available to recipients shown to have cognitive impairment or behavior issues.Personal Emergency Response system (PERS) – Recipients may be eligible to receive a personal emergency response system or medical alert system that calls for help at the push of a button in the event of an emergency.Skills training – Recipients may be eligible to receive skills training from a personal care assistant (PCA), so that the recipient can learn to do activities more independently.Worker supervision - Recipients can receive training to help manage their PCAs. 

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

AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c) - 07/01/2011

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

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

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

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

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

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

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation

States - Phone

Snapshot

With the official slogan being, "Beyond your Dreams, within your Reach," the state of Alaska understands the importance of promoting employment opportunities for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.  

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 Alaska's VR Rates and Services

2017 State Population.
-0.28%
Change from
2016 to 2017
739,795
2017 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
5.19%
Change from
2016 to 2017
53,087
2017 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-1.15%
Change from
2016 to 2017
23,815
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-6.69%
Change from
2016 to 2017
44.86%
2017 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.54%
Change from
2016 to 2017
75.71%

State Data

General

2017
Population. 739,795
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 53,087
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 23,815
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 300,380
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 44.86%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 75.71%
State/National unemployment rate. 7.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.50%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.70%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 49,987
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 40,411
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 57,928
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 4,021
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 4,754
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 13,858
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 4,439
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of persons of two or more races with disabilities (all ages) 7,170
Number of persons of some other race alone with disabilities (all ages) 1,969

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2017
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 738
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.70%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 12,317

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2017
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 2,295
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 4,199
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 7,153
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 32.10%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 4.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). N/A
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 256
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 123
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 66
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. N/A

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 4,434
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.05

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2015
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. 22
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 14
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. 64.00%
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. 1.90

 

VR OUTCOMES

2017
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. 423
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 21,190
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

2016
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. N/A
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. N/A
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. N/A
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. N/A

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2016
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 63.71%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 9.05%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.85%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 96.95%
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). 15.00%
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). 55.53%
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). 66.05%
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). 40.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. N/A
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 193,961
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 0
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 297
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 297
AbilityOne wages (products). $0
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,663,597

 

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

2017
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). 2
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 2
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). 22
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. 22

 

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 Mentoring Program/Employment First Initiative

~~Alaska’s “Employment First” legislation calls for “competitive integrated employment” as the preferred outcome for those with disabilities. DOLWD will pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among DOLWD; Health and Social Services; and Education and Early Development to ensure progress towards that goal. The MOU will include commitments for active participation on the Interagency Council on Employment First, under the auspices of the Employment First State Coordinator. (Page 52)
DVR actively participates with, and has a cooperative agreement with, the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI), which is made up of a consortium of agencies committed to working together to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and the Employment First Initiative. (Page 170)
 DVR does not have a current cooperative agreement in place with the Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS); however, both agencies’ staff collaborates frequently given that many Supported Employment consumers typically receive services under DSDS’s Intellectual and Developmental Disability (I/DD) waiver. Additionally, DVR and DSDS, along with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, are working to develop an Employment Service Options Guide for both agency staff to understand the proper definition and sequencing of DVR and DSDS employment services for DSDS I/DD waiver recipients to move into integrated and competitive employment. Due to Employment First legislation, a cooperative agreement will be developed to specifically outline opportunities for competitive integrated employment.  (Page 178)
Partner with other service providers to maximize resources and coordinate services for individuals who are in need of long–term SE services.
On–going:
• Support the Employment First Initiative.
• Initiative was enacted in May of 2014, making Alaska an Employment First state.
• Support efforts to establish vocational services from community behavioral health providers.
• Managers document successes/challenges of mental health services in regions.
• Continue Chief of Rehabilitation Services participation in the Vets Success meetings
• Continue support for DVR business point of contact to the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation National Employment Team. (Page 200)
 

Customized Employment

~~DVR provides the services necessary to achieve competitive, integrated employment, such as guidance and counseling, assessment, vocational and other training, transportation, diagnosis and treatment, on-the-job training, job-related services, customized employment, and supported employment. DVR also provides students who have disabilities with pre-employment transitional services. Through the process of informed choice and comprehensive assessment, consumers, jointly with their Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) counselors, create an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) to determine the services needed to achieve their vocational goals. Services identified in the IPE are individualized based on strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.  (Page 35)
The Mental Health Board and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse have combined to plan and advocate for policies, programs, and services that help Alaskans who have a mental illness or substance abuse issues. DVR’s Assistant Chief of Rehabilitation Services will be an active member of this board. In addition, DVR has an on–going commitment to quality SE services, as evidenced by the recent formation and active participation in several cross–agency SE related initiatives such as the Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative. DVR has sustained the principles of the system change customized employment grant that focused on wrap–around services for the most severely disabled. (Page 170)

Blending/ Braiding Resources

~~Information cited under DEI Section.

