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The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

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.

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2015 State Population.
1.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
5,456,574
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
286,231
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-7.02%
Change from
2014 to 2015
116,812
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.27%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 5,268,367 5,355,866 5,456,574
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 303,621 300,186 286,231
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,502 125,014 116,812
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,321,121 2,416,850 2,481,386
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.32% 41.65% 40.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.34% 79.08% 79.27%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.80% 5.00% 3.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.30% 18.70% 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40% 11.30% 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 283,609 286,138 282,282
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 276,628 275,914 271,040
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 477,533 479,193 474,018
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 23,423 22,720 21,468
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 103,792 104,757 102,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 6,659 6,976 10,570
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 10,846 11,221 10,172
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 559 553 1,059
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 17,481 19,106 16,573
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 23,736 22,283 19,462

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,567 3,628 3,892
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.60% 6.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 105,715 107,158 105,960

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,277 17,425 22,980
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,829 46,291 56,367
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 63,935 65,855 86,579
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30% 26.50% 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 2.10% 1.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60% 7.30% 7.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 7.90% 10.20% 5.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,001 1,286 1,252
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 202 294 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,514 4,409 5,488
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,176 6,148 3,616

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 21,326 18,923 19,448
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.08

 

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. 92 99 96
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 60 67 74
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. 65.00% 68.00% 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.16 1.27 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,909
2,873
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 203 170 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 626 427 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 782 536 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,144 949 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 800 606 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 354 185 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 23.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,547 2,543 2,887
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 153,600 155,171 153,767
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. 169 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,890,000 $11,125,000 $12,477,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $39,671,000 $28,677,000 $33,367,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,003,000 $35,232,000 $36,481,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 27.00% 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,804 5,731 6,002
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,912 4,188 4,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.00 39.70 43.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.30% 72.11% 72.82%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.20% 7.19% 7.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.10% 2.63% 2.51%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.00% 92.41% 70.94%
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). 26.40% 27.18% 24.62%
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). 50.90% 74.21% 56.43%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.60% 83.33% 73.60%
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). 24.50% 47.02% 31.81%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 2 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 3 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30 28 17
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 33 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 4 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 21 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,877 983
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 1
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,902 999

 

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)

~~Employment First
Colorado operates its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and optional Workfare program under the title Employment First. The Colorado Department of Human Services administers the Employment First Program, which is run through local county human service departments in 45 counties statewide. Counties procure their own service providers, and may coordinate activities with local workforce centers. Several examples of integration already exist in Colorado between Employment First and workforce centers. Such local level collaboration provides customers an opportunity to apply for and receive SNAP assistance to help overcome barriers to employment, as well as allowing SNAP participants to access additional resources in their employment search.
The mission of Employment First is to increase employment for food assistance recipients though support, referrals, accountability, and community work. Participants may engage in a variety of employment-oriented activities through the Employment First program, including:
• English Language Acquisition
• Literacy
• Adult Basic Education
• Employability Education
• Working
• WIOA -Funded Programs
• Vocational Training
• Business
• Vocational Rehabilitation, and
• Post-Secondary Education (Page 49)
Colorado was chosen to participate in Transition Grant awarded by the United States Department of Labor and Employment’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), entitled Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This grant will provide mentoring, intensive technical assistance and training from a national pool of subject matter experts and peer mentors to core states as they transform existing policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to reflect an Employment First approach; facilitate virtual training and knowledge translation on effective practices; facilitate dialogue on shared experiences related to effectuating Employment First policies and practice; link participating states with current Federal initiatives that are focused on promoting state-level systems-change conducive to Employment First objectives; and evaluate the impacts of the investments in state Employment First systems change efforts over time to identify common challenges faced by State governments and validate innovative strategies and effective practices that lead to the successful implementation of Employment First objectives. (Page 194)
 

Customized Employment

~~SRC Recommendation 3
Vendors working with Colorado DVR shall receive training so that they will have a clear understanding of the rehabilitation process and will be effective and qualified to work with counselors and their consumers for the consumers’ success. Training topics should include specifics on the rehabilitation process, increased cultural competence, clear understanding of disability issues, supported employment, use of interpreter and translation services, and more. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices. Job coaches must be trained in order to provide effective services.  (Page 183)
SRC Recommendation 2
All DVR staff will receive ongoing training in order to provide effective and high quality services to their consumers. An inter-disciplinary approach may be employed where counselors and others with expertise work with staff to build skills. Training areas may include development of excellent customer service skills for office staff, counseling and guidance, specific disability trainings with resources available, work incentive training, assessment, cultural competence, or job development. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices.  (Page 183)
Additionally, DVR can make available to vendors a variety of resources and education opportunities, including the rehabilitation process, disability awareness, cultural competence and others. Also, DVR commits to explore tiered rates for vendors who provide job coaching and customized employment, based on levels of training and credentials. Finally, DVR intends to make customized employment a topic of education for DVR staff and vendors so all are aware of and educated about this key emphasis within federal act and proposed regulation.  (Page 184)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~In Fiscal Year 2014, DVR assisted 2,198 Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain or regain employment. These workers earned an average of $11.61 an hour working 28.2 hours a week on average. DVR further works with employers and community partners to increase opportunities for employment, career advancement and economic gain for eligible Coloradans with disabilities. In addition to the work of DVR, all Workforce Centers are compliant with Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, ensuring physical and programmatic access to all services and benefits available throughout the workforce development system. Ensuring Physical and programmatic accessibility is also a component of the state’s certification policy for one-stop centers, which will help to further ensure that all customers can access services in all parts of the state.( Page 36)
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 124)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Seven local workforce areas are currently participating in a six month pilot study to determine feasibility of the WRC tool, accompanying learning modules, and the processes associated with administration. Quantitative and qualitative data from the participating regions will be combined in December, 2015, for analysis. Plans for future use of the WRC in 2016 include additional training for case managers and test administrators, and identification of other targeted populations such as youth and young adults, employers, veterans, and increased numbers of Title I–B and Wagner–Peyser clients. The database and qualitative criteria developed for the feasibility study will be expanded and refined to enable increased sophistication in evaluating user groups and allow a variety of comparisons of those groups in the context of soft skills assessment and associated learning modules. The WRC tool will be rolled out to all local areas in Colorado depending on the results of the feasibility pilot. (Page 85)
 DVR has a strong commitment to serve Colorado’s youth population. DVR’s supported employment Coordinator serves on the ASPIRE Oversight Committee, to support and educate ASPIRE staff and partners in the coordination of supported employment services to youth. ASPIRE is working with DVR counselors in the Denver DVR office to pilot services to supported employment youth and students. Public school personnel often refer students with most significant disabilities to DVR prior to their completion of the school transition program. DVR’s has counselors with supported employment expertise throughout Colorado. These counselors begin plan development and services so the youth can move to employment as they are completing their education. DVR is also coordinating services with the Mental Health Center of Denver in their newly formed Emerson St. Program for Teens and Young Adults. With the focus on youth within WIOA’s proposed regulation, this strong foundation will serve DVR well as it begins a new program year, and focuses 50% of its Title VI B funds on youth with disabilities annually on an ongoing basis. (Page 242)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~DVR has had a long history of providing services to employers and, in addition to collaboration with the Business Services Team, will adapt its strategies to maximize the benefits of a demand-driven system. Specifically, DVR will update the Disability Awareness Training Tool Kit and make these materials, including DVR staff subject matter expertise, available to core and combined plan partners to meet the needs of Colorado employers and promote a diverse workforce. DVR will use the resources and tools that are available through the local business services programs and through local sector partnerships to train local DVR staff. That training will encompass the adoption of common terminology among one-stop partners, how to use labor market information to educate individuals with disabilities about opportunities, and the language and culture of business and the private sector. Finally, pre-employment transition services will be provided to students with disabilities, including work experiences, to assure that youth and young adults are better-prepared for the services they will receive through other core and partner programs. (Page 87) 
For the past several years, DVR has supported the on-going and statewide availability of work incentives and benefits consultation. DVR, through an annual purchase order, assures that Ability Connection Colorado (ACC) - the grant recipient of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) - has adequate funding to provide personnel necessary to cover all parts of Colorado. DVR works with ACC program management to assure that DVR applicants and eligible individuals, as appropriate, receive work incentives consultation and that an effective and efficient statewide referral process is in place.  (Page 189)
For 70 years, Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) has been providing innovative and exceptional services, helping individuals and families thrive. Building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their children with disabilities lead productive lives, ACCO today serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood and charter school education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and family support programs that include guardianship and conservatorship services. Additionally, ACCO operates the Colorado Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program and the Colorado Benefit Offset National Demonstration Project (BOND). The WIPA program receives funding from Social Security to provide Social Security Disability Income (SSSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with no-cost access to work incentives planning and assistance. BOND is a project created to help SSDI beneficiaries return to work through the use of a benefit offset. ACCO is the only nonprofit approved to provide benefit counseling services through the Social Security Administration Program. DVR collaborates extensively with ACCO to implement both the WIPA and BOND programs. DVR partners with ACCO to contractually support the WIPA program’s ongoing and statewide availability of workforce incentive and benefits counseling. DVR is in the fourth year of a seven year partnership with ACCO implementing the BOND project in Colorado and Wyoming and receives funds from BOND and ACCO to provide work incentives counseling, service coordination and information and referral services to SSDI beneficiaries who are randomly selected and enrolled into BOND. ( Page 199)
Including policy and procedural training. Such training efforts focus on helping clients develop skills necessary to analyze their strengths, resources, capacities, concerns, priorities, abilities, and interests, as well as a thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges inherent in various options available to them, allowing informed decisions to be made related to the development of their rehabilitation programs. DVR believes that these efforts help counselors become better facilitators and help clients develop the skills needed to be more independent and self-directed, as they go through the rehabilitation process and enter the workforce. (Page 213)
• Key Informant interviews with four statewide advisory groups; the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Colorado ASPIRE Advisory Group, the Colorado Transition Community of Practice and the Colorado Disability Support Benefits Support Program Board of Directors
• Results from the most recent quarterly DVR/SRC Client Satisfaction Surveys
• Results from the 2015 Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council five-year planning survey
• Results from the Statewide Independent Living Council’s 2015 needs assessment
• The SRC and DVR current annual reports  (Page 217)
Specifically, DVR gathered information pertaining to: implementation of a supervisory review process that assures staff are implementing the vocational rehabilitation program of services effectively and efficiently; creation of policy and procedures for documenting the comprehensive assessment; the effective use of comparable benefits; and the development of a highly accurate process for determining significance of disability. DVR used information gathered from entities outside of Colorado to develop policy, procedures and rules that both responded to audit findings and improved the delivery of services to client.  (Page 237)
Referred people who are in need, specifically minority populations and people with disabilities. Advertisements are placed in the local newspapers to market the program, provide eligibility requirements, identify benefits, and promote the emphasis on recruiting minority populations and persons with disabilities. (Page 295) 

