Arkansas

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The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers 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 Arkansa VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.4%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,978,204
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
264,777
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81,376
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.73%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.71%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,959,373 2,966,369 2,978,204
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 269,016 264,645 264,777
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 75,892 77,360 81,376
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,084,506 1,105,602 1,101,635
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 28.21% 29.23% 30.73%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.74% 73.83% 73.71%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.40% 6.10% 5.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.00% 24.40% 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80% 17.80% 18.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 246,048 239,388 240,589
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 249,954 254,012 259,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 396,118 395,131 391,387
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 78,688 77,040 87,545
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,953 11,024 10,782
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,042 4,142 4,340
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,377 1,965 2,145
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,540 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,904 10,554 11,056
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,824 3,028 3,457

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,002 4,022 4,282
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.70% 3.80% 4.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,953 140,453 140,027

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,728 6,420 6,845
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 24,031 21,474 21,984
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 34,126 31,785 34,645
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.70% 20.20% 19.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.20% 3.40% 3.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20% 1.30% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% N/A 0.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 24 53 169
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 768 785 888
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 283 307 250
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 138 N/A 23

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,018 2,753 2,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 10 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 8 9
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. 63.00% 80.00% 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.17 0.27 0.30

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,627
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 11 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 803 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,996 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 963 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 71 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 141 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 42.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,296 3,220 3,382
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 202,148 201,311 202,159
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 78 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
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. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.88% 52.90% 52.51%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.18% 13.39% 13.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.57% 2.37% 2.32%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.07% 98.58% 98.87%
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). 18.42% 18.17% 24.64%
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). 43.88% 52.19% 51.66%
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). 58.13% 54.64% 63.03%
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). 25.46% 34.02% 27.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 7 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 65 50 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 61 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 443 438
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,445 3,608
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 524 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,412 4,570

 

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~ARS’s standard procedures for external Employment First private non–profit and public VR service providers and CRPs are standards of compliance ensuring VR consumers achieve acceptable outcomes related to employment. The procedures for a CRP to be accredited as a vendor and to maintain accreditation are:
1. The CRP submits a vendor application documenting required experience in working with consumers with disabilities and employers.
2. ARS reviews the application to assure ARS requirements are met, and submits a certificate and agreement documents to the ARS Commissioner for signature.
3. The CRP is required to sign certification agreement documents assuring the ARS requirements as a vendor will be met.
4. Once accredited, ARS provides a current vendor packet and provides training to the entity, as needed. ARS informs the ARS district manager and the VR counselors of the vendor.
5. The VR counselor refers the consumer to the CRP and monitors the consumer’s progress.
6. A VR counselor liaison is assigned to each CRP and provides monthly reports to the appropriate ARS personnel.
7. ARS case review personnel from Program Planning, Development and Evaluation perform a standardized audit of CRP consumer files to ensure training criteria is met, the CRP demonstrates acceptable consumer progress/plans, appropriate documents are in the file, and the amount billed meets accepted guidelines of cost to value. CRP personnel files are reviewed to assure performance standards are acceptable and staff training requirements are met. (Page 177)
ARS will create new agreements based on technical assistance received from RSA; in consultation with the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Department of Labor, Office of Department of Employment Services experts in Employment First and WIOA. (Page 178)
ARS serves on the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, AR Employment First State Leadership team with the Department of Human Services Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), Services for the Blind (DSB) Medical Services (DMS), Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Department of Workforce Services (DWS), University of Arkansas PROMISE Grant, and the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (ADE SEU). The team in consultation with both the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) State Liaison will be updating the current interagency agreements to fund braided services and apply for combined waiver programs related to opportunities where individuals participated in employment related activities under WIOA. (Page182 & 183)
ARS will determine methods for funding extended services for youth with disabilities not to exceed four years through the Employment First Vendors (CRPs, SE providers, and other external employment).  (All of Page 213)
ARS will train staff to increase awareness related to Employment First (E1st) Provider Transformation and Integrated Community Based Services as it relates to Community. (All of Page 222)
 

Customized Employment

~~ARS will maximize the ability of individuals with most significant disabilities to achieve competitive employment through customized employment, supported employment, and other individualized services. (Page 212)
Supported employment is integrated competitive employment, or an individual working in an integrated employment setting towards integrated competitive employment. This includes customized employment. The standard post-employment extended service support service under supported employment is 24 months. Focus of Supported Employment on Youth: Half of the money that Arkansas receives under the supported employment state grant will be used to support youth with the most significant blindness and low vision needs (up to age 24), and these youth may receive extended services (i.e., ongoing supports to maintain an individual in supported employment) for up to 4 years. DSB is developing an agreement with CRPs and Medicaid through the Division of Medical Services and with the Division of Development Disabilities to share the cost of extended services in supported employment.  (Page 268, 297 &298)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~ARS, in partnership with the AR Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, will initiate revised MOUs based on the WIOA, including new rates and reimbursement methodology for braiding services. (Page 218)
To best align services and resources, core and optional programs will develop joint policies and initiatives that spur collaboration, braiding of resources, and support the inclusion of key stakeholders in development and implementation. In order to continue to be inclusive of other programs and align with all workforce development resources in Arkansas, it is imperative that the work of the WIOA Roundtable continue and transition from an implementation body to a coordination and continuous improvement body. By doing so, we set ourselves up to more efficiently bring in other federal, state, and private or non-profit resources to the benefit of our citizens. (Page 58)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 217)
Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 100-101)
The workforce center delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the workforce delivery system partners) will comply with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. The State ensures that Arkansas Workforce Center system complies with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the development and implementation of a Methods of Administration Policy that outlines all requirements of the system. (All of page 101)
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 218)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~1. ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 179)
2. ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
3. ARS will develop and provide training for all VR Counselors on what pre-employment transition is/does, its requirements, and agency/counselor responsibilities.  (Page 174) 
ARS, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, will establish pilot projects focused on transitioning from facility based services to community based services. (Page 177)
Through the joint efforts of ATP and ATS, significant progress has been made in piloting the CIRCLES program in fall 2015. All ATP counselors, general VR counselors, and the ATS consultants have been trained. (Page 231)
2.  ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state. (Page 203)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state.  (Page 206)
ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 209)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~DSB continues to provide a three–week transition learning experience for up to 22 students from across the state, which includes paid work experiences, lessons in self advocacy, peer mentoring, financial literacy, independent living skills, career counseling, and planning for the future; the students are housed at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and go home on weekends. (Page 301)

Benefits

~~The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Job Seekers are:
• Builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers
• Gives advantage over other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills
• Determines skill improvement and training needs
• Possesses a portable skills credential that enhances employability and sets the stage for possible career advancement and lifelong learning.( Page 126)
The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Educators are:
• Increases chances that graduates will be hired
• Enables students to see a reason to take coursework seriously
• Improves student’s success in entry-level and subsequent jobs
• Aligns curricula to meet the job skills employers need
• Provides a workforce development tool that ensures no worker is left behind. (Page 126) 
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Program (ICAN), State AT Program, will provide and disseminate brochures printed in Spanish to reach more Arkansas residents and inform them of the benefits of assistive technology. (216)
ARS will develop a presentation to advocate the benefits of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities.
ARS will update promotional/educational videos, brochures, mailers, etc., and target businesses.
Area managers will partner with business relations representatives to effectively market ARS services to business and industry, performing an intentional and active role on the business relations team. (Page 219)
The services, service providers, and all activities selected by the participant must be necessary to meet the employment outcome goal. The VR Counselor communicates with the participant and other service providers, such as ARS, to avoid duplication of services and to ensure consideration of comparable benefits, where applicable. (Page 260)
Strategy: DSB will provide detailed benefits counseling information to each participant on SSI and SSDI.
•  Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of clients, adults, students and youth on SSI and SSDI to the DSB benefits counselor for a one–on–one benefits analysis.
•  Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor caseloads to ensure that VR Counselors are referring 100% of SSI and SSDI VR participants to the benefits counselor.
•  Performance Measure: Counselors will make participants aware of benefits counseling at the time of application, at the time of IPE’s, and at the time of closure. (Page 289)
 (Pages 291, 298, 299, 304, 305, 334, 83, 85)
 

School to Work Transition

~~.   Local education agencies provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education for students with visual impairment and those with low or no vision, including preparation for transition from school to work or other postsecondary activities. (Page 265)
2.   DSB and the Department of Education, Special Education, ESVI and Teachers for the Visually Impaired assist with student transition from secondary school to work through postsecondary training, education, or direct placement services necessary to achieve a successful employment outcome. The Division of Services for the Blind and the Department of Education, Special Education share the financial responsibility of ensuring that the provision of pre-employment transition services are planned and implemented within the school system. (Page 265)
The parties have a common and concurrent interest in providing a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities, ages 16 to 21, and younger when determined appropriate by the IEP team. The parties have a common and concurrent interest in working cooperatively to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to the skills, training, and necessary supports to transition successfully from school to work.  The parties have a common interest in assisting local agencies in developing and initiating vocational programs and services to individuals with disabilities. (Page 175)
 

Data Collection

~~ARS will continue to utilize the Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP) system, which allows the agency to update consumer resumes and backgrounds in an electronic system that can be utilized by employers nationally. This increases the opportunities for consumers to a national level since a company may have a location in Arkansas but the recruiting and hiring authority is located in another state. This also may open doors to integrated employment and competitive wages and benefits. (Page 180)
No more than 2.5% of supported employment grant funds will be used for administrative activities, including but not limited to, data collection and analyses, training, and consultation costs. The remainder of grant funds under Title VI, Part B will be used to purchase supported employment services under Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for supported employment. (Page 296)
Use Common Performance Indicators
Use common performance indicators to ensure that federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based, labor market driven, and accountable to participants and taxpayers. Center performance is transparent and accountable to the communities and regions served; data entry staff are trained and understand the importance of data validation, data collection processes, and the importance of accurate reporting.  (Page 40)
The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures. This would (include the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes and the incorporation of local input into such design and implementation, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs). (Page 45)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 85)
Consumers, often leading and guiding by example of his/her success in an area.
Performance Measures:
• Peer mentoring will be used to connect consumers interested in self-employment with individuals who have owned small businesses and can offer advice and support.
• Consumers of the Year will be encouraged to provide peer mentoring to other individuals who are blind and severely visually impaired that are trying to manage their rehabilitation plans, gain marketable skills, and secure good jobs.
• Participants in Job Club will be encouraged to mentor each other in their searches for employment and development of job readiness skills (Page 86)
The Business Relations Section meets with businesses, chambers of commerce, and stakeholders to provide education about the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. To date ARS has signed MOUs with 118 employers and will continue to market and provide education to business and industry to increase collaborative partnerships. (Page 181)
Performance Measure: Each self–employment proposal submitted by a participant will be reviewed by a team composed of the Business and Technology Administrator, the Field Services Administrator, the Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 289)
 