DEI/DRC

~~DOLWD recently received a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) - Round VI grant entitled “Alaska Youth Works” to serve youth with disabilities. This project will build a cohesive system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will offer a multifaceted approach, building on existing systems and services, by creating a bridge framework to provide for coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to career pathway programs and lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 33)
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) “Alaska Youth Works” grant will build a cohesive system with DVR and other partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 24, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. The Alaska Youth Works project will complement DVR services through coordination, resource leveraging, and blending and braiding of funds to increase access to Pre-Employment Transition Services, career pathway programs and ultimately lead to self-sustaining employment. (Page 189)
 

Competitive Integrated Employment

~~No specific disability related information found.

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No specific disability related information found.

School to Work Transition

~~The Department of Health and Social Services is developing a website called “Disability Benefits 101,” an online tool for those with disabilities to provide available work incentives and to determine how their SSI, SSDI, or other public benefits may be impacted by employment. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) allows eligible persons with disabilities to secure a “taxed advantaged” savings account of up to $100,000 without affecting public benefit limits. Calculating benefits and ABLE savings is a critical tool for achieving quality long-term outcomes. Once the website is complete, AJC and partner staff will be trained in using the tool with clients. DOLWD will collaborate with the Department of Health and Social Services on its Work Incentives Planning & Assistance Project and on the recently awarded Disability Employment Initiative - Round VI grant entitled, “Alaska Youth Works.” These projects will build a system with multiple partners to meet the needs of Alaska’s youth with disabilities, aged 14 to 24, both in school and out-of-school, by expanding access to employment and career pathways to prepare for in-demand careers. (Page 52)
The state intends to use the governor’s set-aside funding to enhance services to one or more of Alaska’s priority populations, including youth and adults with disabilities. DOLWD will use these funds to leverage other programs and initiatives, for example, DOLWD’s DEI Grant for Youth and American Apprenticeship Initiative for Health Care. DOLWD may also support projects such as the Department of Health and Social Services’ development of the “Disability Benefits 101” online tool and subsequent training for AJC staff and other counselors in using the tool with clients, as well as other programs targeted at serving those with disabilities and multiple barriers to employment. (Page 113)
The racial distribution of those receiving services has been relatively stable over the last few years, reflecting the racial breakdown for the state. The largest minority population is Alaskan Native, which is approximately 14 percent of the state’s population. For SFY2015, 22 percent of those who received services were Alaska Native. DVR is not underserving individuals from a minority background. DVR has consistently met the Federal Performance Indicator 2.1 that measures equal access to VR services. In the most recent CSNA, DVR participants identified the primary barriers to employment as a loss of benefits (Social Security and Medicaid), physical limitations and lack of training, work experience or education. While the respondents to the survey were not broken down into groups by severity of disability, the results can be generally applied across all participants. DVR staff and CRPs identified the three primary barriers to employment as housing, behavioral health services and transportation. Rural Alaska was identified as an underserved area of the state in the most recent CSNA. Rural Alaska encompasses an area larger than many states with much of it inaccessible via roads. DVR defines rural as a community that is not connected by road to a community with a DVR office or is at least 50 miles outside of a community with a DVR office. Rural Alaska presents challenges for all state agencies to serve. (Page 188)
• Ensure an adequate number of CRPs and/or DVR staff who are trained to provide benefit analysis in order for Social Security beneficiaries to understand the impact of work on their benefits.
On–going.
• DVR has and continues to partner closely with UAA to guarantee there is an adequate pool of certified Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) in Alaska. Currently there are eight CWICs who work as CRPs. (Page 196)
• Develop cooperative agreement with Senior and Disability Services regarding individual plans of care to ensure long–term funding for those with the most significant disabilities; and
• Explore funding options for comparable benefits including Medicaid waiver funds. (Page 209)
Alaska’s population in 2013 was 735,132. Nearly 38.5 percent of the state’s residents lived in Anchorage, which is one of three urban areas of Alaska. Alaska Natives/American Indians represent approximately 14.7 percent of Alaska’s residents and are a significant segment of the population in rural villages and communities. In 2013, the senior population overall was 158,909, or 21.6 percent of the state’s population. In addition to Alaska Natives, other types of seniors who are most in need of the SCSEP program are widowed and divorced persons, minorities, high-school dropouts, veterans, persons not eligible for Social Security benefits, persons with a limited work history, and seniors on fixed low incomes. The SCSEP program operates where there is the greatest need relative to participants, host agencies, and employers. SCSEP-funded services remain available statewide via the AJCs and sub-recipients. The areas with the greatest need for SCSEP-funded services are Anchorage, Fairbanks, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai Peninsula, and Juneau because many seniors relocate to these regions to be near medical care. Regional economic challenges facing older Alaskans include income insecurity, the need for more reliable access to health care and long-term care supports, an anticipated physician shortage, absence of geriatric education among providers, a shortage of sufficient senior services and health care services workforce to meet future needs, the need for emergency preparedness for a wide range of potential disasters, and soaring energy and utility costs. (Page 242)
 

