Arkansas Employment First Task Force Final Report


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Policies and Programs

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.

  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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