Career Pathways

~~ARS will collaborate with employers by fostering integrated systems, coordinating services, and providing career pathways for adults and youth/students with disabilities. (Page 181)

Employment Networks

~~Goal Met: Training for natural supports was developed in 2013 and finalized and held in March 2014, trainings continued into 2015. Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Performance Measure: A meeting will have taken place with at least one CRP to discuss the possibility of its becoming an EN.
Goal Met: DSB discussed the possibility of becoming EN’s with WSB and LFB. (Pages 88 & 309-311)
Goal 2: Increase the quality of SE Providers for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. (Page 310-311)
 

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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing
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Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division “Fiscal Year 2015 State Plan For the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services Programs” - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

~~“The Council is a federally funded, self-governing organization charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our state. Council members and staff are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. Arkansas’ Council consists of twenty-three members who are appointed by the Governor. Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities, and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities.The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities does not provide direct services.  The Council works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into the community. Administrative staff provides referrals to service providers and printed materials upon request. Outreach is a very important part of the Council’s work. The Council supports the Arkansas DD network, advocates, and in some cases, service providers across the state. Through its grants program, the Council funds programs that help foster personal independence, enhance educational opportunities, improve access to family supports and services and increase employment opportunities available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Arkansas Balancing Incentives Program - 06/01/2014

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

~~“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) program designed to encourage individuals receiving SSI/SSDI recipients to find ways to return to work. ARS Ticket to Work information is facilitated through ARS’ local field offices. A vocational rehabilitation counselor may assign the ticket to the agency if the individual wants ARS services. The vocational rehabilitation counselor will provide support and guidance with the client’s desire to explore return-to-work strategies and may also refer individuals to other agencies for specialized assistance. For more information see the ARS District Map to contact the field office nearest you”

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state

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

Arkansas Community First Choice

~~“Arkansas Department of Human Services is striving to expand home and community based services for citizens with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly through the Community First Choice (CFC) Option.  There is much discussion and debate about this subject as we move toward the next State Legislative Session that will convene in January 2015. Here is some information that will help you better understand what CFC is all about.

WHAT DOES AN “OPTION” MEAN?To explain this, we need a very quick overview of how Medicaid works. In order to receive federal matching funds, states must abide by the federal Medicaid law. This basically defines what states: 1) must do; 2) can choose to do (referred to as an “option”); and 3) cannot do. As long as states comply with the federal law, they are free to set their own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.

However, states can request to do other than that specified in the law by applying for a waiver. There are currently nearly 300 waivers in effect across the country. Arkansas has four of them.

States that wish to provide most services to people with disabilities in the community instead of institutional settings must apply for a Section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. Arkansas has had an HCBS Waiver since 1989.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers 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 Arkansa VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.4%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,978,204
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
264,777
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81,376
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.73%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.71%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,959,373 2,966,369 2,978,204
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 269,016 264,645 264,777
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 75,892 77,360 81,376
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,084,506 1,105,602 1,101,635
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 28.21% 29.23% 30.73%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.74% 73.83% 73.71%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.40% 6.10% 5.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.00% 24.40% 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80% 17.80% 18.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 246,048 239,388 240,589
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 249,954 254,012 259,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 396,118 395,131 391,387
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 78,688 77,040 87,545
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,953 11,024 10,782
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,042 4,142 4,340
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,377 1,965 2,145
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,540 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,904 10,554 11,056
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,824 3,028 3,457

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,002 4,022 4,282
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.70% 3.80% 4.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,953 140,453 140,027

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,728 6,420 6,845
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 24,031 21,474 21,984
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 34,126 31,785 34,645
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.70% 20.20% 19.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.20% 3.40% 3.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20% 1.30% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% N/A 0.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 24 53 169
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 768 785 888
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 283 307 250
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 138 N/A 23

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,018 2,753 2,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 10 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 8 9
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. 63.00% 80.00% 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.17 0.27 0.30

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,627
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 11 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 803 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,996 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 963 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 71 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 141 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 42.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,296 3,220 3,382
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 202,148 201,311 202,159
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 78 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
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. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.88% 52.90% 52.51%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.18% 13.39% 13.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.57% 2.37% 2.32%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.07% 98.58% 98.87%
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). 18.42% 18.17% 24.64%
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). 43.88% 52.19% 51.66%
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). 58.13% 54.64% 63.03%
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). 25.46% 34.02% 27.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 7 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 65 50 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 61 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 443 438
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,445 3,608
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 524 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,412 4,570

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~ARS’s standard procedures for external Employment First private non–profit and public VR service providers and CRPs are standards of compliance ensuring VR consumers achieve acceptable outcomes related to employment. The procedures for a CRP to be accredited as a vendor and to maintain accreditation are:
1. The CRP submits a vendor application documenting required experience in working with consumers with disabilities and employers.
2. ARS reviews the application to assure ARS requirements are met, and submits a certificate and agreement documents to the ARS Commissioner for signature.
3. The CRP is required to sign certification agreement documents assuring the ARS requirements as a vendor will be met.
4. Once accredited, ARS provides a current vendor packet and provides training to the entity, as needed. ARS informs the ARS district manager and the VR counselors of the vendor.
5. The VR counselor refers the consumer to the CRP and monitors the consumer’s progress.
6. A VR counselor liaison is assigned to each CRP and provides monthly reports to the appropriate ARS personnel.
7. ARS case review personnel from Program Planning, Development and Evaluation perform a standardized audit of CRP consumer files to ensure training criteria is met, the CRP demonstrates acceptable consumer progress/plans, appropriate documents are in the file, and the amount billed meets accepted guidelines of cost to value. CRP personnel files are reviewed to assure performance standards are acceptable and staff training requirements are met. (Page 177)
ARS will create new agreements based on technical assistance received from RSA; in consultation with the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Department of Labor, Office of Department of Employment Services experts in Employment First and WIOA. (Page 178)
ARS serves on the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, AR Employment First State Leadership team with the Department of Human Services Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), Services for the Blind (DSB) Medical Services (DMS), Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Department of Workforce Services (DWS), University of Arkansas PROMISE Grant, and the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (ADE SEU). The team in consultation with both the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) State Liaison will be updating the current interagency agreements to fund braided services and apply for combined waiver programs related to opportunities where individuals participated in employment related activities under WIOA. (Page182 & 183)
ARS will determine methods for funding extended services for youth with disabilities not to exceed four years through the Employment First Vendors (CRPs, SE providers, and other external employment).  (All of Page 213)
ARS will train staff to increase awareness related to Employment First (E1st) Provider Transformation and Integrated Community Based Services as it relates to Community. (All of Page 222)
 

Customized Employment

~~ARS will maximize the ability of individuals with most significant disabilities to achieve competitive employment through customized employment, supported employment, and other individualized services. (Page 212)
Supported employment is integrated competitive employment, or an individual working in an integrated employment setting towards integrated competitive employment. This includes customized employment. The standard post-employment extended service support service under supported employment is 24 months. Focus of Supported Employment on Youth: Half of the money that Arkansas receives under the supported employment state grant will be used to support youth with the most significant blindness and low vision needs (up to age 24), and these youth may receive extended services (i.e., ongoing supports to maintain an individual in supported employment) for up to 4 years. DSB is developing an agreement with CRPs and Medicaid through the Division of Medical Services and with the Division of Development Disabilities to share the cost of extended services in supported employment.  (Page 268, 297 &298)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~ARS, in partnership with the AR Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, will initiate revised MOUs based on the WIOA, including new rates and reimbursement methodology for braiding services. (Page 218)
To best align services and resources, core and optional programs will develop joint policies and initiatives that spur collaboration, braiding of resources, and support the inclusion of key stakeholders in development and implementation. In order to continue to be inclusive of other programs and align with all workforce development resources in Arkansas, it is imperative that the work of the WIOA Roundtable continue and transition from an implementation body to a coordination and continuous improvement body. By doing so, we set ourselves up to more efficiently bring in other federal, state, and private or non-profit resources to the benefit of our citizens. (Page 58)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 217)
Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 100-101)
The workforce center delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the workforce delivery system partners) will comply with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. The State ensures that Arkansas Workforce Center system complies with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the development and implementation of a Methods of Administration Policy that outlines all requirements of the system. (All of page 101)
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 218)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~1. ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 179)
2. ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
3. ARS will develop and provide training for all VR Counselors on what pre-employment transition is/does, its requirements, and agency/counselor responsibilities.  (Page 174) 
ARS, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, will establish pilot projects focused on transitioning from facility based services to community based services. (Page 177)
Through the joint efforts of ATP and ATS, significant progress has been made in piloting the CIRCLES program in fall 2015. All ATP counselors, general VR counselors, and the ATS consultants have been trained. (Page 231)
2.  ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state. (Page 203)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state.  (Page 206)
ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 209)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~DSB continues to provide a three–week transition learning experience for up to 22 students from across the state, which includes paid work experiences, lessons in self advocacy, peer mentoring, financial literacy, independent living skills, career counseling, and planning for the future; the students are housed at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and go home on weekends. (Page 301)

Benefits

~~The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Job Seekers are:
• Builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers
• Gives advantage over other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills
• Determines skill improvement and training needs
• Possesses a portable skills credential that enhances employability and sets the stage for possible career advancement and lifelong learning.( Page 126)
The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Educators are:
• Increases chances that graduates will be hired
• Enables students to see a reason to take coursework seriously
• Improves student’s success in entry-level and subsequent jobs
• Aligns curricula to meet the job skills employers need
• Provides a workforce development tool that ensures no worker is left behind. (Page 126) 
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Program (ICAN), State AT Program, will provide and disseminate brochures printed in Spanish to reach more Arkansas residents and inform them of the benefits of assistive technology. (216)
ARS will develop a presentation to advocate the benefits of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities.
ARS will update promotional/educational videos, brochures, mailers, etc., and target businesses.
Area managers will partner with business relations representatives to effectively market ARS services to business and industry, performing an intentional and active role on the business relations team. (Page 219)
The services, service providers, and all activities selected by the participant must be necessary to meet the employment outcome goal. The VR Counselor communicates with the participant and other service providers, such as ARS, to avoid duplication of services and to ensure consideration of comparable benefits, where applicable. (Page 260)
Strategy: DSB will provide detailed benefits counseling information to each participant on SSI and SSDI.
•  Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of clients, adults, students and youth on SSI and SSDI to the DSB benefits counselor for a one–on–one benefits analysis.
•  Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor caseloads to ensure that VR Counselors are referring 100% of SSI and SSDI VR participants to the benefits counselor.
•  Performance Measure: Counselors will make participants aware of benefits counseling at the time of application, at the time of IPE’s, and at the time of closure. (Page 289)
 (Pages 291, 298, 299, 304, 305, 334, 83, 85)
 