Career Pathways

~~Through DVR, Pre-Employment Transition Services (PETS) provides the following required activities to students with disabilities (16 to 21 year-olds) who are eligible or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services:
1. Job exploration counseling,
2. Work-based learning opportunities,
3. Counseling on postsecondary educational opportunities
4. Workplace readiness training, and
5. Instruction in self-advocacy. Implementation of (PETS) has resulted in increased coordination among local school districts and DVR. ( Page 52)
DVR works closely with local school districts, hospitals and CRPs to implement the national Project SEARCH model in the Matanuska–Susitna and Fairbanks school districts. A collaborative internship model was developed in FFY2012 to provide youth with developmental or intellectual disabilities opportunities to learn real job skills in one–year school–to–work internship positions set up throughout the three hospitals involved. Sites were at Mat–Su Regional Medical Center, Central Peninsula Hospital, and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and OJT and support through internships or worksite rotations. The goal for each participant is obtaining integrated employment using the skills learned through the internships. The State of Alaska has adopted this model for student interns with developmental disabilities. For FY15, 15 youth participated in Project SEARCH, and 14 successfully completed their internships at the hospitals with seven of those individuals now working in paid, competitive employment. Project SEARCH is no longer being funded by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The Project SEARCH model will be used to provide Pre–Employment Transition Services to Students with Disabilities under the Client Services Component. The model will be used for all disability types rather than only developmental disabilities and will expand to other types of worksites.  (Page 209- 210)
 

Work Incentives & Benefits

~~The Alaska Workforce Investment Board (AWIB) will lead the engagement of industry sector partnerships in in-demand industries including health care, construction, maritime, oil and gas, transportation, technology, education, and mining. Each sector will convene its employers and other sector partners (K-12 education; postsecondary education; regional training centers; economic development organizations; labor unions; AWIB; and other appropriate state agencies). The partnerships will update existing workforce plan(s) pertinent to that industry and gauge the status of current workforce development activities. Each sector partnership will then develop a framework that will result in education and training investments focused on and responsive to employer needs. Career pathways will be accessible to all Alaskans, including all WIOA-targeted populations. (Page 50)
Additionally, the American Apprenticeship Initiative grant will increase the number of Registered Apprentices in Alaska’s health care industry. The project will significantly increase career awareness, strengthen existing career pathways, introduce new career pathways, and significantly help employers fill entry-level positions in high-demand health care sector occupations. DVR will promote the availability of this project to individuals with disabilities who are interested in pursuing occupations in the health care industry.  (Page 189)
The long–term strategies meeting to improve program goals and services offered SCSEP an opportunity to work directly with its partners in education, industry, workforce development, economic development, and the public. SCSEP attests that it and its partners have been involved in the WIOA joint planning and policy development process. The WIOA Combined Plan for Alaska emphasizes sector partnerships, career pathways, cross–program data and measurement, and job–driven investments with workforce partners. Three public meetings were held in November of 2015 in Juneau, Fairbanks, and Anchorage to provide information and seek feedback from the public to help develop Alaska’s WIOA Combined Plan. Alaska’s plan stresses the importance of education, training, credentials, and skill attainment. The Combined Plan addresses economic self–sufficiency of workers by aligning workforce development with education and economic development. (Page 242)
 