School to Work Transition

~~SWAP: Youth participating in the School to Work Alliance Program, who are no longer enrolled in secondary school, would be considered out-of-school. These individuals may have dropped out, aged out at 21, or obtained their diploma or certificate of completion.
c. High School Equivalency Preparation Classes: Youth enrolled in high school equivalency preparation classes outside of the K-12 system would be considered out-of-school. (Page 143)
DVR currently has 36 School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) sites. These sites involve approximately 130 of Colorado’s 178 school districts. SWAP serves over 2,500 youth annually, and is a collaborative initiative between DVR and local school districts, supported by CDE. The purpose of SWAP is to provide new patterns of service, increased community linkages and successful employment outcomes for youth with disabilities who are applicants and eligible VR clients. (Page 193)
Department of Education (CDE) resources associated with the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) and are fully compliant with the 15% set-aside mandated in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We expect this alignment to include a restructuring of the Youth Services and Transition Unit, which will report to the DVR Director. (Page 194)
DVR continues to monitor and implement the state-level agreement between DVR and CDE. This agreement promotes flexible and collaborative planning and service delivery among DVR, local education agencies, local school districts, and other state and community agencies for youth who are transitioning from school to work and/or post-school activities which lead to employment. The agreement promotes accessible, timely and uniform vocational rehabilitation services for all Colorado students who have a disability and require vocational rehabilitation services. Additionally, the agreement encourages education agencies to develop, implement and promote pre-vocational services and career exploration for students with disabilities prior to their referral to DVR for services. (Page 195)
As part of its implementation of transition services, including pre-employment transition services and Colorado’s School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP), DVR has a formal cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This agreement describes how each agency will provide cross-training and technical assistance to local DVR and education staff to enable them to work more effectively with students as they partner to ensure a seamless transition from school to post-school activities. DVR and CDE regularly partner to develop, sponsor and provide comprehensive training and build effective partnerships at the local level. ( Page 215)

Data Collection

~~Connecting Colorado Data/Reporting System: This is the case management, data collection, and reporting system that Colorado developed for statewide use in all of the Workforce Centers. The system provides the ability for Workforce Centers and their partners to track all WIOA Title I-B, TAA, Veteran, Wagner-Peyser, state and local programs (approximately 100), plus discretionary grants in one common database. All reports generated from this system are “up to the minute,” thus allowing better management of day-to-day activity and performance. Along with the federally-mandated reports, Colorado has developed a variety of locally requested reports that allow staff to track their caseloads, correct data entry errors, and analyze performance at the state, local, and case manager level. In addition, the system is agile enough to allow the as-needed addition of reports, and program and service codes that will track new statewide initiatives supporting the state’s workforce strategies. Workforce partners may make use of this system through data sharing agreements with the state or the local workforce areas. This system will be updated to reflect all WIOA changes and requirements over the life of this four-year combined plan. (Page92)
SCSEP has operational reporting requirements set by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The SPARQ (SCSEP Performance and Results Quarterly Progress Report) system is used for data collection and data reporting. The SPARQ system includes the Web Data Collection System (WDCS), which is an application that allows users to enter, store and manage SCSEP participant data. (Page 105)
DVR will work closely and collaboratively with the electronic case management vendor to produce necessary reports. Resources will be committed to support upgrades and maintenance of data collection and reporting—including the addition of new data tables, data fields and reports—to collect data on and assess new WIOA data requirements and performance standards. DVR will participate with the agency’s vendor as part of a multi-state test environment to determine the functionality of the data collection and reporting applications and will provide feedback to the vendor. (Page 115)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Career Pathways

~~Further, CDE will use no more than 20 percent of the 82.5 percent of the state grant that must be allotted to local programs for activities under Section 225. Colorado adult education and family literacy sub-grant recipients use funds, as allowable, to provide educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and other institutionalized individuals. Further, eligible providers will be asked to document collaborative efforts with talent development system partner programs in the local workforce development area, including but not limited to postsecondary training and education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or workforce in order to establish career pathways for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As part of the competition rating criteria, specific consideration will be given to programs serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program. Local activities include adult basic education, workplace adult education and literacy activities, family literacy activities, and/or English language acquisition.  (Page 172)
Strategies:
1.  Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities. (Page 222)
DVR Goal 4 Strategies:
• Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities.
• Align business outreach efforts with partner agencies to leverage the identification of employment opportunities and expand awareness of disability employment competency within the business sector.
• Explore the provision of technical assistance to businesses that are seeking to employ individuals with disabilities and as feasible, develop policies and processes to provide these services. (Page 232)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 251)

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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other
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Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Colorado Ticket to Work Program "Self-Sufficiency: Ticket to Work" - 05/01/2015

 

~~“Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working towards becoming self-sufficient.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other
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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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.  

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

The Colorado 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

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

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 Colorado's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
5,456,574
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
286,231
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-7.02%
Change from
2014 to 2015
116,812
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.27%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 5,268,367 5,355,866 5,456,574
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 303,621 300,186 286,231
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,502 125,014 116,812
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,321,121 2,416,850 2,481,386
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.32% 41.65% 40.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.34% 79.08% 79.27%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.80% 5.00% 3.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.30% 18.70% 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40% 11.30% 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 283,609 286,138 282,282
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 276,628 275,914 271,040
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 477,533 479,193 474,018
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 23,423 22,720 21,468
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 103,792 104,757 102,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 6,659 6,976 10,570
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 10,846 11,221 10,172
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 559 553 1,059
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 17,481 19,106 16,573
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 23,736 22,283 19,462

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,567 3,628 3,892
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.60% 6.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 105,715 107,158 105,960

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,277 17,425 22,980
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,829 46,291 56,367
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 63,935 65,855 86,579
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30% 26.50% 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 2.10% 1.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60% 7.30% 7.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 7.90% 10.20% 5.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,001 1,286 1,252
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 202 294 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,514 4,409 5,488
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,176 6,148 3,616

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 21,326 18,923 19,448
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.08

 

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. 92 99 96
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 60 67 74
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. 65.00% 68.00% 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.16 1.27 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,909
2,873
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 203 170 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 626 427 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 782 536 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,144 949 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 800 606 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 354 185 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 23.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,547 2,543 2,887
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 153,600 155,171 153,767
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. 169 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,890,000 $11,125,000 $12,477,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $39,671,000 $28,677,000 $33,367,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,003,000 $35,232,000 $36,481,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 27.00% 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,804 5,731 6,002
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,912 4,188 4,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.00 39.70 43.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.30% 72.11% 72.82%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.20% 7.19% 7.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.10% 2.63% 2.51%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.00% 92.41% 70.94%
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). 26.40% 27.18% 24.62%
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). 50.90% 74.21% 56.43%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.60% 83.33% 73.60%
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). 24.50% 47.02% 31.81%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 2 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 3 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30 28 17
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 33 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 4 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 21 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,877 983
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 1
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,902 999

 

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)

~~Employment First
Colorado operates its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and optional Workfare program under the title Employment First. The Colorado Department of Human Services administers the Employment First Program, which is run through local county human service departments in 45 counties statewide. Counties procure their own service providers, and may coordinate activities with local workforce centers. Several examples of integration already exist in Colorado between Employment First and workforce centers. Such local level collaboration provides customers an opportunity to apply for and receive SNAP assistance to help overcome barriers to employment, as well as allowing SNAP participants to access additional resources in their employment search.
The mission of Employment First is to increase employment for food assistance recipients though support, referrals, accountability, and community work. Participants may engage in a variety of employment-oriented activities through the Employment First program, including:
• English Language Acquisition
• Literacy
• Adult Basic Education
• Employability Education
• Working
• WIOA -Funded Programs
• Vocational Training
• Business
• Vocational Rehabilitation, and
• Post-Secondary Education (Page 49)
Colorado was chosen to participate in Transition Grant awarded by the United States Department of Labor and Employment’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), entitled Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This grant will provide mentoring, intensive technical assistance and training from a national pool of subject matter experts and peer mentors to core states as they transform existing policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to reflect an Employment First approach; facilitate virtual training and knowledge translation on effective practices; facilitate dialogue on shared experiences related to effectuating Employment First policies and practice; link participating states with current Federal initiatives that are focused on promoting state-level systems-change conducive to Employment First objectives; and evaluate the impacts of the investments in state Employment First systems change efforts over time to identify common challenges faced by State governments and validate innovative strategies and effective practices that lead to the successful implementation of Employment First objectives. (Page 194)
 