School to Work Transition

~~.   Local education agencies provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education for students with visual impairment and those with low or no vision, including preparation for transition from school to work or other postsecondary activities. (Page 265)
2.   DSB and the Department of Education, Special Education, ESVI and Teachers for the Visually Impaired assist with student transition from secondary school to work through postsecondary training, education, or direct placement services necessary to achieve a successful employment outcome. The Division of Services for the Blind and the Department of Education, Special Education share the financial responsibility of ensuring that the provision of pre-employment transition services are planned and implemented within the school system. (Page 265)
The parties have a common and concurrent interest in providing a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities, ages 16 to 21, and younger when determined appropriate by the IEP team. The parties have a common and concurrent interest in working cooperatively to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to the skills, training, and necessary supports to transition successfully from school to work.  The parties have a common interest in assisting local agencies in developing and initiating vocational programs and services to individuals with disabilities. (Page 175)
 

Data Collection

~~ARS will continue to utilize the Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP) system, which allows the agency to update consumer resumes and backgrounds in an electronic system that can be utilized by employers nationally. This increases the opportunities for consumers to a national level since a company may have a location in Arkansas but the recruiting and hiring authority is located in another state. This also may open doors to integrated employment and competitive wages and benefits. (Page 180)
No more than 2.5% of supported employment grant funds will be used for administrative activities, including but not limited to, data collection and analyses, training, and consultation costs. The remainder of grant funds under Title VI, Part B will be used to purchase supported employment services under Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for supported employment. (Page 296)
Use Common Performance Indicators
Use common performance indicators to ensure that federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based, labor market driven, and accountable to participants and taxpayers. Center performance is transparent and accountable to the communities and regions served; data entry staff are trained and understand the importance of data validation, data collection processes, and the importance of accurate reporting.  (Page 40)
The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures. This would (include the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes and the incorporation of local input into such design and implementation, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs). (Page 45)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 85)
Consumers, often leading and guiding by example of his/her success in an area.
Performance Measures:
• Peer mentoring will be used to connect consumers interested in self-employment with individuals who have owned small businesses and can offer advice and support.
• Consumers of the Year will be encouraged to provide peer mentoring to other individuals who are blind and severely visually impaired that are trying to manage their rehabilitation plans, gain marketable skills, and secure good jobs.
• Participants in Job Club will be encouraged to mentor each other in their searches for employment and development of job readiness skills (Page 86)
The Business Relations Section meets with businesses, chambers of commerce, and stakeholders to provide education about the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. To date ARS has signed MOUs with 118 employers and will continue to market and provide education to business and industry to increase collaborative partnerships. (Page 181)
Performance Measure: Each self–employment proposal submitted by a participant will be reviewed by a team composed of the Business and Technology Administrator, the Field Services Administrator, the Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 289)
 

Career Pathways

~~ARS will collaborate with employers by fostering integrated systems, coordinating services, and providing career pathways for adults and youth/students with disabilities. (Page 181)

Employment Networks

~~Goal Met: Training for natural supports was developed in 2013 and finalized and held in March 2014, trainings continued into 2015. Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Performance Measure: A meeting will have taken place with at least one CRP to discuss the possibility of its becoming an EN.
Goal Met: DSB discussed the possibility of becoming EN’s with WSB and LFB. (Pages 88 & 309-311)
Goal 2: Increase the quality of SE Providers for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. (Page 310-311)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing
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Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division “Fiscal Year 2015 State Plan For the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services Programs” - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

~~“The Council is a federally funded, self-governing organization charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our state. Council members and staff are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. Arkansas’ Council consists of twenty-three members who are appointed by the Governor. Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities, and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities.The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities does not provide direct services.  The Council works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into the community. Administrative staff provides referrals to service providers and printed materials upon request. Outreach is a very important part of the Council’s work. The Council supports the Arkansas DD network, advocates, and in some cases, service providers across the state. Through its grants program, the Council funds programs that help foster personal independence, enhance educational opportunities, improve access to family supports and services and increase employment opportunities available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Arkansas Balancing Incentives Program - 06/01/2014

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

~~“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) program designed to encourage individuals receiving SSI/SSDI recipients to find ways to return to work. ARS Ticket to Work information is facilitated through ARS’ local field offices. A vocational rehabilitation counselor may assign the ticket to the agency if the individual wants ARS services. The vocational rehabilitation counselor will provide support and guidance with the client’s desire to explore return-to-work strategies and may also refer individuals to other agencies for specialized assistance. For more information see the ARS District Map to contact the field office nearest you”

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state

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

Arkansas Community First Choice

~~“Arkansas Department of Human Services is striving to expand home and community based services for citizens with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly through the Community First Choice (CFC) Option.  There is much discussion and debate about this subject as we move toward the next State Legislative Session that will convene in January 2015. Here is some information that will help you better understand what CFC is all about.

WHAT DOES AN “OPTION” MEAN?To explain this, we need a very quick overview of how Medicaid works. In order to receive federal matching funds, states must abide by the federal Medicaid law. This basically defines what states: 1) must do; 2) can choose to do (referred to as an “option”); and 3) cannot do. As long as states comply with the federal law, they are free to set their own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.

However, states can request to do other than that specified in the law by applying for a waiver. There are currently nearly 300 waivers in effect across the country. Arkansas has four of them.

States that wish to provide most services to people with disabilities in the community instead of institutional settings must apply for a Section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. Arkansas has had an HCBS Waiver since 1989.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers 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 Arkansa VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.4%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,978,204
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
264,777
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81,376
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.73%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.71%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,959,373 2,966,369 2,978,204
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 269,016 264,645 264,777
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 75,892 77,360 81,376
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,084,506 1,105,602 1,101,635
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 28.21% 29.23% 30.73%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 72.74% 73.83% 73.71%
Overall unemployment rate. 7.40% 6.10% 5.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.00% 24.40% 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.80% 17.80% 18.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 246,048 239,388 240,589
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 249,954 254,012 259,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 396,118 395,131 391,387
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 78,688 77,040 87,545
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 12,953 11,024 10,782
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,042 4,142 4,340
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,377 1,965 2,145
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A 1,540 N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 10,904 10,554 11,056
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,824 3,028 3,457

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,002 4,022 4,282
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 3.70% 3.80% 4.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,953 140,453 140,027

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,728 6,420 6,845
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 24,031 21,474 21,984
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 34,126 31,785 34,645
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.70% 20.20% 19.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.20% 3.40% 3.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.20% 1.30% 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.60% N/A 0.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 24 53 169
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 768 785 888
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 283 307 250
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 138 N/A 23

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 3,018 2,753 2,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01 0.01 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 8 10 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 5 8 9
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. 63.00% 80.00% 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.17 0.27 0.30

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
4,627
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 11 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 803 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,996 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 963 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 71 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 141 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 42.00% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,296 3,220 3,382
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 202,148 201,311 202,159
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 78 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
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. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.88% 52.90% 52.51%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.18% 13.39% 13.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.57% 2.37% 2.32%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 89.07% 98.58% 98.87%
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). 18.42% 18.17% 24.64%
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). 43.88% 52.19% 51.66%
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). 58.13% 54.64% 63.03%
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). 25.46% 34.02% 27.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 7 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 65 50 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 4 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 61 61
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 443 438
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 3,445 3,608
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 524 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 4,412 4,570

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~ARS’s standard procedures for external Employment First private non–profit and public VR service providers and CRPs are standards of compliance ensuring VR consumers achieve acceptable outcomes related to employment. The procedures for a CRP to be accredited as a vendor and to maintain accreditation are:
1. The CRP submits a vendor application documenting required experience in working with consumers with disabilities and employers.
2. ARS reviews the application to assure ARS requirements are met, and submits a certificate and agreement documents to the ARS Commissioner for signature.
3. The CRP is required to sign certification agreement documents assuring the ARS requirements as a vendor will be met.
4. Once accredited, ARS provides a current vendor packet and provides training to the entity, as needed. ARS informs the ARS district manager and the VR counselors of the vendor.
5. The VR counselor refers the consumer to the CRP and monitors the consumer’s progress.
6. A VR counselor liaison is assigned to each CRP and provides monthly reports to the appropriate ARS personnel.
7. ARS case review personnel from Program Planning, Development and Evaluation perform a standardized audit of CRP consumer files to ensure training criteria is met, the CRP demonstrates acceptable consumer progress/plans, appropriate documents are in the file, and the amount billed meets accepted guidelines of cost to value. CRP personnel files are reviewed to assure performance standards are acceptable and staff training requirements are met. (Page 177)
ARS will create new agreements based on technical assistance received from RSA; in consultation with the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Department of Labor, Office of Department of Employment Services experts in Employment First and WIOA. (Page 178)
ARS serves on the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, AR Employment First State Leadership team with the Department of Human Services Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), Services for the Blind (DSB) Medical Services (DMS), Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Department of Workforce Services (DWS), University of Arkansas PROMISE Grant, and the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (ADE SEU). The team in consultation with both the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) State Liaison will be updating the current interagency agreements to fund braided services and apply for combined waiver programs related to opportunities where individuals participated in employment related activities under WIOA. (Page182 & 183)
ARS will determine methods for funding extended services for youth with disabilities not to exceed four years through the Employment First Vendors (CRPs, SE providers, and other external employment).  (All of Page 213)
ARS will train staff to increase awareness related to Employment First (E1st) Provider Transformation and Integrated Community Based Services as it relates to Community. (All of Page 222)
 

Customized Employment

~~ARS will maximize the ability of individuals with most significant disabilities to achieve competitive employment through customized employment, supported employment, and other individualized services. (Page 212)
Supported employment is integrated competitive employment, or an individual working in an integrated employment setting towards integrated competitive employment. This includes customized employment. The standard post-employment extended service support service under supported employment is 24 months. Focus of Supported Employment on Youth: Half of the money that Arkansas receives under the supported employment state grant will be used to support youth with the most significant blindness and low vision needs (up to age 24), and these youth may receive extended services (i.e., ongoing supports to maintain an individual in supported employment) for up to 4 years. DSB is developing an agreement with CRPs and Medicaid through the Division of Medical Services and with the Division of Development Disabilities to share the cost of extended services in supported employment.  (Page 268, 297 &298)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~ARS, in partnership with the AR Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, will initiate revised MOUs based on the WIOA, including new rates and reimbursement methodology for braiding services. (Page 218)
To best align services and resources, core and optional programs will develop joint policies and initiatives that spur collaboration, braiding of resources, and support the inclusion of key stakeholders in development and implementation. In order to continue to be inclusive of other programs and align with all workforce development resources in Arkansas, it is imperative that the work of the WIOA Roundtable continue and transition from an implementation body to a coordination and continuous improvement body. By doing so, we set ourselves up to more efficiently bring in other federal, state, and private or non-profit resources to the benefit of our citizens. (Page 58)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 217)
Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 100-101)
The workforce center delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the workforce delivery system partners) will comply with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. The State ensures that Arkansas Workforce Center system complies with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the development and implementation of a Methods of Administration Policy that outlines all requirements of the system. (All of page 101)
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 218)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~1. ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 179)
2. ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
3. ARS will develop and provide training for all VR Counselors on what pre-employment transition is/does, its requirements, and agency/counselor responsibilities.  (Page 174) 
ARS, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, will establish pilot projects focused on transitioning from facility based services to community based services. (Page 177)
Through the joint efforts of ATP and ATS, significant progress has been made in piloting the CIRCLES program in fall 2015. All ATP counselors, general VR counselors, and the ATS consultants have been trained. (Page 231)
2.  ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state. (Page 203)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state.  (Page 206)
ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 209)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~DSB continues to provide a three–week transition learning experience for up to 22 students from across the state, which includes paid work experiences, lessons in self advocacy, peer mentoring, financial literacy, independent living skills, career counseling, and planning for the future; the students are housed at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and go home on weekends. (Page 301)