Employer Engagement

~~In order to ensure these activities are carried out to the maximum extent possible, DVR will:
 Ensure DETS staff are regularly trained or made aware of DVR and its services. This is especially true of DETS locations that are served by DVR on an itinerant basis.
 DVR leadership team and managers continue to identify functional DETS issues that require on-going work at all levels of the division including integration and the local management teams.
 Work with DETS staff to develop a means to provide information about DVR to individuals who self-identify as having a disability and who receive job training services through DETS programs. - Develop a referral process to the DETS employment networks.
 Train DVR staff to use DETS services. (Page 189-190)
Develop procedures for referring individuals exiting DVR employed, who are Social Security Ticket to Work holders, to Employment Networks using the Partnership Plus model. (AJCs, Employment Networks (ENs), and others as they become available).
o DVR has partnered with DEI to refer individuals to AJCs for extended services (Page 198)
DVR collaborated with the Division of Employment and Training Services (DETS) on the implementation of the DEI.
• DVR worked with and supported DETS’ effort for the AJCs to become employment networks as part of the Ticket to Work initiative.
• Strong partnership between ETS and DVR to support services to individuals with disabilities in AJCs at all levels of both divisions.
• DVR staff continues to make presentations on VR services at local AJCs.
Priority 5. Enhance the DVR service delivery system through the use of technology. (Page 216)
3.  DVR will assist 50 SE eligible individuals to obtain competitive employment.
4.  DVR will be able to provide all the identified required VR services to all SE eligible individuals.
5. Explore opportunities for CRPs and other entities to become employment networks to provide long–term supports.
6. Work with the community mental health system to increase and establish work–related programs within that system. (Page 224)
 

511

~~The referral process among the core programs is implemented on an individualized basis depending on the specific needs of the individual. All DOLWD staff are trained and expected to be knowledgeable in the requirements and eligibility of other core programs to ensure an appropriate program referral. Appropriate referrals are necessary in order to leverage resources and maximize service delivery to individuals while ensuring non-duplication of services. For example, AJC staff that provide initial intake and career services have been trained through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to appropriately identify and refer individuals to disability services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation, and other supporting entities. This training has provided a high level of thoughtfulness to the reason for each referral, increasing the success for the participant when obtaining needed services. Coordinated data collection mechanisms will be implemented in order to capture cross-agency referrals. (Page 65)
DVR has not reported, nor historically collected data, on the six performance accountability indicators under section 116 of WIOA. DVR is unable to predict its future performance on any of the six performance indicators, including the SE program goals, until baseline targets have been established. DVR is working on data sharing agreements with DOL’s Unemployment Insurance and Research and Analysis units in order to establish the data collection necessary for determining baseline indicators and future reporting. As a result, DVR has proposed all indicators as “To Be Determined” in Appendix C of the Combined State Plan, per instructions. Performance Measure 1: Employment Rate - 2nd quarter after exit DVR is working with DOL programs to develop a formal agreement to access the data that will be required for this indicator. It is unlikely this data will include those who are closed as federal employees or self-employment or out-of-state employment. (Page 74)
 

Mental Health

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 100, 212)

Policies and Initiatives

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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Senate Bill 174 - 08/25/2018

~~"Alaska Senate Bill 174 reinforced person-centered support services planning and reaffirmed that the policy of the state encourages and enables persons with physical and mental disabilities to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state”

Systems
  • Other
Citations

Minimum wage exemption for persons with disabilities eliminated - 02/16/2018

~~“JUNEAU, Alaska— Following a regulatory change that goes into effect today, Alaska employers are no longer allowed to pay less than minimum wage to workers who experience disabilities. In repealing 8 AAC 15.120, Alaska joins New Hampshire and Maryland as the first states in the nation to eliminate payment of subminimum wages for persons with disabilities. An exemption from paying minimum wage to persons with disabilities has existed for many years, beginning at the federal level with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and in Alaska regulations since 1978. Historically, minimum wage exemptions were considered necessary to help people with disabilities gain employment. Experience over the past two decades has shown that workers with disabilities can succeed in jobs earning minimum wage or more. “Workers who experience disabilities are valued members of Alaska’s workforce,” said Department of Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Greg Cashen. “They deserve minimum wage protections as much as any other Alaskan worker.” The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development received written comments expressing support for repealing the regulation that allowed the minimum wage exemption from the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The elimination of the minimum wage exemption brings employment practices into alignment with Alaska Employment First Act of 2014, which requires vocational services help people with disabilities to become gainfully employed at or above the minimum wage.” 