Customized Employment

~~SRC Recommendation 3
Vendors working with Colorado DVR shall receive training so that they will have a clear understanding of the rehabilitation process and will be effective and qualified to work with counselors and their consumers for the consumers’ success. Training topics should include specifics on the rehabilitation process, increased cultural competence, clear understanding of disability issues, supported employment, use of interpreter and translation services, and more. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices. Job coaches must be trained in order to provide effective services.  (Page 183)
SRC Recommendation 2
All DVR staff will receive ongoing training in order to provide effective and high quality services to their consumers. An inter-disciplinary approach may be employed where counselors and others with expertise work with staff to build skills. Training areas may include development of excellent customer service skills for office staff, counseling and guidance, specific disability trainings with resources available, work incentive training, assessment, cultural competence, or job development. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices.  (Page 183)
Additionally, DVR can make available to vendors a variety of resources and education opportunities, including the rehabilitation process, disability awareness, cultural competence and others. Also, DVR commits to explore tiered rates for vendors who provide job coaching and customized employment, based on levels of training and credentials. Finally, DVR intends to make customized employment a topic of education for DVR staff and vendors so all are aware of and educated about this key emphasis within federal act and proposed regulation.  (Page 184)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~In Fiscal Year 2014, DVR assisted 2,198 Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain or regain employment. These workers earned an average of $11.61 an hour working 28.2 hours a week on average. DVR further works with employers and community partners to increase opportunities for employment, career advancement and economic gain for eligible Coloradans with disabilities. In addition to the work of DVR, all Workforce Centers are compliant with Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, ensuring physical and programmatic access to all services and benefits available throughout the workforce development system. Ensuring Physical and programmatic accessibility is also a component of the state’s certification policy for one-stop centers, which will help to further ensure that all customers can access services in all parts of the state.( Page 36)
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 124)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Seven local workforce areas are currently participating in a six month pilot study to determine feasibility of the WRC tool, accompanying learning modules, and the processes associated with administration. Quantitative and qualitative data from the participating regions will be combined in December, 2015, for analysis. Plans for future use of the WRC in 2016 include additional training for case managers and test administrators, and identification of other targeted populations such as youth and young adults, employers, veterans, and increased numbers of Title I–B and Wagner–Peyser clients. The database and qualitative criteria developed for the feasibility study will be expanded and refined to enable increased sophistication in evaluating user groups and allow a variety of comparisons of those groups in the context of soft skills assessment and associated learning modules. The WRC tool will be rolled out to all local areas in Colorado depending on the results of the feasibility pilot. (Page 85)
 DVR has a strong commitment to serve Colorado’s youth population. DVR’s supported employment Coordinator serves on the ASPIRE Oversight Committee, to support and educate ASPIRE staff and partners in the coordination of supported employment services to youth. ASPIRE is working with DVR counselors in the Denver DVR office to pilot services to supported employment youth and students. Public school personnel often refer students with most significant disabilities to DVR prior to their completion of the school transition program. DVR’s has counselors with supported employment expertise throughout Colorado. These counselors begin plan development and services so the youth can move to employment as they are completing their education. DVR is also coordinating services with the Mental Health Center of Denver in their newly formed Emerson St. Program for Teens and Young Adults. With the focus on youth within WIOA’s proposed regulation, this strong foundation will serve DVR well as it begins a new program year, and focuses 50% of its Title VI B funds on youth with disabilities annually on an ongoing basis. (Page 242)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~DVR has had a long history of providing services to employers and, in addition to collaboration with the Business Services Team, will adapt its strategies to maximize the benefits of a demand-driven system. Specifically, DVR will update the Disability Awareness Training Tool Kit and make these materials, including DVR staff subject matter expertise, available to core and combined plan partners to meet the needs of Colorado employers and promote a diverse workforce. DVR will use the resources and tools that are available through the local business services programs and through local sector partnerships to train local DVR staff. That training will encompass the adoption of common terminology among one-stop partners, how to use labor market information to educate individuals with disabilities about opportunities, and the language and culture of business and the private sector. Finally, pre-employment transition services will be provided to students with disabilities, including work experiences, to assure that youth and young adults are better-prepared for the services they will receive through other core and partner programs. (Page 87) 
For the past several years, DVR has supported the on-going and statewide availability of work incentives and benefits consultation. DVR, through an annual purchase order, assures that Ability Connection Colorado (ACC) - the grant recipient of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) - has adequate funding to provide personnel necessary to cover all parts of Colorado. DVR works with ACC program management to assure that DVR applicants and eligible individuals, as appropriate, receive work incentives consultation and that an effective and efficient statewide referral process is in place.  (Page 189)
For 70 years, Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) has been providing innovative and exceptional services, helping individuals and families thrive. Building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their children with disabilities lead productive lives, ACCO today serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood and charter school education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and family support programs that include guardianship and conservatorship services. Additionally, ACCO operates the Colorado Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program and the Colorado Benefit Offset National Demonstration Project (BOND). The WIPA program receives funding from Social Security to provide Social Security Disability Income (SSSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with no-cost access to work incentives planning and assistance. BOND is a project created to help SSDI beneficiaries return to work through the use of a benefit offset. ACCO is the only nonprofit approved to provide benefit counseling services through the Social Security Administration Program. DVR collaborates extensively with ACCO to implement both the WIPA and BOND programs. DVR partners with ACCO to contractually support the WIPA program’s ongoing and statewide availability of workforce incentive and benefits counseling. DVR is in the fourth year of a seven year partnership with ACCO implementing the BOND project in Colorado and Wyoming and receives funds from BOND and ACCO to provide work incentives counseling, service coordination and information and referral services to SSDI beneficiaries who are randomly selected and enrolled into BOND. ( Page 199)
Including policy and procedural training. Such training efforts focus on helping clients develop skills necessary to analyze their strengths, resources, capacities, concerns, priorities, abilities, and interests, as well as a thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges inherent in various options available to them, allowing informed decisions to be made related to the development of their rehabilitation programs. DVR believes that these efforts help counselors become better facilitators and help clients develop the skills needed to be more independent and self-directed, as they go through the rehabilitation process and enter the workforce. (Page 213)
• Key Informant interviews with four statewide advisory groups; the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Colorado ASPIRE Advisory Group, the Colorado Transition Community of Practice and the Colorado Disability Support Benefits Support Program Board of Directors
• Results from the most recent quarterly DVR/SRC Client Satisfaction Surveys
• Results from the 2015 Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council five-year planning survey
• Results from the Statewide Independent Living Council’s 2015 needs assessment
• The SRC and DVR current annual reports  (Page 217)
Specifically, DVR gathered information pertaining to: implementation of a supervisory review process that assures staff are implementing the vocational rehabilitation program of services effectively and efficiently; creation of policy and procedures for documenting the comprehensive assessment; the effective use of comparable benefits; and the development of a highly accurate process for determining significance of disability. DVR used information gathered from entities outside of Colorado to develop policy, procedures and rules that both responded to audit findings and improved the delivery of services to client.  (Page 237)
Referred people who are in need, specifically minority populations and people with disabilities. Advertisements are placed in the local newspapers to market the program, provide eligibility requirements, identify benefits, and promote the emphasis on recruiting minority populations and persons with disabilities. (Page 295) 

School to Work Transition

~~SWAP: Youth participating in the School to Work Alliance Program, who are no longer enrolled in secondary school, would be considered out-of-school. These individuals may have dropped out, aged out at 21, or obtained their diploma or certificate of completion.
c. High School Equivalency Preparation Classes: Youth enrolled in high school equivalency preparation classes outside of the K-12 system would be considered out-of-school. (Page 143)
DVR currently has 36 School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) sites. These sites involve approximately 130 of Colorado’s 178 school districts. SWAP serves over 2,500 youth annually, and is a collaborative initiative between DVR and local school districts, supported by CDE. The purpose of SWAP is to provide new patterns of service, increased community linkages and successful employment outcomes for youth with disabilities who are applicants and eligible VR clients. (Page 193)
Department of Education (CDE) resources associated with the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) and are fully compliant with the 15% set-aside mandated in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We expect this alignment to include a restructuring of the Youth Services and Transition Unit, which will report to the DVR Director. (Page 194)
DVR continues to monitor and implement the state-level agreement between DVR and CDE. This agreement promotes flexible and collaborative planning and service delivery among DVR, local education agencies, local school districts, and other state and community agencies for youth who are transitioning from school to work and/or post-school activities which lead to employment. The agreement promotes accessible, timely and uniform vocational rehabilitation services for all Colorado students who have a disability and require vocational rehabilitation services. Additionally, the agreement encourages education agencies to develop, implement and promote pre-vocational services and career exploration for students with disabilities prior to their referral to DVR for services. (Page 195)
As part of its implementation of transition services, including pre-employment transition services and Colorado’s School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP), DVR has a formal cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This agreement describes how each agency will provide cross-training and technical assistance to local DVR and education staff to enable them to work more effectively with students as they partner to ensure a seamless transition from school to post-school activities. DVR and CDE regularly partner to develop, sponsor and provide comprehensive training and build effective partnerships at the local level. ( Page 215)

Data Collection

~~Connecting Colorado Data/Reporting System: This is the case management, data collection, and reporting system that Colorado developed for statewide use in all of the Workforce Centers. The system provides the ability for Workforce Centers and their partners to track all WIOA Title I-B, TAA, Veteran, Wagner-Peyser, state and local programs (approximately 100), plus discretionary grants in one common database. All reports generated from this system are “up to the minute,” thus allowing better management of day-to-day activity and performance. Along with the federally-mandated reports, Colorado has developed a variety of locally requested reports that allow staff to track their caseloads, correct data entry errors, and analyze performance at the state, local, and case manager level. In addition, the system is agile enough to allow the as-needed addition of reports, and program and service codes that will track new statewide initiatives supporting the state’s workforce strategies. Workforce partners may make use of this system through data sharing agreements with the state or the local workforce areas. This system will be updated to reflect all WIOA changes and requirements over the life of this four-year combined plan. (Page92)
SCSEP has operational reporting requirements set by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The SPARQ (SCSEP Performance and Results Quarterly Progress Report) system is used for data collection and data reporting. The SPARQ system includes the Web Data Collection System (WDCS), which is an application that allows users to enter, store and manage SCSEP participant data. (Page 105)
DVR will work closely and collaboratively with the electronic case management vendor to produce necessary reports. Resources will be committed to support upgrades and maintenance of data collection and reporting—including the addition of new data tables, data fields and reports—to collect data on and assess new WIOA data requirements and performance standards. DVR will participate with the agency’s vendor as part of a multi-state test environment to determine the functionality of the data collection and reporting applications and will provide feedback to the vendor. (Page 115)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Career Pathways

~~Further, CDE will use no more than 20 percent of the 82.5 percent of the state grant that must be allotted to local programs for activities under Section 225. Colorado adult education and family literacy sub-grant recipients use funds, as allowable, to provide educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and other institutionalized individuals. Further, eligible providers will be asked to document collaborative efforts with talent development system partner programs in the local workforce development area, including but not limited to postsecondary training and education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or workforce in order to establish career pathways for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As part of the competition rating criteria, specific consideration will be given to programs serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program. Local activities include adult basic education, workplace adult education and literacy activities, family literacy activities, and/or English language acquisition.  (Page 172)
Strategies:
1.  Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities. (Page 222)
DVR Goal 4 Strategies:
• Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities.
• Align business outreach efforts with partner agencies to leverage the identification of employment opportunities and expand awareness of disability employment competency within the business sector.
• Explore the provision of technical assistance to businesses that are seeking to employ individuals with disabilities and as feasible, develop policies and processes to provide these services. (Page 232)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 251)

Policies and Initiatives

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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other
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Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Colorado Ticket to Work Program "Self-Sufficiency: Ticket to Work" - 05/01/2015

 

~~“Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working towards becoming self-sufficient.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other
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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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.  

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

The Colorado 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

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

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 Colorado's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
5,456,574
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
286,231
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-7.02%
Change from
2014 to 2015
116,812
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.27%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 5,268,367 5,355,866 5,456,574
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 303,621 300,186 286,231
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 128,502 125,014 116,812
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,321,121 2,416,850 2,481,386
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.32% 41.65% 40.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 77.34% 79.08% 79.27%
Overall unemployment rate. 6.80% 5.00% 3.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 18.30% 18.70% 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.40% 11.30% 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 283,609 286,138 282,282
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 276,628 275,914 271,040
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 477,533 479,193 474,018
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 23,423 22,720 21,468
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 103,792 104,757 102,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 6,659 6,976 10,570
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 10,846 11,221 10,172
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 559 553 1,059
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 17,481 19,106 16,573
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 23,736 22,283 19,462

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,567 3,628 3,892
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 5.60% 5.60% 6.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 105,715 107,158 105,960

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 14,277 17,425 22,980
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 36,829 46,291 56,367
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 63,935 65,855 86,579
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 22.30% 26.50% 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.90% 2.10% 1.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.40% 0.50% 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 6.60% 7.30% 7.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 7.90% 10.20% 5.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,001 1,286 1,252
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 202 294 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 3,514 4,409 5,488
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 4,176 6,148 3,616

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 21,326 18,923 19,448
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.06 0.07 0.08

 

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. 92 99 96
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 60 67 74
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. 65.00% 68.00% 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.16 1.27 1.36

 

VR OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Total Number of people served under VR.
3,909
2,873
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 203 170 N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 626 427 N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 782 536 N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,144 949 N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 800 606 N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 354 185 N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 23.40% N/A N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 2,547 2,543 2,887
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 153,600 155,171 153,767
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. 169 N/A N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $8,890,000 $11,125,000 $12,477,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. N/A $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $39,671,000 $28,677,000 $33,367,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $35,003,000 $35,232,000 $36,481,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 27.00% 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 5,804 5,731 6,002
Number of people served in facility based work. N/A 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,912 4,188 4,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 35.00 39.70 43.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.30% 72.11% 72.82%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.20% 7.19% 7.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 3.10% 2.63% 2.51%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 90.00% 92.41% 70.94%
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). 26.40% 27.18% 24.62%
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). 50.90% 74.21% 56.43%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 56.60% 83.33% 73.60%
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). 24.50% 47.02% 31.81%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 2 2 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 1 3 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 30 28 17
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 33 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 4 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 21 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,877 983
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 0 1
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,902 999

 

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)