Benefits

~~The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Job Seekers are:
• Builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers
• Gives advantage over other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills
• Determines skill improvement and training needs
• Possesses a portable skills credential that enhances employability and sets the stage for possible career advancement and lifelong learning.( Page 126)
The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Educators are:
• Increases chances that graduates will be hired
• Enables students to see a reason to take coursework seriously
• Improves student’s success in entry-level and subsequent jobs
• Aligns curricula to meet the job skills employers need
• Provides a workforce development tool that ensures no worker is left behind. (Page 126) 
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Program (ICAN), State AT Program, will provide and disseminate brochures printed in Spanish to reach more Arkansas residents and inform them of the benefits of assistive technology. (216)
ARS will develop a presentation to advocate the benefits of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities.
ARS will update promotional/educational videos, brochures, mailers, etc., and target businesses.
Area managers will partner with business relations representatives to effectively market ARS services to business and industry, performing an intentional and active role on the business relations team. (Page 219)
The services, service providers, and all activities selected by the participant must be necessary to meet the employment outcome goal. The VR Counselor communicates with the participant and other service providers, such as ARS, to avoid duplication of services and to ensure consideration of comparable benefits, where applicable. (Page 260)
Strategy: DSB will provide detailed benefits counseling information to each participant on SSI and SSDI.
•  Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of clients, adults, students and youth on SSI and SSDI to the DSB benefits counselor for a one–on–one benefits analysis.
•  Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor caseloads to ensure that VR Counselors are referring 100% of SSI and SSDI VR participants to the benefits counselor.
•  Performance Measure: Counselors will make participants aware of benefits counseling at the time of application, at the time of IPE’s, and at the time of closure. (Page 289)
 (Pages 291, 298, 299, 304, 305, 334, 83, 85)
 

School to Work Transition

~~.   Local education agencies provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education for students with visual impairment and those with low or no vision, including preparation for transition from school to work or other postsecondary activities. (Page 265)
2.   DSB and the Department of Education, Special Education, ESVI and Teachers for the Visually Impaired assist with student transition from secondary school to work through postsecondary training, education, or direct placement services necessary to achieve a successful employment outcome. The Division of Services for the Blind and the Department of Education, Special Education share the financial responsibility of ensuring that the provision of pre-employment transition services are planned and implemented within the school system. (Page 265)
The parties have a common and concurrent interest in providing a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities, ages 16 to 21, and younger when determined appropriate by the IEP team. The parties have a common and concurrent interest in working cooperatively to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to the skills, training, and necessary supports to transition successfully from school to work.  The parties have a common interest in assisting local agencies in developing and initiating vocational programs and services to individuals with disabilities. (Page 175)
 

Data Collection

~~ARS will continue to utilize the Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP) system, which allows the agency to update consumer resumes and backgrounds in an electronic system that can be utilized by employers nationally. This increases the opportunities for consumers to a national level since a company may have a location in Arkansas but the recruiting and hiring authority is located in another state. This also may open doors to integrated employment and competitive wages and benefits. (Page 180)
No more than 2.5% of supported employment grant funds will be used for administrative activities, including but not limited to, data collection and analyses, training, and consultation costs. The remainder of grant funds under Title VI, Part B will be used to purchase supported employment services under Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for supported employment. (Page 296)
Use Common Performance Indicators
Use common performance indicators to ensure that federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based, labor market driven, and accountable to participants and taxpayers. Center performance is transparent and accountable to the communities and regions served; data entry staff are trained and understand the importance of data validation, data collection processes, and the importance of accurate reporting.  (Page 40)
The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures. This would (include the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes and the incorporation of local input into such design and implementation, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs). (Page 45)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 85)
Consumers, often leading and guiding by example of his/her success in an area.
Performance Measures:
• Peer mentoring will be used to connect consumers interested in self-employment with individuals who have owned small businesses and can offer advice and support.
• Consumers of the Year will be encouraged to provide peer mentoring to other individuals who are blind and severely visually impaired that are trying to manage their rehabilitation plans, gain marketable skills, and secure good jobs.
• Participants in Job Club will be encouraged to mentor each other in their searches for employment and development of job readiness skills (Page 86)
The Business Relations Section meets with businesses, chambers of commerce, and stakeholders to provide education about the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. To date ARS has signed MOUs with 118 employers and will continue to market and provide education to business and industry to increase collaborative partnerships. (Page 181)
Performance Measure: Each self–employment proposal submitted by a participant will be reviewed by a team composed of the Business and Technology Administrator, the Field Services Administrator, the Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 289)
 

Career Pathways

~~ARS will collaborate with employers by fostering integrated systems, coordinating services, and providing career pathways for adults and youth/students with disabilities. (Page 181)

Employment Networks

~~Goal Met: Training for natural supports was developed in 2013 and finalized and held in March 2014, trainings continued into 2015. Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Performance Measure: A meeting will have taken place with at least one CRP to discuss the possibility of its becoming an EN.
Goal Met: DSB discussed the possibility of becoming EN’s with WSB and LFB. (Pages 88 & 309-311)
Goal 2: Increase the quality of SE Providers for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. (Page 310-311)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing
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Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division “Fiscal Year 2015 State Plan For the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services Programs” - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

~~“The Council is a federally funded, self-governing organization charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our state. Council members and staff are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. Arkansas’ Council consists of twenty-three members who are appointed by the Governor. Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities, and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities.The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities does not provide direct services.  The Council works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into the community. Administrative staff provides referrals to service providers and printed materials upon request. Outreach is a very important part of the Council’s work. The Council supports the Arkansas DD network, advocates, and in some cases, service providers across the state. Through its grants program, the Council funds programs that help foster personal independence, enhance educational opportunities, improve access to family supports and services and increase employment opportunities available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Arkansas Balancing Incentives Program - 06/01/2014

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

~~“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) program designed to encourage individuals receiving SSI/SSDI recipients to find ways to return to work. ARS Ticket to Work information is facilitated through ARS’ local field offices. A vocational rehabilitation counselor may assign the ticket to the agency if the individual wants ARS services. The vocational rehabilitation counselor will provide support and guidance with the client’s desire to explore return-to-work strategies and may also refer individuals to other agencies for specialized assistance. For more information see the ARS District Map to contact the field office nearest you”

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state

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

Arkansas Community First Choice

~~“Arkansas Department of Human Services is striving to expand home and community based services for citizens with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly through the Community First Choice (CFC) Option.  There is much discussion and debate about this subject as we move toward the next State Legislative Session that will convene in January 2015. Here is some information that will help you better understand what CFC is all about.

WHAT DOES AN “OPTION” MEAN?To explain this, we need a very quick overview of how Medicaid works. In order to receive federal matching funds, states must abide by the federal Medicaid law. This basically defines what states: 1) must do; 2) can choose to do (referred to as an “option”); and 3) cannot do. As long as states comply with the federal law, they are free to set their own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.

However, states can request to do other than that specified in the law by applying for a waiver. There are currently nearly 300 waivers in effect across the country. Arkansas has four of them.

States that wish to provide most services to people with disabilities in the community instead of institutional settings must apply for a Section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. Arkansas has had an HCBS Waiver since 1989.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers 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 Arkansa VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.4%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,978,204
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
264,777
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81,376
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.73%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.71%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 2,978,204
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 264,777
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,376
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,101,635
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.73%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.71%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 240,589
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 259,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 391,387
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,545
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 10,782
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,340
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,145
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,056
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,457

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,282
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,027

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,845
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 21,984
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 34,645
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 169
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 888
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 250
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 23

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 9
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. 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.30

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,382
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 202,159
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

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
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. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.51%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.32%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.87%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 24.64%
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). 51.66%
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). 63.03%
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). 27.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 61
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). 438
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,608
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,570

 

WIOA Proflie

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~ARS’s standard procedures for external Employment First private non–profit and public VR service providers and CRPs are standards of compliance ensuring VR consumers achieve acceptable outcomes related to employment. The procedures for a CRP to be accredited as a vendor and to maintain accreditation are:
1. The CRP submits a vendor application documenting required experience in working with consumers with disabilities and employers.
2. ARS reviews the application to assure ARS requirements are met, and submits a certificate and agreement documents to the ARS Commissioner for signature.
3. The CRP is required to sign certification agreement documents assuring the ARS requirements as a vendor will be met.
4. Once accredited, ARS provides a current vendor packet and provides training to the entity, as needed. ARS informs the ARS district manager and the VR counselors of the vendor.
5. The VR counselor refers the consumer to the CRP and monitors the consumer’s progress.
6. A VR counselor liaison is assigned to each CRP and provides monthly reports to the appropriate ARS personnel.
7. ARS case review personnel from Program Planning, Development and Evaluation perform a standardized audit of CRP consumer files to ensure training criteria is met, the CRP demonstrates acceptable consumer progress/plans, appropriate documents are in the file, and the amount billed meets accepted guidelines of cost to value. CRP personnel files are reviewed to assure performance standards are acceptable and staff training requirements are met. (Page 177)
ARS will create new agreements based on technical assistance received from RSA; in consultation with the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Department of Labor, Office of Department of Employment Services experts in Employment First and WIOA. (Page 178)
ARS serves on the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, AR Employment First State Leadership team with the Department of Human Services Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), Services for the Blind (DSB) Medical Services (DMS), Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Department of Workforce Services (DWS), University of Arkansas PROMISE Grant, and the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (ADE SEU). The team in consultation with both the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) State Liaison will be updating the current interagency agreements to fund braided services and apply for combined waiver programs related to opportunities where individuals participated in employment related activities under WIOA. (Page182 & 183)
ARS will determine methods for funding extended services for youth with disabilities not to exceed four years through the Employment First Vendors (CRPs, SE providers, and other external employment).  (All of Page 213)
ARS will train staff to increase awareness related to Employment First (E1st) Provider Transformation and Integrated Community Based Services as it relates to Community. (All of Page 222)
 