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security

Alaska House Bill 188 “ABLE Accounts Bill” - 08/08/2016

Summary An Act establishing a program for financial accounts for individuals with disabilities; exempting the procurement of contracts for the program from the State Procurement Code; exempting certain information on participants in the program from being subject to inspection as a public record; providing that an account under the program for an individual with a disability is not a security; allowing a state to file a claim against an individual's financial account under the program to recover Medicaid payments after the individual's death; and providing for an effective date. The bill was enrolled on July 8, 2016

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Alaska ABLE Savings Program Act - 04/11/2015

An Act relating to financial accounts for persons with disabilities; relating to financial institutions; relating to property exemptions; relating to securities; and providing for an effective date.

Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Alaska HB 211 - Making Alaska an “Employment First State" - 09/19/2014

An Act relating to the education and employment of individuals with disabilities."  Signed into law on 9/19/14 by Governor Sean Parnell. Sec. 23.15.095. Gainful employment of individuals with disabilities. (a) When providing vocational training, vocational rehabilitation, or employment placement of an individual with a disability, the agency's primary objective and preferred outcome is to help the individual become gainfully employed in an integrated workplace where individuals with disabilities work with and alongside of individuals without disabilities.

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska House Bill 139 - 03/05/2014

“Sec. 2. AS 18.80.200 is amended to read:

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of the state and the purpose of this chapter to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, in the sale, lease, or rental of real property because of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood. It is also the policy of the state to encourage and enable physically and mentally disabled persons to participate fully in the social and economic life of the state and to engage in remunerative employment. It is not the purpose of this chapter to supersede laws pertaining to child labor, the age of majority, or other age restrictions or requirements.”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Mental Health

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Alaska Supported Employment Task Force Strategic Plan 2010

This Task Force was created in conjunction with the Supported Employment HCBS waiver to help educate enforce and promote the goals of supported employment and Employment First.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Policy Manual

The purpose of this manual is to provide clear guidance to ADVR staff for the consistent and legal implementation of the vocational rehabilitation program in Alaska.  ADVR staff is expected to provide services pursuant to the policies and procedures outlined in this manual. 

The manual provides comprehensive information pertaining to the subject, including not only the division’s policy, but also basic procedures, legal citations, resources and answers to frequently asked questions about the subject.  The procedures are not prescriptive, as VR services are determined by an individual’s needs, although they are reflective of ADVR’s business practices.   

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement

AK DVR Guidelines for the Operation of the Employment Program and Disability Preferences (rev. 12/2013)

Alaska Stat. §36.30.321 State Procurement Code subsections b and d

This document gives a summary of Alaska’s employment program and disability preferences.  It includes amount requirements, bidder requirements, and qualification notes.

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

Alaska Employment First Program - Tools for Transitioning

This power point presentation  includes a description of the Employment First program, including its purpose and essential characteristics.  It gives information on why Employment First supports competitive community based employment for people with disabilities.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2017 Annual Report

This report describes the mission and goals of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special education.  The report also covers the council’s activities for the year, including grants and funding awarded.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education Partnership

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including: • housing • employment • early intervention • special education • lifelong learning • independent living • inclusion in the community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education 2016-2021 State Plan

"The mission of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education (the Council) is to create change that improves the lives of Alaskans with disabilities…The Council combines the expertise and experience of many stakeholders throughout the state into one unique Council. The Council works to make systems change in the following ways: Recommend changes in statute, regulation, policy and/or procedures, buld capacity, and coordinate advocacy activities."

The  five year plan includes goals surrounding self-advocacy and leadership, community choice and supports, housing, transportation, employment, early intervention, education and health. Specifically, the employment goals address improving self-employment, HCBS services, school-to-work transition, employment provider services, and cross-agency collaboration, among other issue areas.

 
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Information on the Formal Interagency Agreement with the State Educational Agency - 06/30/2018

~~DEED’s Special Education Unit and DVR have an interagency agreement that is designed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from receipt of educational services in school to the receipt of vocational rehabilitation services. The agreement includes: • DVR’s assurance of the development and implementation of an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) for each student determined to be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services before the student leaves school; • Designation of a regional DVR contact who is responsible for clarifying questions and concerns relating to the implementation of the agreements with local school districts; and • DVR’s assurance that the core tenets, principles, and career goals stated in each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) will be incorporated into the development of their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE). EED’s Special Education Unit also provides funding for members of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee to travel to events related to transition students such as the annual Statewide Special Education Conference.