~~Employment First
Colorado operates its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and optional Workfare program under the title Employment First. The Colorado Department of Human Services administers the Employment First Program, which is run through local county human service departments in 45 counties statewide. Counties procure their own service providers, and may coordinate activities with local workforce centers. Several examples of integration already exist in Colorado between Employment First and workforce centers. Such local level collaboration provides customers an opportunity to apply for and receive SNAP assistance to help overcome barriers to employment, as well as allowing SNAP participants to access additional resources in their employment search.
The mission of Employment First is to increase employment for food assistance recipients though support, referrals, accountability, and community work. Participants may engage in a variety of employment-oriented activities through the Employment First program, including:
• English Language Acquisition
• Literacy
• Adult Basic Education
• Employability Education
• Working
• WIOA -Funded Programs
• Vocational Training
• Business
• Vocational Rehabilitation, and
• Post-Secondary Education (Page 49)
Colorado was chosen to participate in Transition Grant awarded by the United States Department of Labor and Employment’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), entitled Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This grant will provide mentoring, intensive technical assistance and training from a national pool of subject matter experts and peer mentors to core states as they transform existing policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to reflect an Employment First approach; facilitate virtual training and knowledge translation on effective practices; facilitate dialogue on shared experiences related to effectuating Employment First policies and practice; link participating states with current Federal initiatives that are focused on promoting state-level systems-change conducive to Employment First objectives; and evaluate the impacts of the investments in state Employment First systems change efforts over time to identify common challenges faced by State governments and validate innovative strategies and effective practices that lead to the successful implementation of Employment First objectives. (Page 194)
 

Customized Employment

~~SRC Recommendation 3
Vendors working with Colorado DVR shall receive training so that they will have a clear understanding of the rehabilitation process and will be effective and qualified to work with counselors and their consumers for the consumers’ success. Training topics should include specifics on the rehabilitation process, increased cultural competence, clear understanding of disability issues, supported employment, use of interpreter and translation services, and more. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices. Job coaches must be trained in order to provide effective services.  (Page 183)
SRC Recommendation 2
All DVR staff will receive ongoing training in order to provide effective and high quality services to their consumers. An inter-disciplinary approach may be employed where counselors and others with expertise work with staff to build skills. Training areas may include development of excellent customer service skills for office staff, counseling and guidance, specific disability trainings with resources available, work incentive training, assessment, cultural competence, or job development. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices.  (Page 183)
Additionally, DVR can make available to vendors a variety of resources and education opportunities, including the rehabilitation process, disability awareness, cultural competence and others. Also, DVR commits to explore tiered rates for vendors who provide job coaching and customized employment, based on levels of training and credentials. Finally, DVR intends to make customized employment a topic of education for DVR staff and vendors so all are aware of and educated about this key emphasis within federal act and proposed regulation.  (Page 184)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~In Fiscal Year 2014, DVR assisted 2,198 Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain or regain employment. These workers earned an average of $11.61 an hour working 28.2 hours a week on average. DVR further works with employers and community partners to increase opportunities for employment, career advancement and economic gain for eligible Coloradans with disabilities. In addition to the work of DVR, all Workforce Centers are compliant with Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, ensuring physical and programmatic access to all services and benefits available throughout the workforce development system. Ensuring Physical and programmatic accessibility is also a component of the state’s certification policy for one-stop centers, which will help to further ensure that all customers can access services in all parts of the state.( Page 36)
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 124)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Seven local workforce areas are currently participating in a six month pilot study to determine feasibility of the WRC tool, accompanying learning modules, and the processes associated with administration. Quantitative and qualitative data from the participating regions will be combined in December, 2015, for analysis. Plans for future use of the WRC in 2016 include additional training for case managers and test administrators, and identification of other targeted populations such as youth and young adults, employers, veterans, and increased numbers of Title I–B and Wagner–Peyser clients. The database and qualitative criteria developed for the feasibility study will be expanded and refined to enable increased sophistication in evaluating user groups and allow a variety of comparisons of those groups in the context of soft skills assessment and associated learning modules. The WRC tool will be rolled out to all local areas in Colorado depending on the results of the feasibility pilot. (Page 85)
 DVR has a strong commitment to serve Colorado’s youth population. DVR’s supported employment Coordinator serves on the ASPIRE Oversight Committee, to support and educate ASPIRE staff and partners in the coordination of supported employment services to youth. ASPIRE is working with DVR counselors in the Denver DVR office to pilot services to supported employment youth and students. Public school personnel often refer students with most significant disabilities to DVR prior to their completion of the school transition program. DVR’s has counselors with supported employment expertise throughout Colorado. These counselors begin plan development and services so the youth can move to employment as they are completing their education. DVR is also coordinating services with the Mental Health Center of Denver in their newly formed Emerson St. Program for Teens and Young Adults. With the focus on youth within WIOA’s proposed regulation, this strong foundation will serve DVR well as it begins a new program year, and focuses 50% of its Title VI B funds on youth with disabilities annually on an ongoing basis. (Page 242)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~DVR has had a long history of providing services to employers and, in addition to collaboration with the Business Services Team, will adapt its strategies to maximize the benefits of a demand-driven system. Specifically, DVR will update the Disability Awareness Training Tool Kit and make these materials, including DVR staff subject matter expertise, available to core and combined plan partners to meet the needs of Colorado employers and promote a diverse workforce. DVR will use the resources and tools that are available through the local business services programs and through local sector partnerships to train local DVR staff. That training will encompass the adoption of common terminology among one-stop partners, how to use labor market information to educate individuals with disabilities about opportunities, and the language and culture of business and the private sector. Finally, pre-employment transition services will be provided to students with disabilities, including work experiences, to assure that youth and young adults are better-prepared for the services they will receive through other core and partner programs. (Page 87) 
For the past several years, DVR has supported the on-going and statewide availability of work incentives and benefits consultation. DVR, through an annual purchase order, assures that Ability Connection Colorado (ACC) - the grant recipient of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) - has adequate funding to provide personnel necessary to cover all parts of Colorado. DVR works with ACC program management to assure that DVR applicants and eligible individuals, as appropriate, receive work incentives consultation and that an effective and efficient statewide referral process is in place.  (Page 189)
For 70 years, Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) has been providing innovative and exceptional services, helping individuals and families thrive. Building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their children with disabilities lead productive lives, ACCO today serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood and charter school education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and family support programs that include guardianship and conservatorship services. Additionally, ACCO operates the Colorado Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program and the Colorado Benefit Offset National Demonstration Project (BOND). The WIPA program receives funding from Social Security to provide Social Security Disability Income (SSSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with no-cost access to work incentives planning and assistance. BOND is a project created to help SSDI beneficiaries return to work through the use of a benefit offset. ACCO is the only nonprofit approved to provide benefit counseling services through the Social Security Administration Program. DVR collaborates extensively with ACCO to implement both the WIPA and BOND programs. DVR partners with ACCO to contractually support the WIPA program’s ongoing and statewide availability of workforce incentive and benefits counseling. DVR is in the fourth year of a seven year partnership with ACCO implementing the BOND project in Colorado and Wyoming and receives funds from BOND and ACCO to provide work incentives counseling, service coordination and information and referral services to SSDI beneficiaries who are randomly selected and enrolled into BOND. ( Page 199)
Including policy and procedural training. Such training efforts focus on helping clients develop skills necessary to analyze their strengths, resources, capacities, concerns, priorities, abilities, and interests, as well as a thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges inherent in various options available to them, allowing informed decisions to be made related to the development of their rehabilitation programs. DVR believes that these efforts help counselors become better facilitators and help clients develop the skills needed to be more independent and self-directed, as they go through the rehabilitation process and enter the workforce. (Page 213)
• Key Informant interviews with four statewide advisory groups; the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Colorado ASPIRE Advisory Group, the Colorado Transition Community of Practice and the Colorado Disability Support Benefits Support Program Board of Directors
• Results from the most recent quarterly DVR/SRC Client Satisfaction Surveys
• Results from the 2015 Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council five-year planning survey
• Results from the Statewide Independent Living Council’s 2015 needs assessment
• The SRC and DVR current annual reports  (Page 217)
Specifically, DVR gathered information pertaining to: implementation of a supervisory review process that assures staff are implementing the vocational rehabilitation program of services effectively and efficiently; creation of policy and procedures for documenting the comprehensive assessment; the effective use of comparable benefits; and the development of a highly accurate process for determining significance of disability. DVR used information gathered from entities outside of Colorado to develop policy, procedures and rules that both responded to audit findings and improved the delivery of services to client.  (Page 237)
Referred people who are in need, specifically minority populations and people with disabilities. Advertisements are placed in the local newspapers to market the program, provide eligibility requirements, identify benefits, and promote the emphasis on recruiting minority populations and persons with disabilities. (Page 295) 

School to Work Transition

~~SWAP: Youth participating in the School to Work Alliance Program, who are no longer enrolled in secondary school, would be considered out-of-school. These individuals may have dropped out, aged out at 21, or obtained their diploma or certificate of completion.
c. High School Equivalency Preparation Classes: Youth enrolled in high school equivalency preparation classes outside of the K-12 system would be considered out-of-school. (Page 143)
DVR currently has 36 School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) sites. These sites involve approximately 130 of Colorado’s 178 school districts. SWAP serves over 2,500 youth annually, and is a collaborative initiative between DVR and local school districts, supported by CDE. The purpose of SWAP is to provide new patterns of service, increased community linkages and successful employment outcomes for youth with disabilities who are applicants and eligible VR clients. (Page 193)
Department of Education (CDE) resources associated with the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) and are fully compliant with the 15% set-aside mandated in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We expect this alignment to include a restructuring of the Youth Services and Transition Unit, which will report to the DVR Director. (Page 194)
DVR continues to monitor and implement the state-level agreement between DVR and CDE. This agreement promotes flexible and collaborative planning and service delivery among DVR, local education agencies, local school districts, and other state and community agencies for youth who are transitioning from school to work and/or post-school activities which lead to employment. The agreement promotes accessible, timely and uniform vocational rehabilitation services for all Colorado students who have a disability and require vocational rehabilitation services. Additionally, the agreement encourages education agencies to develop, implement and promote pre-vocational services and career exploration for students with disabilities prior to their referral to DVR for services. (Page 195)
As part of its implementation of transition services, including pre-employment transition services and Colorado’s School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP), DVR has a formal cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This agreement describes how each agency will provide cross-training and technical assistance to local DVR and education staff to enable them to work more effectively with students as they partner to ensure a seamless transition from school to post-school activities. DVR and CDE regularly partner to develop, sponsor and provide comprehensive training and build effective partnerships at the local level. ( Page 215)

Data Collection

~~Connecting Colorado Data/Reporting System: This is the case management, data collection, and reporting system that Colorado developed for statewide use in all of the Workforce Centers. The system provides the ability for Workforce Centers and their partners to track all WIOA Title I-B, TAA, Veteran, Wagner-Peyser, state and local programs (approximately 100), plus discretionary grants in one common database. All reports generated from this system are “up to the minute,” thus allowing better management of day-to-day activity and performance. Along with the federally-mandated reports, Colorado has developed a variety of locally requested reports that allow staff to track their caseloads, correct data entry errors, and analyze performance at the state, local, and case manager level. In addition, the system is agile enough to allow the as-needed addition of reports, and program and service codes that will track new statewide initiatives supporting the state’s workforce strategies. Workforce partners may make use of this system through data sharing agreements with the state or the local workforce areas. This system will be updated to reflect all WIOA changes and requirements over the life of this four-year combined plan. (Page92)
SCSEP has operational reporting requirements set by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The SPARQ (SCSEP Performance and Results Quarterly Progress Report) system is used for data collection and data reporting. The SPARQ system includes the Web Data Collection System (WDCS), which is an application that allows users to enter, store and manage SCSEP participant data. (Page 105)
DVR will work closely and collaboratively with the electronic case management vendor to produce necessary reports. Resources will be committed to support upgrades and maintenance of data collection and reporting—including the addition of new data tables, data fields and reports—to collect data on and assess new WIOA data requirements and performance standards. DVR will participate with the agency’s vendor as part of a multi-state test environment to determine the functionality of the data collection and reporting applications and will provide feedback to the vendor. (Page 115)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Career Pathways