Customized Employment

~~ARS will maximize the ability of individuals with most significant disabilities to achieve competitive employment through customized employment, supported employment, and other individualized services. (Page 212)
Supported employment is integrated competitive employment, or an individual working in an integrated employment setting towards integrated competitive employment. This includes customized employment. The standard post-employment extended service support service under supported employment is 24 months. Focus of Supported Employment on Youth: Half of the money that Arkansas receives under the supported employment state grant will be used to support youth with the most significant blindness and low vision needs (up to age 24), and these youth may receive extended services (i.e., ongoing supports to maintain an individual in supported employment) for up to 4 years. DSB is developing an agreement with CRPs and Medicaid through the Division of Medical Services and with the Division of Development Disabilities to share the cost of extended services in supported employment.  (Page 268, 297 &298)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~ARS, in partnership with the AR Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, will initiate revised MOUs based on the WIOA, including new rates and reimbursement methodology for braiding services. (Page 218)
To best align services and resources, core and optional programs will develop joint policies and initiatives that spur collaboration, braiding of resources, and support the inclusion of key stakeholders in development and implementation. In order to continue to be inclusive of other programs and align with all workforce development resources in Arkansas, it is imperative that the work of the WIOA Roundtable continue and transition from an implementation body to a coordination and continuous improvement body. By doing so, we set ourselves up to more efficiently bring in other federal, state, and private or non-profit resources to the benefit of our citizens. (Page 58)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 217)
Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 100-101)
The workforce center delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the workforce delivery system partners) will comply with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. The State ensures that Arkansas Workforce Center system complies with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the development and implementation of a Methods of Administration Policy that outlines all requirements of the system. (All of page 101)
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 218)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~1. ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 179)
2. ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
3. ARS will develop and provide training for all VR Counselors on what pre-employment transition is/does, its requirements, and agency/counselor responsibilities.  (Page 174) 
ARS, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, will establish pilot projects focused on transitioning from facility based services to community based services. (Page 177)
Through the joint efforts of ATP and ATS, significant progress has been made in piloting the CIRCLES program in fall 2015. All ATP counselors, general VR counselors, and the ATS consultants have been trained. (Page 231)
2.  ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state. (Page 203)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state.  (Page 206)
ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 209)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~DSB continues to provide a three–week transition learning experience for up to 22 students from across the state, which includes paid work experiences, lessons in self advocacy, peer mentoring, financial literacy, independent living skills, career counseling, and planning for the future; the students are housed at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and go home on weekends. (Page 301)

Benefits

~~The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Job Seekers are:
• Builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers
• Gives advantage over other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills
• Determines skill improvement and training needs
• Possesses a portable skills credential that enhances employability and sets the stage for possible career advancement and lifelong learning.( Page 126)
The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Educators are:
• Increases chances that graduates will be hired
• Enables students to see a reason to take coursework seriously
• Improves student’s success in entry-level and subsequent jobs
• Aligns curricula to meet the job skills employers need
• Provides a workforce development tool that ensures no worker is left behind. (Page 126) 
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Program (ICAN), State AT Program, will provide and disseminate brochures printed in Spanish to reach more Arkansas residents and inform them of the benefits of assistive technology. (216)
ARS will develop a presentation to advocate the benefits of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities.
ARS will update promotional/educational videos, brochures, mailers, etc., and target businesses.
Area managers will partner with business relations representatives to effectively market ARS services to business and industry, performing an intentional and active role on the business relations team. (Page 219)
The services, service providers, and all activities selected by the participant must be necessary to meet the employment outcome goal. The VR Counselor communicates with the participant and other service providers, such as ARS, to avoid duplication of services and to ensure consideration of comparable benefits, where applicable. (Page 260)
Strategy: DSB will provide detailed benefits counseling information to each participant on SSI and SSDI.
•  Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of clients, adults, students and youth on SSI and SSDI to the DSB benefits counselor for a one–on–one benefits analysis.
•  Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor caseloads to ensure that VR Counselors are referring 100% of SSI and SSDI VR participants to the benefits counselor.
•  Performance Measure: Counselors will make participants aware of benefits counseling at the time of application, at the time of IPE’s, and at the time of closure. (Page 289)
 (Pages 291, 298, 299, 304, 305, 334, 83, 85)
 

School to Work Transition

~~.   Local education agencies provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education for students with visual impairment and those with low or no vision, including preparation for transition from school to work or other postsecondary activities. (Page 265)
2.   DSB and the Department of Education, Special Education, ESVI and Teachers for the Visually Impaired assist with student transition from secondary school to work through postsecondary training, education, or direct placement services necessary to achieve a successful employment outcome. The Division of Services for the Blind and the Department of Education, Special Education share the financial responsibility of ensuring that the provision of pre-employment transition services are planned and implemented within the school system. (Page 265)
The parties have a common and concurrent interest in providing a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities, ages 16 to 21, and younger when determined appropriate by the IEP team. The parties have a common and concurrent interest in working cooperatively to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to the skills, training, and necessary supports to transition successfully from school to work.  The parties have a common interest in assisting local agencies in developing and initiating vocational programs and services to individuals with disabilities. (Page 175)
 

Data Collection

~~ARS will continue to utilize the Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP) system, which allows the agency to update consumer resumes and backgrounds in an electronic system that can be utilized by employers nationally. This increases the opportunities for consumers to a national level since a company may have a location in Arkansas but the recruiting and hiring authority is located in another state. This also may open doors to integrated employment and competitive wages and benefits. (Page 180)
No more than 2.5% of supported employment grant funds will be used for administrative activities, including but not limited to, data collection and analyses, training, and consultation costs. The remainder of grant funds under Title VI, Part B will be used to purchase supported employment services under Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for supported employment. (Page 296)
Use Common Performance Indicators
Use common performance indicators to ensure that federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based, labor market driven, and accountable to participants and taxpayers. Center performance is transparent and accountable to the communities and regions served; data entry staff are trained and understand the importance of data validation, data collection processes, and the importance of accurate reporting.  (Page 40)
The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures. This would (include the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes and the incorporation of local input into such design and implementation, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs). (Page 45)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 85)
Consumers, often leading and guiding by example of his/her success in an area.
Performance Measures:
• Peer mentoring will be used to connect consumers interested in self-employment with individuals who have owned small businesses and can offer advice and support.
• Consumers of the Year will be encouraged to provide peer mentoring to other individuals who are blind and severely visually impaired that are trying to manage their rehabilitation plans, gain marketable skills, and secure good jobs.
• Participants in Job Club will be encouraged to mentor each other in their searches for employment and development of job readiness skills (Page 86)
The Business Relations Section meets with businesses, chambers of commerce, and stakeholders to provide education about the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. To date ARS has signed MOUs with 118 employers and will continue to market and provide education to business and industry to increase collaborative partnerships. (Page 181)
Performance Measure: Each self–employment proposal submitted by a participant will be reviewed by a team composed of the Business and Technology Administrator, the Field Services Administrator, the Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 289)
 

Career Pathways

~~ARS will collaborate with employers by fostering integrated systems, coordinating services, and providing career pathways for adults and youth/students with disabilities. (Page 181)

Employment Networks

~~Goal Met: Training for natural supports was developed in 2013 and finalized and held in March 2014, trainings continued into 2015. Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Performance Measure: A meeting will have taken place with at least one CRP to discuss the possibility of its becoming an EN.
Goal Met: DSB discussed the possibility of becoming EN’s with WSB and LFB. (Pages 88 & 309-311)
Goal 2: Increase the quality of SE Providers for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. (Page 310-311)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing
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Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division “Fiscal Year 2015 State Plan For the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services Programs” - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

~~“The Council is a federally funded, self-governing organization charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our state. Council members and staff are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. Arkansas’ Council consists of twenty-three members who are appointed by the Governor. Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities, and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities.The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities does not provide direct services.  The Council works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into the community. Administrative staff provides referrals to service providers and printed materials upon request. Outreach is a very important part of the Council’s work. The Council supports the Arkansas DD network, advocates, and in some cases, service providers across the state. Through its grants program, the Council funds programs that help foster personal independence, enhance educational opportunities, improve access to family supports and services and increase employment opportunities available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Arkansas Balancing Incentives Program - 06/01/2014

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

~~“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) program designed to encourage individuals receiving SSI/SSDI recipients to find ways to return to work. ARS Ticket to Work information is facilitated through ARS’ local field offices. A vocational rehabilitation counselor may assign the ticket to the agency if the individual wants ARS services. The vocational rehabilitation counselor will provide support and guidance with the client’s desire to explore return-to-work strategies and may also refer individuals to other agencies for specialized assistance. For more information see the ARS District Map to contact the field office nearest you”

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state

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

Arkansas Community First Choice

~~“Arkansas Department of Human Services is striving to expand home and community based services for citizens with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly through the Community First Choice (CFC) Option.  There is much discussion and debate about this subject as we move toward the next State Legislative Session that will convene in January 2015. Here is some information that will help you better understand what CFC is all about.

WHAT DOES AN “OPTION” MEAN?To explain this, we need a very quick overview of how Medicaid works. In order to receive federal matching funds, states must abide by the federal Medicaid law. This basically defines what states: 1) must do; 2) can choose to do (referred to as an “option”); and 3) cannot do. As long as states comply with the federal law, they are free to set their own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.

However, states can request to do other than that specified in the law by applying for a waiver. There are currently nearly 300 waivers in effect across the country. Arkansas has four of them.