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

Project Search - 11/30/2017

~~“This unique program provides real-life work experience to help youth, with significant disabilities, make successful transitions from school to adult life. Meant to serve as a student’s last year in high schoolAnchorage Fairbanks Central Peninsula    Mat-Su

Project SEARCH is an international trademarked and copyrighted program model, which focuses solely on employment for Project SEARCH interns. Successful outcomes for this project include:    Employment in an integrated setting (working alongside people without disabilities)        Year-round work        20 hours/week or more        Minimum wage or higher”

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Hope Community Resources - 07/01/2016

Short-Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) Program Assists people in learning what is required to meet the state law definition of developmentally disabled, navigating the eligibility process, and understanding what services, other than waiver, may be available. This program is funded through the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. For those in need of assistance in applying for developmental disability determination, completing a registration and review form, or require other supports and/or assistance in applying for state funded grants and/or programs please contact a STAR Coordinator nearest you.

Supported Employment We assist individuals with locating and demonstrating success in the jobs that meet their interests and skills. Individuals are accepted at any stage in the employment continuum, from beginning volunteer work, to building skills and experience, to those re-entering the work force. A variety of volunteer and work situations are available in the community.

Systems
  • Other

Alaska Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education “State 5-Year Plan FFY 2017-2021 Public Comment Draft”

“GOAL # 2: Employment Alaskans with disabilities and their families will receive the necessary employment services and supports needed to become competitively employed in an integrated setting. Objective 2.1: Provide support for the implementation of Alaska state laws increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities which lead to 3 new or improved policies, procedures, or regulations per year. Activities: Monitor legislation relating to employment for individuals with disabilities and provide support for advocacy and research, as needed. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Employment First Act with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year. Provide support for the implementation of the Alaska Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as it relates to empowering employment for individuals with disabilities with at least one improved policy, procedure, or regulation per year

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

AK Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Alaska' unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska's diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities. Consistent with our State Plan we work towards systems change in areas including:

housing employment early intervention special education lifelong learning independent living inclusion in the community.

 

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Announcing Community First Choice Program (CFC) - 07/01/2018

~~Community First Choice Personal Care Service (CFC-PCS) – the number of hours of personal care service per week are determined by an assessment conducted by the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services.Supervision and reminders – Additional CFC-PCS time may be available to recipients shown to have cognitive impairment or behavior issues.Personal Emergency Response system (PERS) – Recipients may be eligible to receive a personal emergency response system or medical alert system that calls for help at the push of a button in the event of an emergency.Skills training – Recipients may be eligible to receive skills training from a personal care assistant (PCA), so that the recipient can learn to do activities more independently.Worker supervision - Recipients can receive training to help manage their PCAs. 

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

AK Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) 2015 Reported Outcomes - 02/01/2015

The Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Change Grant is intended to increase integrated, competitive employment (ICE) opportunities for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As one of the eight states participating in PIE, Alaska’s Integrated Employment Initiative (AIEI) presented outcomes including the unanimous passage of Employment First Legislation, data systems enhancement to improve system efficacy, policy and regulation leveraging, close collaboration and partnership with other agencies, and the promotion of the State as a Model Employer (SAME) Task Force.

 
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Disability Employment Initiative - 10/23/2013

AKDEI will hire five regional Disability Resource Coordinator/EN Counselors and build on the successes of AKDEI 1 and 4 projects to improve employment opportunities and outcomes for youth by expanding access to employment and career pathways that will prepare youth for in-demand careers.  This will be accomplished through a multi-faceted approach.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska AIDD Integrated Employment Initiative - 09/30/2012

"The Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative prioritizes employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Alaska. Partnerships with the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will address barriers and develop replicable, sustainable strategies using a three-pronged approach: (1) policy development; (2) capacity building; and (3) resource leveraging."