~~Further, CDE will use no more than 20 percent of the 82.5 percent of the state grant that must be allotted to local programs for activities under Section 225. Colorado adult education and family literacy sub-grant recipients use funds, as allowable, to provide educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and other institutionalized individuals. Further, eligible providers will be asked to document collaborative efforts with talent development system partner programs in the local workforce development area, including but not limited to postsecondary training and education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or workforce in order to establish career pathways for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As part of the competition rating criteria, specific consideration will be given to programs serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program. Local activities include adult basic education, workplace adult education and literacy activities, family literacy activities, and/or English language acquisition.  (Page 172)
Strategies:
1.  Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities. (Page 222)
DVR Goal 4 Strategies:
• Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities.
• Align business outreach efforts with partner agencies to leverage the identification of employment opportunities and expand awareness of disability employment competency within the business sector.
• Explore the provision of technical assistance to businesses that are seeking to employ individuals with disabilities and as feasible, develop policies and processes to provide these services. (Page 232)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 251)

Policies and Initiatives

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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other
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Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Colorado Ticket to Work Program "Self-Sufficiency: Ticket to Work" - 05/01/2015

 

~~“Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working towards becoming self-sufficient.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other
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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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.  

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

The Colorado 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

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Phablet

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

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 Colorado's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
5,456,574
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
286,231
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-7.02%
Change from
2014 to 2015
116,812
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.27%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 5,456,574
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 286,231
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 116,812
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,481,386
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.27%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 282,282
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 271,040
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 474,018
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,468
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 102,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 10,570
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 10,172
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,059
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,573
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 19,462

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,892
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 105,960

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 22,980
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 56,367
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 86,579
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 5.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,252
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,488
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 3,616

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 19,448
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.08

 

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. 96
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 74
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. 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.36

 

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. 2,887
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 153,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,477,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $33,367,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $36,481,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 6,002
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.82%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.51%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 70.94%
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). 24.62%
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). 56.43%
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). 73.60%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.81%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 17
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 983
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 999

 

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)

~~Employment First
Colorado operates its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and optional Workfare program under the title Employment First. The Colorado Department of Human Services administers the Employment First Program, which is run through local county human service departments in 45 counties statewide. Counties procure their own service providers, and may coordinate activities with local workforce centers. Several examples of integration already exist in Colorado between Employment First and workforce centers. Such local level collaboration provides customers an opportunity to apply for and receive SNAP assistance to help overcome barriers to employment, as well as allowing SNAP participants to access additional resources in their employment search.
The mission of Employment First is to increase employment for food assistance recipients though support, referrals, accountability, and community work. Participants may engage in a variety of employment-oriented activities through the Employment First program, including:
• English Language Acquisition
• Literacy
• Adult Basic Education
• Employability Education
• Working
• WIOA -Funded Programs
• Vocational Training
• Business
• Vocational Rehabilitation, and
• Post-Secondary Education (Page 49)
Colorado was chosen to participate in Transition Grant awarded by the United States Department of Labor and Employment’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), entitled Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This grant will provide mentoring, intensive technical assistance and training from a national pool of subject matter experts and peer mentors to core states as they transform existing policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to reflect an Employment First approach; facilitate virtual training and knowledge translation on effective practices; facilitate dialogue on shared experiences related to effectuating Employment First policies and practice; link participating states with current Federal initiatives that are focused on promoting state-level systems-change conducive to Employment First objectives; and evaluate the impacts of the investments in state Employment First systems change efforts over time to identify common challenges faced by State governments and validate innovative strategies and effective practices that lead to the successful implementation of Employment First objectives. (Page 194)
 

Customized Employment

~~SRC Recommendation 3
Vendors working with Colorado DVR shall receive training so that they will have a clear understanding of the rehabilitation process and will be effective and qualified to work with counselors and their consumers for the consumers’ success. Training topics should include specifics on the rehabilitation process, increased cultural competence, clear understanding of disability issues, supported employment, use of interpreter and translation services, and more. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices. Job coaches must be trained in order to provide effective services.  (Page 183)
SRC Recommendation 2
All DVR staff will receive ongoing training in order to provide effective and high quality services to their consumers. An inter-disciplinary approach may be employed where counselors and others with expertise work with staff to build skills. Training areas may include development of excellent customer service skills for office staff, counseling and guidance, specific disability trainings with resources available, work incentive training, assessment, cultural competence, or job development. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices.  (Page 183)
Additionally, DVR can make available to vendors a variety of resources and education opportunities, including the rehabilitation process, disability awareness, cultural competence and others. Also, DVR commits to explore tiered rates for vendors who provide job coaching and customized employment, based on levels of training and credentials. Finally, DVR intends to make customized employment a topic of education for DVR staff and vendors so all are aware of and educated about this key emphasis within federal act and proposed regulation.  (Page 184)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~In Fiscal Year 2014, DVR assisted 2,198 Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain or regain employment. These workers earned an average of $11.61 an hour working 28.2 hours a week on average. DVR further works with employers and community partners to increase opportunities for employment, career advancement and economic gain for eligible Coloradans with disabilities. In addition to the work of DVR, all Workforce Centers are compliant with Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, ensuring physical and programmatic access to all services and benefits available throughout the workforce development system. Ensuring Physical and programmatic accessibility is also a component of the state’s certification policy for one-stop centers, which will help to further ensure that all customers can access services in all parts of the state.( Page 36)
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 124)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Seven local workforce areas are currently participating in a six month pilot study to determine feasibility of the WRC tool, accompanying learning modules, and the processes associated with administration. Quantitative and qualitative data from the participating regions will be combined in December, 2015, for analysis. Plans for future use of the WRC in 2016 include additional training for case managers and test administrators, and identification of other targeted populations such as youth and young adults, employers, veterans, and increased numbers of Title I–B and Wagner–Peyser clients. The database and qualitative criteria developed for the feasibility study will be expanded and refined to enable increased sophistication in evaluating user groups and allow a variety of comparisons of those groups in the context of soft skills assessment and associated learning modules. The WRC tool will be rolled out to all local areas in Colorado depending on the results of the feasibility pilot. (Page 85)
 DVR has a strong commitment to serve Colorado’s youth population. DVR’s supported employment Coordinator serves on the ASPIRE Oversight Committee, to support and educate ASPIRE staff and partners in the coordination of supported employment services to youth. ASPIRE is working with DVR counselors in the Denver DVR office to pilot services to supported employment youth and students. Public school personnel often refer students with most significant disabilities to DVR prior to their completion of the school transition program. DVR’s has counselors with supported employment expertise throughout Colorado. These counselors begin plan development and services so the youth can move to employment as they are completing their education. DVR is also coordinating services with the Mental Health Center of Denver in their newly formed Emerson St. Program for Teens and Young Adults. With the focus on youth within WIOA’s proposed regulation, this strong foundation will serve DVR well as it begins a new program year, and focuses 50% of its Title VI B funds on youth with disabilities annually on an ongoing basis. (Page 242)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~DVR has had a long history of providing services to employers and, in addition to collaboration with the Business Services Team, will adapt its strategies to maximize the benefits of a demand-driven system. Specifically, DVR will update the Disability Awareness Training Tool Kit and make these materials, including DVR staff subject matter expertise, available to core and combined plan partners to meet the needs of Colorado employers and promote a diverse workforce. DVR will use the resources and tools that are available through the local business services programs and through local sector partnerships to train local DVR staff. That training will encompass the adoption of common terminology among one-stop partners, how to use labor market information to educate individuals with disabilities about opportunities, and the language and culture of business and the private sector. Finally, pre-employment transition services will be provided to students with disabilities, including work experiences, to assure that youth and young adults are better-prepared for the services they will receive through other core and partner programs. (Page 87) 
For the past several years, DVR has supported the on-going and statewide availability of work incentives and benefits consultation. DVR, through an annual purchase order, assures that Ability Connection Colorado (ACC) - the grant recipient of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) - has adequate funding to provide personnel necessary to cover all parts of Colorado. DVR works with ACC program management to assure that DVR applicants and eligible individuals, as appropriate, receive work incentives consultation and that an effective and efficient statewide referral process is in place.  (Page 189)
For 70 years, Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) has been providing innovative and exceptional services, helping individuals and families thrive. Building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their children with disabilities lead productive lives, ACCO today serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood and charter school education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and family support programs that include guardianship and conservatorship services. Additionally, ACCO operates the Colorado Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program and the Colorado Benefit Offset National Demonstration Project (BOND). The WIPA program receives funding from Social Security to provide Social Security Disability Income (SSSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with no-cost access to work incentives planning and assistance. BOND is a project created to help SSDI beneficiaries return to work through the use of a benefit offset. ACCO is the only nonprofit approved to provide benefit counseling services through the Social Security Administration Program. DVR collaborates extensively with ACCO to implement both the WIPA and BOND programs. DVR partners with ACCO to contractually support the WIPA program’s ongoing and statewide availability of workforce incentive and benefits counseling. DVR is in the fourth year of a seven year partnership with ACCO implementing the BOND project in Colorado and Wyoming and receives funds from BOND and ACCO to provide work incentives counseling, service coordination and information and referral services to SSDI beneficiaries who are randomly selected and enrolled into BOND. ( Page 199)
Including policy and procedural training. Such training efforts focus on helping clients develop skills necessary to analyze their strengths, resources, capacities, concerns, priorities, abilities, and interests, as well as a thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges inherent in various options available to them, allowing informed decisions to be made related to the development of their rehabilitation programs. DVR believes that these efforts help counselors become better facilitators and help clients develop the skills needed to be more independent and self-directed, as they go through the rehabilitation process and enter the workforce. (Page 213)
• Key Informant interviews with four statewide advisory groups; the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Colorado ASPIRE Advisory Group, the Colorado Transition Community of Practice and the Colorado Disability Support Benefits Support Program Board of Directors
• Results from the most recent quarterly DVR/SRC Client Satisfaction Surveys
• Results from the 2015 Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council five-year planning survey
• Results from the Statewide Independent Living Council’s 2015 needs assessment
• The SRC and DVR current annual reports  (Page 217)
Specifically, DVR gathered information pertaining to: implementation of a supervisory review process that assures staff are implementing the vocational rehabilitation program of services effectively and efficiently; creation of policy and procedures for documenting the comprehensive assessment; the effective use of comparable benefits; and the development of a highly accurate process for determining significance of disability. DVR used information gathered from entities outside of Colorado to develop policy, procedures and rules that both responded to audit findings and improved the delivery of services to client.  (Page 237)
Referred people who are in need, specifically minority populations and people with disabilities. Advertisements are placed in the local newspapers to market the program, provide eligibility requirements, identify benefits, and promote the emphasis on recruiting minority populations and persons with disabilities. (Page 295) 

School to Work Transition

~~SWAP: Youth participating in the School to Work Alliance Program, who are no longer enrolled in secondary school, would be considered out-of-school. These individuals may have dropped out, aged out at 21, or obtained their diploma or certificate of completion.
c. High School Equivalency Preparation Classes: Youth enrolled in high school equivalency preparation classes outside of the K-12 system would be considered out-of-school. (Page 143)
DVR currently has 36 School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) sites. These sites involve approximately 130 of Colorado’s 178 school districts. SWAP serves over 2,500 youth annually, and is a collaborative initiative between DVR and local school districts, supported by CDE. The purpose of SWAP is to provide new patterns of service, increased community linkages and successful employment outcomes for youth with disabilities who are applicants and eligible VR clients. (Page 193)
Department of Education (CDE) resources associated with the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) and are fully compliant with the 15% set-aside mandated in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We expect this alignment to include a restructuring of the Youth Services and Transition Unit, which will report to the DVR Director. (Page 194)
DVR continues to monitor and implement the state-level agreement between DVR and CDE. This agreement promotes flexible and collaborative planning and service delivery among DVR, local education agencies, local school districts, and other state and community agencies for youth who are transitioning from school to work and/or post-school activities which lead to employment. The agreement promotes accessible, timely and uniform vocational rehabilitation services for all Colorado students who have a disability and require vocational rehabilitation services. Additionally, the agreement encourages education agencies to develop, implement and promote pre-vocational services and career exploration for students with disabilities prior to their referral to DVR for services. (Page 195)
As part of its implementation of transition services, including pre-employment transition services and Colorado’s School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP), DVR has a formal cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This agreement describes how each agency will provide cross-training and technical assistance to local DVR and education staff to enable them to work more effectively with students as they partner to ensure a seamless transition from school to post-school activities. DVR and CDE regularly partner to develop, sponsor and provide comprehensive training and build effective partnerships at the local level. ( Page 215)

Data Collection

~~Connecting Colorado Data/Reporting System: This is the case management, data collection, and reporting system that Colorado developed for statewide use in all of the Workforce Centers. The system provides the ability for Workforce Centers and their partners to track all WIOA Title I-B, TAA, Veteran, Wagner-Peyser, state and local programs (approximately 100), plus discretionary grants in one common database. All reports generated from this system are “up to the minute,” thus allowing better management of day-to-day activity and performance. Along with the federally-mandated reports, Colorado has developed a variety of locally requested reports that allow staff to track their caseloads, correct data entry errors, and analyze performance at the state, local, and case manager level. In addition, the system is agile enough to allow the as-needed addition of reports, and program and service codes that will track new statewide initiatives supporting the state’s workforce strategies. Workforce partners may make use of this system through data sharing agreements with the state or the local workforce areas. This system will be updated to reflect all WIOA changes and requirements over the life of this four-year combined plan. (Page92)
SCSEP has operational reporting requirements set by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The SPARQ (SCSEP Performance and Results Quarterly Progress Report) system is used for data collection and data reporting. The SPARQ system includes the Web Data Collection System (WDCS), which is an application that allows users to enter, store and manage SCSEP participant data. (Page 105)
DVR will work closely and collaboratively with the electronic case management vendor to produce necessary reports. Resources will be committed to support upgrades and maintenance of data collection and reporting—including the addition of new data tables, data fields and reports—to collect data on and assess new WIOA data requirements and performance standards. DVR will participate with the agency’s vendor as part of a multi-state test environment to determine the functionality of the data collection and reporting applications and will provide feedback to the vendor. (Page 115)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Career Pathways

~~Further, CDE will use no more than 20 percent of the 82.5 percent of the state grant that must be allotted to local programs for activities under Section 225. Colorado adult education and family literacy sub-grant recipients use funds, as allowable, to provide educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and other institutionalized individuals. Further, eligible providers will be asked to document collaborative efforts with talent development system partner programs in the local workforce development area, including but not limited to postsecondary training and education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or workforce in order to establish career pathways for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As part of the competition rating criteria, specific consideration will be given to programs serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program. Local activities include adult basic education, workplace adult education and literacy activities, family literacy activities, and/or English language acquisition.  (Page 172)
Strategies:
1.  Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities. (Page 222)
DVR Goal 4 Strategies:
• Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities.
• Align business outreach efforts with partner agencies to leverage the identification of employment opportunities and expand awareness of disability employment competency within the business sector.
• Explore the provision of technical assistance to businesses that are seeking to employ individuals with disabilities and as feasible, develop policies and processes to provide these services. (Page 232)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 251)

Policies and Initiatives

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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other
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Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Colorado Ticket to Work Program "Self-Sufficiency: Ticket to Work" - 05/01/2015

 

~~“Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working towards becoming self-sufficient.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other
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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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.  

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

The Colorado 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

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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

States - Phone

Snapshot

The sky is the limit in the state of Colorado, where people with disabilities are raising expectations and achieving high standards of independence through employment opportunities.

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 Colorado's VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.85%
Change from
2014 to 2015
5,456,574
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-4.88%
Change from
2014 to 2015
286,231
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
-7.02%
Change from
2014 to 2015
116,812
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
-2.06%
Change from
2014 to 2015
40.81%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
0.24%
Change from
2014 to 2015
79.27%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 5,456,574
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 286,231
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 116,812
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 2,481,386
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 40.81%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 79.27%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.90%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 282,282
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 271,040
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 474,018
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 21,468
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 102,498
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 10,570
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 10,172
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,059
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 16,573
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 19,462

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 3,892
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 6.00%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 105,960

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 22,980
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 56,367
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 86,579
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 26.50%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 1.80%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.50%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 7.80%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 5.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1,252
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 344
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 5,488
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 3,616

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 19,448
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.08

 

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. 96
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 74
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. 77.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 1.36

 

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. 2,887
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 153,767
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $12,477,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $33,367,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $36,481,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 28.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 6,002
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 4,429
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 43.60

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 72.82%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 7.02%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.51%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 70.94%
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). 24.62%
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). 56.43%
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). 73.60%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 31.81%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 619,333
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 795
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 20,914
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 433,199
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 454,113
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 122
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 357
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 479
AbilityOne wages (products). $82,743
AbilityOne wages (services). $5,746,838

 

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

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 2
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 4
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 17
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 23
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 4
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 12
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 983
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 1
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 999

 

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)

~~Employment First
Colorado operates its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) and optional Workfare program under the title Employment First. The Colorado Department of Human Services administers the Employment First Program, which is run through local county human service departments in 45 counties statewide. Counties procure their own service providers, and may coordinate activities with local workforce centers. Several examples of integration already exist in Colorado between Employment First and workforce centers. Such local level collaboration provides customers an opportunity to apply for and receive SNAP assistance to help overcome barriers to employment, as well as allowing SNAP participants to access additional resources in their employment search.
The mission of Employment First is to increase employment for food assistance recipients though support, referrals, accountability, and community work. Participants may engage in a variety of employment-oriented activities through the Employment First program, including:
• English Language Acquisition
• Literacy
• Adult Basic Education
• Employability Education
• Working
• WIOA -Funded Programs
• Vocational Training
• Business
• Vocational Rehabilitation, and
• Post-Secondary Education (Page 49)
Colorado was chosen to participate in Transition Grant awarded by the United States Department of Labor and Employment’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), entitled Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This grant will provide mentoring, intensive technical assistance and training from a national pool of subject matter experts and peer mentors to core states as they transform existing policies, service delivery systems, and reimbursement structures to reflect an Employment First approach; facilitate virtual training and knowledge translation on effective practices; facilitate dialogue on shared experiences related to effectuating Employment First policies and practice; link participating states with current Federal initiatives that are focused on promoting state-level systems-change conducive to Employment First objectives; and evaluate the impacts of the investments in state Employment First systems change efforts over time to identify common challenges faced by State governments and validate innovative strategies and effective practices that lead to the successful implementation of Employment First objectives. (Page 194)
 

Customized Employment

~~SRC Recommendation 3
Vendors working with Colorado DVR shall receive training so that they will have a clear understanding of the rehabilitation process and will be effective and qualified to work with counselors and their consumers for the consumers’ success. Training topics should include specifics on the rehabilitation process, increased cultural competence, clear understanding of disability issues, supported employment, use of interpreter and translation services, and more. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices. Job coaches must be trained in order to provide effective services.  (Page 183)
SRC Recommendation 2
All DVR staff will receive ongoing training in order to provide effective and high quality services to their consumers. An inter-disciplinary approach may be employed where counselors and others with expertise work with staff to build skills. Training areas may include development of excellent customer service skills for office staff, counseling and guidance, specific disability trainings with resources available, work incentive training, assessment, cultural competence, or job development. Training may also include best practices for implementation of the key elements of WIOA, including customized employment, using “discovery” as part of the assessment process, or person-centered planning practices.  (Page 183)
Additionally, DVR can make available to vendors a variety of resources and education opportunities, including the rehabilitation process, disability awareness, cultural competence and others. Also, DVR commits to explore tiered rates for vendors who provide job coaching and customized employment, based on levels of training and credentials. Finally, DVR intends to make customized employment a topic of education for DVR staff and vendors so all are aware of and educated about this key emphasis within federal act and proposed regulation.  (Page 184)

Braiding/Blending Resources

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Section 188/Section 188 Guide

~~In Fiscal Year 2014, DVR assisted 2,198 Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain or regain employment. These workers earned an average of $11.61 an hour working 28.2 hours a week on average. DVR further works with employers and community partners to increase opportunities for employment, career advancement and economic gain for eligible Coloradans with disabilities. In addition to the work of DVR, all Workforce Centers are compliant with Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, ensuring physical and programmatic access to all services and benefits available throughout the workforce development system. Ensuring Physical and programmatic accessibility is also a component of the state’s certification policy for one-stop centers, which will help to further ensure that all customers can access services in all parts of the state.( Page 36)
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 124)
 

DEI/Disability Resource Coordinators

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Other State Programs/Pilots that Support Competitive Integrated Employment

~~Seven local workforce areas are currently participating in a six month pilot study to determine feasibility of the WRC tool, accompanying learning modules, and the processes associated with administration. Quantitative and qualitative data from the participating regions will be combined in December, 2015, for analysis. Plans for future use of the WRC in 2016 include additional training for case managers and test administrators, and identification of other targeted populations such as youth and young adults, employers, veterans, and increased numbers of Title I–B and Wagner–Peyser clients. The database and qualitative criteria developed for the feasibility study will be expanded and refined to enable increased sophistication in evaluating user groups and allow a variety of comparisons of those groups in the context of soft skills assessment and associated learning modules. The WRC tool will be rolled out to all local areas in Colorado depending on the results of the feasibility pilot. (Page 85)
 DVR has a strong commitment to serve Colorado’s youth population. DVR’s supported employment Coordinator serves on the ASPIRE Oversight Committee, to support and educate ASPIRE staff and partners in the coordination of supported employment services to youth. ASPIRE is working with DVR counselors in the Denver DVR office to pilot services to supported employment youth and students. Public school personnel often refer students with most significant disabilities to DVR prior to their completion of the school transition program. DVR’s has counselors with supported employment expertise throughout Colorado. These counselors begin plan development and services so the youth can move to employment as they are completing their education. DVR is also coordinating services with the Mental Health Center of Denver in their newly formed Emerson St. Program for Teens and Young Adults. With the focus on youth within WIOA’s proposed regulation, this strong foundation will serve DVR well as it begins a new program year, and focuses 50% of its Title VI B funds on youth with disabilities annually on an ongoing basis. (Page 242)
 

Financial Literacy /Economic Advancement

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Benefits

~~DVR has had a long history of providing services to employers and, in addition to collaboration with the Business Services Team, will adapt its strategies to maximize the benefits of a demand-driven system. Specifically, DVR will update the Disability Awareness Training Tool Kit and make these materials, including DVR staff subject matter expertise, available to core and combined plan partners to meet the needs of Colorado employers and promote a diverse workforce. DVR will use the resources and tools that are available through the local business services programs and through local sector partnerships to train local DVR staff. That training will encompass the adoption of common terminology among one-stop partners, how to use labor market information to educate individuals with disabilities about opportunities, and the language and culture of business and the private sector. Finally, pre-employment transition services will be provided to students with disabilities, including work experiences, to assure that youth and young adults are better-prepared for the services they will receive through other core and partner programs. (Page 87) 
For the past several years, DVR has supported the on-going and statewide availability of work incentives and benefits consultation. DVR, through an annual purchase order, assures that Ability Connection Colorado (ACC) - the grant recipient of the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) - has adequate funding to provide personnel necessary to cover all parts of Colorado. DVR works with ACC program management to assure that DVR applicants and eligible individuals, as appropriate, receive work incentives consultation and that an effective and efficient statewide referral process is in place.  (Page 189)
For 70 years, Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO) has been providing innovative and exceptional services, helping individuals and families thrive. Building on the legacy established in 1946 by nine mothers who were determined to help their children with disabilities lead productive lives, ACCO today serves 40,000 Coloradans a year by providing inclusive early childhood and charter school education for children of all abilities, pathways to employment for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and family support programs that include guardianship and conservatorship services. Additionally, ACCO operates the Colorado Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program and the Colorado Benefit Offset National Demonstration Project (BOND). The WIPA program receives funding from Social Security to provide Social Security Disability Income (SSSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries with no-cost access to work incentives planning and assistance. BOND is a project created to help SSDI beneficiaries return to work through the use of a benefit offset. ACCO is the only nonprofit approved to provide benefit counseling services through the Social Security Administration Program. DVR collaborates extensively with ACCO to implement both the WIPA and BOND programs. DVR partners with ACCO to contractually support the WIPA program’s ongoing and statewide availability of workforce incentive and benefits counseling. DVR is in the fourth year of a seven year partnership with ACCO implementing the BOND project in Colorado and Wyoming and receives funds from BOND and ACCO to provide work incentives counseling, service coordination and information and referral services to SSDI beneficiaries who are randomly selected and enrolled into BOND. ( Page 199)
Including policy and procedural training. Such training efforts focus on helping clients develop skills necessary to analyze their strengths, resources, capacities, concerns, priorities, abilities, and interests, as well as a thorough understanding of the benefits and challenges inherent in various options available to them, allowing informed decisions to be made related to the development of their rehabilitation programs. DVR believes that these efforts help counselors become better facilitators and help clients develop the skills needed to be more independent and self-directed, as they go through the rehabilitation process and enter the workforce. (Page 213)
• Key Informant interviews with four statewide advisory groups; the Colorado Behavioral Health Council, the Colorado ASPIRE Advisory Group, the Colorado Transition Community of Practice and the Colorado Disability Support Benefits Support Program Board of Directors
• Results from the most recent quarterly DVR/SRC Client Satisfaction Surveys
• Results from the 2015 Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council five-year planning survey
• Results from the Statewide Independent Living Council’s 2015 needs assessment
• The SRC and DVR current annual reports  (Page 217)
Specifically, DVR gathered information pertaining to: implementation of a supervisory review process that assures staff are implementing the vocational rehabilitation program of services effectively and efficiently; creation of policy and procedures for documenting the comprehensive assessment; the effective use of comparable benefits; and the development of a highly accurate process for determining significance of disability. DVR used information gathered from entities outside of Colorado to develop policy, procedures and rules that both responded to audit findings and improved the delivery of services to client.  (Page 237)
Referred people who are in need, specifically minority populations and people with disabilities. Advertisements are placed in the local newspapers to market the program, provide eligibility requirements, identify benefits, and promote the emphasis on recruiting minority populations and persons with disabilities. (Page 295) 

School to Work Transition

~~SWAP: Youth participating in the School to Work Alliance Program, who are no longer enrolled in secondary school, would be considered out-of-school. These individuals may have dropped out, aged out at 21, or obtained their diploma or certificate of completion.
c. High School Equivalency Preparation Classes: Youth enrolled in high school equivalency preparation classes outside of the K-12 system would be considered out-of-school. (Page 143)
DVR currently has 36 School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) sites. These sites involve approximately 130 of Colorado’s 178 school districts. SWAP serves over 2,500 youth annually, and is a collaborative initiative between DVR and local school districts, supported by CDE. The purpose of SWAP is to provide new patterns of service, increased community linkages and successful employment outcomes for youth with disabilities who are applicants and eligible VR clients. (Page 193)
Department of Education (CDE) resources associated with the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP) and are fully compliant with the 15% set-aside mandated in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). We expect this alignment to include a restructuring of the Youth Services and Transition Unit, which will report to the DVR Director. (Page 194)
DVR continues to monitor and implement the state-level agreement between DVR and CDE. This agreement promotes flexible and collaborative planning and service delivery among DVR, local education agencies, local school districts, and other state and community agencies for youth who are transitioning from school to work and/or post-school activities which lead to employment. The agreement promotes accessible, timely and uniform vocational rehabilitation services for all Colorado students who have a disability and require vocational rehabilitation services. Additionally, the agreement encourages education agencies to develop, implement and promote pre-vocational services and career exploration for students with disabilities prior to their referral to DVR for services. (Page 195)
As part of its implementation of transition services, including pre-employment transition services and Colorado’s School-to-Work Alliance Program (SWAP), DVR has a formal cooperative agreement with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). This agreement describes how each agency will provide cross-training and technical assistance to local DVR and education staff to enable them to work more effectively with students as they partner to ensure a seamless transition from school to post-school activities. DVR and CDE regularly partner to develop, sponsor and provide comprehensive training and build effective partnerships at the local level. ( Page 215)

Data Collection

~~Connecting Colorado Data/Reporting System: This is the case management, data collection, and reporting system that Colorado developed for statewide use in all of the Workforce Centers. The system provides the ability for Workforce Centers and their partners to track all WIOA Title I-B, TAA, Veteran, Wagner-Peyser, state and local programs (approximately 100), plus discretionary grants in one common database. All reports generated from this system are “up to the minute,” thus allowing better management of day-to-day activity and performance. Along with the federally-mandated reports, Colorado has developed a variety of locally requested reports that allow staff to track their caseloads, correct data entry errors, and analyze performance at the state, local, and case manager level. In addition, the system is agile enough to allow the as-needed addition of reports, and program and service codes that will track new statewide initiatives supporting the state’s workforce strategies. Workforce partners may make use of this system through data sharing agreements with the state or the local workforce areas. This system will be updated to reflect all WIOA changes and requirements over the life of this four-year combined plan. (Page92)
SCSEP has operational reporting requirements set by the US Department of Labor (DOL). The SPARQ (SCSEP Performance and Results Quarterly Progress Report) system is used for data collection and data reporting. The SPARQ system includes the Web Data Collection System (WDCS), which is an application that allows users to enter, store and manage SCSEP participant data. (Page 105)
DVR will work closely and collaboratively with the electronic case management vendor to produce necessary reports. Resources will be committed to support upgrades and maintenance of data collection and reporting—including the addition of new data tables, data fields and reports—to collect data on and assess new WIOA data requirements and performance standards. DVR will participate with the agency’s vendor as part of a multi-state test environment to determine the functionality of the data collection and reporting applications and will provide feedback to the vendor. (Page 115)
 

Small business/Entrepreneurship

~~No disability specific information found regarding this element.

Career Pathways

~~Further, CDE will use no more than 20 percent of the 82.5 percent of the state grant that must be allotted to local programs for activities under Section 225. Colorado adult education and family literacy sub-grant recipients use funds, as allowable, to provide educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and other institutionalized individuals. Further, eligible providers will be asked to document collaborative efforts with talent development system partner programs in the local workforce development area, including but not limited to postsecondary training and education, vocational rehabilitation, and/or workforce in order to establish career pathways for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As part of the competition rating criteria, specific consideration will be given to programs serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program. Local activities include adult basic education, workplace adult education and literacy activities, family literacy activities, and/or English language acquisition.  (Page 172)
Strategies:
1.  Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities. (Page 222)
DVR Goal 4 Strategies:
• Expand the involvement of DVR staff in regionally-focused sector partnerships to champion career pathways within business and industry for individuals with disabilities.
• Align business outreach efforts with partner agencies to leverage the identification of employment opportunities and expand awareness of disability employment competency within the business sector.
• Explore the provision of technical assistance to businesses that are seeking to employ individuals with disabilities and as feasible, develop policies and processes to provide these services. (Page 232)
 

Employment Networks

~~Section identified but no detailed information specifically addressing disability focused implementation. (Page 251)

Policies and Initiatives

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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Employment First Senate Bill SB 16-077 - 07/01/2016

The bill requires the heads of the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF), the department of labor and employment (CDLE) the department of education (CDE), and the department of higher education (CDHE), (referred to as agency partners), to develop an employment first policy that increases competitive integrated employment, as defined in the bill, for persons with disabilities. The agency partners shall consult with the employment first advisory board (advisory board) as part of developing and implementing the employment first policy.  
Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado SB 16-196 "Inclusive Higher Education Act” - 06/06/2016

. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add article 75 to title 23 as follows: ARTICLE 75 Pilot Program for Inclusive Higher Education for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities… 23-75-104. Inclusive higher education pilot program - created- annual evaluation. (1) There is created in the department the inclusive higher education pilot program to facilitate the establishment of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities at certain Colorado institutions of higher education. The pilot program shall operate at three pilot sties in Colorado including two sites at four year institutions and one site at a community college. The pilot sites include the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Arapahoe Community College

Systems
  • Department of Education

Colorado HB 1359 - 06/03/2015

"The authority shall establish and implement the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings program in Colorado...A savings program that will: (a) assist individuals and families in saving money for the purpose of supporting individuals with disabilities in maintaining health, independence, and quality of life; and (b) provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the "Social Security Act", the Supplemental Security Income Program under Title XVI of the "Social Security Act", the beneficiary's employment and other sources."

 

 

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Colorado State Employment of Persons with Developmental Disabilities (27-10.5-901)

It is the intent of the general assembly to create the state employment program for persons with developmental disabilities to encourage and provide incentives for state agencies to give meaningful employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities and to improve the state’s practices in employing, supervising, and supporting persons with developmental disabilities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

No Executive Orders have been entered for this state.

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Employment First Advisory Partnership - 01/01/2017

~~“What is the Employment First Advisory Partnership and How Does it Relate to the State Rehabilitation Council?

 In June 2016, Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 16-077 into law making Colorado the latest in a group of 19 states to adopt an Employment First paradigm. The law establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership (EFAP), a collaboration between the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Human Services and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment through September 2021. The collaboration also includes representatives with disabilities seeking supported employment, representatives of families of people with disabilities, representatives of those advocating for people with intellectual disabilities as well as others focused on cross-disability interests.”

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

“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Waitlist and Strategic Plan Update” - 11/01/2016

~~“The Department has developed a new eligibility determination assessment, which wibe piloted in 2016. Additional assessment modules have been developed to assist with the support planning and cover such areas interest in employment, participant direction services, and assess areas of housing, health, and personal story. This process will be used with the Supports Intensity Scale assessment, and processes are being developed to minimize duplication of assessments and time for an individual to be assessed.The Department has also developed a No Wrong Door implementation plan to streamline how individuals access the long term services and supports systems. TheDepartment has been awarded an implementation grant which includes plans todevelop 3-5 No Wrong Door pilot sites, which will handle eligibility determinations,intake and referral, options counseling, among other tasks not related to case management.” 

Systems
  • Other

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) - 07/14/2016

The Colorado General Assembly determined that the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) will have a new home within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment by July 2016. While DVR’s place in government will change, its commitment to assisting eligible Coloradans with disabilities to secure, retain, or regain employment is stronger than ever. It is essential (according to section 101(a)(16)(A) of the Rehabilitation Act and 34 CFR 361.10(d)) and valuable to seek public input about DVR’s move, as well as gather feedback on the key decisions we make that will define the future of the agency. For that reason we want to hear from you!

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services

“IEP Procedural Guidance: Exceptional Student Services Unit Technical Assistance” - 07/01/2016

~~“Secondary Transition Requirements:Age Appropriate Transition Assessments Transition assessment is the foundation of a meaningful IEP. The IEP must be based on newly administered or reviewed age appropriate transition assessments. Age-appropriate means a student’s chronological age, rather than developmental age. Transition assessment should be comprehensive and tell a rich student story that leads to the development of measureable postsecondary goals, courses of study, transitionservices, annual goals, and agency linkages(Indicator 13 Compliance & Quality Tipsfor guidance and examples).” 

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

Colorado Department of Education “Supported Employment: Creating Pathways to Employment” - 07/01/2016

This is a presentation on the Supported Employment services that are available through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. It also shows and explains the steps of the process that a person with a disability would follow to get employment

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Location - 03/18/2015

Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Human Services announced they will work with the Joint Budget Committee on a bill to move the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Labor and Employment.   “The move will strengthen Governor Hickenlooper’s economic development strategy that calls for a coordinated package of support for special populations such as youth, recently discharged veterans, the long-term unemployed and others facing employment challenges.   “Among those with the greatest challenges to employment are individuals with disabilities. This special population has the highest rate of unemployment of any group, and more than two-thirds do not participate in the workforce at all.”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

New Colorado DVR Director - 09/26/2013

With the arrival of the current DVR Director, Joelle Brouner, Coloradans expressed hope in improved disability employment policy due to the fact that she, “understands that many people underestimate the employment contribution of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She also reportedly has significant knowledge of supported and customized employment and how to get it working here in Colorado.” There is also a lot of hope from the fact that she hails from Washington State, one of the shining stars of disability employment comparatively.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy - 01/15/2013

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Employment Policy opens by stating that, “The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.” The policy also emphasizes the importance of customized employment in achieving their employment goals.

The Council supports individuals with disabilities being employed just like anyone else, including real jobs with real pay, real benefits, and real employers. “Special” jobs with below-minimum wage, public benefits, and human service providers are not the ideal outcome, based on Council principles, but may be a temporary path to real employment. Volunteerism is in the same category as being supported temporarily as a path to a real job.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan for 2013 - 08/15/2012

The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Five Year State Plan addresses the status of, and plan for, segregated day services and pre-vocational opportunities for people with disabilities, as well as supported employment, customized employment, and Medicaid services. It also addresses the state of employment initiatives such as Project SEARCH.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Long Term Services and Supports “Supported Employment”

Supported employment services, which consist of paid employment for persons for whom competitive employment is unlikely, and who, because of their disabilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting. Supported employment is conducted in a variety of settings, particularly work sites in which persons without disabilities are employed. Supported employment includes activities needed to sustain paid work by individuals including supervision and training. When supported employment services are provided at a work site in which persons without developmental disabilities are employed, payment will be made only for the adaptations, supervision and training required by individuals receiving waiver services as a result of their disabilities, and will not include payment for the supervisory activities rendered as a normal part of the business setting. This includes job coaching. Waiver(s) which include this service:

Systems
  • Other
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Colorado Department of Education “DVR and WIOA System Information and Strategies for Youth”

Vocational Rehabilitation has an enhanced focus on serving disabled youth with Pre‐Employment Transition Services • Local offices shall “work with local workforce development boards, one‐stop centers, and employers to develop work opportunities for students with disabilities, including internships, summer employment and other employment opportunities available throughout the school year, and apprenticeships

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
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Colorado Ticket to Work Program "Self-Sufficiency: Ticket to Work" - 05/01/2015

 

~~“Ticket to Work (TTW) is a voluntary work incentive program for Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and interested in going to work. The goal of the TTW Program is to assist beneficiaries in obtaining employment and working towards becoming self-sufficient.”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
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Colorado Department of Education “Secondary Transition” - 08/12/2016

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for all youth. Upcoming Event Webinar: Indicator 13 Compliance Recalibration and IEP Record Reviews Hosted by: Gloria Howell Date: August 23, 2016, 2:00-3:30 pm (MST) Please plan on participating in an important webinar to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Indicator 13 Transition IEP Record Reviews and Standard Record Reviews. This webinar will go over the DMS enhancements, explain the changes to CDE calculations for Indicator 13 Compliance, the new criteria and levels for CDE inter-rater reliability checks and the timeline for all reviews. It will be helpful to have your DMS open for reference during the webinar.

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

2016 Southern California APSE Conference and Networking Event - 07/13/2016

Learn about Employment First, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), HCBS Final Rule, and other important topics related to employment for people with disabilities. July 13, 2016 • 10am-3pm

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

Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration - 03/19/2010

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Colorado Department of Education “2016 Transistion Leadership Institute"

The Secondary and Student Outcomes Team is committed to providing information, technical assistance, and professional development to administrative unit staff to enhance the implementation of programs and practices that will lead to positive, successful post school outcomes for al youth.

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

Deconstructing the Workshop: A Colorado Experience

This is a presentation by Employment Link on, ““Why it’s time to build a more progressive day service model” for people with disabilities in the state of Colorado.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Segregated Day & Employment Services
  • Provider Transformation
  • Resource Leveraging

Colorado Project SEARCH: A Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities

“Project SEARCH is an innovative school-to-work transition program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The program is dedicated to workforce development that benefits the individual, community and workplace.    Children’s Hospital Colorado serves as the host business providing opportunities for students to learn workplace skills and emerge from the program ready for employment.”  
Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Training Guidelines for Direct Service Providers: Comprehensive and Support services

“A small work group consisting of DDS staff and representative(s) from the Colorado Association of Community Centered Boards (CACCB), Community Centered Boards (CCBs), program approved service agencies (PASA) and advocacy was formed to review current requirements and make recommendations for minimum training guidelines. The guidelines and recommendations for training contained in this document are a result of the work of this group.”    …DDS believes that there should be some differences in expectations for training for direct service providers who may be providing support services to only one or two persons and whose employment or connections are not primarily in the developmental disabilities system. This document is therefore organized to allow for differences in training depending on how support services are provided”  

 

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
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Denver Settlement Agreement under the Americans with Disabilities Act - 02/08/2000

“As a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA, within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the entry of this Consent Decree, Denver shall implement a written reassignment policy in accordance with the ADA that will allow disabled police officers to be reassigned to vacant Career Service positions. In the interim, Denver will offer reassignment as a reasonable accommodation.   “Denver shall rescind and remove any policy and practice prohibiting the reassignment of police officers to Career Service vacancies when those employees become unable to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation, the essential functions of the positions they hold.”    
Systems
  • Other
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MSB 17-05-22-B, Revision to the Medical Assistance Rule Concerning Achieving Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts ... - 05/22/2017

~~“8.100.5.M. Resource Requirements1. Consideration of resources: Resources are defined as cash or other assets or any real orpersonal property that an individual or spouse owns. The resource limit for an individualis $2,000. For a married couple, the resource limit is $3,000. If one spouse isinstitutionalized, refer to Spousal Protection-Treatment of Income and Resources forInstitutionalized Spouses. Effective January 1, 2011, the resource limits for the QualifiedMedicare Beneficiaries (QMB), Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB),and Qualified Individuals 1 (QI-1) programs are $8,180 for a single individual and$13,020 for a married individual living with a spouse and no other dependents. Theresource limits for the QMB, SLMB, and QI programs shall be adjusted annually by theCenters for Medicare and Medicaid Services on January 1 of each year. These resourcelimits are based upon the change in the annual consumer price index (CPI) as ofSeptember of the previous year. Resources are not counted for the Medicaid Buy-InProgram for Working Adults with Disabilities or the Medicaid Buy-In Program for Childrenwith Disabilities.” 

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

Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) - 02/19/2017

~~“Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) is a  demonstration program of the national Money Follows the Person Initiative (MFP), designed to assist Health First Colorado (Colorado's Medicaid Program) members who are interested in transitioning out of long-term care facilities back into home and community-based settings.  CCT provides members access to state plan benefits, home and community-based waiver services (HCBS) in addition to CCT-enhanced services and supports aimed at promoting independence for 365 days of enrollment.”

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

Colorado HCBS Transition Plan - 11/16/2015

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.  

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

CO DD Waiver (0007.R06.00) - 07/14/2014

Provides day hab, residential hab, supported employment, dental, vision, behavioral services, nonmedical transportation, specialized medical equipment and supplies for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age.

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

CO Support Living Services Waiver (0293.R03.00) - 07/01/2014

Provides day hab, homemaker, personal care, respite, supported employment, dental, vision, assistive technology, behavioral services, consumer directed attendant support, home accessibility adaptations, mentorship, nonmedical transportation, personal emergency response, professional services, specialized medical equipment and supplies, vehicle mods for individuals w/DD ages 18 - no max age. 

 

 

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

Colorado Medicaid State Plan

The Colorado 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

Colorado Money Follows the Person

“‘Money Follows the Person’ is a federal grant program that allows Medicaid funding to follow a person from an institutional setting to housing in the community. … A secondary goal is to build and improve the infrastructure supporting home and community-based services for people of all ages with long-term care needs. Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS) is Colorado’s MFP initiative. While Colorado has a robust home and community-based services infrastructure, additional funding will improve access to these services, make the system easier to navigate, and support transitions from facility-based care to community-based care. COACTS will directly support nursing facilities in the implementation of the October 1, 2010 requirement to assist residents in exploring their long-term care choices. The Division of Housing will work directly with MFP project and related Department of Health Care Policy and Financing staff to increase housing opportunities for people of all abilities, including those transitioning to community living under the MFP program.”

 

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

Colorado Community First Choice (1915k)

Community First Choice (CFC), also known as 1915(k), allows states to offer Medicaid attendant care services on a state-wide basis to eligible participants.  Through CFC, participants would have the option to direct their attendant care services or to receive services through an agency.

Attendant care services are those that assist in accomplishing:

Activities of daily living such as eating, dressing and bathing; Instrumental activities of daily living such as shopping and keeping doctor appointments; Health-related tasks such as medication monitoring

Promoting self-direction is a significant program goal and is detailed in federal regulations. To encourage states to adopt CFC, Congress has authorized a higher federal match on CFC related Medicaid expenditures”

 

 

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