States that wish to provide most services to people with disabilities in the community instead of institutional settings must apply for a Section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. Arkansas has had an HCBS Waiver since 1989.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

The Natural State of Arkansas celebrates that disability is a natural part of life, and should not limit the career opportunities for hard workers 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 Arkansa VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
0.4%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,978,204
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
0.05%
Change from
2014 to 2015
264,777
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.94%
Change from
2014 to 2015
81,376
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
30.73%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
-0.16%
Change from
2014 to 2015
73.71%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 2,978,204
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 264,777
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 81,376
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,101,635
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 30.73%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 73.71%
Overall unemployment rate. 5.20%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 24.30%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 18.00%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 240,589
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 259,824
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 391,387
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 87,545
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 10,782
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,340
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 2,145
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). N/A
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 11,056
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 3,457

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 4,282
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 4.10%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 140,027

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 6,845
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 21,984
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 34,645
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 19.80%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.70%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.00%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 169
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 888
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 250
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 23

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 2,821
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.01

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 17
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 9
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. 53.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 0.30

 

VR OUTCOMES

2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,382
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 202,159
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

2009
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $522,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $4,000
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. 4.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. N/A
Number of people served in facility based work. 959
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 379
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.90

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 52.51%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.56%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.32%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 98.87%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 24.64%
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). 51.66%
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). 63.03%
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). 27.02%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 498,055
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 1,122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 83,194
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 188,231
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 271,425
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 40
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 335
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 375
AbilityOne wages (products). $772,656
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,001,227

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 7
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 50
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 4
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 61
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). 438
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 3,608
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 524
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 4,570

 

WIOA Profile

WIOA Profile

 

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

Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program (EFSLMP)

~~ARS’s standard procedures for external Employment First private non–profit and public VR service providers and CRPs are standards of compliance ensuring VR consumers achieve acceptable outcomes related to employment. The procedures for a CRP to be accredited as a vendor and to maintain accreditation are:
1. The CRP submits a vendor application documenting required experience in working with consumers with disabilities and employers.
2. ARS reviews the application to assure ARS requirements are met, and submits a certificate and agreement documents to the ARS Commissioner for signature.
3. The CRP is required to sign certification agreement documents assuring the ARS requirements as a vendor will be met.
4. Once accredited, ARS provides a current vendor packet and provides training to the entity, as needed. ARS informs the ARS district manager and the VR counselors of the vendor.
5. The VR counselor refers the consumer to the CRP and monitors the consumer’s progress.
6. A VR counselor liaison is assigned to each CRP and provides monthly reports to the appropriate ARS personnel.
7. ARS case review personnel from Program Planning, Development and Evaluation perform a standardized audit of CRP consumer files to ensure training criteria is met, the CRP demonstrates acceptable consumer progress/plans, appropriate documents are in the file, and the amount billed meets accepted guidelines of cost to value. CRP personnel files are reviewed to assure performance standards are acceptable and staff training requirements are met. (Page 177)
ARS will create new agreements based on technical assistance received from RSA; in consultation with the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Department of Labor, Office of Department of Employment Services experts in Employment First and WIOA. (Page 178)
ARS serves on the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, AR Employment First State Leadership team with the Department of Human Services Divisions of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS), Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), Services for the Blind (DSB) Medical Services (DMS), Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), Department of Workforce Services (DWS), University of Arkansas PROMISE Grant, and the Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (ADE SEU). The team in consultation with both the Arkansas State Rehabilitation Council and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) State Liaison will be updating the current interagency agreements to fund braided services and apply for combined waiver programs related to opportunities where individuals participated in employment related activities under WIOA. (Page182 & 183)
ARS will determine methods for funding extended services for youth with disabilities not to exceed four years through the Employment First Vendors (CRPs, SE providers, and other external employment).  (All of Page 213)
ARS will train staff to increase awareness related to Employment First (E1st) Provider Transformation and Integrated Community Based Services as it relates to Community. (All of Page 222)
 

Customized Employment

~~ARS will maximize the ability of individuals with most significant disabilities to achieve competitive employment through customized employment, supported employment, and other individualized services. (Page 212)
Supported employment is integrated competitive employment, or an individual working in an integrated employment setting towards integrated competitive employment. This includes customized employment. The standard post-employment extended service support service under supported employment is 24 months. Focus of Supported Employment on Youth: Half of the money that Arkansas receives under the supported employment state grant will be used to support youth with the most significant blindness and low vision needs (up to age 24), and these youth may receive extended services (i.e., ongoing supports to maintain an individual in supported employment) for up to 4 years. DSB is developing an agreement with CRPs and Medicaid through the Division of Medical Services and with the Division of Development Disabilities to share the cost of extended services in supported employment.  (Page 268, 297 &298)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~ARS, in partnership with the AR Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, will initiate revised MOUs based on the WIOA, including new rates and reimbursement methodology for braiding services. (Page 218)
To best align services and resources, core and optional programs will develop joint policies and initiatives that spur collaboration, braiding of resources, and support the inclusion of key stakeholders in development and implementation. In order to continue to be inclusive of other programs and align with all workforce development resources in Arkansas, it is imperative that the work of the WIOA Roundtable continue and transition from an implementation body to a coordination and continuous improvement body. By doing so, we set ourselves up to more efficiently bring in other federal, state, and private or non-profit resources to the benefit of our citizens. (Page 58)
 

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 217)
Describe how the one-stop delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the one-stop delivery system partners), will comply with section 188 of WIOA (if applicable) and applicable Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. This also must include a description of compliance through providing staff training and support for addressing the needs of individuals with disabilities. Describe the State’s one-stop center certification policy, particularly the accessibility criteria. (Page 100-101)
The workforce center delivery system (including one-stop center operators and the workforce delivery system partners) will comply with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.) with regard to the physical and programmatic accessibility of facilities, programs, services, technology, and materials for individuals with disabilities. The State ensures that Arkansas Workforce Center system complies with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 through the development and implementation of a Methods of Administration Policy that outlines all requirements of the system. (All of page 101)
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Network will work with the Division of Services for the Blind to develop a certification review team for compliance of the one stop delivery system with section 188 of WIOA and applicable provisions of the ADA. (Page 218)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~1. ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 179)
2. ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
3. ARS will develop and provide training for all VR Counselors on what pre-employment transition is/does, its requirements, and agency/counselor responsibilities.  (Page 174) 
ARS, in partnership with the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, will establish pilot projects focused on transitioning from facility based services to community based services. (Page 177)
Through the joint efforts of ATP and ATS, significant progress has been made in piloting the CIRCLES program in fall 2015. All ATP counselors, general VR counselors, and the ATS consultants have been trained. (Page 231)
2.  ARS also recognizes clients served through the PROMISE Grant may also qualify for pre-employment transition services. ARS will work with PROMISE leadership and other PROMISE partners to identify opportunities to partner/provide pre-employment services to PROMISE participants. (Page 179)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state. (Page 203)
ARS has two approaches to Transition services with different outcome goals. One is the Arkansas Transition Program (ATP), formerly the Pilot Transition Project, which operates in six school districts in Crittenden, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Washington counties. The second is a more general/traditional approach of the Field Program provided by the caseload counselors throughout the state.  (Page 206)
ARS recognizes some of the services provided through its piloted ATP program apply to pre-employment transition. ARS will evaluate the program’s strengths and weaknesses and apply lessons learned as it implements its pre-employment transition program. (Page 209)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~DSB continues to provide a three–week transition learning experience for up to 22 students from across the state, which includes paid work experiences, lessons in self advocacy, peer mentoring, financial literacy, independent living skills, career counseling, and planning for the future; the students are housed at Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and go home on weekends. (Page 301)

Benefits

~~The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Job Seekers are:
• Builds confidence that skills meet the needs of local employers
• Gives advantage over other job applicants who have not demonstrated needed skills
• Determines skill improvement and training needs
• Possesses a portable skills credential that enhances employability and sets the stage for possible career advancement and lifelong learning.( Page 126)
The benefits of the Arkansas Career Readiness Certificate to Educators are:
• Increases chances that graduates will be hired
• Enables students to see a reason to take coursework seriously
• Improves student’s success in entry-level and subsequent jobs
• Aligns curricula to meet the job skills employers need
• Provides a workforce development tool that ensures no worker is left behind. (Page 126) 
Access and Accommodations in collaboration with Increasing Capabilities Access Program (ICAN), State AT Program, will provide and disseminate brochures printed in Spanish to reach more Arkansas residents and inform them of the benefits of assistive technology. (216)
ARS will develop a presentation to advocate the benefits of hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities.
ARS will update promotional/educational videos, brochures, mailers, etc., and target businesses.
Area managers will partner with business relations representatives to effectively market ARS services to business and industry, performing an intentional and active role on the business relations team. (Page 219)
The services, service providers, and all activities selected by the participant must be necessary to meet the employment outcome goal. The VR Counselor communicates with the participant and other service providers, such as ARS, to avoid duplication of services and to ensure consideration of comparable benefits, where applicable. (Page 260)
Strategy: DSB will provide detailed benefits counseling information to each participant on SSI and SSDI.
•  Performance Measure: DSB will refer 100% of clients, adults, students and youth on SSI and SSDI to the DSB benefits counselor for a one–on–one benefits analysis.
•  Performance Measure: Area Supervisors will monitor caseloads to ensure that VR Counselors are referring 100% of SSI and SSDI VR participants to the benefits counselor.
•  Performance Measure: Counselors will make participants aware of benefits counseling at the time of application, at the time of IPE’s, and at the time of closure. (Page 289)
 (Pages 291, 298, 299, 304, 305, 334, 83, 85)
 

School to Work Transition

~~.   Local education agencies provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education for students with visual impairment and those with low or no vision, including preparation for transition from school to work or other postsecondary activities. (Page 265)
2.   DSB and the Department of Education, Special Education, ESVI and Teachers for the Visually Impaired assist with student transition from secondary school to work through postsecondary training, education, or direct placement services necessary to achieve a successful employment outcome. The Division of Services for the Blind and the Department of Education, Special Education share the financial responsibility of ensuring that the provision of pre-employment transition services are planned and implemented within the school system. (Page 265)
The parties have a common and concurrent interest in providing a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities, ages 16 to 21, and younger when determined appropriate by the IEP team. The parties have a common and concurrent interest in working cooperatively to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to the skills, training, and necessary supports to transition successfully from school to work.  The parties have a common interest in assisting local agencies in developing and initiating vocational programs and services to individuals with disabilities. (Page 175)
 

Data Collection

~~ARS will continue to utilize the Talent Acquisition Portal (TAP) system, which allows the agency to update consumer resumes and backgrounds in an electronic system that can be utilized by employers nationally. This increases the opportunities for consumers to a national level since a company may have a location in Arkansas but the recruiting and hiring authority is located in another state. This also may open doors to integrated employment and competitive wages and benefits. (Page 180)
No more than 2.5% of supported employment grant funds will be used for administrative activities, including but not limited to, data collection and analyses, training, and consultation costs. The remainder of grant funds under Title VI, Part B will be used to purchase supported employment services under Individualized Plans for Employment (IPE) for individuals with the most significant disabilities who have been determined eligible for supported employment. (Page 296)
Use Common Performance Indicators
Use common performance indicators to ensure that federal investments in employment and training programs are evidence-based, labor market driven, and accountable to participants and taxpayers. Center performance is transparent and accountable to the communities and regions served; data entry staff are trained and understand the importance of data validation, data collection processes, and the importance of accurate reporting.  (Page 40)
The development of strategies for aligning technology and data systems across one-stop partner programs to enhance service delivery and improve efficiencies in reporting on performance accountability measures. This would (include the design and implementation of common intake, data collection, case management information, and performance accountability measurement and reporting processes and the incorporation of local input into such design and implementation, to improve coordination of services across one-stop partner programs). (Page 45)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 85)
Consumers, often leading and guiding by example of his/her success in an area.
Performance Measures:
• Peer mentoring will be used to connect consumers interested in self-employment with individuals who have owned small businesses and can offer advice and support.
• Consumers of the Year will be encouraged to provide peer mentoring to other individuals who are blind and severely visually impaired that are trying to manage their rehabilitation plans, gain marketable skills, and secure good jobs.
• Participants in Job Club will be encouraged to mentor each other in their searches for employment and development of job readiness skills (Page 86)
The Business Relations Section meets with businesses, chambers of commerce, and stakeholders to provide education about the Business Leadership Network (BLN) and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities. To date ARS has signed MOUs with 118 employers and will continue to market and provide education to business and industry to increase collaborative partnerships. (Page 181)
Performance Measure: Each self–employment proposal submitted by a participant will be reviewed by a team composed of the Business and Technology Administrator, the Field Services Administrator, the Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
The Small Business Coordinator, and the participant’s VR Counselor to ensure that a proposal is realistic and sustainable before it is approved and any funds are provided.
• Performance Measure: A brochure will be developed to provide interested consumers with information about DSB’s small business self–employment program. (Page 289)
 

Career Pathways

~~ARS will collaborate with employers by fostering integrated systems, coordinating services, and providing career pathways for adults and youth/students with disabilities. (Page 181)

Employment Networks

~~Goal Met: Training for natural supports was developed in 2013 and finalized and held in March 2014, trainings continued into 2015. Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Strategy: DSB will continue to encourage CRPs to become Employment Networks (ENs).
Performance Measure: A meeting will have taken place with at least one CRP to discuss the possibility of its becoming an EN.
Goal Met: DSB discussed the possibility of becoming EN’s with WSB and LFB. (Pages 88 & 309-311)
Goal 2: Increase the quality of SE Providers for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired. (Page 310-311)
 

Policies and Initiatives

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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing
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Arkansas HB 1706 - 02/27/2017

~~“20-77-2702. Legislative intent and purpose. 28(a) As the single state agency for administration of the medical 29 assistance programs established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 30 42 U.S.C. § 1396 et seq., and Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 31 § 1397aa et seq., the Department of Human Services is authorized by federal 32 law to utilize one (1) or more organizations for providing healthcare 33 services to Medicaid beneficiary populations. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is to establish a Medicaid 35 provider-led organized care system that administers and delivers healthcare  services for a member of an enrollable Medicaid beneficiary population in 1 return for payment.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Citations

Arkansas ABLE HB 1239 - 04/08/2015

An act to create the Achieving a Better Life Experience [ABLE] program; to provide new avenues for financial self-sufficiency for Arkansans with disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

Arkansas Department of Career Education Transition Services

“The Division of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services' Transition Services program works to provide the opportunity for Rehabilitation Counselors and Schools to develop partnerships in their efforts to prepare high school students with disabilities with the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to achieve successful transition from high school to adult life".

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Arkansas Governor's Employment First Agency Memo - 01/14/2016

…In 2010 Governor Beebe issued Executive Order No. 10-17 in which he established the first initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities by creating the Employment First Task Force  In 2011, the Task Force made recommendations to implement this initiative, however, some of those recommendations were never carried out…I am hereby directing all State agencies that directly report to me to complete a status report form…This status report will demonstrate each agency’s actions taken to date that exhibit their efforts to comply with Executive Order No. 10-17.  These status reports will give the Task Force the necessary information to move forward with fulfilling the directives of Executive Order No. 10-17.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Executive Order (EO 10-17) Establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative - 10/21/2010

“State agencies are hereby directed to coordinate efforts to increase employment of Arkansans with disabilities. To that end, the Arkansas Department of Human Services shall convene an Employment First Task Force, which shall include representation of and input from agencies administering disability services, vocational rehabilitation, workforce services and education, as well as from consumer advocates and disability service providers. … State agencies, whose missions include service to individuals with disabilities, shall develop and implement Employment First policies and procedures that prioritize employment as the preferred service option for individuals with disabilities.”

 

Arkansas State Library. (2010). Executive order EO 10-17, establishing the Arkansas Employment First Initiative to increase state employment of Arkansans with disabilities, proclamation, October 21, 2010. Retrieved from http://cdm16039.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p15021coll1/id/136/rec/26

   
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program for Fiscal Year 2015 (submitted FY 2014) - 02/16/2017

~~“6.2 Statewide assessment of supported employment services needs. (Section 625(b)(2) of the Rehabilitation Act; 34 CFR 363.11(b))Attachment 4.11(a) describes the results of the comprehensive, statewide needs assessment conducted under Section 101(a)(15)(a)(1) of the Rehabilitation Act and subparagraph 4.11(a)(1) of the Title I State Plan with respect to the rehabilitation needs of individuals with most significant disabilities and their need for supported employment services, including needs related to coordination.” 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

Special Education Process Guide - 02/10/2017

~~• “The Notice of Conference is used by the LEA to take steps to ensure that parent(s) are afforded the opportunity to participate in the special education process. It is the district’s responsibility to provide parents with appropriate notice of a meeting, and use other methods to ensure parent participation in IEP meetings and other special education conferences.• • Based on the information reviewed at the referral conference a decision is made as to whether the child will be evaluated for eligibility for special education and related services under IDEA, and then documented on the Referral Conference Decision form. This determination would conclude the process if the LEA and the parent agreed that the child is not suspected of having a disability and in need of special education services. However, the LEA should consider all of the child’s educational needs.” 

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arlamsas Department of Human Services "Workers with Disabilities" - 01/01/2017

~~“Can you work if you’re in aMedicaid waiver program?Yes. Medicaid waiver participants can work, and some waiver services can be used at work. Waiver participants can earn up to a monthly limit from working as long as they do not exceed their total monthly income.If you qualify for the Workers with Disabilities Medicaid  program, you can have unlimited earnings from working and still be eligible for the Medicaid waiver. Waiver participants also need to consider how working will affect other benefits they receiveespecially Social Security or SSI.” 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other

Arkansas State Council for Developmental Disabilities Five Year State Plan for 2017 - 08/08/2016

Goal #3: The Arkansas DD Council will collaborate with state agencies and community programs to improve competitive, integrated employment of Arkansans with developmental disabilities. The Council will participate and advocate the work of the Employment First Task Force to advocate for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment. Meaningful involvement by self-advocates in Employment First Initiatives will be a major part of this Goal with a request for a community partner to assist people with DD with the shift from sheltered employment to competitive, integrated employment working in round table meetings with self advocates, their families and employers.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing “Remaining Recommendations” - 07/11/2016

• The Arkansas Legislative Health Care Task Force Hearing makes the following recommendations: • • Developmental Disability Provider Savings Plan • The task force recommends that DHS begin discussions with the Developmental Disabilities Provider Association regarding projected savings for SFY 2017-2021 (provided to the task force on February 17, 2016) and determine if any additional rule, plan or policy changes should be made along with or prior to the planning for any new or revised waiver to serve the developmentally disabled • Developmental Disabilities • The task force recommends and supports the Arkansas Department of Human Services moving forward with a new waiver or a • comprehensive revision of the Developmentally Disabled Services (DDS) Alternative Community Services waiver that is based on independent assessment, three levels of care, an institutional cost limit, tiered payments, and focuses on employment and community choices..

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability

State of Arkansas Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan 2016-2019 - 04/01/2016

• Train and equip workforce center staff in an ongoing learning process with the knowledge, skills, and motivation to provide superior service to job seekers, including those with disabilities, and businesses in an integrated, regionally focused framework of service delivery. Center staff are cross-trained, as appropriate, to increase staff capacity, expertise, and efficiency. Cross-training allows staff from differing programs to understand every program and to share their expertise about the needs of specific populations so that all staff can better serve all customers. Center staff are routinely trained and are keenly aware as to how their particular function supports and contributes to the overall vision of the local board

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Data Sharing

Arkansas HCBS 1915c Technical Guide - 01/01/2015

These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.

The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment

 

 

 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Arkansas Department of Career Education Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Division “Fiscal Year 2015 State Plan For the Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment Services Programs” - 10/01/2014

ARS [Arkansas Rehabilitation Services] collaborates and coordinates services with federal, state and local agencies that contribute to the vocational rehabilitation and independent living of Arkansans with disabilities. ARS cooperates with agencies in carrying out activities including planning and coordinating services to people with disabilities in order to build capacity in communities, improve the quality and quantity of services, and avoid duplication of services.

Collaborating agencies include:

• Arkansas Department of General Education, Special Education – Transition

• Arkansas Governor’s Employment First Taskforce 

 

 

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

Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disability Council Funding - 07/08/2013

~~“The Council is a federally funded, self-governing organization charged with identifying the most pressing needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our state. Council members and staff are committed to advancing public policy and systems change that help these individuals gain more control over their lives. Arkansas’ Council consists of twenty-three members who are appointed by the Governor. Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities, and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities.The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities does not provide direct services.  The Council works to improve the independence and productivity of Arkansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to ensure their integration and inclusion into the community. Administrative staff provides referrals to service providers and printed materials upon request. Outreach is a very important part of the Council’s work. The Council supports the Arkansas DD network, advocates, and in some cases, service providers across the state. Through its grants program, the Council funds programs that help foster personal independence, enhance educational opportunities, improve access to family supports and services and increase employment opportunities available to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across our state.”   
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report - 12/01/2011

Recommendations for FY2012 from the Task Force:

Develop online training modules on disability employment, to efficiently train large numbers of State and provider agency staff who work with individuals with disabilities. To be developed in-house by the EmployAbility Project in collaboration with other agencies. (Recommendation 1) Launch a joint outreach and marketing campaign to raise awareness of opportunities to work. This effort will be launched with federal grant funds, and hopefully sustained by participating agencies. Identify funds to continue the Employment Hotline, which helps about 1,500 individuals with disabilities who want to work each year by providing a single phone number for information and referrals. The Hotline has been funded with federal grants, but alternate funding is needed to sustain it. (Recommendation 3) Increase emphasis on employment in Medicaid home and community services programs to enable more individuals with disabilities to get jobs. (Recommendations 10, 11, 12) Continue interagency collaboration to increase employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. (Recommendation 30) Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project, which provides policy analysis, coordination, training and technical assistance. The project’s federal funding will run out next year. (Recommendation 32) Determine the employment rate of Arkansas disability beneficiaries to establish a baseline and measure yearly progress. The Department of Workforce Services will analyze earnings data from unemployment insurance with a list of SSDI and SSI beneficiaries. (Recommendation 21)

 

“The Executive Order instructs State agencies to submit plans to implement Section 2 of the Executive Order, by increasing emphasis on employment within State program and services for people with disabilities.” Agencies with plans include: Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Arkansas Spinal Cord Commission, Department of Workforce Services, DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services, DHS Division of Services for the Blind, DHS Division of Behavioral Health Services, and DHS Division of Developmental Disabilities Services.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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St. Bernards To Host Unique Training Program for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities - 04/27/2017

~~“St. Bernards will be the host business partner for the first Project SEARCH site in the eastern part of the state. It will join with ACCESS, a Little Rock based organization, and Arkansas Rehabilitative Services (ARS), a division of the Department of Career Education, to provide a nine-month vocational training program designed to lead to competitive, integrated employment outcomes for young adults with developmental disabilities.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services and University of Arkansas PROMISE Partnership - 01/25/2016

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services will focus heavily on transition services by providing job exploration counseling, work base learning experiences, post-secondary training, job readiness skills and self-advocacy,”... “ARS has built a strong relationship with the University of Arkansas, and the agency is very excited about the MOU with PROMISE and looks forward….to 2016.

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

Arkansas EF Task Force: Collaborations & Final Report

After the Governor signed Executive Order 10-17, the Department of Human Services convened the Employment First Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of representatives from state agencies, provider associations, and advocacy groups. The Task Force developed the following definition of “Employment First:”

Employment First means employment in the workforce at livable wages and benefits is the first and preferred option in the provision of publicly funded services for all working age Arkansans with disabilities, regardless of level of disability.

The Arkansas Employment First Task force endeavors to continue interagency collaboration as a permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration.

 

The Final Report contained two recommendations related to interagency collaboration:   A permanent interagency work group is needed to promote collaboration on issues and sharing of information related to disability employment, including outreach and marketing, training, coordination of services, and reporting outcomes. This group will include representatives of State agencies, provider groups, advocacy groups, and the Social Security Administration. Explore strategies for sustaining the EmployAbility Project after its federal funding ends in 2012. The Project provides policy analysis, training, and outreach and facilitates interagency collaboration to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities.      
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Arkansas Balancing Incentives Program - 06/01/2014

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities.

In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play a role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment)

 

 

 

 
Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Arkansas Disability Employment Initiative - 10/14/2010

Project Description: The Arkansas Department of Workforce Services will build upon the success of their Disability Employment Navigator Initiative utilizing multiple models and strategies, including Integrated Resource Teams, customized employment, and Guideposts for Success. Their primary focus will be on integrating youth aged 14 to 24 into education and employment. Arkansas recognizes the coming shortages of a skilled labor force which they feel can be filled through engagement of youth with disabilities during their formative years with a view to long‐term economic self‐sufficiency. Arkansas will be establishing an Employment Network Outreach Specialist, in addition to Disability Resource Coordinators, to reach out‐of school and at‐risk youth as well as linking these youth to in‐depth benefit planning and work incentive information. Arkansas will incorporate individual assessment tools, such as Individual Educational/Employment Plans (IEPs), as part of career exploration and identification of educational and employment pathways. Integrated Resource Team approaches will include guidance counselors, career mentors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, community work incentives coordinators, parents/legal guardians, and others needed to assure individual success. Project design includes “real world” experience opportunities, such as summer youth employment under the Workforce Investment Act and job shadowing and mentoring from prospective employers and networking. Educational opportunities will also be explored and pursued according to the interests and skills of the youth.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging

Arkansas Promise

Arkansas PROMISE is part of a new program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families improve their educational and employment outcomes. This project is being implemented in 11 states. In Arkansas, the program is being administered by the Department of Education and the University of Arkansas, in partnership with several other state agencies and private organizations.

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

Arkansas Workbridge

The Workbridge program is a partnership between ASN and Arkansas Rehabilitation Services to provide individuals who have disabilities with intense preparation for the work and social skills necessary to succeed in today’s job market. The program consists of a combination of real work experience at Encore Kids, ASN’s children’s resale shop, as well as classroom-style training focused on the social aspects of employment. After the 70-day program, participants are supported by staff while applying for, accepting, and maintaining their jobs in the community. This ensures the success of our program and more importantly, the success of our graduates

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

Arkansas SSA Ticket to Work Program

~~“Ticket to Work is a Social Security Administration (SSA) program designed to encourage individuals receiving SSI/SSDI recipients to find ways to return to work. ARS Ticket to Work information is facilitated through ARS’ local field offices. A vocational rehabilitation counselor may assign the ticket to the agency if the individual wants ARS services. The vocational rehabilitation counselor will provide support and guidance with the client’s desire to explore return-to-work strategies and may also refer individuals to other agencies for specialized assistance. For more information see the ARS District Map to contact the field office nearest you”

 

 

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-IDs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities; individuals 21 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+

 

 

 
Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Arkansas Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council's "Funded Projects" - 03/01/2017

~~“As of March 2017, there are three projects funded by the Council:1. Council Website and Marketing Project2. Arkansas Department of Human Services / Developmental Disabilities Division (DDS) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Partnership (EFSLMP) Project -A project to provide mentoring and training for service providers on the transition from sheltered work environments to competitive, integrated employment. This project had kick-off meeting on Monday, February 27, 2017. This meeting introduced the project and provided preliminary guidance for the participating agencies.3. University of Arkansas / Partners for Inclusive Communities Self Advocacy Network Development (SAND) Project -A project to employ a statewide self-advocate coordinator (who is a self-advocate), to provide regional training across the state for self-advocates, and to support the hosting of a regional conference for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE).  Arkansas’ statewide self-advocate coordinator began work in December 2016.”.

 

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Arkansas Employment First Task Force Training Recommendations

The Final Report of the Employment First Task Force included a number of recommendations related to training, including:

Recommendation 1: Provide training on disability employment to State agency and provider agency staff.

State agencies should offer three levels of training on disability employment for their staff and provider agencies. Basic orientation should be required for staff of agencies serving people with disabilities, and could be offered online using video. Intermediate level training covering specific work incentives should be required for case managers and employment program staff. In-depth training on work incentives would be useful to persons who will actually provide work incentives counseling or work incentives training. Some State agencies may need in-house training capability on work incentives to meet the needs of their staff and providers.

 

Recommendation 19: Strengthen provider certification for employment services.

Provider certification needs to be strengthened for providers of various employment services. APSE, a national organization with focused on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities, is developing national certification for employment specialists. ARS could use this certification process to upgrade standards for provider staff.

 

Recommendation 29. Train State agency supervisors

Develop mandatory EO 10-17 supervisory training curricula to expand training on the ADA and its amendments, and demonstrate how supervisors may access Clearinghouse information for recruiting, hiring, and maintaining qualified employees with disabilities.

Discussion: State agency supervisors and personnel officials need to have full knowledge of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its amendments in order to recruit, employ, and accommodate employees with disabilities. This training would include such topics as ADA employment requirements, reasonable accommodation policies, and disability awareness and etiquette. The training will also cover basic work incentives information that enables individuals with disabilities to work and keep their disability benefits, especially health care coverage.

 
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

No Enforcement have been entered for this state.

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Arkansas Current HCBS Transition Plan - 07/29/2016

You can now see the latest HCBS transition plan that DHS is submitting to CMS. Public Comment opens on 8/15/16 after they receive feedback from CMS. Public comment ends on 9/15/16. Please see the full transition plan, as currently written

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan Amendments - 01/01/2016

AR-15-011 This state plan amendment makes corrections to the citations and page format for PACE pages of the State Plan, per companion letter with SPA #15-0007 that adjusted rates for personal care services

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

Medicaid Balancing Incentives - 07/28/2013

Arkansas has been granted $61.2 million in BIP funding. This funding will be used to provide new or enhanced infrastructure and systems that support HCBS to Arkansans; specifically, the state is exploring the development of health homes and the Community First Choice and 1915(i) options. These new systems and options will help the state balance its LTSS system and will provide Arkansans with additional opportunities to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. In Arkansas, five Divisions within the state’s Department of Human Services play an important role in the publicly funded long-term care system: the Division of Medical Services; the Division of Aging & Adult Services; the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services; the Division of Behavioral Health Services; and the Division of County Operations. These divisions are committed to working collaboratively to implement the Balancing Incentive Program. (no mention specifically of employment).

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HCBS 1915c Technical Guide

“These instructions provide information to assist states in completing the Application for a 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver, including changes implemented through November 2014…This guidance is intended to improve understanding of applicable Federal policies and their implications for the design and operation of a HCBS waiver.” The guidance includes service definitions on supported employment, customized employment and other services and resources for people with disabilities seeking employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

1915 (c) Status: Current Program Name and Number AR Alternative Community Services (0188.R04.00)

Provides case management, respite, supported employment, supportive living, specialized medical supplies, adaptive equipment, community transition, consultation, crisis intervention, environmental mods, supplemental support for individuals with autism, IIDR, DD ages 0 - no max age

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

Arkansas Money Follows the Person

The Arkansas Money Follows the Person application has transitioned 773477 individuals who have resided in institutions 90 consecutive days and one day on Medicaid into qualified home and community-based programs. The following populations residing in nursing homes and ICF-MRs will be served: Individuals with developmental disabilities/mental retardation; individuals 19 to 64 with physical disabilities; and individuals age 65+.

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Arkansas HCBS Transition Plan

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for home and community-based services that requires states to review and evaluate current Home and Community -Based Services (HCBS) settings, including residential and nonresidential settings. States are required to analyze all HCBS settings where HCBS participants receive services, determine if the current settings comply with the final rule, and demonstrate how compliance will be achieved for those settings that do not meet the HCBS settings requirements.  Settings that are HCBS compliant must be integrated in and support full access of individuals receiving Medicaid

HCBS to the greater community, including opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources and receive services in the community to the same degree of access as individuals not receiving Medicaid HCBS.

 

 

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

Arkansas Medicaid State Plan

The Arkansas Medicaid state plan details the state and Federal government Medicaid implementation agreement.  It describes how that state administers its Medicaid and CHIP programs. It also describes how the state will abide by Federal rules and may claim Federal matching funds for its program activities. The state plan sets out groups of individuals to be covered, services to be provided, methodologies for providers to be reimbursed and the administrative activities that are underway in the state

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

Arkansas Community First Choice

~~“Arkansas Department of Human Services is striving to expand home and community based services for citizens with physical and developmental disabilities and the elderly through the Community First Choice (CFC) Option.  There is much discussion and debate about this subject as we move toward the next State Legislative Session that will convene in January 2015. Here is some information that will help you better understand what CFC is all about.

WHAT DOES AN “OPTION” MEAN?To explain this, we need a very quick overview of how Medicaid works. In order to receive federal matching funds, states must abide by the federal Medicaid law. This basically defines what states: 1) must do; 2) can choose to do (referred to as an “option”); and 3) cannot do. As long as states comply with the federal law, they are free to set their own guidelines regarding eligibility and services.

However, states can request to do other than that specified in the law by applying for a waiver. There are currently nearly 300 waivers in effect across the country. Arkansas has four of them.

States that wish to provide most services to people with disabilities in the community instead of institutional settings must apply for a Section 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. Arkansas has had an HCBS Waiver since 1989.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)