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

BrainWorks for Self-Employment, University of AK - Anchorage Center for Human Development

BrainWorks is an innovative new project to assist individuals with brain injury in starting a business. This is part of a two-year research project funded by the Kessler Foundation. The BrainWorks program was developed by individuals with brain injury who are self-employed, self-employment facilitators who are knowledgeable about self employment and have experience working with people with disabilities, and research staff at the Center for Human Development.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Alaska Works Initiative

Alaska Works Mission: Alaskans who experience disabilities are employed at a rate as close as possible to that of the general population.   For the past several years, the Governor's Council on Disabilities & Special Education and the UAA Center for Human Development have been working with individuals with disabilities, state agencies and service providers to implement the Alaska Works Initiative, which is designed to increase the employment rate of Alaskans with disabilities. Together, stakeholders are working to increase opportunities for productive, career-oriented, and truly community-based lives for themselves and others.  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Alaska Employment First Initiative [Quarterly Bulletin]

On December 2, 2014, ODEP launched Round 4 activities of the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This… event was attended by state government officials across various

systems from both EFSLMP Core States and other states participating in ODEP’s EFSLMP Community of Practice (EFSLMP-CoP). A panel of senior officials from DOL, DOE, HHS, and SSA gave updates on relevant Federal initiatives. SMEs worked side-by-side with EFSLMP Core State teams to flesh out their goals for participation in the EFSLMP…

This activity culminated in the development of detailed training and technical assistance plans. Simultaneous to the strategic planning activities for the core states, an Employment First technical assistance “Boot Camp” was offered to state government representatives from non-core states that participate in ODEP’s E1st-CoP. The E1st Boot Camp focused on the deployment of innovative strategies to build the capacity of front-line direct support professionals, systems, and providers through the development of high-impact policies and effective practices. 

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Alaska Integrated Employment Initiative (AIDD PIE)

A consortium of partners consisting of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education (lead entity), the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services (State I/DD agency), the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Department of Education and Early Development, Disability Law Center of Alaska, and the Center for Human Development will develop sustainable strategies to increase the employment of youth and young adults with I/DD. The project intends to increase the percent of youth and young adults served by DVR from 20% to 25%; 2) increase hours worked by DVR participants with I/DD from 13 to 20 hours per week (comparable to other youth with disabilities); and 3) double the number of youth and young adults with I/DD served by SDS who are employed or self-employed from 139-278.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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AK DHHS Tools for Transitioning to Employment - Powerpoint

This tool details information on helping youth transition from school settings into community employment.  It also has detailed information about Employment First, including basic Employment First concepts, the benefits of Employment First, and how to initiative and cultivate Employment First.

 
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Workforce Survey Results: State of Alaska as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities

A 2011 state survey found that the number of state employees with disabilities mirrored the general population. The state found that it  could further its support of employees with disabilities by improving training for managers and supervisors around the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 and educating workers about their rights and responsibilities under ADA.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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AK People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (0260.R04.00) Authority: 1915 (c) - 07/01/2011

Provides care coordination, day hab, residential hab, respite, supported employment, chore, environmental mods, intensive active treatment, meals, nursing oversight and care management, specialized medical equipment and supplies, specialized private duty nursing, transportation for individuals w/autism, DD, MR ages 0 - no max age

 

 

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

Alaska Medicaid Infrastructure Grant

The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Program is authorized under Section 203 of the Ticket-to-Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act. The 11-year competitive grant program provides funding to states for Medicaid infrastructure development that will build supports for people with disabilities who would like to be employed. States are encouraged to use grant funding to implement and develop the optional working disabled eligibility group (Medicaid buy-in), increase the availability of statewide personal assistance services, form linkages with other state and local agencies that provide employment related supports, and create a seamless infrastructure that will maximize the employment potential of all people with disabilities.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Alaska Medicaid State Plan

Alaska’s Medicaid state plan describes how Alaska will administer its Medicaid  program.  The document lays out the agreement between the state and the Federal government and gives the assurance that Alaska will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities.  It covers groups of individuals covered, services provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities.

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

Alaska Medicaid Spending Comparison Charts

This document provides comparison charts on Medicaid and non-Medicaid spending in the state of Alaska as of 2013.

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

Alaska Supported Employment HCBS Waiver Conditions of Participation

Supported employment services may be provided to assist recipients to acquire and maintain the work-related skills necessary for employment or to become self-employed. These services focus on activities that will lead to an appropriate job match for the recipient and the employer, and may include vocational or job-related discovery or assessment, person-centered employment planning, job placement, job development, negotiations with prospective employers, job analysis, job carving, training and systematic instruction, and career advancement activities. In addition, the services may include benefits support, training, planning and asset development. Following job placement, the provider may offer intensive, ongoing supports, including supervision, job coaching, and additional training, to enable recipient to perform in the workplace.   Supported employment services may be offered in a variety of settings, but, because independence and community integration are significant goals for these services, they may not be provided in sheltered workshops or similar specialized vocational facilities.  
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation